Virginia outruns Maryland to ACC Championship, 10-6

Virginia outruns Maryland to ACC Championship, 10-6

Virginia outruns Maryland to ACC Championship, 10-6

Virginia outruns Maryland to ACC Championship, 10-6

The Virginia Cavaliers executed a great gameplan to limit Maryland's strengths. The defense forced Maryland to play 6-on-6 lacrosse and take outside shots. Adam Ghitelman came up huge with 16 saves for the Cavaliers. They took away Maryland junior attackman Grant Catalino's effectiveness by shutting him off with a shortstick defender who didn't have any slide responsibilities. The pure scorer wasn't able to find many opportunities to get his hands free for shots. With Will Yeatman sidelined as well, the Maryland offense struggled in the settled game.

The teams split the game's 20 faceoffs. Ultimately it came down to Virginia executing better in transition and the play of Ghitelman in between the pipes.

----From Press Release----

April 25, 2010

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Top-seeded Virginia won the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse Championship with a 10-6 victory decided on Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium on the campus of the University of Maryland in front of 2,626 fans on Sunday afternoon.

The second-ranked Cavaliers, who improve to 13-1 on the season (2-1 ACC) took full advantage of their 13th ACC title game appearance, picking up the program's sixth ACC Championship crown and first since 2006 when Virginia also defeated Maryland, 11-5, in Baltimore, Md.

The loss gives the fourth-ranked Terrapins a 9-3 mark this season (1-2 ACC).

"I was pleased with our guys' performance today," said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia, who collected his 313th career victory and 212th at the helm of the Cavalier program. "Maryland's good defensively, but I think the key today was us limiting their offense."

The league's championship crown today for the Cavaliers is the school's seventh this academic year, tying the UVa school-record. Prior to the 2010 ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship, the Cavs won men's soccer, men's and women's swimming and diving, wrestling, rowing and men's tennis.

The Maryland-Virginia rivalry, which dates all the way back to 1926, is one of the longest in ACC men's lacrosse history, while the Terrapins hold a 44-41 (.518) advantage. The two programs have faced one another at least once every year since 1950 and 13 times in the ACC tournament with each side taking six victories of the previous 12.

Maryland rolled to a quick 3-0 start in the first eight minutes of the opening frame. Redshirt freshman midfielder Owen Blye connected on a pass from junior attackman Grant Catalino, who tallied a career-high and ACC semifinal-tying six goals just two days prior against North Carolina, to put the Terrapins on the boards and earn his third goal of the season.

A pair of middies, in redshirt sophomore Drew Snider and sophomore Michael Shakespeare, grabbed unassisted goals to give the Terps a 3-0 early lead. Snider's score marked his eighth goal of the season, while Shakespeare connected on number five and his first in this year's ACC tournament.

Virginia responded with three goals of its own as senior midfielder Brian Carroll, freshman attackman Matt White, and junior midfielder Rhamel Bratton found the back of the net for the Cavaliers.

However, tying wasn't enough for the Cavaliers as senior midfielder Mikey Thompson earned his first goal of the season with two minutes remaining in the first half.

Maryland and Virginia exchanged a pair of goals, thanks to Terrapin junior attackman Travis Reed and Cavalier sophomore attackman Steele Stanwick, which gave the visiting squad a 5-4 edge heading into the break.

Virginia goalie Adam Ghitelman had eight of his eventual 16 saves on the day by the half. The junior passed his previous season-high of 14 saves, which was set against Cornell earlier this season.

In the second half, Catalino evened the score at five-all within two minutes with a quick unassisted goal, his 27th of the year; however, the remainder of the third period belonged to the Cavaliers as Bratton, Stanwick, and sophomore attackman Chris Bocklet recorded goals to give the visiting team a 8-5 advantage.

Virginia, which remained undefeated in the regular season until its final game entering the ACC tournament (Duke), carried the momentum into the final stanza, posting two quick goals and holding the Terrapins scoreless for nearly 28 minutes to close out the game and secure the win.

Maryland sophomore Jake Bernhardt rallied for a last minute goal, unassisted, to bring the final score to 10-6.

Senior goalkeeper Brian Phipps logged all but 11 seconds in the crease for the Terrapins and recorded six saves in the game, while Ghitelman, who was named the 2010 ACC Championship Most Valuable Player, also provided 59:49 minutes of action.

2010 All-Tournament Team

Max Quinzani, Senior, Attack, Duke

Grant Catalino, Junior, Attack, Maryland

Brian Farrell, Redshirt Junior, Midfield, Maryland

John Haus, Freshman, Midfield, Maryland

Brett Schmidt, Junior, Defense, Maryland

Ryan Flanagan, Junior, Defense, North Carolina

Rhamel Bratton, Junior, Midfield, Virginia

Shamel Bratton, Junior, Midfield, Virginia

Ken Clausen, Senior, Defense, Virginia

Adam Ghitelman, Junior, Goalkeeper, Virginia (MVP)

Brian McDermott, Senior, Midfield, Virginia

Steele Stanwick, Sophomore, Attack, Virginia

Matt White, Freshman, Attack, Virginia

Postgame Quotes

Virginia head coach Dom Starsia:

Opening Statement: "Well, I guessed [the game] would be low scoring and it was. With two good teams playing two games in less than 48 hours, I didn't think [the players] would be flying around, although I thought the end-to-end game was good. Maryland's good defensively, but I think the key today was us limiting their offense."

On facing a 3-0 deficit in the first quarter: "The timeout helped us. It let us gather ourselves and catch our breath. After that we were in the fray a little more and I felt good at halftime."

On the play of junior goalie Adam Ghitelman: "They just couldn't get one by him. He really stepped up and got this championship for us."

Virginia goalkeeper Adam Ghitelman:

On winning ACC title: "We never like losing a game, but last week's loss definitely got our attention. We met as a team; got refocused and stressed how we can never take victories for granted. To come back this weekend and win the ACC title shows what this Virginia team is made of."

On winning tournament MVP honors: "It means a lot coming in a title game and particularly against Maryland since I have so many friends on their team and admire their program very much. Plus, it is my 21st birthday today so that makes it extra special."

Maryland head coach Dave Cottle:

Opening Statement: "It was a tale of two games between the first time we played them and today. They had several chances today and they made the shots. Give all the credit to Virginia. I think the best team won."

On Virginia: "In my mind Virginia is the best team in the nation and deserving of a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament."

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Service annoucement to all UVa Hater!!
    by (#206404) on 4/26/10 @9:23AM
yo check to 2010 all ACC tournament team..if Duke is such a better team why is it that only one player made it, and it was not "god like" Ned Crotty? Whereas UVa has 7 including the MVP? Can you still really say duke is a better team? now before everyone starts crying and continues to hate on UVa, Duke is ok, yeah they can win the ACC tourney but wat good is that with no AQ? As a uva fan i too realize this, but am happy to stop our drought and win the ACC again.. now we must refocus for memorial weekend and bring the National Championship back home. Duke you gotta come harder if want to taste a National Championship your 0-2!!
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    by (#244308) on 4/26/10 @10:15AM
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hahahha funny
    by (#147651) on 4/26/10 @11:22AM
i hope your joking
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    by (#206404) on 4/26/10 @12:38PM
I agree i hope this is a joke but nevertheless UMD did land a few players on the All Tourney team but correct me if im worng, but havent we beaten you twice this year?!? so just hold onto the fact that you will make the tournament with a good seed and wait and see if you can rise to ocassaion and get a title.
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    by (#139861) on 4/26/10 @10:52PM
Where you at now UVa haters? Nothing to say fake Naptown Fan? Come on man, I'm sure you can think of something to troll about. Hahaha.

ACC championship down, National Championship to go!

Let's go Cavs!
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lets not get ahead of ourselves now...
    by (#65280) on 4/26/10 @11:39PM
dont get me wrong... UVA is a great team this year, but the road is gonna be tough getting to B-more. I would rather see VA win this year rather then SU... but getting to the finals is not gonna be as easy as you might think. Im not UVA hatein, but lets slow down a minute. there is a lot happening in DI especially this past weekend and i would not count anyone out just yet. VA's game against duke ended one sided in VA's favor, but it did not start out that way... duke was strong in the beginning and it almost felt like they might take em down. in any case VA won as we all know, but it looked like it was going to be closer then we first thought. Im with you on VA makin it... but we get caught up to easily on the ACC down! champs to go talk. brackets come out next monday???? lets talk about the finals then
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    by (#139861) on 4/27/10 @1:56AM
Very true man. I agree, seems like there's a lot of teams this year that can make a run in the tourney. Definitely interested to see how the bracket turns out. At this point I like UVa, Syracuse, Duke, and Loyola in the final four.
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ohhhh Loyola?
    by (#65280) on 4/27/10 @10:24AM
i like it... that would be something wouldn't it? Kinda Like Mass's run on 06. How about a navy? or Brown? Towson? what i know is this... right now there are a lot of teams really makin themselves stand out more then usual. We will see the norms in the finals this year (hopin for UVA, and someone other then SU) but i think there will be 2 new comers there to. When i say that i mean a team who has not been there in a few years or ever before. even though Hop is not playin well right now... lets all remember their historical stats in the past at the end of the season (but i don't think they will make it this year... 2nd round departure i think)
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    by (#224361) on 4/27/10 @3:31PM
i dont think towson or brown has it in them but loyola is playing great right now and also stony brook shut out albany 15-0 yesterday and albany is a decent team. i would like to see drexel make a run or delaware if they can make it in
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Albany is a good team?
    by (#65280) on 4/27/10 @4:00PM
they are 3-10 this year... the 3 teams they beat this year are in the same winning %. Brown just beat cornell who only lost to syracuse by 1 (and we all know your love for SU) Towson is right on the cuff this year with wins against navy, and Delaware (whom you mentioned)... so not sure where you going with all that, but at this point we have to wait and see how the bracket falls down, and then go from there. but GO DANES right?!
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    by (#139861) on 4/27/10 @6:52PM
Yeah, Albany isn't that great this year. They've got no midfield and Resetarits and Caufield can't do everything.

I could see Stony Brook making a run in the tourney cause their offense is one of the best in the country. On the other hand, I could also see them making a first-round exit cause their defense is one of the worst (despite shutting out Albany, like I said before their offense is lacking).

If Towson is able to continue their winning ways through the CAA tourney, they can certainly put at least another win to their record in the NCAA's. I would hate to draw a Towson team on a nine-game win streak.

Loyola is definitely my dark horse though. A strong, experienced attack unit will help them, and Jake Hagelin is capable of having big games. Can their midfield step up and bring them to the Final Four?
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    by (#224361) on 4/29/10 @3:38PM
ok albanys not a great team yea but i only said they were decent not good.

about Towson, i dont believe they can make a big run in the tourney because their wins agianst good schools(delaware,navy,drexel, and umass) were only by 1 goal except the delaware which was only 2 goals. but all their losses are against good teams too and they have lots of close game experience which is always good.sure towsons a good team i know that but i just dont think they can beat enough good teams in the tourney because with teams like UVA,Cuse,Maryland,Duke(finally starting to play well again),UNC and others your gonna have to get through some great teams in the tournament.but dont get me wrong if they knock off a big name early they can get confident and that can go a long way for them so bottom line, towson could make a run but i dont think they can do it.

and on the Brown situation, yes they are a great team and they can definatly make a great run

go orange!
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This Kid...
    by (#65280) on 5/02/10 @11:05PM
Kinda like how every kid jumps on the Lakers bandwagon... or little kids get on the Boston Red socks kick... well i guess now in the last few years at least... NY yanks really i guess every front runner likes... go orange... this kid for some reason is in love with them... easy up there young buck... your heart might be broken soon. maybe not this year, but it is easy to love the team on top right? oh... we have won so many in a row... or we lead the title run... you have no idea. your from PA? right? if you were from watertown or something like that i would take the go SU a little more easily. ahhhh whatever... i just hope su go far this year so you dont cry your little eyes to sleep before you go to school after the tourny... sleep tight little guy!
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