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Nov. 14, 2004

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CARY, N.C. – The Virginia Cavaliers captured the ACC Men’s Soccer Championship with a 2-1 win over the Maryland Terrapins Sunday afternoon at the SAS Soccer Complex. The Cavaliers’ Jeremy Barlow netted the game-winner in the 57th minute en route to being named the tournament Most Valuable Player. Barlow tallied two goals, both of which were game-winners, and an assist in the tournament to lead Virginia to its ninth conference championship crown in ACC Men’s Soccer history. Maryland’s Chris Lancos joined a list of two others when he posted four assists in the tournament, tying an ACC Tournament individual record for assists in a championship.

Both teams played to an even first half as the Terrapins and Cavaliers entered halftime with the score deadlocked at 0-0. Virginia out shot Maryland 4-3, while holding the advantage in corner kicks at 1-0.

The Cavaliers broke through with the game’s first goal as Adam Cristman blasted a rebound off a corner kick in the 48th minute. Virginia’s Nico Colaluca sent the corner kick into the box which was quickly redirected by the Maryland defense. But it was Cristman who gathered the loose ball and deposited it in the back of the net for a Virginia 1-0 lead.

Virginia extended its lead to 2-0 at the 57:00 mark in the second half. The Cavaliers’ Will Hall found Jeremy Barlow streaking down the middle of the field for his sixth goal of the season. Barlow squeaked the kick passed a diving Noah Palmer from 18 yards out for the score and a two goal Cavalier advantage.

Maryland cut the lead to 2-1 in the 64th minute off a goal from Jason Garey for his 20th of the season and fourth of the tournament. Garey scored on a header-shot from four yards out off a cross from Lancos. The assist from Lancos was his fourth of the tournament which tied an ACC Tournament record for assists in a championship.

Late in the game, Virginia was able to turn down several scoring opportunities by Maryland to hold on for the 2-1 victory.

With the win Virginia moves to 17-4-0 while Maryland fell to 15-5-1. The Cavaliers will receive the ACC’s automatic bid to the 2004 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship as a result of today’s conference championship victory. The men’s field of 48 for the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship will be announced on Monday, November 15 at 4:30 pm on ESPNews.

Goal Time Team Goal Scorer Assists
1. 47:12 VA Adam Cristman (9) unassisted
2. 57:00 VA Jeremy Barlow (6) Will Hall
3. 63:44 MD Jason Garey (20) Chris Lancos

Shots: Maryland 11, Virginia 7
Corners: Maryland 6, Virginia 2
Saves: Maryland 0, Virginia 1

ACC All-Tournament Team
Jeremy Barlow, Virginia (MVP)
Ryan Burke, Virginia
Adam Cristman, Virginia
Nico Colaluca, Virginia
Mike Littlefield, Virginia
Noah Palmer, Maryland
Chris Lancos, Maryland
Jason Garey, Maryland
Andrew Rhea, North Carolina
Jamie Watson, North Carolina
Scott Sealy, Wake Forest
Michael Parkhurst, Wake Forest
Blake Camp, Duke

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