Virginia tops UMBC, 10-9

Two-goal lead unravels

Notre Dame, Syracuse advance

NCAA men

May 12, 2008|By Whitelaw Reid | Whitelaw Reid,Special to The Sun

The UMBC men's lacrosse team sure has a flair for the dramatic.

Last weekend, the Retrievers overcame a nine-goal deficit to beat Albany in the America East championship game. On a cold and damp evening yesterday in Charlottesville, Va., the drama was just as intense.

Unfortunately for the Retrievers, they came up just short.

No. 2 seed Virginia, behind four goals from Danny Glading and three goals from Garrett Billings, overcame a two-goal deficit in the second half to beat UMBC, 10-9, in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Klockner Stadium.

"I'm very proud of the team's effort and performance as I've been all year," UMBC coach Don Zimmerman said. "We lost to a talented and well-coached team. We're disappointed we lost, but I think what you saw today is the heart and determination that we've shown all year."

Virginia (13-3) advanced to play Maryland in the second round at Navy on Saturday.

Matt Latham's three goals led UMBC (12-4), which had two chances to tie the score in the final minute before its 11-game winning streak ended.

One shot, by senior captain Terry Kimener, hit Virginia goalkeeper Bud Petit in the face. The other, by sophomore Kyle Wimer, was blocked out front.

"We played all day with the No. 2 team in the country," UMBC senior co-captain Taylor Marino said, "but they came out on top."

For the better part of three quarters, UMBC was the superior team. The Retrievers took a 3-2 lead in the second quarter when Maxx Davis spun past Virginia's Will Barrow and fired a shot past Petit.

Just more than three minutes later, Latham took a pass from Chris Jones and beat Petit for a 4-2 lead.

The Retrievers went up 5-2 on an outside shot by Davis over Petit's right shoulder, but Virginia answered with two straight goals to make it 5-4 at the half.

After the intermission, UMBC took a 7-5 lead on goals by Wimer and Latham before Virginia roared back with four goals in the last 3:41 of the third quarter to go up 9-7, the final tally coming when Glading raced around the back of the goal and beat goalie Jeremy Blevins (Calvert Hall) with a low shot.

UMBC tied the score on a goal by Latham early in the fourth before Billings scored the game-winner with just less than seven minutes to play.

"There was no quit," Zimmerman said of his team. "When you don't quit, you always have a chance."

UMBC 2 3 2 2 - 9

Virginia 2 2 5 1 - 10

Goals: UMBC-Latham 3, Davis 2, Hopmann 2, Wimer 2; V-Glading 4, Billings 3, Rubeor 2, Bratton. Assists: UMBC-Kimener 2, Davis, Hopmann, Wimer; V-Billings 2, Lamade 2, Glading, Rubeor. Saves: UMBC-Blevins 12; V-Petit 8.

Notre Dame 8, Colgate 7 -- Peter Christman's goal with 1:28 left in the first overtime lifted the host Fighting Irish (14-2) over the Red Raiders (11-6) in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Notre Dame's Michael Podgajny forced overtime with his goal with 1:29 left. The Irish will face Syracuse in Sunday's quarterfinals in Ithaca, N.Y.

Syracuse 20, Canisius 3 -- Mike Leveille led the host Orange (13-2) with four goals and two assists to defeat the Golden Griffins (10-6) in the first round. Sun reporters contributed to this article.

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