Terps Drop Cavs 8-7

Terps Drop Cavs 8-7

Terps Drop Cavs 8-7

Terps Drop Cavs 8-7

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The No. 7 Maryland men's lacrosse team scored seven consecutive goals and kept Virginia scoreless for a span of 33:06 on its way to an 8-7 victory over No. 2 Virginia on a sunny and warm Saturday afternoon. Maryland won at Klockner Stadium for the first time since the 1998 ACC Championship game which it defeated the host Cavaliers, 14-11. It was also the Terps' first regular-season win at Klockner Stadium and first in Charlottesville, Va. since 1989.

The Terps (6-1 overall 2-1 ACC) held off a furious comeback as Virginia scored the final three goals of the game including two in the final 1:39 to come within one as Joe Yevoli scored with 1:23 left. But goalie Danny McCormick (McLean, Va,) was tremendous in the final minute of action as he stopped Virginia's leading goal scorer John Christmas on a point- blank shot with 49 seconds left and started a Maryland clear as the Terps preserved the win. The senior captain finished with 15 saves in the win.

Freshman attacker Joe Walters (Rochester, N.Y.) racked up his fourth hat trick of the season and added an assist for a team-high points. Mike Mollot (Holbrook, N.Y.) added two goals Maryland scored six unanswered goals over the final 20:13 of the first half to build a 6-2 lead at halftime.

Virginia opened the scoring on a pair of early goals by Christmas and Billy Glading before the Terps reeled off six in a row. Junior Justin Smith (University Park, Md.) got the run going with an unassisted goal with 5:13 left in the first quarter.

The Terps scored all five goals of the second quarter as Mollot scored the first and final goals of the quarter -- the first off a pass from Smith 4:39 into the quarter. Walters scored two straight goals to make it 4-2 with 4:09 left in the half.

Dan LaMonica (Parkton, Md.) scored on a wraparound goal to make it 5-2 with 2:17 left in the half. Mollot's man-up goal off a pass from Walters made it 6-2 with 33 seconds left in the half.

McCormick came up huge in the first half holding the Virginia at bay after the two early goals stopping eight straight shots on goal over the final 22 minutes of the half.

The Terps return to action next Saturday as they travel to Annapolis to face No. 12 Navy at Rip Miller Field. Face-off is set for Noon.

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    by (#45083) on 3/30/03 @1:16PM
It was a beautiful warm sunny day in Charlottesville as the terpd defense beat up John Christmas using double teams. He was a threat only without the ball and of course a big one at that especially on extra man. He was continually open as the D sagged off of him and did get one goal early on as the weak side guy open on the crease. Somehow Virginia didn't get their offense into high gear until the end of the game. And how did Jay Pfieffer get 12 saves? I didn't see him get two. Maybe I'm blind. The game wasn't all that exciting as it was the typical strategic game of late. i don't think ther was one fast break executed. McCormick had a very good game. Pfieffer was not a factor.
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    by (#41930) on 3/30/03 @1:42PM
Jay Pfiefer doesnt play for UVA, he plays for cuse, Tillman Johnson plays for virginia..but wow...cavs drop two in a row...
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i agree
    by (#45522) on 3/30/03 @1:46PM
uva lost 2 in a row, wow!
uva will eventually come bak but they need to grow up.
They should have beaten hop and the terps.
Its ok, maryland and hop r good teams so uva will look for revenge in the tourney.
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UVA will come back
    by (#9234) on 4/01/03 @8:59AM
The key to consistent play, is momentum. UVA had momentum, and they had two ways to go with it. THey could have kept their momentum up and just destroy hopkins and the terps, but what they did was let their momentum go to their heads, and they got cocky. THeir is a fine line between ego and confidence, and UVA was cocky. I am a strong fan of UVA and i believe they have what it takes to take the tourney this year, they just need to take it seriosuly and not get over their heads. Johnny Christmas will perform, his strength and style and technique are much like mark millons, but hsi attitude is a lot liek that chump Mike Powell. DONT BE LIKE MIKE JOHNNY!!!!!

Final 4;

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Watch out for the Terps.
    by (#31907) on 3/31/03 @9:17AM
I have never been a big fan of the Terps......watching them getting shellacked in the '97 finals by Princeton was one of the most painful experiences of my life. And I have not seen them play this year. But it sounds like their defense is legit, and I wouldn't be surprised to see them in the Final 4 this year. I predicted two weeks ago that they would beat UVA and sure enough they dropped the hammer on Mr. Xmas and the crew. UVA is so predictable. So much talent, but a complete inability to stay focused. Listen to what one of their players said after the game on Saturday........“Pretty much pathetic by us, I feel,” said senior midfielder A.J. Shannon. “We kept turning the ball over, we kept taking bad shots and we kept making bad choices. We have so much talent on this team, but we make stupid choices all the time. We have to shape up or it’s going to be a long year.”

Well at least someone on that team realizes that they are blowing it yet again.

Hey.....UVA....get your head out of your butt and start living up to all of that talent.

Here is your 2003 Fnal 4.

Any questions?
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    by (#45083) on 3/31/03 @1:36PM
Now I know why I didn't see Pfieffer get any saves.
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    by (#45810) on 4/02/03 @12:52PM
are you joking, i mean really UVA will lose a few more but not makin the final 4? i mean common
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    by (#33555) on 4/03/03 @3:59PM
I'm still trying to get my refund for that horrible Championship game of 97'... And to see Wash. College lose the day before due to a trip by Naz... That year sucked, I'm want my damn money back!
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