COLLEGE PARK -- It was a trade-off, in Maryland defenseman Brian Burlace's estimation, and he was delighted with it.
Burlace held Virginia scoring ace Kevin Pehlke to a goal and scored one himself as the No. 10 Terps edged No. 7 Virginia, 12-11, yesterday before 3,210 at Byrd Stadium.
"I'll take a game like that any day," said Burlace, a 220-pound senior from St. Mary's.
Pehlke, a junior from Calvert Hall, entered the game as the Atlantic Coast Conference's points leader with 33. He attributed his off day not only to Burlace's close guarding but to a thigh bruise he suffered last week.
"I wasn't able to practice," Pehlke said. "Then I got hit again on the thigh in the second quarter and didn't have my quickness."
After Virginia (4-3) had taken a 4-0 lead, Maryland (5-2) charged back, and it was Burlace who tied the score at 4-4 early in the second quarter with his fourth goal of the season. With that, he went back to shadowing Pehlke.
"I didn't worry about trying to take the ball away from him," Burlace said. "I realized after looking at the films that it's when a defenseman tries to take the ball away from him that he beats you. He's so quick. I just held my position."
No sooner had Burlace tied the score then Virginia went ahead again on Rob Falk's extra-man goal resulting from an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Terps coach Dick Edell.
"I was trying to get the ref's attention to call a timeout and the water bottle flew out of my hand and grazed him on the leg," Edell said. "I told him that if I really wanted to hit him, it would have been on the head, but he gave us the penalty anyway. From now on the trainer will give me water in a paper cup."
After surrendering the four early goals, Maryland didn't seize the lead until just before halftime, at 8-7. The score was tied for the fourth and last time at 10-10 early in the fourth quarter.
Freshman Rob Chomo then put the Terps ahead for good at 11-10 with his third goal. Goalie Steve Kavovit had six of his 17 saves in the final period as the Terps held Virginia scoreless the last three minutes.
"When we were down 0-4, we thought about the 7-0 lead Virginia took over Johns Hopkins last week," Edell said, referring to the the Cavaliers' 15-9 upset of the Blue Jays. "This was a learning experience for the kids, showing them they can come back from 0-4. We'll remind them of it the rest of the year."
Maryland, which split a pair of 10-9 decisions with Virginia last season, hadn't beaten the Cavaliers at Byrd since 1978, losing six straight in the interim.
"This win does a lot for us," Edell said. "Now we have a chance for the second seed in the ACC tournament here later this month, and we should be right in the middle of the NCAA tournament picture, which is where we belong."