No. 2 Maryland started on a 5-1 run, leading the Terrapins to a 9-7 victory over No. 17 Virginia Saturday. The Cavs fell to 5-5 overall and 0-1 in the ACC with the loss.
Virginia dropped its fourth game in a row for only the second time in the Dom Starsia era and the first time since the 2004 season.
“When you don’t win, every little mistake gets magnified,” said Starsia. “I think Maryland would feel the same way if the result was different. They threw the ball away a couple times. We gave up some of the unsettled goals, which hurt us last week as well, but I thought we got organized at halftime on our unsettled defense. But they have a good kid with the long pole making plays. I don’t think there needs to be dangers afoot, but if we want to win at this level we have to play a little better.”
Trailing 9-4 late, UVa mounted a three-goal run to come within two goals, 9-7, but couldn't get it any closer than that.
“I like this team,” said Starsia. “Who they’ve been on the practice field and almost every game situation. We have this never say die attitude. At the same time, we have to be a little better. We have to finish a little better, defend a little better, and I’ll have to coach a little better. Everyone will have to pick up the pace a little bit. We play teams that know us and take us seriously and if we want to win, we’re going to have to continue to improve and clean things up. After the first game of the year when we beat Drexel in overtime, I was thinking that it wasn’t very satisfying - it’s good to take a W over an L, but I was really proud of this effort today. This team, if it continues to work hard and improve, still has a chance to do some damage.”
Virginia returns to action on April 6 when North Carolina comes to Klöckner Stadium.
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