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Terps thwarted in semifinal, 11-10

The Baltimore Sun

DURHAM, N.C. -- The Maryland men's lacrosse team refused to leave Durham quietly last night.

No. 3 Virginia knocked the No. 7 Terps out of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament with an 11-10 win, marking the Cavaliers' fourth consecutive victory over their ACC rival. Maryland coach Dave Cottle said before the semifinal that his team could not allow the Cavaliers to score 10 goals, and the high-scoring game did not seem to favor the Terps.

"I just never felt comfortable," Cottle said. "Even when we were scoring, we just never felt comfortable."

Senior goalie Harry Alford returned with nine saves for the Terps. But Maryland may find itself without another senior defensive leader after All-ACC defender Ray Megill went down in the first period and never returned.

The Terps hung close, with Virginia leading 7-6 in the first half. Then, after falling behind by four with only 10:05 remaining in regulation, the Terps battled back yet again. Terps sophomore midfielder Dan Groot scored two of his career-high four goals in the rally, which put the game at 11-10 with 1:11 remaining, and an extra man for Maryland after a foul on Virginia attackman Ben Rubeor.

But Groot took the final shot for the Terps, a stick save by goalie Kip Turner, and Maryland's hopes were crushed. Even in the close loss, the Terps attempted to stay positive.

"It's demoralizing. It hurts," Maryland senior defender Steve Whittenberg said. "But losing is losing, and we've got to go on to the next game."

The Terps started Alford for the first time all season. Alford had played the second half of the Terps' 14-10 win over Penn last Saturday, and he allowed 11 goals.

But the Terps may now have to deal with another injury to a senior defensive leader. Megill suffered an injury in the first quarter on a foul by Rubeor, whom Megill was guarding. Rubeor notched three goals and two assists.

Still, defeating a rival on a grand stage is a good win regardless of score, and Virginia coach Dom Starsia knows the importance of the win, as the Cavaliers prepare to face Duke, which beat North Carolina, 13-9.

"It was a second good win - you beat Maryland twice in the same season, that says a little something," Starsia said. "We're pleased to come away [with a win] even at 11-10."

No. 2 Duke 13, No. 10 North Carolina 9 -- Backed by an outstanding all-around performance from senior attackman Matt Danowski, who had two goals and four assists, the Blue Devils' offense looked spectacular. The Tar Heels allowed Duke to slip away in a big fourth quarter, during which the Blue Devils scored five times.

No. 3 Virginia 11, No. 7 Maryland 10

Maryland 4 2 0 4 - 10

Virginia 3 4 2 2 - 11

Goals: M-Groot 4, M. Phipps 2, Sieverts, Alford, Feifs, Farrell. V-Rubeor 3, Riley 2, Giannone 2, Billings, Glading, Carroll, Kelly. Assists: M-Ritz 2, Alford, Cinosky, Groot, Holmes, M. Phipps, Sieverts. V-Rubeor 2, Riley 2, Giannone 2, Billings, Glading, Carroll, Kelly. Saves: M-Alford 9. V-Turner 9.

No. 2 Duke 13, No. 10 North Carolina 9

North Carolina 3 2 1 3 - 9

Duke 6 1 1 5 - 13

Goals: NC-Burns 5, Tintle 2, Wagner, Driscoll. D-Greer 3, Danowski 2, Crotty 2, Carrington 2, Ross, Quinzani, O'Hara, Coveleski. Assists: NC-Wagner 3, Burke, Hunt, Petracca, Tintle. D-Danowski 4. Saves: NC-Zimmerman 7. D-Loftus 8.

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