- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 20, 2002

DURHAM, N.C. Maryland and Duke are no strangers to overtime men's lacrosse games. The teams played each other to a dead heat through regulation for the second time this season, with last night's matchup coming in the ACC tournament's semifinals.
Second-seeded Duke defeated the third-seeded Terrapins 8-7 on a goal by Matt Rewkowski with four seconds remaining in overtime before 3,089 at Koskinen Stadium.
Maryland midfielder Mike Mollot's extra-man goal with 1:58 remaining tied the game. The Terps controlled the initial faceoff of overtime and called time out before Mike LaMonica's shot hit the post. Nate Watkins also was stopped in overtime by A.J. Kincel, who saved 21 for the game.
Eleventh-ranked Duke will play top-ranked and top-seeded Virginia, a 10-3 winner over No.4 seed North Carolina tomorrow for the ACC championship. Maryland (7-4) lost 10-6 to Duke in the title game a year ago.
In what amounted to a home game for the Blue Devils (6-5), No.6 Maryland lost its fourth one-goal game of the season and second to Duke. And the loss may have cost the Terps a shot at the NCAAs.
Although all of its losses are by one goal, Maryland has no big wins. With Virginia, Syracuse and Johns Hopkins all seemingly assured at-large bids, North Carolina, Duke or Maryland needed to win to gain strong consideration for a second ACC at-large bid. The Terrapins looked like that team before blowing a two-goal second-half lead to the Blue Devils.
Maryland led 5-3 at halftime and 6-4 in the third quarter before the Blue Devils mounted their comeback. Duke tied the score 6-6 less than a minute into the final quarter on a 12-yard shot by Rewkowski. Kevin Brennan gave Duke its first lead since early in the second quarter when he scored with 10:04 to play in regulation.
The Terps outshot the Blue Devils 43-22, but did not get a strong game from goalie Danny McCormick, who stopped six shots.

Virginia 10, North Carolina 3
Virginia defenseman Mark Koontz has a broken left wrist and a torn left ACL. No matter. The senior All-American gave an inspired, Willis Reed-like performance against the Tar Heels.
Koontz, who tore his ACL last week against Duke and didn't pick up a stick until yesterday, played all 60 minutes, and the top-ranked and top-seeded Cavaliers fed off his energy. The victory advanced the Cavaliers (9-1) to tomorrow's title game against No.2-seed Duke.
"How about that? How about that," Virginia coach Dom Starsia asked rhetorically about Koontz. "He couldn't use his crutches after the game Saturday because he couldn't lean on his broken wrist [suffered before the season]. He didn't practice all week. I told him this morning I wasn't going to start him, then I called him back an hour later and said, 'I think I changed my mind.'"
Good thing for Starsia and the Cavaliers. Seventh-ranked North Carolina (7-4) attempted to take him one-on-one with its best player, Steven Will, from the opening whistle but failed on its initial attempts. The Tar Heels then got away from their isolation game.
"I was a little nervous when I came out, just trusting the brace," Koontz said. "After that first cut and after the first few minutes, I felt my knee was stable."
That stability led to a balanced offensive attack. The Cavaliers were led by freshman Joe Yevoli's three goals. A.J. Shannon, Conor Gill, and Chris Rotelli added two apiece.
Both teams battled slippery conditions from the onset after the game was delayed more than 90 minutes by thunderstorms. It didn't bother Virginia in the first quarter as the Cavaliers jumped out to a 4-0 lead.
Rotelli scored less than three minutes into the second half, extending the Cavaliers' lead to 5-1. The Cavaliers threatened to blow the game open, but Carolina freshman goalie Paul Spellman (15 saves) kept the Tar Heels close with three point-blank third-quarter stops.
Spellman's play energized the seventh-ranked Tar Heels, who responded with a goal by Bryant Will with 1:33 to play in the third to cut the Cavaliers' lead to three. But Virginia put North Carolina away in the fourth quarter, building a five-goal lead with 6:08 remaining. Goalie Tillman Johnson had 14 saves for the Cavaliers.

Maryland 15, Virginia 12
Maryland entered the ACC lacrosse championships with more losses (six) than it had endured in the previous eight seasons combined. It was facing a Virginia team that went through the ACC season unscathed, ranked third in the country, and was poised to capture its first conference title since 1998.
But the fourth-seeded Terrapins rattled the Cavaliers from the opening whistle, built a five-goal halftime lead, and played like the seven-time defending national champions that they are. The result was a trip to the ACC finals tomorrow to face second-seeded North Carolina.
This is the fourth straight trip to the title game for twelfth-ranked Maryland (9-6). The Terps, who have won the last three championships. Virginia falls to 12-3 and might have hurt its chances for a top seed in the NCAA tournament.
"They know how to play come tournament time," Virginia defender Tiffany Schummer said. "It was something that we were definitely aware of coming into the game, and I think that a few of us were possibly thinking too much about that and were too afraid of making mistakes instead of going out there and just playing with abandon."
The Terps broke open a 3-3 game with five unanswered goals before halftime. The Cavaliers cut the lead to three in the second half but got no closer. Maryland received four goals apiece from Meredith Egan and Courtney Hobbs and three from Annie Collins. Cary Chasney led the Cavaliers with four goals, while Caitlin Banks added three for Virginia.
North Carolina dropped No.3 seed Duke 12-8 in the second semifinal to advance to play the Terps.
Thunderstorms delayed Maryland's game for about 90 minutes.

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