It was a back-and-forth battle through most of the game but Maryland was able to dominate the ground ball battle and did all the little things right. On top of that their offense was stellar and their defense really limited the Cavaliers set offense.
Despite all of their woes, the Cavaliers were able to wake up late in fourth, comeback from a 12-7 deficit, force overtime, and secure the win in overtime. The Virginia offense really helped lead the way for the Cavaliers, getting hot to lead the way in their massive comeback.
Virginia was led Ryan Conrad with 5 points (4G,1A) while Ian Laviano had 3 goals, and Matt Moore tallied 2 goals was well. Alex Rode made 9 saves in cage for the Cavaliers to help anchor the defense.
Maryland was led Jared Bernhardt who was amazing all game, tallying 5 points (4G,1A). Anthony DeMaio also had 4 goals for the Terrapins as well. In cage, Danny Dolan made 9 saves.
After some impressive defensive stops on both ends Jared Bernhardt got the scoring started for Maryland to get them on the board first. The Terrapins went up 2-0 midway through the first, turning a failed Virginia clear into a transition goal.
Virginia would finally get on the board as Matt Moore stung the top corner while falling down. Each squad got a goal within the final minutes to make it a 3-2 Maryland lead heading into the second quarter.
While Virginia getting more settled in their defensive approach the Terrapins were still able to take advantage of the Cavaliers little mistakes and capitalize on every chance they had.
The Cavaliers were able to tie things up at 3 with a Alex Rode outlet pass that led to a long goal pole for Jared Connors. The Terrapins then went on a two-goal run to gain a 5-3 lead with 5:45 in the quarter.
Ryan Conrad finally got the Virginia offense going once again as they forced a turnover and scored in transition while man-down. After some physical play in the middle of the field Jared Bernhardt tallied his third for the Terrapins to push their lead out to 6-4. With five seconds left in the half Ian Laviano put one in the back of the cage on the doorstep to give Virginia some energy heading into the half.
Virginia started the scoring in the third, tying things up at 6-6. Maryland answered very quickly, taking back the lead. After a few big defensive stops on both ends the Cavaliers tied things back up at 7-7.
Maryland ended the third quarter on a three-goal run, taking a 10-7 lead into the fourth where they continued to grow their lead and stretch their run to five goals.
Virginia was able to comeback from down 12-7 and ties things up after a controversial goal late in the fourth, sending things to overtime.
Matt Moore scored the overtime winner for Virginia in their first possession to punch the Cavaliers ticket to championship weekend.