Cavaliers Edged By Maryland, 12-11, In ACC Championship
April 25, 2004
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Top-seeded Maryland defeated third-seeded Virginia 12-11 to win the 2004 ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship, being held at Fetzer Field on the campus of the University of North Carolina.
Maryland jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on two goals from senior attacker J.R. Bordley and one from junior midfielder Ian Healy.
Virginia sophomore midfielder Kyle Dixon answered the Terrapins’ early run with a goal, making the score 3-1 with 8:44 remaining in the opening quarter.
Maryland sophomore attacker Xander Ritz converted on a pass from sophomore midfielder Brendan Healy to extend the Terrapin lead to 4-1.
Virginia came within one goal when freshman midfielder Drew Thompson scored his first goal of the game on an assist by junior midfielder Hunter Kass and junior attacker Joe Yevoli scored an unassisted goal with 6:09 remaining in the first quarter.
The Terrapins put together a string of three goals to increase their lead to 7-3. Sophomore attacker Joe Walters scored back-to-back goals to make the score 6-3. He was assisted by senior defender Drew Virk on his second goal. Ritz then recorded his second goal of the game to push the Terps to a 7-3 lead.
In the final minute and six seconds of the first quarter, Cavalier junior midfielder Nathan Kenney scored on a pass from Gilbert and teammates Yevoli and junior attacker John Christmas connected to make the score 7-5.
Virginia’s Christmas cut the Cavalier deficit to one when he scored his second goal of the game with 13:27 remaining in the half.
Maryland’s Walters scored the final goal of the half when he found the back of the net with 6:11 remaining to play. The Terrapins led 8-6 at halftime.
Walters scored his fourth goal of the game to put Maryland ahead 9-6 with 9:06 left to play in the third quarter. He was assisted on the play by senior defender Chris Passavia.
Maryland sophomore midfielder Bill McGlone made the score 10-7 on his first goal of the game. Walters assisted on the play. Walters then scored his fifth and sixth goals of the game, a new career-high, to extend Maryland’s lead to 12-7. Bordley assisted Walters on his sixth goal of the contest.
The Cavaliers rallied and made it a one-goal game with 40 seconds remaining in the game. Freshman defender Ricky Smith fed Ward for his second goal of the game to make the score 12-8, before Ward assisted sophomore midfielder Matt Poskay to make it a 12-9 game. Kass scored on a pass from Dixon with 3:33 remaining to make the score 12-10, before Yevoli scored the final goal of the game with 40 seconds remaining. Virginia regained possession but was unable to get a shot off, turning the ball over as the Terrapins ran out the clock.
J.R. Bordley, Maryland
Matt Danowski, Duke
Kevin Frew, North Carolina
Paul Gillette, Maryland
Brett Hughes, Virginia
Tim McGinnis, Maryland
Chris Passavia, Maryland
Jed Prossner, North Carolina
Matt Ward, Virginia
Joe Yevoli, Virginia
Lee Zink, Maryland
MVP: Joe Walters, Maryland