CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The longest game in NCAA history ended one minute into the seventh overtime, but it was top-ranked Virginia that pulled off the 10-9 victory over the No. 9 Maryland men's lacrosse team in front of an announced crowd of 5,019 at Klockner Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Virginia drew first-blood with a goal by John Hadly at the 9:56 mark in the first, but the Terps struck back with 3:42 left on the clock on a Ryan Young goal. Cavalier defender Ken Clausen left Young to double-team junior Will Yeatman, but Yeatman was able to slip the ball back to Young. The sophomore attachman then curled from behind the right side of the Virginia goal and beat Adam Ghitelman low to know the score at 1-1.
Maryland then took its first lead of the game less than two minutes later. Virginia turned the ball over after failing to get a loose ball back into its offensive zone. Senior Dan Groot took the quick restart and raced into the Terrapin attack box ahead of the Wahoo defense. Groot flipped a pass to Yeatman, who again drew double-coverage. Yeatman promptly got the ball back to Groot, who buried a shot into the upper left corner for a 2-1 Maryland lead.
The Cavaliers finally broke the second-quarter stalemate with a transition goal at 7:12 by Steele Stanwick to tie the game at two goals apiece.
The game remained deadlocked at 2-2 and appeared to be headed to the half that way when junior Brian Phipps made another big save for the Terps, but the officials ruled that Virginia called a timeout prior to the shot and gave the Wahoos a chance with 18 seconds left in the half. Another Cavalier turnover, their 10th of the quarter, gave the Terps the ball right back, but Maryland turned the ball over with just seconds left and Stanwick made them pay, converting from the right wing to give the Cavaliers a 3-2 lead at the half.
The lead upped to 4-2 for the Cavaliers right off of the third quarter face-off, but Yeatman pulled the Terps back to within one with an unassisted goal at the 13:47 mark.
Yeatman continued to make his presence felt. He backed down Cavalier defender Ryan Nizolek in a repeat of his previous score. This time he rolled to the inside, but his shot went wide. Young was there behind the cage to collect the groundball. He then raced around the right side of the cage and found freshman Joe Cummings across the crease, where he beat Ghitelman to tie the game at 4-4.
Maryland continued its scoring run and regained the lead on Yeatman's second goal of the game at the 12:10 mark. This time he got off a shot from the left alley that took an unusually high bounce that caught the bottom of the cross bar over the goal line.
The Terrapin transition game was in full effect to continue the scoring barrage. A Cavalier turnover was picked-up by sophomore Brett Schmidt and he outran the Cavalier defense and created an odd-man advantage for Maryland. Quick ball movement eventually for the ball to sophomore Grant Catalino on the left wing and moved the ball on to Young behind the goal. Young beat Clausen around the cage and scored top shelf to claim a 6-4 lead for the Terps.
Both teams kept up the frenetic pace of the game, but both defenses stiffened and didn't allow a score for nearly seven minutes. That stretch was broken by Virginia's Shamel Bratton who scored an unassisted goal at the 4:29 mark, cutting the Maryland lead back to one at 6-5.
The lead didn't stay that way for long thanks to sophomore Travis Reed. He scored back-to-back goals eight seconds apart to give Maryland its biggest lead of the game at 8-5. Reed's first came on off an assist by Yeatman. His second was a little more unconventional. Sophomore Danny Burns collected a loose ball in front of the Virginia crease and got off a clear shot that was saved by Ghitelman, but he couldn't control the rebound. It bounced right to Reed on the right side of the crease where he easily scored after a couple of quick ball-fakes.
The Cavaliers opened the fourth quarter with a quick score by Stanwick at 13:42. But Maryland's face-off unit responded on the ensuing face-off to get the lead back to three. Junior Bryn Holmes won the face-off on a groundball by Burns. He raced down the field and found Holmes wide-open in the middle of the attack zone, where he beat Ghitelman easily to make the score 9-6.
The game remained that way until the 5:41 mark when Virginia capitalized on a turnover with a transition goal by Stanwick. The lead was cut to one just seconds later on Danny Glading's first goal of the game. The Cavalier scorung run continued on the ensuing face-off. An unclear holding call gave Virginia possession and the Wahoos capitalized on Brian Carroll's first goal of the game at the 4:39 mark.
Penalties on Max Schmidt on the goal and Bryn Holmes on the ensuing face-off gave Virginia a two-man advantage for 1:30. But great man-down play by the Terps killed the penalties and kept the game tied at 9-9.
Virginia had possession with just over two minutes remaining with Carroll took a shot from the right alley that went wide. Burns made a heads-up play for the Terps, racing after it, beating the Cavaliers to the spot and gaining possession for Maryland. The Terps had a couple of looks at the goal but were unable to get a clean shot and the game went into overtime.
Maryland won the face-off to start overtime and it looked as if the Terps won the game on a quick score by Catalino, but the officials called for a time-out that was never called by Maryland and the goal was taken off the board.
Turnovers on both ends of the field gave the Terps possession of the ball at the 1:52 mark of overtime when Maryland called its timeout. Catalino got a good look from just outside the crease, but hit the crossbar.
The game went into a second overtime with the Terps holding a man-advantage after Ghitelman was called for an illegal body check with once second left in the period, putting Mark Wade in cage for the Cavaliers. Wade made a save on the only shot Maryland got off in the second overtime, giving Virginia possession. But that possession proved fruitless thanks to another Cavalier turnover. Neither team could capitalize on mistakes and turnovers, sending the game into a third overtime.
The Cavaliers won the face-off to start the third period, but turnovers by both teams gave Virginia the ball with 3:09 left. A caused turnover by Max Schmidt gave Maryland the ball with 2:35 on the clock, but Ghitelman stopped Young's shot with just over a minute on the clock to give Virginia the ball back. Stanwick had a clear look from eight yards out on the left wing, but Phipps made a huge save and junior Dan Halayko scooped the groundball, sending the game into a fourth overtime.
Maryland won the face-off, but an illegal body check on Chad Gaudet gave the Terps an extra-man advantage. A turnover by Catalino gave Virginia the ball and the Cavaliers killed the penalty and called timeout with 2:34 on the clock. A turnover by Bratton with 46 seconds left gave the ball back to the Terps.
After a timeout with 31 seconds on the clock, Maryland got a good shot from senior Jeff Reynolds from the right alley, but it went wide and the game was sent into a fifth overtime, making it the longest game in the history of both programs' history.
Holmes won the face-off to start the fifth OT and a tripping penalty on Gaudet gave Maryland another 1:00 man-advantage. Virginia killed the penalty, but Maryland kept possession. A good low-to-high shot by Yeatman was saved by Ghitelman. An unsettled timeout was given to the Cavaliers with 1:22 by the officials, allowing Virginia to regain its composure. The Wahoos inverted with Bratton and got a good shot from Stanwick coming around the right side, but Phipps made another big save to preserve the tie. Another Ghitelman save on a Yeatman shot sent the game into a sixth overtime.
The beginning of the end came with just over a minute remaining in the sixth OT. Senior defender Mike Griswold dug out the groundball to give Maryland possession. With the clock winding down the Terps spread the Cavalier defense out and Yeatman got off another shot, but time ran out sending the game into a seventh OT.
Holmes again won the face-off and Young got off a wrap-around shot that Ghitelman stopped. The Cavaliers then went down the field and Carroll won the game with a running left-hander.
The Terrapin defense was stout all day. Phipps finished the game with 11 saves and three groundballs. Max Schmidt finished with three groundballs and two caused turnovers, while Burns and Reynolds each had four groundballs.
Holmes, who missed last week's game vs. North Carolina with an injury, was tremendous at the face-off X, winning 13-of-21 attempts, including the final three in overtimes five, six and seven.
Maryland (6-3, 2-1 ACC) returns to action on Friday, April 3 with a primetime game at No. 16 Navy. The Terps and the Midshipmen will face-off at 7 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The game is slated to be broadcast nationally on CBS College Sports Network.
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