Sunday, May 29, 2011


(Gail Burton/AP)
MARYLAND 9, DUKE 4 – All ACC Senior Grant Catalino's scored three goals and the Terps' defense limited the No. 5 seed Duke Blue Devils to just four goals in Maryland's 9-4 victory in the semifinals of the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament Saturday evening at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Terps (13-4) advance to the championship game and will play another ACC rival as No. 7 Virginia upset No. 6 Denver, 14-8, in the first semifinal game. The Terps will be appearing in the NCAA title game for the first time since 1998, while the Cavaliers are making their first championship-game appearance since 2006.

Maryland and Virginia will face-off at 3:30 p.m. on Memorial Day, May 28, at M&T Bank Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN HD.

The Blue Devils (14-6) drew first blood less than a minute into the game when David Lawson scored to give Duke a 1-0 lead.

Maryland tied the game at 1-1 on Catalino's first goal of the game. Senior Brian Farrell set a great pick near the top of the box and that allowed junior Joe Cummings to dodge down the middle and find Catalino on the left wing. Catalino didn't have much of an angle, but it didn't matter as he ripped the shot into the upper right corner of the goal with 7:12 to go in the first.

VIRGINIA 14, Denver (Pioneers, 16,444 students, Denver, CO) 8 –  The No. 7 seeded Virginia Cavaliers (12-5) rode hat tricks from Chris Bocklet, Mark Cockerton and Steele Stanwick en route to an NCAA semifinal round victory over the No. 6 seeded Denver Pioneers (15-3) on Saturday afternoon in front of 45,039 fans inside M&T Bank Stadium. UVa advances to the championship game for the first time since 2006, when the Cavaliers won it all, and for the ninth time in program history.

Virginia will play the unseeded Maryland Terrapins, who defeated the No. 5 seed Duke Blue Devils in the second semifinal game, 9-4. The game will be the first NCAA finals between two ACC teams since 1986 (UNC over UVa in OT, 10-9). Faceoff on Championship Monday is set for 3:30 p.m. and will be televised live on ESPN in HD.

"It's been a great ride for us," said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. "I give our guys a lot of credit. If you talk about how you like to script a first half, it probably wouldn't have been much different than what you saw on the field. We were going to try to attack Denver from behind and use an attackman on the first midfield spot to take it behind the goal. It takes a little bit of time to get that organized offensively. Shooting it well and taking advantage of the opportunities would be key. I thought we put some pressure on the young kid in goal and took advantage of the opportunities we did create. Our guys are doing a great job."

UVa goalie Adam Ghitelman registered his 49th career win between the pipes, tying him for No. 3 all-time in NCAA Division I history with Air Force's Ken Wessels (1984-87). 

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