UMass on the defensive with No. 1 UVa. up next

May 29, 2006|By GARY LAMBRECHT | GARY LAMBRECHT,SUN REPORTER

PHILADELPHIA -- Massachusetts senior All-American Jack Reid has led a bunch of inspired efforts by his team's defense this spring. Saturday's 8-5 takedown of No. 2 seed Maryland in the NCAA tournament semifinals, in which Reid sparked a unit that shut out Terps all-time leading scorer Joe Walters, is the latest example.

As unseeded UMass contemplates its first appearance in the national championship game today at Lincoln Financial Field, a road the Minutemen traveled by eliminating three of the tournament's top six seeds, Reid considered the monumental task at hand.

National championship Massachusetts (13-4) vs. Virginia (16-0) , Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, today, 1 p.m., ESPN

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