The Virginia NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament nine-game winning streak has finally come to an end.
The two-time defending national champion has almost certainly completed an unbeaten season, winning the national championship and becoming the last team to endure the unstoppable Terrapin train that will make a legal case as one of the biggest lacrosse teams. time. Virginia’s nearly three-year reign as national champion ended in a 18-9 loss to Maryland No. 1 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship Sunday evening at Columbus Ohio Stadium.
When the two teams met in Washington DC on a regular basis on March 19, a huge advantage in the fight for ownership and an elite level of efficiency in the attack led to a 23-12 victory for Terrapins, as the UVA attack could not be stopped. to move forward. This time, it was Maryland’s defense that set the tone, drowning out Virginia’s attack.
Connor Shellenberger, a Tewaaraton finalist and most prominent player in the NCAA Championship, was held without a single point through an individual defensive effort by Ajax Zappitello of Maryland. Also, Brett Makar held on to Matt Moore, as the final leader at all points in the UVA had only one assist and one goal in nine shots. Moore finished the UVA career with 277 points (the most in UVA history) with 143 goals (second most) and 134 assists (fifth most).
Without the production of their two best players, the Cavaliers went on the attack, scoring just one goal in the first quarter and four goals in the first half. Griffin Schutz scored just one goal in the opening period and it was also the first goal of the match. Terrapins responded with a 4-0 lead to end the quarter, and three goals from Anthony DeMayo.
Jeff Conner added two goals in the second quarter, but Maryland responded with a pair of goals after Conner’s first goal and another three goals after the second to make it 9-3. The senior midfielder was a clear point for the Cavaliers, scoring three goals and one assist. With a minute and a half left in the first half, Virginia’s attacking unit finally made an appearance as Matt Moore found a Payton Cormier cut for a goal.
The Cavaliers outscored the five-goal lead at halftime, but the Terrapins quickly took control of the game to start the third quarter, scoring four goals in a row, the first two from Logan Wisnauskas. Both Wisnauskas and DeMaio had three goals and two assists for Maryland as ten different players set the record for the game. Owen Murphy led Terps with four goals. UVA never came close to scoring more than eight goals after that, while Maryland got another win.
As they did at the regular season meeting, the Terrapins had a big advantage in the possession fight, winning 20 of the 29 par draws led by Luke Wierman, dominating the match with Petey LaSalla. As a result, Maryland beat Virginia 50-35.
UVA put 24 shots into the cage, but star Logan McNaney was in the Terps’ tube, making 14 stops. Matthew Nunes, Virginia’s first goalie, came in for the second time this season with a shot from the Terrapins, making 11 stops and scoring 18 goals.
Maryland’s win over Virginia has lost five games against the Terrapins in the NCAA Tournament against the Cavaliers, a streak since 2003.
Virginia ends the season with a 12-4 record as the Cavaliers suffered their first loss in the NCAA Championship on May 12, 2018 after their first return loss to Loyola.
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