Terps topple No. 1 Virginia Dougherty saves 27 in 13-11 triumph

March 31, 1996|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

COLLEGE PARK -- Minutes after being mobbed and piled upon by his jubilant teammates, Maryland goalkeeper Brian Dougherty paced on the sideline at Byrd Stadium, trying to hold back his tears.

It's still six weeks until the NCAA lacrosse tournament, but yesterday's 13-11 triumph by No. 5 Maryland over top-ranked Virginia before 4,275 signified a major accomplishment for a team seeking vindication.

"This is the best win of the season by far," said Dougherty, a senior who had lost to Virginia twice previously by a combined three goals. "We have the feeling that we don't get any respect. We hear people saying that last year was a fluke. This year, we win games and we drop in the rankings. We just don't get any credit. I think we showed we can play with the best teams in the country and beat them."

The Terps (6-1, 2-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) received career days from Dougherty and sophomore attackman Andrew Whipple to control the tempo. Dougherty, who again played exceptionally in a big game, made 27 saves, and Whipple carried Maryland offensively with six goals.

It was a typical Maryland game: low-scoring, with lots of penalties (28) and loose balls. But Maryland still needed Frank Radin's tough-angle shot from the left wing with 1: 05 left to secure the emotional victory.

The spirited celebration was reminiscent of the last time Maryland played the No. 1 team in lacrosse, an upset victory over Johns Hopkins in last year's national semifinals. However, these Terps are carving their own niche.

"These kids started the season trying to fill the awful large shoes of last year's team," Maryland coach Dick Edell said. "That's a tough burden, especially when 10 kids are gone from last year. I think we established our own identity today. We don't always play well, but we always play so darn hard."

The Cavaliers (6-1, 0-1), whose nation-best 12-game regular-season winning streak was stopped, couldn't crack Maryland's aggressive man-to-man defense. Five of Virginia's six second-half goals were scored on extra-man situations.

In the third quarter, Maryland was penalized seven times and played nearly the entire period a man down. David Curry gave the Cavaliers their first lead at 7-6 after penetrating from the left wing for an extra-man score three minutes into the third.

The Terps tied the game at 7-7 three minutes later when Matt Hahn ripped a fast-break shot past goalkeeper Chris Sanderson. On Virginia's fourth man-up situation of the quarter, Michael Watson sent a goal over Dougherty's left shoulder to put the Cavaliers ahead 8-7 with five minutes left in the third quarter.

Then Whipple took control for the next 2 1/2 minutes, scoring on a drive to tie the game and put Maryland ahead for good at 9-8 on a wide-open, 12-yard shot.

It appeared Virginia had tied the game again with 53 seconds remaining in the third.

With Dougherty out of the goal to double-team the inbounds pass, Virginia attackman Doug Knight scored on a lunging drive to the open goal, but it was disallowed after it was ruled that he had stepped on the crease.

Just 19 seconds later, Maury LaPointe scored to raise Maryland's lead to 10-8. Instead of tying the game, Virginia found itself down two goals and went scoreless for the next 13 1/2 minutes.

"I didn't feel on the sidelines at the time that it was that big," Virginia coach Dom Starsia said. "As the game ended up, it was. But I didn't feel our air go out after that."

Virginia did come back late in the fourth on two goals by Watson that closed the lead to 12-11 with 1: 48 left. Radin answered for the Terps 43 seconds later to close out the game.

It marks the eighth straight Maryland-Virginia meeting that was decided by two goals or fewer.

"There's something about Virginia that there's a little bad blood," Dougherty said. "The most heated rivalry is with Hopkins, but Virginia is a close second. It's like all the lawyers and doctors go to Virginia. We really don't like these guys -- with all due respect."

Pub Date: 3/31/96

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