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March 2, 2012 — Maryland 12, Virginia 9

Today’s Game of the Day
Duluth (Ga.) vs. Evans Lakeside (Ga.) at Norcross Greater Atlanta Christian (Ga.)
The opening day of the GAC Tournament sees Duluth, which finished above .500 a year ago, against a Lakeside team which went 7-7. This should be a good test for both schools.


FULL TIME Maryland had too much on the attack end, however; Schwartzmann, Aust, Glaros, and, of course, Johnson are liable to keep opposing coaches up at night. But there is work to be done on the Terp defense; Virginia’s rhythmic catch-and-shoot play to the middle of the fan worked several times in the second term

FULL TIME Virginia has to be leaving this match feeling hard-done. Despite being outshot by 10, the Wahoos had a chance to level the score with 13 minutes to go, Virginia freshmen Owen, Eppler, and redshirt Blue were outstanding, and better days are ahead for the Cavs in the competitive ACC

FULL TIME And the horn sounds with Maryland 12-9 victors

59:49 UVA YELLOW Maddie Keeshan with an “excuse me” card after tripping and pretty much accidentally hitting an opponent in the head; no malice involved

58:31 TIMEOUT, Maryland

58:16 UVA GOAL Julie Gardner on a nice catch and shoot; the deficit is three

57:45 UMD GOAL Johnson rides off UVA coverage, rolls the crease, fakes, fires, scores!

56:51 UVA GOAL Owen shows the Hoos still have some fight left

54:33 UMD GOAL Aust connects from a Johnson feed and the lead is 11-7

54:07 UVA YELLOW Eppler with her second yellow; the team’s fifth

54:02 UMD GOAL Katie Schwartzmann ducks under Virginia’s pressure and finishes from the left wing

53:04 UMD FP and GOAL After an off-ball hold, McPartland finishes from the right hash

50:00 Maryland isn’t trying a stall, is it? Schwartzmann is holding the ball and waiting for Virginia to press out

46:48 UVA GOAL Eppler scores and the Maryland lead is cut to 8-7! What a game!

44:10 UVA GOAL Owen dunks it over Dipper and the deficit is two; a heavier mist envelops the Lacrosse & Field Hockey Complex

40:16 UMD FP and GOAL McPartland from the right hash

39:03 TIMEOUT Maryland

39:03 UVA GOAL Owen scores and the Cavaliers are within two!

37:10 UVA GOAL Liza Blue scores off a hard cut and the deficit is three

36:05 UVA GOAL Jess Loiseaux with a nice catch and finish

32:05 UMD GOAL and Beth Glaros scores off the draw; the Terps are on a good run here

31:56 UMD GOAL Johnson continues the run and Maryland leads 6-2

30:00 The second half is under way

HALFTIME Virginia has now four yellows in this half; if this game was played under U.S. Lacrosse rules, Virginia would be playing short the rest of the match. Not the case in NCAA play

HALFTIME The key talking point of the half has to be the Virginia penalty violation. The umpiring crew halted the game for several minutes to rule that Morgan Stephens left the sideline before her two-minute yellow card had expired; there were 11 seconds between her penalty and that of Maryland’s Iliana Sanza. But the UVA freshman left the sideline only about three seconds behind the Maryland senior. By rule, she received her second yellow card and was disqualified

HALFTIME The teams leave the pitch with Maryland leading 5-2, and, as befits the best lacrosse league in the country, you saw something you’ve never seen before

29:29 UMD FP and GOAL Schwartzmann from the left hash

28:46 UVA GOAL Josie Owen with a superb crease roll and the deficit is two

26:36 UMD GOAL Katie Schwartzmann with a sidewinder and it’s 4-1

25:20 UMD GOAL Kristy Black with a fine finish on the EWO and the lead is two

24:46 UVA YELLOW Daniela Eppler with a rash challenge — that’s four yellows for Virginia in just under five minutes. Such indiscipline won’t help in the long run

23:00 Maryland with an open shot from Alex Aust and Kolarik makes the save

22:32 UVA YELLOW assessed to the Cavalier bench for dissent; the Hoos are now down two players

22:22 Apparently, no. Maryland ball in the crease and Stephens with her second yellow; she’s out of the game and the Cavaliers are hoppin’ mad on the sidelines

22:22 Virginia puts the ball in, but it looked like Stephens stepped onto the field fewer than 11 seconds after Sanza did; the umpires are conferring. Will it count?

20:14 UVA YELLOW Just like that, Morgan Stephens makes an ill-advised challenge

20:03 UMD YELLOW Iliana Sanza sits for three minutes; an early card for the best defender on the pitch

15:52 TIMEOUT, Virginia

13:46 UVA GOAL Ainsley Baker with a speed move and the lead is halved

9:32 UMD GOAL Karri Ellen Johnson takes advantage from the 8-meter; an unfortunate turn of events and the Terps are up 2-0

9:28 Kolarik puts the ball in her goal crease to start the clear, but commits a crease violation and who else but Johnson is going to get the ball at the extreme left hash with no Cavalier defender within a country mile

6:20 Maryland’s Brooke Griffin is open on the doorstep but Virginia goalie Kim Kolarik with an outstanding save!

6:00 Virginia works the ball around but turns it over on a poor interior pass

2:45 UMD GOAL Kelly McPartland rifles a shot into the top corner; a fine start for the hosts

0:45 Virginia’s first foray is ended with a not-very-obvious charge about 11 meters from goal

0:00 The game is on

PREGAME Maryland is in the white tops and kilts with the red numbers, while Virginia is in the orange tops and blue kilts

PREGAME A key tonight is weather. The temperature is in the low 50s with intermittent rain and a chance of thunderstorms. This is an artificial turf facility, which is slick and fast for field hockey, but a hazard for lacrosse. Draw controls and turnovers will major factors tonight

PREGAME Virginia comes into this game 3-0 overall. The program is playing its second game after the Feb. 22 verdict in the murder of Yeardley Love. The Cavaliers, determined and motivated, will certainly raise its game against the top opponents

PREGAME Maryland came into the season one of the two favorites for the NCAA Division I championship, but might find themselves two games adrift the top of the league table if it does not get a result here after losing to Duke last time out. A loss would be a stunning fall for a team that got all-American Karri Ellen Johnson back this year after a concussion

PREGAME Maryland is ranked No. 3 in the latest IWLCA poll, and is 3-1 this season. Sixth-ranked Virginia is 3-0. These are two of the four schools who have won D-I titles since 1990

PREGAME Hello, and welcome to the Lacrosse & Field Hockey Complex on the campus of the University of Maryland for this critical ACC matchup between Virginia and the host Terrapins

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