Virginia drops ACC bout against Maryland, 9-6
Last regular season meeting between teams as conference foes
The No. 8 Virginia men’s lacrosse team fell to fourth-ranked Maryland Sunday by a final score of 9-6. The Cavaliers (8-3, 1-2 ACC) have now dropped three of their past five games after opening the season 6-0.
Despite featuring two of the nation’s top offenses, the match saw both teams struggling to convert possessions in the first half. It took nearly nine minutes for Maryland (8-1, 3-1 ACC) to end the scoring drought, grabbing a 1-0 lead with 6:22 remaining in the first quarter. Virginia quickly responded, however, as freshman midfielder Zed Williams put the Cavaliers on the board less than a minute later.
The Williams tally seemed to ignite Virginia, and the team rattled off three more unanswered goals to give them a 4-1 lead. The Terrapins ended the run with just less than six minutes remaining in the half and narrowed the lead to one three minutes later. The Cavaliers extended their lead back to two with 2:35 to play in the second quarter, when sophomore attackman James Pannell scored his 30th goal of the season.
Maryland quickly erased the Virginia lead at the start of the second half, scoring four unanswered goals to earn a 7-5 lead. Junior attackman Owen Van Arsdale stopped the bleeding for Virginia with 1:55 left in the third quarter, making the score 7-6. Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, this would be their last goal of the afternoon.
The Terrapins scored twice more in the fourth quarter to seal the victory, while their defense stifled the potent Cavalier attack and allowed just nine shots in the entire second half. A large part of Maryland’s success came from shutting down the nation’s leading scorer in senior attackman Mark Cockerton, who saw his 24 game goal-scoring streak come to an end Sunday. The Terrapins also bested Virginia in ground balls and faceoffs won, by a count of 35-22 and 14-5, respectively.
Virginia will be back in action April 5 when they travel to Chapel Hill to take on fifth-ranked North Carolina. Faceoff is set for 3 p.m.