Virginia Rolls Past Maryland 11-5 for ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship
April 30, 2006
BALTIMORE - Top-seeded and top-ranked Virginia led wire-to-wire in winning its 16th Atlantic Coast Conference Championship, defeating Maryland in the championship game at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, 11-5.
Matt Poskay got the Cavaliers (13-0) on the board at the 12:26 mark of the first quarter, converting a pass from Ben Rubeor for an extra-man goal and the early lead. Rubeor put Virginia up 2-0 with 8:05 left, scoring off the first of Drew Thompson's three assists on the day.
Second-seeded and third-ranked Maryland (9-4) picked up its first goal of the day when Bill McGlone tallied an unassisted goal with 2:47 left in the first quarter, but Virginia would regain its two-goal advantage with just eight seconds left in the opening stanza, as Thompson fed Matt Ward for the first of his two goals on the day.
Virginia made it 4-1 on Steve Giannone's goal with 7:09 left in the second quarter, but Brandon Healy scored two of the game's next three goals to bring Maryland back to within two at 5-3.
Danny Glading's goal with 3:09 left gave the Cavaliers a 6-3 lead heading into the locker room at the half.
Maryland's Michael Phipps scored with 12:33 left in the third quarter to make the score 6-4 in favor of the Cavaliers, but Virginia responded with a 3-0 run in the final four minutes of the quarter to go up by five.
McGlone scored shortly into the fourth quarter to get the Terps within four at 9-5, but Kyle Dixon had an answer with 8:45 left, and Glading put the game away with his goal with 3:17 left.
Rubeor, Dixon, Glading, Ward and Poskay each had two goals, while Giannone capped the scoring for Virginia. Maryland's McGlone and Healy each had a pair of goals, while Phipps rounded out the Terrapin scoring.
Virginia's Michael Culver was named the tournament's MVP. He was joined on the All-Tournament Team by teammates Dixon, Ward, Rubeor, Glading, Poskay and Kip Turner. Maryland's Healy, McGlone and Harry Alford and North Carolina's Ben Hunt also earned spots on the team.
2006 Men's Lacrosse All-Tournament Team