The No. 3 national seeded Virginia Cavaliers (15-3) trailed by five goals with 10:38 remaining, but scored the game's last six goals to squeak past Maryland (12-5) in overtime on Saturday afternoon, 13-12, in the NCAA Quarterfinal round at James M. Shuart Stadium. UVA advances to Championship Weekend for the first time since winning it all in 2011.
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The No. 3 national seeded Virginia Cavaliers (15-3)trailed by five goals with 10:38 remaining, but scored the game’s last six goals to squeak past Maryland (12-5) in overtime on Saturday afternoon, 13-12, in the NCAA Quarterfinal round at James M. Shuart Stadium. UVA advances to Championship Weekend for the first time since winning it all in 2011.
Virginia will play No. 2 seeded Duke, who beat No. 7 seeded Notre Dame in overtime 14-13. Game time will be announced on Sunday after all the quarterfinal games are complete.
Faceoff specialist Petey LaSalla won his seventh faceoff in a row to start overtime and Michael Kraus found a streaking Matt Moore for the game-winning score 45 seconds into the extra period. The score by Moore was his 40th goal of the season, making him the first single-season 40-goal, 40-assist man
HOW IT HAPPENED
Including overtime, LaSalla won the game’s final seven faceoffs and 7-of-8 in the fourth quarter as Virginia mounted its comeback. Maryland’s lone faceoff win of the fourth quarter led to the Terps’ final score of the game at 10:38, courtesy of an Anthony DeMaio tally.
Ryan Conrad scored back-to-back goals to jumpstart the UVA streak to victory. After Conrad made it 12-9 with 3:25 to go, Ian Laviano scored 20 seconds later on a Kraus assist after LaSalla won the faceoff, cutting UVA’s deficit to two goals, 12-10.
Conrad scored his fourth of the game, third of the half, at 2:41 to bring UVA within one goal, 12-11. Virginia tied the game for the fourth time, 12-12, with 1:14 left when Dox Aitken found Kraus, who stung the corner.
LaSalla won the ensuing faceoff, but UVA wasn’t able to score before regulation ran out as the stage was set for the overtime heroics.
THE CAVS ARE GOING TO PHILLY!! pic.twitter.com/yURwIYclsj
— NCAA Lacrosse (@NCAALAX) May 18, 2019
UVA STAT LEADERS
• M Ryan Conrad
4 goals, 1 assist
• A Ian Laviano
• A Michael Kraus
1 goal, 4 assists
A Matt Moore
1 goal, 2 assists
• UVA is now 50-33 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 23-8 all-time in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal Round.
• Virginia is 11-5 all-time as the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
• UVA advances to Championship Weekend for the 23rd time and for the first time since 2011.
• UVA hands Maryland head coach John Tillman his first loss as the head coach of the Terrapins in the quarterfinal round. Maryland entered the day 7-0 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament under John Tillman.
• It was the 92nd meeting between UVA and Maryland, the most for the Cavaliers against any opponent.
• Ryan Conrad has nine goals and one assist in two career NCAA Tournament games.
• Michael Kraus extended his active streak with a point to 47 games.
• Matt Moore has 40 goals and 40 assists on the season. He is UVA’s first-ever 40-40 single-season player. He is also only the fourth Cavalier to score 80 points in a season, joining Doug Knight (86, 1996), Michael Kraus (83, 2018) and Steele Stanwick (80, 2012).
FROM THE LOCKER ROOM
“I am a very grateful man to be surrounded by great men. When I think about the Virginia lacrosse team, I think of men that are driven to succeed. It has happened all season where we have been down. You can lean back on that. We were down five against Notre Dame, it wasn’t with half a quarter left, but we have been down before. These men truly draw upon each other and lean upon each other. It all starts with trust. It was a heroic effort from our first year, Petey LaSalla. For him to do what he did in the second half against a team [Maryland] that is notoriously very good at the faceoff X. He kept giving us those possession in order to make the comeback win happen. Having Ryan Conrad on those faceoff wings. I am very grateful to coach a group that is committed to be successful in every phase.- Lars Tiffany
With the win, UVA will advance to Championship Weekend in Philadelphia, Pa., against the Duke (No. 2 seed). The semifinal matchup will be played at either noon or 2:30 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field. The semifinals will be broadcast on ESPN2.