No. 7 Terps' Edged In NCAA OT By No. 2 Virginia
May 17, 2008
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Ben Rubeor scored his third goal of the game with 34 seconds left in overtime to send the No. 2 Virginia Cavaliers to an 8-7 win over No. 7 Maryland in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The first quarter was one of runs with both teams putting together 3-0 scoring spurts. The Terps started things off with a goal from freshman Grant Catalino off an assist from senior Max Ritz. A slick pick-and-roll ended with Catalino one-on-one with Virginia goalie Bud Petit, but Catalino ball-faked three times before sticking it in for the 1-0 lead.
Maryland took a 2-0 lead just 10 seconds later off the ensuing face-off. Redshirt junior Jeff Reynolds scooped up the ball of the wing and raced down the center of the field and hit a runner at the 9:04 mark.
An unlikely source gave the Terps their 3-0 lead with 7:16 left in the opening quarter. After sophomore Byrn Holmes caused a Wahoo turnover near midfield on a Virginia clear attempt, freshman longstick Brett Schmidt picked up the loose ball and fired a shot from 30 yards into the Cavalier net, which was open with Petit out of the goal on the clear.
That lead wouldn't hold though and the teams headed to the second quarter tied at 3-3 after Virginia scored three times in the last 5:41 of the first. Steve Giannone scored first for Virginia followed by scores by Garrett Billings and Danny Glading.
Catalino put the Terps out ahead early in the second with a low-to-low shot from the left wing off an assist by junior Jeremy Sieverts. Sieverts then got into the scoring act himself with an unassisted goal at the 10:51 mark. Sieverts took the ball near midfield and dodged down the left alley and ripped a shot into the upper right corner for a 5-3 Maryland lead.
An unassisted goal by Rubeor at 1:29 pulled the Cavaliers to within one, but Maryland's defense chalked up another goal to push the lead back to a pair heading into halftime. Sophomore Bryn Holmes, who had four caused turnovers and three groundballs in the opening 30 minutes, led the charge into the Wahoo zone and flipped a pass to sophomore longstick Brian Farrell in the left alley. Farrell faked a pass to get free and laced a low-to-low shot from 12 yards out for the 6-4 Terrapin advantage.
Farrell gave Maryland a three-goal cushion with his second goal of the game to start the scoring in the second half. He caused a turnover in the Terps' defensive zone, hustled back on the fast break and got the ball back from Sieverts in the right alley and hit a bounce shot past Petit.
But the Cavaliers fought back and trimmed the Maryland lead back to a goal heading into the fourth. Glading scored an unassisted goal at 4:05 on a wrap-around from behind the left side of the Maryland goal. Rhamel Bratton scored another unassisted goal for Virginia with a quick shot into the top right corner of the Terp goal.
Maryland appeared to draw first blood at the 13:55 mark of the fourth to take a two-goal lead on a Travis Reed goal, but the goal was waived off by the officials due to a Virginia loose-ball push prior to the shot.
Virginia took advantage of the call and knotted the game at 7-7 with 8:43 remaining on an unassisted goal by Rubeor from the right wing. Both teams had opportunities during the quarter, but neither could get another goal sending the game into overtime.
Defensively Maryland was led by Holmes, who finished the game with six groundballs and five caused turnovers. Senior Jacob Baxter had four groundballs and a caused turnover, while Farrell had two groundballs and a pair of caused turnovers.
Maryland ends its season with a 10-6 mark. The Cavaliers now stand at 14-3 and will take on the winner of the Syracuse-Notre Dame game in the semifinals on May 24 in Foxboro, Mass.
Maryland is now 40-29 all-time in NCAA tournament play and 19-9 in quarterfinal games.
With two goals Grant Catalino now has 13 multi-point and 10 multi-goal games for his career.
With a goal and two assists Jeremy Sieverts now has 19 multi-point games in his career.