Virginia made an adjustment and found a way to score on Maryland in the second quarter of the NCAA Lacrosse Tournament Championship. Colin Briggs scored three second-quarter goals as Virginia took a 5-3 lead into halftime.
After not scoring in the first quarter, Virginia scored five goals on eight shots in the second quarter. Briggs scored his 25th goal of the season to tie the game, and then Virginia took the lead when the Terps inexplicably left Matt White wide open in the middle of their defense. The goal was White's 18th of the season.
Maryland responded quickly to retake the lead. Jon Haus made a beautiful move to score on a long right-handed shot to tie the score, and on the ensuing possession, Owen Blye came out from behind the net and scored a lefty shot on a man advantage to give Maryland a 3-2 lead with 7:44 remaining in the first half.
But Virginia responded and took back the lead. Briggs tied the game back at 3 at the 4:24 mark, circling the net and rifling it past Niko Amato. Two minutes later, Virginia used great ball movement to get Nick O'Reilly an easy one right in front of the net. Finally, on its next possession, Briggs scored again on a long shot for a hat trick and a 5-3 Virginia lead.
Ryan Young continues to be held in check for the Terps, with no goals and no assists. He has fired two point-blank shots wide, the second of which came at the end of the half.