Virginia's 8-7 overtime victory over second-ranked Maryland at muddy Byrd Stadium yesterday proved anything can happen in wide-open Division I lacrosse this season.
Just when Maryland appeared about to secure a 7-6, come-from-behind victory, Virginia's Roddy Marino scored a remarkable, unassisted goal with no time remaining on the clock to send the game into a sudden death overtime period. Attackman Jeff Nicklas then scored at 2:58 of overtime to give No. 7 Virginia its seventh straight regular-season victory over Maryland.
Marino, Virginia's leading scorer this season, got a step on Maryland's Brian Jackson and ran 25 yards to the goal face from the back line in less than six seconds to score the goal.
Maryland Coach Dick Edell had called time to plan Maryland's defense before the play. His strategy to shut down Virginia's cutters seemed reasonable, as Marino originally planned to find Nicklas breaking open in front of the goal. However, Marino found himself alone.
"I haven't been having a stellar season so far," said Marino, who was limited to one assist last week against Johns Hopkins. "Maybe this will help get us going."
Edell wouldn't quibble about the timekeeping. "I can't worry about things I can't control," he said. "Nothing can take away from what the kids did here today."
Maryland led, 3-2, at the half but, after allowing four goals and scoring only once, was behind, 6-4. Maryland came charging back, aided by Todd Ensor's faceoff domination and unassisted goals by Eric Korvin and Kirk Thurston.
With the score tied, 6-6, Tom Worstell got the ball in the Maryland end, ran the length of the field and passed off to Thurston, who immediately sent the ball back in a classic give-and-go play. Worstell then scored with 1:18 left in regulation. Had it not been for Marino, Worstell, a sophomore midfielder, would have been a hero for the second week in a row.
"Roddy Marino is a magnificent player," said Virginia Coach Jim Adams of the senior attackman who was instrumental in boosting Virginia to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
"We're awfully glad to get out of here with a win. Maryland played like they were a No. 1 team."
Maryland (6-1, 2-1) will play fourth-ranked Navy Saturday at home.
Gymnastics: Dan Hayden led Arizona State to the NCAA team title in Lincoln, Neb., repeating as parallel bars champion with a 9.9 score and as high bars champion with a 9.85. The Sun Devils totaled 283.9 points to favored Nebraska's 283.6. Stanford had 279.5.
Nebraska's Wes Suter, a graduate of South Lakes High School who won the Nissen Award as the nation's outstanding gymnast, fell on his vault, giving him a score of 8.95 . . .
Jeanne Foster, a 1985 Lee High School graduate and a freshman at William and Mary, earned all-America honors with a 9.3 on the uneven parallel bars in the NCAA Division II women's tournament at Colorado Springs. She was third on the beam with a 9.05.
Swimming: Matt Biondi of the University of California won three events, set a U.S. record and was recognized as the college swimmer of the year for a second consecutive year at the NCAA Division I men's championships. Stanford won the title with 404 points. California had 335, followed by Texas at 325 1/2.