Tuesday, March 31, 2009

WE’LL SEE YOUR SIX OVERTIMES, AND RAISE YOU AN OVERTIME

The lax boys at Virginia and Maryland weren’t all that impressed with the Syracuse v. UConn six overtime marathon, so they went out created an ESPN Classic game of their own.

In the longest game in the history of Division I men's lacrosse, No. 1 Virginia beat No. 9 Maryland 10-9 when junior midfielder Brian Carroll scored one minute into the seventh overtime.

ESPN Classic didn't take long to pick it up. The network replayed the game last night.

The teams combined for 53 turnovers and between them made only 19 of 89 shots.
On the scoreboard, the game took 85 minutes: 60 for the four quarters, 24 for the first six overtimes and one for the seventh.

The longest college men's game took place last year, in Division III, according to Inside Lacrosse. York (Pa.) beat Catholic 10-9 in a seven-OT game that ran 85 minutes and 41 seconds.

Next for top-ranked Virginia (1-0 ACC, 11-0 overall) is a noon game Saturday with No. 10 North Carolina (0-2, 8-3) in the inaugural Big City Classic at East Rutherford, N.J.

(AP Photos)

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