No. 3 Virginia Hands No. 7 Terps 11-8 Loss In ACC Semis
April 25, 2008
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The University of Maryland men's lacrosse team dropped an 11-8 decision to No. 3 Virginia Friday night at Klockner Stadium in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament.
The Cavaliers jumped out on top early with back-to-back goals by Garrett Billings. The Terps got on the board with a terrific wrap-around goal by freshman Ryan Young to cut the lead to one. Ben Rubeor pushed it back to two goals with an unassisted goal with 5:36 left in the first quarter. The lead was almost three, but redshirt junior goalie Jason Carter made a fantastic 1-on-1 save during a Cavalier man-up opportunity. Freshman Grant Catalino scored to trim the lead back to one at the 1:03 mark with a huge shot from 18-yards out from the top of the Maryland attack zone.
Maryland knotted the score at 3-3 just 34 seconds into the second quarter on senior Max Ritz's goal off an assist by freshman Travis Reed. But the Wahoos got another two goals from Billings and one from Jack Riley to build their advantage to three goals at 6-3 and that's how the second quarter would end.
Sophomore goalie Brian Phipps entered the game for the Terps at the start of the third and made his presence felt immediately with a pair of great stops. But Virginia's Shamel Bratton was able to get one past Phipps to give the Cavaliers a four-goal lead.
Maryland's man-up unit continued to click with Catalino finding Ritz open on the left goal-line extended and Ritz slipped a low shot past Virginia goalie Bud Petit to get the Terps back in the scoring column. Maryland's comeback effort continued with a highlight-reel behind-the-back goal by Catalino at the 3:05 mark. Adam Sear assisted on the play and made it all possible by picking up a tough groundball before hitting a cutting Catalino coming across the crease.
The Cavaliers got goals from Rubeor and Bratton, both on assists by Peter Lamade, to extend the lead back to four. But Maryland redshirt junior Jeff Reynolds won the face-off following Bratton's goal to give the Terps one more possession as third quarter was coming to a close. With just 3.3 seconds left on the clock Reed zipped a pass from behind the right side of the Cavalier goal to sophomore Bryn Holmes, who was 15 yards out in front of the net in the left alley. Holmes was able to take a hop and a step and rip a shot past Petit and get the Maryland deficit back to three goals heading into the final period.
But Rubeor scored his third goal of the game less than a minute into the fourth to give the Wahoos a 10-6 lead. Rubeor tacked on his fourth with an empty-net goal when Phipps left the crease to double-team the ball and try to force a turnover.
The Terps wouldn't quit despit being down by five goals. Junior Dan Groot scored off an assist by freshman Tony Mendes. Maryland won the ensuing face-off and Reynolds scored on a high-bouncer to trim the lead back to three at 11-8 with 1:14 remaining.
Maryland (8-5) concludes its regular season on Saturday, May 3 against the Yale Bulldogs at 1 p.m. at Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium. The game will be "Senior Day" for the Terrapins and will be the final regular season home game for nine Maryland seniors.
With two goals Max Ritz now has 35 multi-point and 16 multi-goal games in his career.
Grant Catalino's two-goal, one-assist performance gives him 10 multi-point and seven multi-goal games for his career.
Travis Reed's two assists gives him eight multi-point and four multi-assist games for his career.