#1 Virginia Tops #3 Terps For ACC Title, 11-5
April 30, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - The top-ranked Virginia Cavaliers ended the third-ranked Maryland men's lacrosse team's two-year reign as ACC champions with an 11-5 victory Sunday afternoon in front of 5,739 at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Terps were led by senior All-Americans Brendan Healy and Bill McGlone, who were each selected to the all-tournament team. Healy followed up his five-point performance in Friday night's semifinal with a two-goal, one-assist outing vs. the Cavaliers. McGlone's weekend total rose to seven with two goals and an assist after scoring twice and adding two assists on Friday vs. North Carolina.
Junior goalie Harry Alford was also selected to the all-tournament team. The All-American from Washington, D.C., made 11 saves vs. Virginia, bringing his tournament total to 25.
The Cavaliers, who raced out to six unanswered goals in the first meeting between the two teams, scored the game's first two goals in the first four minutes, but Maryland's defense played tough and settled things down before Virginia could get into rhythm. McGlone scored his first goal of the game at the 2:47 mark of the first quarter to close the gap to 2-1, but the Cavaliers' Matt Ward scored his first of two on the day with eight seconds left on the clock for a 3-1 Wahoo advantage.
The second period started slow with several turnovers by both teams before Virginia scored its fourth goal of the game by Steve Giannone at 7:09 on the clock. Maryland answered back a minute and a half later with Healy's first goal of the game coming off an assist by McGlone. The Cavaliers tacked on another for a 5-2 lead less than a minute later and looked to be building momentum.
But the Terps came right back with an unassisted goal by Healy, his fifth of the tournament, at the 3:57 mark to close the deficit to 5-3. Virginia built the lead back to three goals with Danny Gladding's unassisted goal 48 seconds later. The Wahoos looked like they would up that lead to four before the half when Maryland's Jeff Reynolds was called for a cross check penalty with 1:30 remaining, but Alford stepped up and made two big saves to help the Terps kill the penalty and go into the break just down by three.
Maryland was able to close the gap to 6-4 when junior attackman Michael Phipps scored an unassisted goal, beating Virginia goalie Kip Turner, who was a high school teammate of Phipps' at Severn. But that was as close as the Terps could get, as Virginia scored three unanswered goals in the final four minutes of the third quarter to open up a 9-4 lead.
McGlone scored off an assist from Healy less than a minute into the fourth, but the Cavaliers put the game out of reach with two more goals and a solid defensive performance.
The Terrapin defense, which held Virginia to its second lowest scoring output of the season (five goals below its season average of 16.0), was led by junior All-Americans Steve Whitteberg and Ray Megill. Whittenberg finished the game with five groundballs and a pair of caused turnovers, while Megill picked up three groundballs and caused one turnover. The third member of Maryland's close defensive unit, sophomore Joe Cinosky, caused three Virginia turnovers with one groundball.
Maryland finishes out its regular season this Saturday, May 6, vs. No. 11 Penn. The game, which is set for a 1:00 p.m. start at Byrd Stadium, will be Senior Day with 10 Terrapins being honored prior to their final regular-season home contest.
The Terps are now 12-15 all-time in ACC Tournament games and fall to 3-6 in ACC championship finals.
Joe Walters had 45-game point scoring streak snapped. The last time he did not have a point in a game was May 23, 2003 vs. Virginia in the NCAA Semifinals.
Xander Ritz saw his point scoring streak of 29 games come to an end. The last time he did not have at least one point in a game was May 22, 2004 vs. Princeton in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
Bill McGlone's two-goal, one-assist game gives him 20 multi-goal games and 23 multi-point games in his career.
McGlone also extended his goal-scoring streak to 13 games.
Brendan Healy scored twice and added an assist and raises his career totals to 14 multi-goal and 24 multi-point games.
2006 ACC All-Tournament Team