CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Virginia fended off a fourth-quarte rally to defeat Maryland, 10-9, in an Atlantic Coast Conference game yesterday at Scott Stadium.
Virginia (7-1, 2-0 ACC), No. 3 in The Sun top 10, had a 10-4 lead when defenseman George Glyphis scored with 1 minute, 36 seconds gone in the final period. But No. 6 Maryland (5-2, 1-2) stormed back behind faceoff ace Andy Claxton and a more aggressive ride, scoring five straight goals to cut the deficit to 10-9 with 1:10 remaining.
Claxton won the ensuing faceoff, but the Terrapins managed just one shot on their final two possessions, as Virginia escaped with the win.
Senior attackman Mark Douglas scored two of his team-high three goals in the Terps' five-goal run.
Maryland coach Dick Edell traced the Terrapins' rally to a second-half move of junior defenseman Brian Burlace to a defensive midfield position. The move allowed the Terps to play more aggressively against what Edell called Virginia's superior athletes.
"Maybe we put the shackles on our players too much," Edell said. "It's my fault for not doing it [making the change] sooner."
Burlace proved Edell's strategy sound by scoring Maryland's last goal. On a Terrapins ride, he stole a pass intended for Greg Leder, then launched a 40-yard shot while Cavaliers goalie Tom Groeninger was out of the net helping with the clear.
The shot hit the top of the cage and bounced right back to Burlace who then beat Groeninger with his second shot.
Burlace's score was one of the few occasions seniors Groeninger and Leder were caught out of position. Groeninger (Loyola) made 17 saves, including three tough stops on one possession after Maryland had cut the Cavaliers lead to 10-8.
Leder shadowed Maryland attackman Rob Wurzberger all afternoon, and the Terps' leading goal-scorer, who has converted 66 percent of his opportunities this season, managed just two shots, neither of which connected.
"I'd say that's pretty good defense", said Virginia coach Jim Adams. "Maybe [worth] a game ball."
Virginia built its lead with an unusual five-man faceoff rotation against Claxton and by holding Maryland scoreless for a 24-minute stretch of the second and third quarters.
"When Claxton gets going, it's automatic," Adams said. "We wanted to keep him out of a rhythm. It worked well in the first half."
Claxton had won 73 percent of his faceoffs coming into the game and took 12 of 22 chances against Virginia. In the first half, however, the Cavaliers won eight of 11 against him.
Midfielder Andy Kraus, a senior, scored all four of his goals in the first half. The last, with Maryland down two men because of penalties, gave Virginia a 7-3 lead that it held at halftime.
Garth Appelt and Kevin Pehlke each scored unassisted goals early in the third quarter to push Virginia's advantage to 9-3.
Douglas finally ended Maryland's scoring drought with seven seconds left in the third quarter.
Maryland 1 2 1 5 -- 9
Virginia 3 4 2 1 -- 10
Goals: M--Douglas 3, Schoenweitz, Dail, Staker, Pasko, Reading, Burlace; V--KKraus 4, Appelt, Falk, Koch, Pehlke, Roe, Glyphis. Assists: M--Douglas, Elfstrum, Crawford, Marshall, Parks; V--Appelt 2, Koch, Pehlke, Roe. Saves: M--Kavovits 14, Herrold 1; V--Groeninger 17. Shots: M 42, V 55. Ground balls: M 43, V 52. Faceoffs: M 12, V 11. Penalties: M 3 for 2 1/2 ; V 5 for 4. Extra-man goals: M 1-1, V 1-0. A--2,527.