UVA Mauls Maryland 14-4 In Second Semi

UVA Mauls Maryland 14-4 In Second Semi

UVA Mauls Maryland 14-4 In Second Semi

UVA Mauls Maryland 14-4 In Second Semi

In the second game of the Men’s Division I semifinals, a rematch of a mid-season 8-7 Maryland win over Virginia, it goes without saying that the field conditions didn’t get any better from the earlier semi. It wasn’t raining, just a mild overcast, but the low-cut grass was supported by an incredibly soft base -- you couldn’t make any half-hard cut and not expect to fall down. Given UVA’s penchant for an up-tempo fast break offense, and Maryland’s stalwart defense, you would think the Terps had the advantage on that count. But I guess they didn’t; they got worked 14-4, and the Cavs got stronger as the field got worse.

DeVilliers grabbed the first face for UVA, but as the Cavs controlled for their first offensive series a careless pass was thrown across the middle of the Terp defense. Maryland picked it, cleared, and settled behind with LaMonica. LaMonica was being smothered by Brett Hughes on the endline and got way too cute trying to bring his stick in front of his body (along with deliberately hanging his butt-end). He gave an emergency dump to Brian Hunt along the sideline, and then Hunt was mercilessly hounded by Ned Bowen (way outside the box). But Bowen got a little too frisky and was flagged for a 1:00 on the head penalty.

With the man-up, Maryland started with two behind and looked to get it up top for a rip. That happened, when Willy Passavia gathered at the top corner of the box and ripped one low on Tillman Johnson. In the recurring theme of the day, Johnson gobbled up the 5-holer and hit the outlet for a break. UVA middie Chris Rotelli took a run on the other end and pinged the pipe on a drive across the middle from left to right. Maryland grabbed the loose ball, cleared with numbers, and Mike Mollot narrowly missed his rip after LaMonica fed him in the middle. Right after the following inbound, UVA’s Johnson completely robbed Terp frosh Joe Walters coming around the pipe. Some good chances for Maryland, but it would be the Cavs to strike first (and second).

It became 1-0 UVA when John Christmas drove the right pipe from the side, hoping to sneak under, and Howley forced him to veer behind. Christmas bumped to Matt Ward at X, Ward drove hard around the opposite right pipe and beat Lee Zink, while jumping and turning, for blast just below the crossbar. The Cavs added another when longstick Trey Whitty pick-pocketed Joe Walters near the retraining line, legged it over midfield, and nose-dived into the middle for a bouncer. No one on the Terp fast break defense seemed to believe that Whitty would actually shoot. Another great chance for UVA, albeit a failed one, followed -- Maryland got flagged for an illegal sub (:30 seconds) and AJ Shannon unleashed a cannon of a shot off to McCormick’s left on the EMO. McCormick barely reacted to the shot, it just happened to nail him square in the facemask. That little bit of luck would hurt UVA even more when Maryland’s Joe Parker got the Terps on the board, right after a clear and settle from the shot. Parker was just handling the ball at the top left of the box, like he was waiting for subs to come in from the box, and UVA got a little complacent -- Parker stepped into space and burned a bouncer to the bottom left that Johnson couldn’t get around on. Time was winding down in the first. Mollot was now running middie for Maryland and Brett Hughes was up top on him. A series of missed shots and Johnson saves would close out the period in what surely had to be demoralizing effort for the Terps. Middie Jeremy Pastula tried a ridiculous no-angle shot, from a drive down the right, that Tillman simply caught. Then Joe Parker bulled thru the middle of the box on a break -- after Howley forced Christmas to pull up coming around the right corner -- to unleash a rip on the run with numbers. But Tillman Johnson, yet again, stoned him cold and sent it back the other way for a UVA break (Parker struggled a little after 3 full-field runs). Timeout Maryland when they got the ball with 1:30 left.

Maryland was continually trying to iso on shortstick middie Jared Little, but Little was solid at forcing the middie down the side and out of angle. As the first quarter ended, UVA’s Rotelli managed to uncork a shot from midfield that McCormick had to actually cover hi 5-hole for.

The second started with more Maryland chances and more Johnson heroics. Maryland attackman Brian Hunt twice tried to sneak around the right pipe, both times being smothered by slides from the crease and a pipe-hugging Johnson. UVA pushed it to 3-1 when AJ Shannon got marked by Ian Healy, a shorti, up top after Zink had to slide on a double behind -- you could tell Healy was nervous because he gave Rotelli way too much room. Rotelli just took the room Healy was giving him, hop, skipped, and jumped, and beat McCormick offside low with a blast.

Maryland called a timeout after Chris Passavia cleared on a Christmas force across the crease -- McCormick knocked it down. After giving a whirl at iso’ing on shortis behind, Brian Hunt pumped faked Tillman Johnson to the ground when Hunt grabbed a feed on the crease from behind, but Tillman deflected Hunt’s stick-side high attempt, matching every fake like a mirror. Johnson came up again with another huge save after the Maryland attack grabbed a loose ball on a midfield tussle (which UVA close defensemen helped by goosing the ball back straight to Willy Passavia booking upfield).

Some transition and some smooth clears from Chris Passavia followed until frosh Matt Ward pushed the lead to 4-1. Ward rolled back to X after tempting the corner on Zink, then threaded it across the field, opposite top left, to Billy Glading for a time and room rip. But Maryland would counter shortly after when middie Sean Leary (who’s listed at 240) bulled down the left wing from up top with Glading covering -- Glading just couldn’t shove him out, especially on the mush surface, and Leary sealed it overhand offside low just as he was running out of angle.

UVA would strike again as time dwindled in the half. After a UVA timeout following a ground ball scrum, frosh middie Kyle Dixson took Drew Virk up top, bumped it back left to Ward. Ward kept coming around the pipe with power and finished on the crease with an outstretched Chris Passavia trying to regain his footing. Under 2:00 minutes remained, and both squads took shots at finding matchups on shortsticks to no avail.

UVA controlled to start the half, and right away got an underhanded shot on the crease from Christmas. Then Ward drove around the right pipe and got Zink to slip as he rolled back to the outside -- Ward walked in on McCormick and put UVA up by four. UVA was now getting some new blood in their midfield lines and it paid off with a 7-2 lead. Freshman middie Foster Gilbert was coming around from behind right and found fellow frosh middie Matt Poskay sliding into a seam at the top of the box. Poskay grabbed, with plenty of room, and unleashed a righty bullet that nailed the top left corner.

. Maryland would notch one more before the offensive onslaught from UVA would start, eventually pushing the Cav lead to 11-3 before entering the final quarter. Immediately after Poskay’s goal Maryland’s Mike Mollot drove from the top right of the box on longstick Mike Culver, switched to his left hand, then switched gears into the middle for a blast on the run. McCormick would have to make a big save after both Brett Harper and Chris Passavia fell trying to cover AJ Shannon making a long loop behind the goal -- Shannon would get in tight. But McCormick couldn’t hold on forever. UVA longstick Trey Whitty helped bump it to 8-3 after Whitty picked off a Jamie Daue pass from low to high, broke it himself, faked the pass across, then nailed the pipe with an overhand on the run -- Yevoli cleaned up the garbage on the crease.

Tensions would rise a little as a minor fight broke out -- Mike Mollot fell twice to the ground while operating from X, and Jamie Daue took exception to Brett Hughes’ handling of Mollot on the ground. Daue came to wipe out Hughes and LaMonica joined the fray until the refs quieted the scene. Three goals for UVA would close out the quarter soon after.

In the third such lapse for the Maryland defense, Joe Yevoli casually controlled on the right wing and Maryland gave him about 10 yards of free space to work with -- Yevoli stepped up and nailed it to the top left corner without anyone seeming to realize he was a threat to shoot. Then Matt ward cut down, angling right, from the top as Foster Gilbert was driving to X from the right wing -- Gilbert fed Ward and Ward finished on a screened McCormick. It went to 11-3, the last score of the quarter, on an absolute rip from AJ Shannon. Shannon hit the lefty low crank, with a lot of wind-up, on a Yevoli feed from the opposite corner behind the net.

Maryland was starting to throw out some doubleteams now, even using McCormick out of the crease, sensing a little bit of finality. When Maryland finally controlled, Leary had some success dodging since all he does is bull -- you couldn’t cut at all (Mollot was falling all over the place) -- but UVA routinely forced Maryland into shots with almost laughable angles, and Tillman Johnson wasn’t moving off the pipe.

Paul Gillette started the fourth with a blank on a one-on-one from right on top of the crease after Walters fed him right after the face -- Gillette was alone on the crease and just completely missed the goal. The Terps could have used that, because with only 12:00 left in the 4th UVA had begun a stealth stall -- taking their sweet time “looking for the right match-up” until it got rotated to Yevoli at X. Yevoli just burned around the left pipe with Passavia missing on an over-the-head, and Yevoli easily finished lefty before any slides from the crease showed up.

Two EMO’s for Maryland would follow (no face off) -- one for taunting after the Yevoli goal, then another for holding. Joe Walters fed LaMonica right on the crease during the EMO and Tillman Johnson stoned him high. You could smell the frustration on the Terps. UVA cleared, settled, and ran out the penalty. It went to 13-3 soon after (and after a timeout) when Yevoli drove behind from the right pipe and looked back to the middle, only to find Kyle Dixson cutting left to right and tight to the crease. Dixson converted the lay-up with a quick redirect on the run (and not much space from his defender),

Maryland started self-destructing a little at the 9:00 mark -- Jim Sbarra gave a blatant push from behind for a :30 second penalty and then Walters slammed the ball into the ground on the whistle. UVA just ate up the EMO time, clearly happy with their lead. At 7:00 left Ward was the recipient of some nasty hacks from senior longstick Frank Luciano for a 1:00 UVA man-up. Zink ended it the man-up when he picked off a pass thru the middle.

Nothing much to report for the remaining 4:00 minutes of the game (aside from a couple more grand larcenies from Tillman) -- it had devolved into a timekill for UVA and a desperation fest for Maryland. Although two more scores would close out the game. It went to 13-4, Maryland’s first goal in about 22 minutes, when Brenden Healy dive-bombed to his left from up top and hit an overhand lefty on the run to the top corner. Ryan Thompson had just come into the goal for UVA right before that. Just for good measure, Justin Mullen added one for UVA, and a final of 14-4, when he finished at the bottom of the 4-3 break straight from the faceoff.

UVA will go on to face Johns Hopkins in the finals on Monday.

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UVA vs. Maryland
    by (#21709) on 5/24/03 @8:14PM
Maryland in the first half had possesion of the ball prolly 3/4 of the time. But UVA got the goals and stayed alive thanks to Tillman. That goalie is sick. I think UVA will take it all the way, if Tillman keeps his game on top.
 
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I AGREEE!!!!!!!
    by (#38056) on 5/25/03 @7:48AM
The UVA goalie is the best goalie ever in lacrosse history.
 
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UVA
    by (#9264) on 5/25/03 @7:18PM
...Amazing game by UVA, even though their two best offensive players get shut down they are too multi pronged to be stopped, looks like MD's plans back fired, Johnson was remarkable, so nasty and hes still a junior... UVA takes it.

peace.
 
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haha
    by (#47758) on 5/24/03 @10:25PM
Everyone asks for a different final than Cuse and princeton and what do they get? Hopkins Uva. Kinda funny.
 
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UVA
    by (#21004) on 5/24/03 @11:23PM
I cant beleive you people picked UMD over UVA.. what a joke.. tillman was amazing today and hes gunna stonewall hopkins too as UVa rolls all the way to the title..
 
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UMD
    by (#21709) on 5/24/03 @11:31PM
If UMD's defense played better like they usually do it would have been a lot closer. But then the other blow was for sure Tillman.
 
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tillman was good...
    by (#22731) on 5/25/03 @12:14AM
tillman played well, but maryland's shooting was terrible. half the time they put it right into his stick, right at his feet, or they just plain missed the net.
 
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UMd
    by (#41662) on 5/25/03 @2:19AM
Tillman Johnson was sick today, but UMd's defense really let McCormick down. He had no chance on most of their goals, the Terps D gave up real early in this one. And as for the Hop, the double digit goal runs look like it will be their stamp on this lax season. Monday should be pretty exciting. What's gonna give, Johnson's brick wall in net or the Hop's patient precision?
 
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right at his feet?
    by (#29309) on 5/31/03 @11:53PM
right at his feet doesnt make it any easier
 
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Good D?
    by (#9264) on 5/25/03 @7:16PM
Yea MD has some great defense like that jazz-cat #44 that is supposed to be amazing, dancing his stick around Ward but never actually touching him, what was that supposed to be intimidation? haha....UVA wins it all, Rotelli grabs Tewarraton.

peace.
 
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Like They Usually Do...
    by (#17130) on 5/27/03 @1:15PM
Maryland loyalists should have expected the vaunted "Ministers of Defense" to play their best game in the final four, not the absolutely worse game in NCAA history. The Maryland defense couldn't stop a thing and only had to look in the other end at UVA's defense to see how it's done. The Maryland offense had absolutely no firepower.
 
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TJ
    by (#54070) on 5/30/03 @7:33PM
Tillman was a mad man out there. Give it to AJ Shannon with some amazing shots on Danny. Crazy box laxers can get it done both ways! As far as my boys Howley and Passavia... WHAT HAPPENED!?! Chris, dude, to strip somebody u gotta pop there stick not dance it around um (I know he is an awsome defensemen but it just was not his day). I still got all the respect in the world for Howley. Pretty much shut down Christmas. And as for Zink, great season but it just was not his day.
 
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Tillman Johnson and Matt Ward
    by (#53711) on 5/25/03 @6:47AM
Matt Ward is a reason that UVA won. Freshman from Landon in Bethesda. I go there so you know i'm gonna' give him high praise. Let's go to Till'. Crap, he acted like a brick wall. he only let up 4 goals. I score more in my games (6).
 
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All UVA fans must read
    by (#53711) on 5/25/03 @6:52AM
Matt Ward is from Landon. Ted Lamade is from Landon. Peter Lamade goes to Landon(yes its teds brother) and might go to UVA. Peter Lamade is THE !@#$ ALONG WITH MARK KOVLER HE IS NICE TO

PS MY FILTERKEYS ARE ON
 
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Kent Denver Rules
    by (#53863) on 5/26/03 @4:50PM
Ever heard of Dave or Mike Law. Dave was the #1 recruit in the country last year, Mike on team USA. Both out of Denver, Co.
 
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Kent Denver Rules
    by (#53863) on 5/26/03 @4:50PM
Ever heard of Dave or Mike Law. Dave was the #1 recruit in the country last year, Mike on team USA. Both out of Denver, Co.
 
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Tillman Johnson and Matt Ward
    by (#53711) on 5/25/03 @6:53AM
Matt Ward is a reason that UVA won. Freshman from Landon in Bethesda. I go there so you know i'm gonna' give him high praise. Let's go to Till'. Crap, he acted like a brick wall. he only let up 4 goals. I score more in my games (6).
 
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B-man 24
    by (#33555) on 5/25/03 @8:21PM
The previous 3 messages are examples of why kids should not be able to use the internet without adult supervision... If you and your Landon buddies are so sick, why did you blow a 18 year streak against G-town Prep?
 
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Thats what I was thinking
    by (#48113) on 5/25/03 @9:13PM
'The previous 3 messages are examples of why kids should not be able to use the internet without adult supervision... '

SOme funny shit!
 
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yeah dog Landon is awsome... not
    by (#16998) on 5/26/03 @2:16PM
Landon can suck a dick for all i care, my high school beat u dicks and we came all the way from michigan were lax isnt even popular.
 
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Landon is gay
    by (#53961) on 5/27/03 @10:40AM
Yeah... Landon is a pretty gay school. They are just cocky dumb bitches... yeah....
 
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A bunch of Ass Archers!! (nt)
    by (#34999) on 5/27/03 @3:03PM
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landon
    by (#54070) on 5/30/03 @7:28PM
If my mommy could pay 1 billion dollars a year i could go play and be a gay little cocky boy too! Prep owns and dont forget little brown boys!
 
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Landon or Prep
    by (#57760) on 8/06/03 @9:22PM
if anyone is reading this & goes to either of those schools currently, please contact me...email: jay1204@yahoo.com SN: jujubee272. thanks y'all! =0) xoxo <3 M
 
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Hopkins-Uva
    by (#47758) on 5/25/03 @8:46PM
I don't think hopkins knows exactly what their going against. Well the midfields are as even as they come- Harrison, Donegar, Boland, Ford, etc vs Rotelli, Shannon, Glading, Dixon, who has really stepped it up towards the end of the season,Whitty on LSM, and DeViellers at the faceoff X. I think Hopkins is Underestimating Uva's defense, as Brett Hughes and Ned Bowen are as good as they come, and Whitty is definately a force to be reckoned with. Im not sure if the Jays are aware that when the cavs d is on top of their game, they can easily give the best teams some trouble. And If Johnson produces like he has in the past few games, Its not going to be as high scoring as hop's las few games. But the thing I dont think they have realized is that Christmas is not their whole attack. While JC is a great player and is very important to their attack, if Ward and Yevoli are doing well, any defense would be in trouble. And this was shown yesterday against Maryland's D. What I've come to realize is usually teams put their best defender on JC and then Ward or Yevoli explode and end up having a four or five point day. With Uva, you never know whos gonna be hot, teams just assume it will be Christmas. But I fell I'm not giving the hop enough credit. They have a lot of great players and the thing that amazes me is how consistently they play like a team. Hardly anyone is ever selfish. And Uva cant play like they have all season, with one or two offensive players doing well. They will need a solid game from Tillman and his D, and probably at least three of their five top scorers to play their best to stay in this game. Its should make for a great game, and will be able to go either way, but Im saying Uva on top(only because Im a fan, Im actually pretty nervous).

Cavs 13
Blue jays 10
 
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Umass
    by (#39090) on 5/27/03 @12:05PM
UMASS blew ass out there man i was diapointed. UVA all the way
 
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Cool it with the UMASS talk.
    by (#34999) on 5/27/03 @3:05PM
They suck!!! Let's talk about teams that win in the playoffs. UMASS never gets it done.
 
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