Yesterday's 1-1 tie between the University of Virginia and George Mason in Fairfax didn't resolve much.
The fifth-ranked Cavaliers (8-3-4) were cool and composed. A tie on the road against the 14th-ranked Patriots (9-3-4) certainly was no disgrace, especially with two cogs from last year's NCAA co-championship team -- John Maessner and Curt Onalfo -- on the sideline with injuries.
For George Mason, which hasn't beaten Virginia since the 1985 NCAA tournament, the result will keep it in the second spot in the South Atlantic Region rankings, behind the Cavaliers. The top two teams in each of the eight regions receive automatic bids to the 28-team NCAA tournament.
"Mason had the better of the first half, we had the better of the second half so I think the result is fair," Virginia Coach Bruce Arena said.
Senior Larry Tabash, from Robinson High School, gave the Patriots a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute. Cavaliers sophomore Erik Imler, from Bowie, tied it 12 minutes into the second half.
Both teams had excellent chances, but the two freshmen goalkeepers -- George Mason's Ricardo Leite and Virginia's Jeff Causey (Stonewall Jackson High) -- showed the composure of seniors by making several outstanding saves.
However, the game's most spectacular stop was made by Patriots midfielder Denis Hamlett early in the 30-minute overtime period. Virginia's Kris Kelderman worked the ball into the left side of the penalty area and crossed to Ben Crawley, who directed a four-yard shot toward the left corner of the net.
Hamlett dived feet first and cleared the ball before it crossed the end line, "about an inch" from being a goal, he said with a laugh.
In the first half Tabash scored his fifth goal on an eight-yard header. Corey Harlow assisted by lifting the ball from 18 yards to the center of the penalty area, where Tabash headed it just under the crossbar.
Moments later Causey averted further damage by blocking a low shot by Harlow, who was free inside the penalty area.
After Imler scored his fifth goal at 57:18 with a low shot to the far left corner, the goalies took over.
Leite punched away Jeff Agoos's header from close range. Causey reached up and deflected Philip Taplah's chip shot. Leite made a sliding kick save on Kelderman with 3:30 left in regulation and a minute later pushed away Agoos's bid on a partial breakaway.
"Ricardo was called upon in several one-on-one situations . . . and he came through," said Patriots Coach Gordon Bradley, whose team is 4-0-1 in its last five games. "Both goalies were outstanding."
Maryland 6, Richmond 3:
Freshman George Petrou scored two goals to lift the Terrapins (9-5-1) to an overtime win at home.Petrou stole a pass and beat goalie Roland Bruklis at 95:11. Petrou's goal with 14:20 left in regulation tied the score at 3.
Howard 6, UDC 0:
Kona Hislop's three goals highlighted the Bison's shutout in the Ted Chambers Cup before 300 at Greene Stadium.Howard (6-7-2), which had scored only seven goals in 14 games, outshot UDC, 22-1. Goalie Shaka Hislop played final 15 minutes at forward, getting a goal and an assist.
George Washington 6, Temple 0:
Mario Lone scored twice as the Colonials won their fifth in a row and handed the Owls their first Atlantic 10 loss.
The game was watched by 365 at John R. Francis Field, which was dedicated in halftime ceremonies.
American 2, Navy 2:
In Annapolis, the Eagles (10-6-1, 1-3-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association) scored twice in a five-minute span of the second half.
Jack Wolfe and Mark Strothkamp scored for Navy (7-8-1, 2-4-1).