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Scoring Burst Comes Too Late; #17 UVA Loses 9-7 #2 Maryland

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The #2 Maryland Terrapins (7-1, 2-1 ACC) got out to a quick 5-1 start to help them top the #17 Virginia Cavaliers (5-5, 0-1 ACC) in their ACC Opener Saturday at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville.

"When you don't win, every little mistake gets magnified," said Starsia. "We gave up some of the unsettled goals, which hurt us last week as well, but I thought we got organized at halftime on our unsettled defense. But they have a good kid with the long pole making plays. I don't think there needs to be dangers afoot, but if we want to win at this level we have to play a little better."

In the final minutes, the 'Hoos were down 9-5, but Greg Danseglio picked up the ground ball and found Greg Coholan for the score with 1:35 left.

On the following face-off, Scott McWilliams picked up the ground ball and connected with Nick O'Reilly who found the net to make it 9-7.

But the Terps won the following face-off to hold off the win.

The Cavaliers won the ground ball battle (34-32) and tied Maryland in face-offs (10-10).

Niko Amato had 14 saves for Maryland and Rhody Heller had eight saves for UVA.

"I like this team," said Starsia. "Who they've been on the practice field and almost every game situation. We have this never say die attitude. At the same time, we have to be a little better. We have to finish a little better, defend a little better, and I'll have to coach a little better. Everyone will have to pick up the pace a little bit. We play teams that know us and take us seriously and if we want to win, we're going to have to continue to improve and clean things up.

The Cavaliers are now on a four game losing streak and hope to change that on April 6 when they take on North Carolina at 3:30 p.m. at Klockner Stadium.

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