April 25, 2010

Courtesy of The ACC

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Top-seeded Virginia won the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse Championship with a 10-6 victory decided on Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium on the campus of the University of Maryland in front of 2,626 fans on Sunday afternoon.

The second-ranked Cavaliers, who improve to 13-1 on the season (2-1 ACC) took full advantage of their 13th ACC title game appearance, picking up the program's sixth ACC Championship crown and first since 2006 when Virginia also defeated Maryland, 11-5, in Baltimore, Md.

The loss gives the fourth-ranked Terrapins a 9-3 mark this season (1-2 ACC).

"I was pleased with our guys' performance today," said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia, who collected his 313th career victory and 212th at the helm of the Cavalier program. "Maryland's good defensively, but I think the key today was us limiting their offense."

The league's championship crown today for the Cavaliers is the school's seventh this academic year, tying the UVa school-record. Prior to the 2010 ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship, the Cavs won men's soccer, men's and women's swimming and diving, wrestling, rowing and men's tennis.

The Maryland-Virginia rivalry, which dates all the way back to 1926, is one of the longest in ACC men's lacrosse history, while the Terrapins hold a 44-41 (.518) advantage. The two programs have faced one another at least once every year since 1950 and 13 times in the ACC tournament with each side taking six victories of the previous 12.

Maryland rolled to a quick 3-0 start in the first eight minutes of the opening frame. Redshirt freshman midfielder Owen Blye connected on a pass from junior attackman Grant Catalino, who tallied a career-high and ACC semifinal-tying six goals just two days prior against North Carolina, to put the Terrapins on the boards and earn his third goal of the season.

A pair of middies, in redshirt sophomore Drew Snider and sophomore Michael Shakespeare, grabbed unassisted goals to give the Terps a 3-0 early lead. Snider's score marked his eighth goal of the season, while Shakespeare connected on number five and his first in this year's ACC tournament.

Virginia responded with three goals of its own as senior midfielder Brian Carroll, freshman attackman Matt White, and junior midfielder Rhamel Bratton found the back of the net for the Cavaliers.

However, tying wasn't enough for the Cavaliers as senior midfielder Mikey Thompson earned his first goal of the season with two minutes remaining in the first half.

Maryland and Virginia exchanged a pair of goals, thanks to Terrapin junior attackman Travis Reed and Cavalier sophomore attackman Steele Stanwick, which gave the visiting squad a 5-4 edge heading into the break.

Virginia goalie Adam Ghitelman had eight of his eventual 16 saves on the day by the half. The junior passed his previous season-high of 14 saves, which was set against Cornell earlier this season.

In the second half, Catalino evened the score at five-all within two minutes with a quick unassisted goal, his 27th of the year; however, the remainder of the third period belonged to the Cavaliers as Bratton, Stanwick, and sophomore attackman Chris Bocklet recorded goals to give the visiting team a 8-5 advantage.

Virginia, which remained undefeated in the regular season until its final game entering the ACC tournament (Duke), carried the momentum into the final stanza, posting two quick goals and holding the Terrapins scoreless for nearly 28 minutes to close out the game and secure the win.

Maryland sophomore Jake Bernhardt rallied for a last minute goal, unassisted, to bring the final score to 10-6.

Senior goalkeeper Brian Phipps logged all but 11 seconds in the crease for the Terrapins and recorded six saves in the game, while Ghitelman, who was named the 2010 ACC Championship Most Valuable Player, also provided 59:49 minutes of action.

For more information, including complete results and recaps, about the 2010 ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship, please visit theACC.com.

2010 All-Tournament Team

Max Quinzani, Senior, Attack, Duke
Grant Catalino, Junior, Attack, Maryland
Brian Farrell, Redshirt Junior, Midfield, Maryland
John Haus, Freshman, Midfield, Maryland
Brett Schmidt, Junior, Defense, Maryland
Ryan Flanagan, Junior, Defense, North Carolina
Rhamel Bratton, Junior, Midfield, Virginia
Shamel Bratton, Junior, Midfield, Virginia
Ken Clausen, Senior, Defense, Virginia
Adam Ghitelman, Junior, Goalkeeper, Virginia (MVP)
Brian McDermott, Senior, Midfield, Virginia
Steele Stanwick, Sophomore, Attack, Virginia
Matt White, Freshman, Attack, Virginia

Postgame Quotes
Virginia head coach Dom Starsia:
Opening Statement:
"Well, I guessed [the game] would be low scoring and it was. With two good teams playing two games in less than 48 hours, I didn't think [the players] would be flying around, although I thought the end-to-end game was good. Maryland's good defensively, but I think the key today was us limiting their offense."

On facing a 3-0 deficit in the first quarter:
"The timeout helped us. It let us gather ourselves and catch our breath. After that we were in the fray a little more and I felt good at halftime."

On the play of junior goalie Adam Ghitelman:
"They just couldn't get one by him. He really stepped up and got this championship for us."

Virginia goalkeeper Adam Ghitelman:
On winning ACC title:
"We never like losing a game, but last week's loss definitely got our attention. We met as a team; got refocused and stressed how we can never take victories for granted. To come back this weekend and win the ACC title shows what this Virginia team is made of."

On winning tournament MVP honors:
"It means a lot coming in a title game and particularly against Maryland since I have so many friends on their team and admire their program very much. Plus, it is my 21st birthday today so that makes it extra special."

Maryland head coach Dave Cottle:
Opening Statement:
"It was a tale of two games between the first time we played them and today. They had several chances today and they made the shots. Give all the credit to Virginia. I think the best team won."

On Virginia:
"In my mind Virginia is the best team in the nation and deserving of a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament."