- The Washington Times - Monday, April 21, 2003


Virginia 12, Duke 6

CHARLOTTESVILLE Cavaliers midfielder Billy Glading's success usually begins at the defensive end. Yesterday, it was his offense that put an end to the Blue Devils' hopes of an ACC tournament three-peat.

Glading, the tournament MVP, scored a career-high five goals as second-seeded Virginia ripped fourth-seeded Duke and won the ACC tournament before 3,355 at Klockner Stadium.

"I still feel it starts from the defensive end for me and goes from there," Glading said. "That's my focus and some of the goals I scored were in transition and just moving around inside."

The senior has become a larger factor in the Cavaliers' offense lately, scoring 10 goals in the last three games for Virginia (9-2). Glading had eight goals in the Cavaliers' first eight games.

"He toils so quietly," Virginia coach Dom Starsia said. "I would have never guessed he had five goals at the end."

Yet with Chris Rotelli and A.J. Shannon also to contend with, the Blue Devils (8-6) left themselves vulnerable to Glading, a midfielder who thrives in transition and unsettled situations.

"He keeps running and he has this knack to get lost in the middle," Duke coach Mike Pressler said. "We don't match up and we give him a little space in there and they have the ability to find him. That was Glading at his best."

Duke, which had won the last two ACC tournaments, had plenty of chances early on when it won five of the first six faceoffs and peppered Virginia's Tillman Johnson with shots while attempting to take advantage of several unsettled situations. However, the junior goalie recorded 10 of his 13 saves before halftime to help the Cavaliers take a 5-4 lead into the break.

Virginia's Jack deVilliers also rebounded from a slow start, winning nine of his last 14 faceoffs.

Duke pulled within two late in the third quarter, but Shannon slipped a shot through goalie A.J. Kincel's legs with 1:25 left in the period to put Virginia ahead 8-5.

The Blue Devils won the following faceoff, but Virginia slipped into a zone that baffled Duke for the rest of the period. Kyle Dixon and Glading then scored goals early in the fourth quarter as the Cavaliers pulled away.

Virginia has won four straight after a two-game skid against Johns Hopkins and Maryland. The Cavaliers also claimed the ACC title for the first time in three years.

"I've never won anything in my life in lacrosse and I've really been looking forward to winning at least something," said Johnson, who made 31 saves in the tournament and has a .653 save percentage over his last seven games. "Since I've been here, our team hasn't won anything. We haven't won the ACC or the national championship. I think this is something to get the ball rolling into the tournament and then hopefully the final four."


Maryland 11, Virginia 6

CHARLOTTESVILLE The Terrapins had little trouble reclaiming one of the titles they lost last season, pummeling the Cavaliers in the ACC championship game at Klockner Stadium.

Tournament MVP Alexis Venechanos made 13 saves as top-seeded Maryland (15-1) won its fifth ACC title in the event's seven-year history.

Maryland, which had won seven consecutive national championships and three straight ACC titles before an 11-10 season last spring, used a 6-0 run to bury Virginia by halftime. The Cavaliers never pulled closer than 8-4 in the second half.

Third-seeded Virginia (12-4) lost to Maryland in the ACC tournament for the fifth straight year.

Annie Collins scored on a free position shot less than six minutes in, but Virginia's Amy Appelt responded with a goal 32 seconds later. On the following draw control, the Terps' Sonia Judd scooped up a ground ball and fired a shot past Cavalier goalie Andrea Pfeifer (six saves) to put Maryland ahead.

The Terps quickly scored twice more, but were hounded by turnovers for the next 10 minutes. However, Venechanos made two saves on shots from close range and the Terps then reeled off four more goals before the break to make it 7-1.

"Virginia had the ball and it could have been 3-2 and a really close situation," Maryland coach Cindy Timchal said. "Coming [up] with those saves was huge. Those were big, big saves."

The Cavaliers' explosive attack, which averaged nearly 14 goals a game, was held in check by the Terps defense. Lauren Aumiller and Cary Chasney entered the game averaging a combined six goals a game, but were held to three yesterday.

"I don't think we were moving the ball enough," Aumiller said. "We kind of got into a lull on our attack and stayed in it throughout the game. They played good defense but we didn't react to them like we can."

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