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April 29, 2005

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Maryland’s Maxwell Ritz scored the game-winner with 1:20 left in the overtime after one-timing a rebound on a Bill McGlone shot capping a Maryland rally as the Terps defeated Virginia 8-7 Friday night at M&T Bank Stadium.

With the win, the Terps (7-5) advanced to the ACC Finals where they willtake on Duke, who defeated North Carolina 13-11 earlier in the day.Maryland controlled the pace of play in the first quarter holding a 12-5advantage in shots. Brendan Healy put the Terps midway through the firstfinishing in transition at the 7:30 mark. After the teams traded savesand turnovers, Virginia’s John Christmas evened the score after taking afeed from Matt Ward.

The Cavaliers took a 3-1 lead to start the second half after Matt Poskayfinished on a pass from Kyle Dixon. Less than a minute later, Christmasgot loose on a man-up opportunity and found Dixon for the goal. TheTerps stormed back in the quarter, though, closing the period on a 3-0run on scores from Maxwell Ritz, Healy and Xander Ritz and Harry Alfordmade a save as time expired to give Maryland a 4-3 halftime advantage.

Drew Thompson quickly evened the score at 13:05 after Virginia’s JackdeVilliers won the face-off. The Cavaliers took the lead just threeminutes later after Rob Bateman found Matt Ward for the score. AndrewSchwartzman answered for the Terps just after their extra-manopportunity expired. Maryland won the ensuing face-off, but a save byKip Turner started the Virginia possession and Brendan Gill converted onthe other end for a 6-5 lead with 3:56 left in the third quarter. Thethird period closed with each team unable to convert on 30-secondextra-man opportunities.

Virginia stretched its lead to 7-5 in the fourth quarter after Dixon’ssecond goal of the game. Dixon took a feed from Christmas from behindthe cage and his shot was re-directed past Alford by a Maryland defenderat 11:29.

Schwartzman pulled the Terps within one six minutes later after hissecond goal of the game on a man-up opportunity after J.J. Horrisey wascalled for a pushing penalty. After a Maryland timeout at 2:54, BillMcGlone dodged to his left and got free and bounced his shot past thekeeper to tie the score at 7-7. Virginia controlled the ensuingface-off, but Dixon turned the ball over in the offensive end with justunder two minutes left. The Terps controlled the clock for the remainderof the game, and McGlone fired the final shot of the game but Turner wasup to the task to make the save with just three seconds left in thegame.

In overtime, Alford made two point-blank saves – including one in whichhe had to get back to his feet to save a shot by Brendan Gill. The Cavsgot off six shots in the possession but were unable to capitalize.McGlone fired a shot from 15 yards that was saved by Turner, but MaxwellRitz jumped in the air and one-timed the shot past Turner for thegame-winner with just 1:20 left in the overtime.

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