COLLEGE PARK — The Maryland men's lacrosse team owned or at least equaled Virginia's efforts in the final three quarters of Saturday night's contest.
Now if there was something the Terps could have done about the first quarter.
The No. 1 Cavaliers scored the game's first six goals and won the first seven faceoffs, and that was enough for the visitors to leave Byrd Stadium with an 11-10 victory before 7,639.
The Terps, who have lost two straight games after opening the season with six consecutive wins and are 1-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, trailed by as many six goals in the third quarter. But they kept trimming the deficit until sophomore midfielder Joe Cummings converted a pass from senior attackman Will Yeatman on a man-up opportunity to close the gap to 10-9 with 3:36 left in the fourth quarter.
Maryland thought it had tied the score 85 seconds later when junior attackman Ryan Young slapped a rebound of a shot by junior attackman Grant Catalino over the prone body of Virginia junior goalkeeper Adam Ghitelman.
But an official ruled that Young was in the crease just before scoring. The Cavaliers (10-0, 1-0) then took the ball downfield, and junior midfielder Shamel Bratton scored with 1:51 left in regulation.
Yeatman scored his fourth goal off a feed from junior attackman Travis Reed with 57 seconds left, but Virginia won the ensuing faceoff and ran out the clock to cement the win.
The Terps began slowly, and that proved to be their undoing.
The Cavaliers, who have won eight of the last nine meetings in this series, needed just 2 minutes, 55 seconds to win the first two face-offs and score the first two goals.
In fact, sophomore attackman Chris Bocklet, the Cavaliers' leader in goals with 26, scored the team's first three, registering his sixth hat trick of the season in a span of 4 minutes, 41 seconds.
Bocklet's third tally occurred during an extra-man opportunity created when Catalino tried to incite Virginia senior defenseman Ken Clausen. Instead, Catalino was assessed a one-minute penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct with 10:03 left in the first quarter, and Bocklet scored 51 seconds later.
Maryland had just five offensive possessions in the first quarter, and three ended with turnovers. The Terps, who also had a failed clear, avoided a total collapse in the period when Yeatman converted a feed from Young (one goal and two assists) with six seconds left in the period.
In fact, Yeatman and senior goalkeeper Brian Phipps appeared to be the only Maryland players playing with a sense of urgency. Yeatman, who posted two goals and three assists in last year's seven-overtime thriller in Charlottesville, Va., scored four times and added an assist.
Phipps turned away eight Cavaliers shots in the first quarter and finished with 16 saves.
In addition to Bocklet who finished with four goals, sophomore attackman Steele Stanwick (Loyola) registered five points on four goals and one assist. Senior midfielder Brian Carroll (Gilman), junior midfielder John Haldy and Bratton each recorded one goal and one assist.
Notes: Junior attackman Grant Catalino, who led the Terps in goals (15), assists (16) and points (31), was shut out for the first time this season. This is the third time that a game between the two teams has been decided by a goal.