- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 30, 2008

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

No. 4 Maryland 13, No. 1 Virginia 7

Jason Carter didn’t quite play a full 60 minutes for the Maryland lacrosse team yesterday.

He still produced a complete game in goal to ignite the Terrapins’ first upset of a top-ranked team in more than two years.

Carter, part of a season-long goalie rotation with Brian Phipps, made a career-high 15 saves as No. 4 Maryland brushed aside No. 1 Virginia 13-7 at Byrd Stadium.

“We made a decision, and I talked to Brian and said ‘If anybody was on fire, we were going to let them go,’ ” Maryland coach Dave Cottle said. “At halftime I looked at him and he said ‘You’ve got to stay with him.’ That’s the kind of kid he is. We didn’t want to throw anybody into a crucible at 9-3.”

Travis Reed and Jeff Reynolds both scored three goals for the Terps (7-2, 2-1 ACC), who never trailed against the previously perfect Cavaliers and earned their first victory over a No. 1 team since a 2006 toppling of Duke.

It was an unusual game for Virginia (9-1, 0-1), which thrived in the first half of the season while executing a potent offense. But Maryland scored three quick goals to open the game, and Virginia could never inch too close.

Much of the Terps’ edge stemmed from an effective faceoff game that permitted them to establish transition opportunities. Maryland won 15 of 23 faceoffs, and two of those victories created some distance early in the second quarter.

Will Dalton collected a faceoff and rumbled in for a goal with 11:24 left to bump the lead to 5-1. Virginia answered a minute later, but another faceoff win by Dalton led to Reed’s unsettled score off a skip pass from Ryan Young.

“They beat us up in the middle of the field,” Virginia coach Dom Starsia said. “That was one spot where I felt we got a little bit handled. … It just seemed like they made all the plays that they needed to win that game.”

Carter, who said he hadn’t played nearly a full game since high school, handled much of the rest. The redshirt junior alternated halves and starts all season with Phipps, with Cottle content to let the pair split time.

His only hiccup was a two-goal burst from Virginia in the third quarter to pull within 9-5. But Reynolds fired a bullet off a Reed feed with 8:44 left to stem the mini-run.

Carter’s fine day came at the expense of Cavaliers attackmen Garrett Billings, Danny Glading and Ben Rubeor, who combined to shoot 2-for-22 against a stingy Terps defense that often used a zone. Carter stuck around until 1:05 remained, leaving to an ovation as Phipps trotted onto the field.

“Our defense didn’t allow any inside shots, and when you’re making them shoot from the outside, you have a pretty good shot at making some saves,” Carter said.

It was the latest impressive performance from the youthful Terps, who start three freshmen on attack and figured to endure some growing pains this year.

Yet Maryland already owns victories over Georgetown, North Carolina and Virginia at this stage for the first time since 2004 and could pose serious headaches to Navy and Johns Hopkins in the next two weeks.

“I’m excited because I think we have a big upside,” Cottle said. “I don’t think we’re running this stone dry. We still have some improving to do, but we really supported each other today.”

No. 5 Georgetown 11, No. 9 Navy 10 (OT)

ANNAPOLIS — Ricky Mirabito scored his third goal with 1:42 left in overtime to lift the Hoyas to a win over the Midshipmen.

Attackman Andrew Baird also had three goals for Georgetown, while midfielder Patrick Moran led Navy with three goals on six shots.

No. 10 North Carolina 13, No. 6 Johns Hopkins 8

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Junior goalkeeper Grant Zimmerman made 14 saves as the Tar Heels beat the Blue Jays for the first time since 1994.

Ben Hunt scored three goals for North Carolina, which used a six-goal third quarter to put the game away.

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