Maryland's lacrosse team remained undefeated and clinched its third straight Atlantic Coast Conference title yesterday, defeating Virginia, 13-8 at College Park. However, Coach Bud Beardmore said he was not pleased.
Maryland (6-0, 4-0 in the ACC) jumped to a 6-1 lead early in the second quarter, scoring three goals within 28 seconds for a 5-1 lead at the quarter.
Virginia drew to 9-6 in the third period, but the Cavaliers took only three shots to Maryland's 19 in the quarter.
The Terps then ran off four straight goals for a 13-6 lead five minutes into the final quarter, and the Cavs, outshot, 55-28, were not up to the task.
The seventh-ranked Cavs (4-3, 1-2 in the ACC) held the Terps below their usual scoring outpout. The third-ranked Terps had averaged 20.6 goals a game and 16.2 assists (they had only eight yesterday).
"I think Virginia was a little tougher than what our team expected," said Beardmore. "We contributed by making quite a few turnovers we normally don't make.
"I wasn't happy with the performance and the players aren't happy with it. I'm sure they're going to dedicate themselves this week to playing better."
Terp attackman Terry Kimball extended his team-leading goal total to 25 with three. Teammates Mike Farrell, John Lamon and Barry Mitchell each scored two, and Lamon also had two assists.
Tom Holman and Paul O'Brien each scored two goals for the Cavs, and Kris Snider set a Virginia career record for assists, boosting his total to 131 with three. The record of 129 was held by Jay Conner since 1972.
Maryland controlled the faceoff 17 of 24 times, including eight of nine in the second half.
The victory sends Maryland into preparation for its two biggest games of the regular season against Navy Saturday and Johns Hopkins the following Saturday.
"We have played much better in the past as far as moving the ball," said Beardmore. "Today, for some reason, we just weren't running, or breaking to get open."