Terps shock Virginia, 9-8, in overtime McMahon goal earns ACC final vs. Tar Heels LACROSSE

April 24, 1993|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland senior attackman Scott McMahon scored a fast-break goal 1:19 into the four-minute sudden-death overtime to lift Maryland past Virginia, 9-8, in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament last night.

The Terps (3-4) will face No. 1-ranked North Carolina, 13-6 winners over Duke in the early game at Byrd Stadium, in the championship game tomorrow at 12:30 p.m.

McMahon finished a three-on-two fast break from the right of the crease, taking the pass from Rob Chomo.

"Erik Elfstrum did a good job of stripping the ball and getting it to Rob," said McMahon. "That's when I noticed we had a three-on-two fast break. Rob drew the defender, got me the ball and it was an open goal."

The win improved fourth-seeded Maryland's slim chances for a spot in the NCAA tournament, but the Terps know they still must have a strong showing against North Carolina.

"We have to have a strong showing or possibly win to even get considered," said Terps goalkeeper Matt Back, who helped hold Virginia attackman Kevin Pehlke to one goal. "And after that game, we can't afford another loss. But we knew coming in our backs were against the wall. This was a big-time win."

Back had a big-time performance. The senior acknowledged last night that he has not played well this season, and was depressed after allowing 19 goals against Johns Hopkins a week ago.

He spent most of the week studying film of the Hopkins game, and noticed that the Hopkins players kept shooting at his right foot.

Virginia tried that, too, and Back finished with an ACC tournament-record 25 saves.

"We've been through a lot this season, and it was just nice to see some good things happen to some nice people," said Maryland coach Dick Edell.

In the first game, the nation's top-ranked Tar Heels scored the first six goals of the third period to pull away

from a 2-2 halftime tie with Duke.

Duke scored the last three goals of the quarter to pull to 8-5, but North Carolina scored three consecutive goals in the first seven minutes of the fourth period to stretch its lead to 11-5.

"I think in the first half we got the shots, but they weren't the shots we wanted," said Carolina midfielder Ryan Wade, who scored three goals. "We got on Carter [Hertzberg, Duke goalkeeper, who had 15 first-half saves] early in the third quarter and we played well after that."

It was a ragged first half for Maryland and Virginia, but Maryland came out with a 4-2 lead.

Terps midfielder Dan Reading scored the game's first goal with 6:45 left in the first period.

Virginia tied the score 1-1 as junior midfielder Drew Fox scored on a 10-foot shot with 4:09 remaining. Maryland went ahead 2-1 as Chomo, a sophomore attackman, scored from in front of the crease as the buzzer sounded to end the first period.

Virginia tied the score 2-2 with 11:26 left in the second period on a Chris Driggs' goal, but Maryland started taking control soon after.

Reading scored his second goal with 6:51 left in the second period, and Terps midfielder Jay Pasko beat Mark Dixon for a goal with 3:04 left to put Maryland ahead 4-2.

Maryland made two mistakes in the third period and the Cavaliers capitalized on both for a pair of extra-man goals by David Jones and Tim Whiteley.

Maryland went ahead 6-4 when senior midfielder Rob Huggins )) scored with 13:25 left in the game. But Virginia got two straight goals from midfielder Tony Nugent in the next two minutes to tie the score 6-6 with 11:58 remaining.

Huggins scored on a low shot with 11:26 left, and McMahon scored again from outside the crease to put Maryland up 8-6 with 6:21 remaining.

But Driggs scored with 4:55 remaining. Greg Nelin was called for slashing with 1:51 left and Virginia's Drew Fox scored to tie the game.

Maryland 9, Virginia 8, OT

Maryland 2 2 1 3 1 -- 9

Virginia 1 1 2 4 0 -- 8

Goals: V--Fox 2, Driggs 2, Nugent 2, Jones, Whitely; M--McMahon 3, Reading 2, Huggins 2, Chomo, Pasko. Assists: V--Pehlke, Whiteley; M--Chomo 2, Crawford, Parks, Pasko, Reading. Shots: V--44; M--37. Groundballs: V--39; 36. Saves: V--Ireland 21; Back 25. Faceoffs: V--7; M--7. Penalties: 7 for 5.5 minutes; V--6 for 4.5 minutes. Extra man offense: M--2; V--3. Attendance: 2,525.

North Carolina 13, Duke 6

Duke .. .. .. .1 1 3 1 -- 6

North Carolina 0 2 6 5 -- 13

Goals: D--Ogelsby 2, Clayton, Carpenter, McCulloch, Harrison; NC--Wade 3, Speers 2, Levy 2, Webster 2, McNichol, Greene, Schattner, Shimaitis. Assists: D--Ogelsby, Clayton, Fasanaro; NC--Webster, Levy, Greene, Durkee, Speers. Shots: D 22; NC 53. Ground balls: D 47; NC 54. Saves: D--Hertzberg 24; NC--Lehrman 12. Faceoffs: D 8; NC 15. Penalties: D--4 for 2:30; NC--4 for 3:00. Extra-man offense: D 0; NC 3.

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