April 1, 2006
College Park, Md. -
The top-ranked Virginia men's lacrosse team scored five opening period goals in the first seven-and-a-half minutes and rolled to a 15-5 victory over #3 Maryland this afternoon in College Park.
The Cavaliers' win in the ACC opener, is their 10th in a row as they continue on the hottest start in school history. Maryland falls to 6-2 overall this season.
The win is Virginia's biggest in the series since a 14-4 win in the national semifinals in 2003.
Six different Cavaliers had multi-goal performances led by Ben Rubeor's four goals.
Virginia came out remarkably hot on the offensive end scoring on five of their first seven shots. Drew Thompson got the Cavaliers going with a goal just 15 seconds in. He was followed a minute later by Matt Poskay, who scored his 20th of the season. Rubeor scored his first goal after five minutes elapsed and was followed a short time later by the first of two goals by freshman Danny Glading.
Rubeor added his second of the quarter with 7:31 left as the UVa lead grew to 5-0. Senior Xander Ritz ended the Virginia run with his 19th goal of the season at the 6:50 mark.
The Cavaliers scored four goals in the second period, while holding the Terrapins scoreless in the period. Virginia continued their torrid shooting in the second half with goals by Poskay and J.J. Morrissey in the first minute of the third quarter.
Virginia's lead grew to 13-1 before Maxwell Ritz scored Maryland's second goal with 5:03 remaining in the third period. His goal was Maryland's first in more than 31 minutes.
recorded a season-high 15 saves in three quarters of play before being replaced by Bud Petit, who made six saves in the fourth quarter.
Michael Culver led a stellar defensive effort by shutting down All-American attackman Joe Walters. Walters finished with just one assist in his least productive outing of the season and missed on all eight shots he took.
The Cavaliers stay on the road with a game next Saturday (April 8) against North Carolina at 2 pm.
#1 Virginia 5-4-5-1--15 record: 10-0/1-0 ACC
#3 Maryland 1-0-2-2--5 record: 6-2/2-1 ACC
Scoring (G-A)--V: Ben Rubeor 4-0, Danny Glading 2-1, Drew Thompson 2-1, Garrett Billings 2-0, Matt Poskay 2-0, Matt Ward 2-0, J.J. Morrissey 1-1, Kyle Dixon 0-1, Drew Garrison 0-1, Foster Gilbert 0-1, Jack Riley 0-1. M: Maxwell Ritz 2-2, Xander Ritz 2-0, Bill McGlone 1-0, Brendan Healy 0-1, David Tamberrino 0-1, Joe Walters 0-1.
Goalie Summary--V: Kip Turner 45:00 mins., 15 saves, 3 goals allowed; Bud Petit 15:00, 6 svs., 2 ga. M: Harry Alford 36:19 mins., 12 saves, 12 goals allowed; Jason Carter 23:41, 3 svs., 3 ga.
Shots: V--37, M--46
Ground Balls: V--42, M--44
Clearing: V--22x27, M--15x22
Faceoffs: V--10, M--14
Penalties: V--5-5:00, M--2-1:30
EMO: V--1x2, M--3x5