The No. 3 Maryland men's lacrosse team survived a last-gasp attack by host No. 5 Albany and star attackman Connor Fields on Wednesday as it held on for its second win over a top-five opponent in five days, 12-11.
Needing a goal to force overtime, Fields drew four Terps defenders as he spun to the crease from the left wing with about six seconds remaining. Falling short of the goal circle, he found Justin Reh from the ground, but the attackman's shot from just outside the crease was deadened by Maryland defenseman Curtis Corley's back before it got any farther.
Inclement weather conditions in Albany postponed the teams' original March 11 meeting until Wednesday, a rare midweek clash between top programs. The Terps (8-2) were coming off a 15-11 win Saturday over then-No. 1 Penn State, while the Great Danes (9-2) had not lost since a season-opening defeat at Syracuse.
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Maryland became the third program in Division I history to reach 800 all-time wins, after Johns Hopkins and Syracuse, but that possibility did not look promising early Wednesday. Albany scored twice in the first five minutes and led 3-0 before a Terps flurry tied the game late in the quarter.
Led by Maryland midfielder Tim Rotanz (three goals) and attackman Matt Rambo (two goals, one assist), the game started to tilt in the guests' favor, but the margin never got beyond three goals.
Fields, a Tewaaraton Award favorite, scored his third and final goal of the day and 41st of the season to tie the game at 8 in the third quarter. In the fourth, Reh (four goals) converted Fields' fifth assist to trim the Terps' lead to 12-11.
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Fields misfired on the ensuing possession, but after the Great Danes forced a shot-clock violation with 41 seconds remaining, he tried and failed twice to find the net after separate timeouts.
Maryland goalie Dan Morris bounced back from a disappointing showing Saturday to make 12 saves. Albany's TD Ierlan had his way against a trio of Terps faceoff specialists, winning 16 of 27 draws.
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Salisbury 17, York 10: Colin Reymann (Mount Saint Joseph) made 12 saves to help the host Sea Gulls (15-0, 8-0 Capital Athletic Conference) beat the Spartans (14-2, 6-1).
UMBC 21, Binghamton 10: Lauren McDonald (Catonsville) scored a game-high eight goals, including the first two of the game, to lead the host Retrievers (10-4, 3-1 America East Conference) past the Bearcats (5-9, 1-2). Binghamton drew within 9-4 before UMBC scored seven straight goals to end the first half.
No. 19 Virginia 16, Navy 13: The host Cavaliers (8-7) went on a 5-0 run to pull away from the Mids (9-4). Maggie Jackson had a game-high six goals for Virginia.
No. 3 Florida 19, Villanova 9: The host Gators (12-2, 6-0 Big East) used a 7-0 run in the first half to pull away from the Wildcats (3-10, 1-5).
Florida won 19 of 30 draw controls.
No. 13 Denver 17, Vanderbilt 4: The host Pioneers (11-2, 5-1 Big East) got hat tricks from Julia Feiss (Bryn Mawr), Emily Conway and Audrey Schreck to beat the Commodores (6-6, 3-3).
No. 15 Boston College 16, Dartmouth 9: Kate Weeks started a 5-0 run in the second half by scoring the first two goals to break a tie at 7 as the visiting Eagles (11-5) beat the Big Green (5-6).
Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.