The No. 8 Virginia Cavaliers were unable to overcome a late deficit, falling to the No. 4 Maryland Terrapins Sunday afternoon at Byrd Stadium. Maryland limited the Cavaliers to only 10 offensive possessions in the second half. Virginia fell to 8-3 overall and 1-2 in the ACC.
“I thought Maryland carried the play to us on the ground in the second half and that was the difference,” said Virginia men’s lacrosse head coach Dom Starsia. “We were not winning faceoffs easily and Nikko [Amato] makes some saves there in the third quarter when we had a chance to stay in the game, climb in the game, extend our lead perhaps. I don’t think it was one thing today, but a few little things. I thought Maryland upped the ante in the second half.”
Zed Williams scored an unassisted goal at 5:34 to tie the game at 1-1 for Virginia. Williams’ goal started a 4-0 UVa run that gave the Cavaliers an early 4-1 advantage. Ryan Tucker, Rob Emery and Tyler German all scored goals during the spurt. German’s unassisted goal at 8:26 in the second quarter capped the UVa run.
After Maryland cut it to 4-3, Nate Menninger won the ensuing faceoff for UVa and found James Pannell nine seconds later to extend Virginia’s lead back to two goals, 5-3.
Maryland came out on fire in the third quarter scoring four consecutive goals to take a 7-5 lead. Williams found Owen Van Arsdale with 1:55 left in the third quarter to cut UVa’s deficit to one goal, 7-6. UVa didn’t get any closer.
The Maryland defense held UVa to only nine second half shots after the Cavaliers totaled nine shots in the second quarter alone.
Mark Cockerton failed to score a goal for UVa, snapping his streak of 24 straight games with a goal, the second-longest active streak in the nation entering Sunday. Williams led UVa with two points, one goal and one assist.
UVa returns to action on Saturday when the Cavaliers travel to North Carolina. Faceoff is set for 3 p.m.