UVa.'s Ward doesn't let injury stop him

After fracturing hand in ACC tournament, he has 4 goals

Terps' offense is shut down

Notebook

Lacrosse final four

May 28, 2006|By KENT BAKER AND GARY LAMBRECHT | KENT BAKER AND GARY LAMBRECHT,SUN REPORTERS

PHILADELPHIA -- In the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, Virginia's leading scorer, Matt Ward, took a blow to his right hand and suffered a fracture.

"I got a broken third metacarpal in my right hand," Ward said yesterday after scoring four goals to lead the Cavaliers into the NCAA Division I championship. "But I wasn't going to let a hand injury keep me out of the NCAAs."

He ran into another health problem in the third quarter yesterday against Syracuse - cramps. But that didn't hinder his style, either. After experiencing pain and going to the ground, he arose to score a goal seconds later.

"It was a problem because it was hot, but I'd go to the bench and get some fluids when I had to," said the senior from Oakton, Va. "That last one went away, and I ran off the field."

Ward is now within three goals of cracking the ACC's all-time top 10 list.

Shutting down Terps

UMass senior defenseman Jack Reid said the Minutemen's stellar defensive effort in their 8-5 win over Maryland, in which the Terps matched their season low in scoring, came down to trust. Reid covered Maryland senior attackman Joe Walters primarily, but had plenty of help.

"We were trying to keep [Walters] uncomfortable the whole day," Reid said. "We were switching off [Maryland's] picks constantly. We didn't care where our short sticks [matched up]. We were just worried about staying on the gloves [of Maryland's shooters]."

By the fourth quarter, the Terps were reduced to taking desperation shots, while the Minutemen maintained leads of two and three goals. Freshman goalie Doc Schneider made seven of his 15 saves for UMass in the fourth period. Most of them were routine.

"Doc had an unbelievable game. He wasn't going to let them score by shooting junk," Reid said.

As for Walters, Minuteman long-stick midfielder/faceoff man Jake Deane said: "I know he's a great player, but I thought he looked a little sluggish. I expected a lot more."

Not semi-tough

After Maryland's loss, Terps coach Dave Cottle, who is 1-4 in the national semifinals dating to his days at Loyola College and 0-3 in College Park, leaned dejectedly against a wall outside the team's locker room.

"You play games. You win some, you lose some; you've got to accept what happens," he said. "I don't want to crawl into a hole. I've got to figure out how to do this better."

Et cetera

Virginia led the way with three first-team selections as the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association team was announced yesterday. Ward, midfielder Kyle Dixon and defenseman Michael Culver made it, as did Walters and Maryland midfielder Bill McGlone; Hofstra's Chris Unterstein (attack) and Brett Moyer (defense); and attackman Sean Morris and Reid of UMass. Cornell midfielder Joe Boulukos, Johns Hopkins midfielder Paul Rabil and Princeton goalie Alex Hewit also made the team. ... UMass and Maryland combined for 13 goals, the fewest ever in a semifinal game. kent.baker@baltsun.com gary.lambrecht@baltsun.com

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