March 28, 2009
Virginia vs. Maryland lacrosse is a bitter rivalry. It seems every time the two teams meet, it's down to the wire in a one to two goal game. Saturday was the pinnacle of these type of games between the two teams, and Virginia is lucky to come out on top.
Tied at two in the closing seconds of the first half, It seemed as if freshman Steele Stanwick's goal with only 11 seconds remaining in the second quarter would serve as a catalyst for the Cavaliers momentum heading into the second half. It wasn't the case. Down two goals early in the second, Maryland went on a tear. Maintaining a three goal lead late io the fourth quarter, but Virginia wouldn't be denied. Not yet eager to taste their first defeat of the season. Virginia used goals from Stanwick, Danny Glading, and Brian Carroll to knot the game at nine, and head into overtime.
There was still plenty of drama to be had in the game. Even after the first face-off in overtime, Maryland appeared to have won the game just seconds into the extra frame. However, after both coaches agreed to a time-out when either team reaches the box, a referee's whistle blew and the game remained tied.
Virginia never seemed to get in the groove offensively. Even well into several overtime periods. Only clutch saves from Cavaliers goalie Adam Ghitelman and Mark Wade kept the Hoos' in it. After the announcement entering the seventh overtime period of the longest game in NCAA division-one history, Brian Carroll went to work. Receiving a pass up top from Glading, Carroll sliced his way past a Terp defender and ripped a shot that just caught the upper right hand portion of the net for the game winner.
The win improves the Cavaliers to a perfect 11-0 on the season and remain the number one ranked team in the nation.
Up next for Virginia, another ACC match up as they take on North Carolina in the first of a triple-header of the Big City Classic at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.