April 29, 2005
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Maryland's Maxwell Ritz scored the game-winner with 1:20 left in the overtime after one-timing a rebound on a Bill McGlone shot capping a Maryland rally as the Terps defeated Virginia 8-7 Friday night at M&T Bank Stadium.
With the win, the Terps (7-5) advanced to the ACC Finals where they will
take on Duke, who defeated North Carolina 13-11 earlier in the day.
Maryland controlled the pace of play in the first quarter holding a 12-5
advantage in shots. Brendan Healy put the Terps midway through the first
finishing in transition at the 7:30 mark. After the teams traded saves
and turnovers, Virginia's John Christmas evened the score after taking a
feed from Matt Ward.
The Cavaliers took a 3-1 lead to start the second half after Matt Poskay
finished on a pass from Kyle Dixon. Less than a minute later, Christmas
got loose on a man-up opportunity and found Dixon for the goal. The
Terps stormed back in the quarter, though, closing the period on a 3-0
run on scores from Maxwell Ritz, Healy and Xander Ritz and Harry Alford
made a save as time expired to give Maryland a 4-3 halftime advantage.
Drew Thompson quickly evened the score at 13:05 after Virginia's Jack
deVilliers won the face-off. The Cavaliers took the lead just three
minutes later after Rob Bateman found Matt Ward for the score. Andrew
Schwartzman answered for the Terps just after their extra-man
opportunity expired. Maryland won the ensuing face-off, but a save by
Kip Turner started the Virginia possession and Brendan Gill converted on
the other end for a 6-5 lead with 3:56 left in the third quarter. The
third period closed with each team unable to convert on 30-second
Virginia stretched its lead to 7-5 in the fourth quarter after Dixon's
second goal of the game. Dixon took a feed from Christmas from behind
the cage and his shot was re-directed past Alford by a Maryland defender
Schwartzman pulled the Terps within one six minutes later after his
second goal of the game on a man-up opportunity after J.J. Horrisey was
called for a pushing penalty. After a Maryland timeout at 2:54, Bill
McGlone dodged to his left and got free and bounced his shot past the
keeper to tie the score at 7-7. Virginia controlled the ensuing
face-off, but Dixon turned the ball over in the offensive end with just
under two minutes left. The Terps controlled the clock for the remainder
of the game, and McGlone fired the final shot of the game but Turner was
up to the task to make the save with just three seconds left in the
In overtime, Alford made two point-blank saves - including one in which
he had to get back to his feet to save a shot by Brendan Gill. The Cavs
got off six shots in the possession but were unable to capitalize.
McGlone fired a shot from 15 yards that was saved by Turner, but Maxwell
Ritz jumped in the air and one-timed the shot past Turner for the
game-winner with just 1:20 left in the overtime.