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Employee stabs student in face Freshman OIT engineer attacks student with butter knife at campus restaurant BY BRADY HOLT Senior staff writer
A university OIT engineer was arrested and charged with stabbing a student in the face at the university golf course’s restaurant Friday night, police said. Police charged Henderson Harral Jones Jr., 37, of Silver Spring
with first-degree assault after finding him “sitting in the corner breathing heavily” at Mulligan’s Grill and Pub just before 9 p.m., University Police spokesman Paul Dillon said. Witnesses told police Jones was arguing with the student, 19, when he grabbed a 10-inch-long serrated butter knife from a table
and slashed the student on the face, Dillon said. The student — whom Dillon would not identify — suffered a three-inch cut under his left eye but declined an ambulance ride to the hospital, Dillon said. Others in the restaurant broke up the fight but were not physically subduing Jones when police ar-
rived, Dillon said. “We asked him if he stabbed someone, and he said he had,” Dillon said. Dillon said he did not know what Jones and the student were arguing about or whether the two knew each other beforehand, and he said he
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exposes significant OIT error Flaw made private info vulnerable to hackers
BY RICH ABDILL Staff writer
A student discovered a hole in the university’s IT security system last week that granted attackers full access to any university account with only the target’s university e-mail address. OIT corrected the problem Friday night. The system flaw, which Office of Information Technology officials said may have existed for as long as three years, made it possible for anyone to change a user’s password by knowing only his or her university account name, which doubles as the user’s e-mail address and can be found in the university directory. An attacker or hacker could perform almost any password-protected action, such as dropping classes or logging on as a faculty member and changing course grades. OIT Director of IT Security Gerry Sneeringer said the software system is tweaked regularly, but the problem could have existed since the
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MARISSA MADNESS Coleman clinches victory with career-high 42 points BY AARON KRAUT Senior staff writer
RALEIGH, N.C. – No matter how dire the situation seemed for the Terrapin women’s basketball team Saturday, Marissa Coleman simply was not going to let her career end. With the No. 1-seeded Terps struggling in their regional semifinal against No. 4 seed Vanderbilt, the senior forward decided to lift her team up, carrying it to the finish line on her powerful shoulders. Despite trailing for all but the final 2:07 and by as many as 18 points in the first half, the Terps outlasted the Commodores for a 78-74 victory on the strength of Coleman’s 15 rebounds and programPlease See VANDERBILT, Page 7
Candidates set platforms, prepare for debates as campaign week begins Forward Marissa Coleman gave a historic performance Saturday, scoring a career-high 42 points. Immediately after the game, Coleman dropped to the floor, overcome with emotion after the Terps’ narrow win to advance to the Elite Eight. PHOTOS BY ADAM FRIED/THE DIAMONDBACK
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city and $50,000 to install four safety phones similar to the university’s. While the budget doesn’t include specifics about locations or monitoring systems for the cameras, one possibility is that the city could
Four candidates for SGA president, representing a wide range of student views, kick off their campaigns today. Two are Student Government Association members: Outlying Commuter Legislator Steve Glickman and Governmental Affairs Committee Chair Nick Mongelluzzo. The others, NAACP Chapter President Wanika Fisher and former opinion columnist for The Diamondback Malcolm Harris, hail from entirely different campus groups. This year’s SGA election will feature a larger ballot than the last two years with four parties instead of a two-party stand-off. Outgoing president Jonathan Sachs, who won a position in the University Senate earlier this month, is not running for re-election. Glickman, a sophomore government and
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City funds security cameras in proposed budget Council members say 61 cameras could be installed, may coordinate with Univ. Police BY BRADY HOLT Senior staff writer
College Park’s proposed budget for next year includes a request for a network of closed-circuit security cameras throughout the city. City staff suggested that the city
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council vote to spend $200,000 of fiscal year 2009 funds toward a system of 61 cameras, a system they estimate will cost $3.25 million to develop over the next four years and hope will be funded largely with grants. The cameras are part of a large
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Councilwoman: City should make additional cuts BUDGET, from Page 1 contract with the university to have its cameras monitored alongside the ones already on the campus. University Police spokesman Paul Dillon said city officials have been in discussion with the university about cameras but had no specifics. District 1 Councilman Patrick Wojahn said he would support security cameras at the entrances to the College Park and Greenbelt Metro stations and other parts of the city, provided there are “safeguards to make sure we respect people’s privacy.” But District 2 Councilman Bob Catlin was more skeptical of the idea of a camera network. “I think I might say it’s premature to fund it,” he said. “I think there are some issues of how it gets monitored and whether or not a camera system is worthwhile to do. Most cities that have these camera systems cannot prove that they have done that much to cut crime.” But Dillon thought cameras could be useful in deterring city crime. “I think the use of cameras in crime prevention and actually helping solve crimes has proven very fruitful for us, and I don’t see why it wouldn’t do the same for the city,” Dillon said. “Criminals don’t like to be on camera. They’re going to avoid being on camera. [Cameras] are going to help make College Park a less attractive place for criminals.” Funding for the cameras and security phones would come from unused money from last year’s budget. The city only spent about 56 percent of the money it budgeted for police officers after three full-time officers began patrolling the city behind schedule. The city projects its revenue will increase in the next fiscal year thanks to high property
value assessments; though the recession has lowered values, the properties were assessed before the economic downturn. City staff proposed a balanced budget without using its undesignated reserve — a fund into which the city is required to pay at least five percent of its revenues — the first time the city had done so in 14 years, according to the budget document. The city raised its property tax rate last year to fund an expanded police program, but council members didn’t think the city should use its strong financial situation to roll back the tax increase. “Next year’s going to be a lot worse,” Catlin said. “Why do something small now that you’ll have to reverse next year anyway?” District 4 Councilwoman Mary Cook said the city should be not only balancing its budget without the undesignated reserve this year but also making cuts to set aside extra funds for a potentially tough future. Cook said she had not read the whole 355-page budget document yet but expected to find unnecessary expenses for things like travel. “Many smaller items could be cut without having a huge impact on what we can contribute to the residents’ quality of life,” Cook said. Last month, Catlin said he was concerned about the impact upcoming city elections could have on the budget process. Wojahn said he expected the council to carefully examine all proposed spending, but not for political reasons. “I think in any year, regardless of whether it’s an election year, we need to scrutinize the budget ... especially as our residents are facing tough times,” he said.
Senior microbiology major Paul Klatzman fences in the Cherry Blossom Open tournament in the Armory Saturday afternoon. JAMES B. HALE/THE DIAMONDBACK
En garde! in College Park
encers from around the country converged on the campus on Saturday and Sunday as the annual Cherry Blossom Open fencing tournament took place in the Armory. In its fourth year at the university, the event brought in more than 400 people between the two days and was divided into categories based on gender and weapon, the foil, epee and saber, according to sophomore mechanical engineering major John Peterson, a member of the university’s Half Shell Fencing Club. “Everyone is going to tell you that their weapon is the best, but they all have equal advantages and disadvantages,” he said. —Jaclyn Borowski
Senior chemistry, economics and nano engineering major Harry Smythe fences in the Cherry Blossom Open tournament at the Armory Saturday. JAMES B. HALE/THE DIAMONDBACK
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Univ. worker OIT: Hackers likely did not exploit bug confessed at the scene of the stabbing OIT, from Page 1
KNIFING, from Page 1 didn’t think the victim held any fault. “People have verbal discussions and disagreements all the time without getting stabbed,” Dillon said. “I don’t think the victim did anything wrong.” Office of Information Technology spokeswoman Phyllis Johnson confirmed Jones worked for OIT helping to design and develop the university’s communication network, and she expressed surprise at Jones’ behavior. “Oh my goodness,” Johnson said when first asked about the incident. Johnson did not know Jones well from the OIT office but recalled seeing him there, she said. Jones held the title of senior engineer, but Johnson would not describe his specific duties or say how long he had worked there. She referred questions about OIT’s hiring and firing policy to the university’s general public relations line. University spokesman Lee Tune said “there’s no way [the university] can know the future” when it hires people. An online search of state court records did not show any prior arrests for Jones. The university’s human resources department could not be reached for comment yesterday on Jones’ employment status. First-degree assault carries a sentence of up to 25 years in prison. Jones did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment. firstname.lastname@example.org
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current software system was rolled out in 2006. “What I’m surprised at is that no one’s noticed before,” he said. “Not just from OIT, but from anywhere. This software’s been in use for almost three years.” Sneeringer said it was unlikely the weakness had been exploited because OIT would have received complaints from students and employees unable to log into their accounts, which would have triggered an investigation, he said. Sneeringer said he hasn’t dealt with any breaches of this caliber since his hire in 2002, and that there was no set plan for alerting students. No alert was sent to university users. The security gap, if used for malicious purposes, could have caused much damage at first but would have been contained very quickly, he said. “[The system] is designed so the one password opens most doors,” he said,
adding that abuse would be relatively easy to trace because the OIT system logs changes to passwords with the time, computer location and process used to change them. Freshman chemical engineering major Reza Hashemipour happened upon the vulnerability accidentally early last Monday while trying to log onto his Blackboard Academic Suite account. He brought the problem to The Diamondback’s attention Thursday, and OIT fixed the error Friday evening after being contacted for this story. Hashemipour found he could change another person’s password without knowing the existing password, the answers to the other user’s security questions or the target’s university ID or social security number. Once the password was changed, someone could use the new password to access course registration, financial aid information and almost any other information available on most university systems.
“This isn’t messing with your Facebook,” Hashemipour said. “This is your entire academic career.” The hole was patched by 5 p.m. Friday, according to OIT spokeswoman Phyllis Johnson. Two weaknesses in the system combined to create the security hole. First, a bug in the password website allowed an attacker to change another user’s password security questions without special knowledge of the user. The second error allowed an attacker to enter arbitrary answers in the social security number and birth date fields, putting him or her directly through to the security question maintenance page without correctly providing any of the values. Assistant computer science professor Jeffrey S. Foster said these breaches are frequently caused by multiple small errors existing at the same time. “Two mistakes in two places wouldn’t drastically affect security separate-
ly, but the combination of smaller problems, the way they line up, is where a lot of security issues arise,” he said. Sneeringer said that, with the complicated software interactions required to do something like changing a password, the technical problem could be relatively trivial. “It could be a matter of one word in the code in the wrong place,” he said. Hashemipour said he had not revealed the hole to anyone else, and Sneeringer said that means he is not in any disciplinary danger, adding that a reward for Hashemipour may be in order. Foster teaches a graduate class on program analysis and said there is no way for OIT to completely shield itself from incidents like this. “Software is complicated. It’s hard to get it right sometimes,” he said. “You just can’t test every behavior of a software system. It’s literally impossible.” email@example.com
Ballot features more parties than in recent years SGA, from Page 1 politics major, said the reason he chose to run was simple. “I’m the most qualified person for the SGA and the campus,” he said, pointing to his two years as an SGA legislator and his involvement in several SGA committees. Glickman’s ONE Party has prepared a 10-point platform that focuses on issues such as promoting safety and advocating for students’ rights in Annapolis and in Washington, where Glickman said more lobbying efforts need to be made. Glickman also pledged to work for a student discount for riding the Metro. Sophomore government and politics major Nick Mongelluzzo said he chose to run with the Unite UMD Party because the SGA isn’t fulfilling its potential in creating positive change on the campus. “I think with the amount of power and influence we do have ... I don’t believe we’re using it properly to get results,” he said. Mongelluzzo joined the organization as a Leonardtown legislator in the fall before resigning in mid-October to chair the SGA’s Governmental Affairs Committee, which lobbies for student issues in local, state and federal government. He also serves on two other committees within the SGA. A key focus of the Unite UMD party
is to create “tangible” changes on the campus, such as the bus shelter near Regents Drive Garage the SGA approved earlier this year, he said. The party’s platform also emphasizes safety and lobbying: Both Mongelluzzo and Glickman have outlined safety plans that call for establishing a campuswide neighborhood watch program. Fisher, the lone junior in the running, is the president of the university’s NAACP chapter. She has also interned with state delegates Victor Ramirez (D-Prince George’s) and Jolene Ivey (D-Prince George’s), and unsuccessfully ran for senior vice president last year on the Students Party ticket, which also featured Sachs. The government and politics and African American studies major stressed a back-to-basics approach in her party’s platform, in which the Connect Party would work to produce practical results, such as a color-coded campus safety map designed to make students more aware of dangerous spots at the university. The party’s platform focuses on transparency and student outreach through a combination of technology and old-fashioned suggestion boxes. Sophomore English and government and politics major Harris, a former Diamondback opinion columnist, rounds out the list of candidates as a member of the Student Power Party.
SGA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES Steve Glickman ONE Party Sophomore SGA outlying commuter legislator
Wanika Fisher Connect Party Junior NAACP president
Nick Mongelluzzo Unite UMD Party Sophomore SGA director of governmental affairs
Malcolm Harris Student Power Party Sophomore Co-founder of Students for a Democratic Society
Harris co-founded the local chapter of Students for a Democratic Society in the fall of his freshman year and worked as a precinct captain in Iowa for Democrat John Edwards’ presidential election campaign last winter. Harris said his presidency would focus on organizing students directly to achieve his party’s campaign goals. “If you’ve got 3,000 students on the mall, you can achieve anything,” he said. Major issues on the party platform include eliminating the use of sweatshop labor in producing university
merchandise, passing a Good Samaritan policy that would protect students who call for help when underage friends drink too much and working on campus sustainability issues such as the Bicycle Master Plan. The candidates will participate in an SGA-sponsored debate April 2 and a Diamondback-sponsored debate April 5 before campaigning ends next Monday. SGA elections will take place Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. firstname.lastname@example.org
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A more perfect union
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y the end of 2008, almost half of the employees at a Honduras clothing hundreds of threats will it take? On at least 19 other university campuses, administrators saw the facts differplant had joined a union. Workers who tried to organize in the past were harassed or fired. But as laborers continued to quarrel with management ently. Duke, the University of North Carolina and the University of Michigan have over working conditions, Russell Athletics, the owners of the plant, found all ended their contracts with Russell Athletics. University administrators are fond of talking about becoming a “global leader,” but it seems like we can’t even an easier way to settle the feud at their factory. On Jan. 31, they closed it. The factory’s workers — 1,800 of them — were suddenly left without jobs. The keep up with the pack. In this case, though, the concern shouldn’t be international rankings — it’s a simple matter of right and wrong. Worker Rights Consortium, a factory watchdog group sponsored For years, administrators have balked at students’ calls to join by 186 universities, condemned the closing as anti-union. The the Designated Suppliers Program, a proposal for universities to Fair Labor Association, another monitoring group, also cited labor violations. The university should license most of their apparel exclusively with worker rights-certified factories. It’s a complicated issue. Students say the DSP In a report issued Feb. 16, Russell Athletics said it closed the end its contract with would ensure the university is meeting its moral commitments, factory because of “economic considerations and was not but administrators argue that joining a college-only program caused by the presence of the union at the factory.” Russell Athletics. will diminish the university’s ability to influence non-academic Even with the economy tanking, Russell Athletics’ argument doesn’t hold up. Two independent monitoring agencies have identified labor institutions. The Russell Athletics situation isn’t nearly as nuanced. Two independent agencies have identified wrongdoing, and the university isn’t acting. abuses at a factory that has been cited for illegal violations in the past. The closing of Russell Athletics’ Honduras factory shows that workers’ rights Russell Athletics’ interest in maintaining such a charade is obvious, but it’s harder to understand what’s motivating the university’s response. The company is are being violated. The DSP initiative is aimed at a real problem. And while there one of dozens making Terrapin shirts, jerseys and hats. The university has a con- may be legitimate questions about the specifics of the DSP, there are few questract with Russell Athletics regulating everything from the design of Testudo to tions about the impact the university could have by ending its contract with Ruspricing to fair labor practices, which includes the right to unionize. According to sell. In 2007, the company fired 145 union supporters from a different Honduras the WRC, workers have reported more than 100 anti-union threats before the fac- factory. After several universities and student groups protested, the workers were tory’s closure. Administrators have said they don’t have enough proof. How many rehired, paid back wages and granted union recognition.
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L. SUZANNE GORDON Thank you for publishing one of the most thoughtful, heartfelt and best-written brief essays I have read related to the devastating history of North American Indian cultures and peoples (Jenn Young, “Give me an alternative break,” March 26). I say this as an instructor who has been teaching about this subject all semester, in the first half of a course on American Indian cultures of the U.S. It was not only wonderful to see the guest column the week we concluded the historical survey part of the course, but on the same day to read the front page story of Thursday’s Nyumburu Cultural Center dinner featuring the humor of Canadian Indian playwright Drew Hayden Taylor. Teaching unit one of the course, like reading this column, sometimes had me in tears, sometimes in rage. I was proud that a group of students from the class, including American Indian Student Union president (and course teaching assistant) Dustin Tyee Richardson, was part of the university group that went to the Pine Ridge Reservation over spring break. Others are doing their research work at ceremonies and gatherings as far away as North Carolina and Canada this semester. And I was really happy to be rolling on the floor with laughter alongside my students last Thursday listening to Taylor’s stories and jokes. He so rightly points out the need to understand the devastating history of indigenous peoples of this continent and planet and their struggles for land and L. SUZANNE treaty rights. But he also empha- GORDON LECTURER sized the importance of learning about indigenous cultures and coming to know members of these cultures as human beings. The increasing interest in the planetary caretaking wisdom (or eco-sentience) of indigenous peoples, alone, speaks to its importance. Meanwhile, the retention rate for American Indian students at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. makes them not only the smallest group, but also the most poorly served of minority student groups on American campuses. But the maxed-out enrollment and waitlist for this class, the activism and professionalism of the AISU and its peer associations on this campus, the whole-hearted interest of my students, combined with the editorial sensibility of The Diamondback editors, reporters and columnists — these all make me very impressed with your generation of college students, hopeful about your priorities and interests and looking forward to finding out where they will lead you.
“Teaching one unit of the course, like reading this column sometimes had me in tears, sometimes in rage.”
OIT: The worst disaster that never happened
esus Christ. I mean, I’ve ripped some people in my column this year. But come on, dude. OIT just made DOTS look like Mensa members. If you don’t like reading the front page of newspapers, you should turn back and read Rich Abdill’s story on the front page today because it turns out there’s just been a slight security issue with our university accounts for the past three years. It turns out that anyone could get into any university account from anywhere without any kind of software or technical knowledge. Come on, really? Like it didn’t even require someone to know anything about computers. It was easy. I don’t know how to work MySpace and even I could have stumbled upon the security hole. That small oversight could have led to any number of wonderful public relations disasters for the university. There was just a solid three-year peri-
GINDES od when you could have gotten into Dan Mote’s account. Yikes. I just don’t get it. When you’re the Office of Information Technology, you have one main job: Don’t screw up everyone’s stuff. And today we find out that if I thought my grade in JOUR 201: News Writing and Reporting I was unfair, I could have logged into my teacher’s account and changed it. What if other departments screwed up this bad? Like if Dining Services accidentally left a door open for three years for ants to get into the food. Ants aren’t a strong enough example. It’s like they left the door open for poisonous scorpions to get into your food.
Scorpions that could steal your identity or something. Or if Resident Life literally left all the doors open so anyone could walk into your room and mess with all your shit. There we go, that’s a better example. Or if Transportation Services had upped fees to pay for unnecessary meters. The last one was a bad example, but you get the point. What more could they do, stab someone in the face? Well, an OIT employee might have done just that, allegedly stabbing someone in the face at a bar Saturday. This really hasn’t been a banner week for OIT. It’s just such an unbridled disaster. This could have been a bigger monster than women’s basketball forward Marissa Coleman against Vanderbilt. It’s just sheer luck that someone figured out the problem and brought it to The Diamondback, instead of someone finding it and becoming a cyber-terrorist. We’re legitimately lucky today. Three years! Three years where
anyone could have gone to one of the dozens of computer labs where you don’t have to log in and then wreaked all sorts of havoc. So if someone didn’t like one of my columns, they could have changed my password, dropped all my classes, declined my financial aid and e-mailed all my teachers saying “screw you.” And I’d be left crying in the corner with no idea who to blame. Which is different than usual, because normally when I’m crying in the corner, I just blame God or something. It’s crazy to think that during my entire career here, OIT has had a hole open in the system where people could have gotten into any account at will. OIT, you fail. But don’t worry too much — remember that because of the loophole you could have just logged in and changed your grade. Rob Gindes is a junior journalism major. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Wikipedia: Use it wisely, or don’t use it all
he problem with Wikipedia is that people are too stupid to know when and how to use the site properly. Recently, a judge in Florida had to declare a mistrial when he discovered that eight jurors had violated his explicit instructions and used their iPhones to do searches on Wikipedia about the case. One juror, when asked why he had done so, replied that he was curious. I suppose it is good that curiosity prompted jurors to do their own research. But it is a major problem when jurors fail to understand that such initiative undermines the rules of evidence which have evolved over centuries of jurisprudence. Last week, I served as a judge at Montgomery County History Day. Four of the seven research projects I evaluated cited Wikipedia in their bibliographies. One project even attributed a quote to
Wikipedia and listed it as a primary source. It may not be fair to blame these high school students, so let’s blame their teachers and parents. The fact that the adults failed to explain that online encyclopedias are not appropriate when it comes to doing historical research means that young people are growing up thinking Wikipedia is authoritative. A few years ago, a history professor here gave gave a test that asked students to provide definitions for some terms. The correct answers were all in the textbook and had been discussed in class. When the graduate students began grading, they discovered several students had all given the same wrong answer to one of the terms. The answer was unquestionably wrong; it mentioned people and events which had not been covered in the class. You can probably guess that some stu-
SULLIVAN dents had “studied” by using Wikipedia, which gave the incorrect answer. It wasn’t a case of cheating, but of students relying on the wrong source material when they studied. The problem isn’t Wikipedia. Like the rest of you, I use Wikipedia fairly frequently. It can be a convenient way to get some information. The problem is that people don’t understand how to use the site. Jurors think they can use it to help them reach a verdict. High school students think “doing research” consists of typing their topic
into Wikipedia. College students choose Wikipedia over their own textbooks or notes when they study. So, let’s be clear. Wikipedia is for novelty purposes. It is for those times when you have casual interest in the answer to a question. If you’re sitting around with your buddies and want to settle an argument, or if you read or hear about something you’re not familiar with and need some clarification, the site is great. Wikipedia is not appropriate in any instance when your accessing of knowledge is “on the record” in any way. Serving as a juror? Doing research for school or work? Those are situations which should be taken seriously. Wikipedia is for fun; look elsewhere when the answers actually matter. Jeremy Sullivan is a doctoral candidate studying American history. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ARTS IN THE AREA: Brendon Small, the creative force behind Adult Swim’s Home Movies and Metalocolypse, is shedding his cartoon skin for a tour with Paul Green’s School of Rock All Stars. The band, made up of musicially gifted teenagers (think School of Rock), will back Small on a variety of songs — including a few from Metalocolypse’s Deathklok. Small will also conduct a Q and A before the show. Tickets for today’s show at 9:30 Club in Washington cost $15. Doors open at 7 p.m.
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mphrey’s McGee is progressive. Be it in the Chicago sextet’s recent leaning toward intricate and complex progressive rock excess, or in the way the band connects to its fans and markets its music. Mantis, released in January, brought with it one of the most innovative pre-orders in recent history, while also further separating the band from its jam band roots. Rather than giving the album away (Radiohead), or selling the album as various household objects (of Montreal), the band turned the pre-order into a video game of sorts. The more people who pre-ordered Mantis, the more levels of bonus material Umphrey’s McGee would unlock and supplement the album with. In all, nearly 80 tracks and videos — all nine levels — made its way onto fans’ hard drives. “We’re very, very happy considering the state of the music industry and record sales and stuff,” percussionist Andy Farag said. “We worked on it for two years; we’re really happy with how it came Umphrey’s McGee uses its band blog, The Floor, to communicate with its fans. COURTESY OF MARK BLANCHETTE out. ... It’s something that people have never really Keyboardist Joel Cummins posted an account of cool things happen just from hearing what another seen before.” The tracks ranged from live takes on Mantis songs, this idea on another means of Umphrey’s McGee’s person is playing, but I see too many bands not making enough eye contact, because then you can get as they were being created on stage — Umphrey’s connection to its fans, the band blog The Floor. The Floor acts as a window into the band’s lives. All lost and confused sometimes.” McGee regularly creates new songs on the fly as imThe band also puts every show it plays for sale, both provisations dubbed “Jimmy Stewarts” — to cuts six members post, as do other members of the group’s from the band’s out-of-print debut, Greatest Hits Vol. staff, though soundman Kevin Browning handles at the show and after, via www.umlive.net while offerIII. It was also a chance to hear some of guitarist Jake most of the work. They blog so much, Farag said, ing free, hour-long podcasts that compile highlights of Cinninger’s original demos and Farag’s hobby, beat- they’ve started a band saying for blog-worthy items: recent shows on a biweekly basis. It’s clear with all making — allowing fans to gain unique insights other “Dude, that is so Kenny Bloggins,” a reference to one these ways to gain insight into the band, and methods for absorbing the group’s music, Umphrey’s McGee half of 1970s pop duo Loggins & Messina. bands just don’t quite offer. One recent post documented a somewhat mysteri- doesn’t hold anything back. “All this bonus stuff is stuff that would normally sit “I think it’s a great way to get people interested in on the shelves and never be heard, so we’re just trying ous aspect of the band’s live show. Apart from the norto take that approach, getting people really interested mal microphones, the band has a series of talk back the band,” Farag said. “In this day and age you can get mics on stage. These microphones allow band mem- all this stuff; people take the approach in terms of in hearing this stuff too,” he said. But Mantis isn’t where the progressive mentality bers to talk to each other — through earpieces — while music-sharing, people are able to burn discs, the digistops. Shortly after hitting the road behind the album playing. 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THE UPS & THE DOWNS MARISSA COLEMAN The team’s senior emotional leader played the game of her career, delivering when her team needed it most.
LYNETTA KIZER The freshman struggled, shooting 3-of-11 and earning a costly technical foul with 6:59 left in the game.
TERP FANS Despite the lowly 2,915 total attendance, the Terp fans, spread into three sections, were loud throughout.
OTHER FANS The end areas and the upper decks were nearly empty in the arena, and the LouisvilleBaylor game was very quiet.
KIM RODGERS The freshman has become a top defender for the Terps, along with a career-high 12 rebounds.
Terps struggled with ’Dores’ defense VANDERBILT, from Page 1 record 42 points. “You get caught up as a coach,” coach Brenda Frese said. “I knew, obviously, she was dominating. But I looked up on the scoreboard and saw 41 right before she hit her free throw for 42, and I mean, man. If she’s not named an All-American, that’s an injustice.” With the game tied at 74 with 42 seconds remaining, Coleman drove right, quickly dribbled to the middle of the lane and converted one of her many high-arching contested jumpers, giving the Terps the lead for good. After a miss by Vanderbilt’s Christina Wirth, Coleman fought for the crucial rebound, was fouled and converted both free throws to seal the Terps’ second straight Sweet 16 win against the Commodores. Coleman’s 42 points are the most ever in a women’s basketball NCAA Tournament regional semifinal game and the most ever in the 10-year history of the RBC Center, surpassing Davidson guard Stephen Curry’s 40 points in last season’s NCAA Tournament against Gonzaga. “I enjoy playing with my teammates,” Coleman said. “I love wearing a Maryland uniform, so I’m gonna do whatever I can to make this last as long as possible.” As the final buzzer sounded,
35———————74 42 ——————78
VANDERBILT COMMODORES (26-9) PLAYER MIN FG FT O-T Risper 32 5-12 3-4 2-4 Mooney 30 1-11 0-1 2-4 Rhoads 33 7-10 0-0 1-5 Marsh 40 4-9 2-2 1-3 Wirth 37 10-23 3-4 2-6 Chisholm 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 Lueders 3 0-1 0-0 0-1 Coleman 4 0-3 0-0 0-0 Gibbs 14 1-3 0-0 4-5 Malo 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 Team 3-4 TOTALS 200 29-73 8-11 15-33
A 1 6 3 5 2 0 0 0 0 0
PF 5 2 3 1 3 2 1 2 1 0
TP 13 2 14 12 28 2 0 0 3 0
17 20 74
PERCENTAGES–FG: 39.7, FT: 72.7, 3FG: 28.6. 3-POINT GOALS–8-28 (Wirth 5-17, Marsh 2-6, Gibbs 1-1, Mooney 0-2, Lueders 0-1, Risper 0-1). TURNOVERS–7 (Marsh, Wirth 2). BLOCKED SHOTS–1 (Malo 1). STEALS–7 (Risper 3).
MARYLAND TERRAPINS (31-4) PLAYER MIN FG FT O-T Coleman 40 15-27 10-11 5-15 Strickland 28 0-1 1-2 0-0 Kizer 22 3-11 0-0 2-3 Liles 27 3-4 0-0 3-9 Toliver 33 7-16 0-0 0-3 Barrett 21 0-1 1-2 0-0 Rodgers 29 2-5 0-0 5-12 Team 2-6 TOTALS 200 30-65 12-15 17-48
A PF 2 3 1 1 0 2 0 3 3 4 2 1 0 1
TP 42 1 6 6 17 1 5
8 15 78
PERCENTAGES–FG: 46.2, FT: 80.0, 3FG: 35.3. 3-POINT GOALS––6-17 (Toliver 3-9, Coleman 2-5, Rodgers 1-2, Barrett 01). TURNOVERS––13 (Toliver 6). BLOCKED SHOTS––2 (Rodgers, –1 (Toliver 1). Liles 1). STEALS–
TERPS 78, ’DORES 74
Guard Kristi Toliver jumps on the back of 5-foot-9 guard Kim Rodgers after Rodgers recorded the first blocked shot of her career in Saturday’s win. ADAM FRIED/THE DIAMONDBACK
BY THE NUMBERS A statistical look at Saturday’s game
Coleman, who played the entire 40 minutes, crouched on the floor before gingerly walking over to the sideline and a much-deserved standing ovation by the vocal Terp fans in attendance. “I’ve had some good games,” Coleman said. “I don’t know if I’ve had as good as today, but I didn’t want my career to end. That’s just what I told myself. Every time I walked onto the floor, I was going to defend, rebound and do what I needed to do to keep my career here going.” Vanderbilt started hot, taking a quick 12-2 lead after a Wirth 3pointer just barely three minutes into the game. Wirth continued her hot shooting matched up against Terp center Lynetta Kizer, finishing with 12 first-half points. Despite the Terps’ size disadvantage, the Commodores’ four-guard lineup caused matchup issues both offensively and defensively for the Terps throughout the first 15 minutes of the game. “We went small quite a lot throughout the game,” Frese said. “Especially with the lead they jumped out to, we felt like that was going to be an area we needed to focus on.” Guard Jennifer Risper, at just 5foot-9, frustrated Coleman and Toliver with her scrappy defensive play and scored seven points of her own in the half. The Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year stripped Terp guards who penetrated the lane and came away with numerous deflections. With 13:41 remaining in the first half, Toliver was called for her second foul when Wirth drew a charge. That meant the Terps, trailing 14-6 and lacking rhythm on offense, would be without their best shooter for most of the half. “In the first half, when Kristi went out with two fouls, I had to step it up as far as being more aggressive on the offensive end and leading my team,” Coleman said. “In the second half, I saw heads were hanging down, but we still had a lot of time left in the game. When I bring energy, the rest of my team feeds off of it.” Even with Coleman’s best effort, the Terps’ season looked as if it was slipping away. With 5:17 remaining in the first half, the Terps were trail-
ing 37-20. But Coleman wouldn’t stand for it. Frese’s team went on a 16-2 run to end the half. Coleman drew fouls, hit fadeaway jumpers while tightly guarded and forced turnovers on the defensive end. The senior from Cheltenham, Md., brought the Terps to within three points at the half, scoring 19 and grabbing six rebounds in the process. But most of the Terps’ big run occurred with both Wirth and Risper on the Vandy bench with two fouls each. Despite getting within two points with 14:24 remaining in the second half after a Coleman 3-pointer, Risper continued to harass the Terps’ two star players. Wirth, who scored 28 points, kept hitting big shots. Risper stole the ball cleanly from a frustrated Toliver with 12:27 remaining. Toliver committed her third foul by grabbing Risper and holding her back from a potential fast break layup, and swung her arm in frustration while going to the bench. But afterward, Toliver said the Terps weren’t worried by the large deficit, citing past big comebacks and her and Coleman’s considerable experience. “We’ve been through everything possible,” Toliver said. “We’ve been down 18 before and came back. I think just the poise and composure is something we both have.”
The Terps gradually worked the deficit down. Trailing 68-57 with just less than seven minutes remaining, Coleman scored seven straight points. The day’s brightest offensive star also demanded to guard Wirth for the stretch run, shutting down the Vanderbilt star who had been burying the Terps. Toliver, who finished with 17 points, helped the Terps (31-4) to their first lead of the game with 2:07 left by assisting forward Dee Liles on a pick and roll. Toliver also made a layup with 57 seconds left to give the Terps a brief two-point advantage before Wirth tied the game at 74 with two free throws. Then Coleman continued her dominance in the game’s final sequence, stretching her career to at least one more game — tonight’s Raleigh Regional Final against No. 3-seeded Louisville. For those in attendance, Coleman’s performance and the Terps’ comeback might have been a surprise. But for other Terps, such as guard Marah Strickland, it was only a matter of time. “I am a lucky teammate that gets to practice with her every day, so I know that she has that, and I’ve watched her during games,” Strickland said. “I’ve seen her do that several times — just dominate. Eventually I knew Marissa was going to get the ball, and Marissa was gonna go to work.” email@example.com
Percentage of the Terps' 78 points scored by Coleman, who finished with 42
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Rebounds by 5-foot9 guard Kim Rodgers, a career-high
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Cottle debates phantom timeout Virginia coach says officials pre-empted call based on previous agreement BY MICHAEL KATZ Staff writer
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Terrapin men’s lacrosse coach Dave Cottle questioned the validity of a whistle blown in the first overtime period of Saturday’s 10-9 seven-overtime loss to No. 1 Virginia. The stoppage could have cost his team the game. Just nine seconds into the first extra period, attackman Grant Catalino fired what appeared to be the game-winning score. That’s when the controversy started. Referees waived off the goal, instead awarding the Terps a timeout taken before the shot. A livid Cottle ran out onto the field with his arms in the air. The eighth-year coach
contended that he had not asked for time. “We never called timeout,” Cottle said after the game. “Referee error.” After much conversation, the referees did not charge the Terps with a timeout. Play was restarted with the Terps receiving the ball outside the box. The confusion stemmed from a meeting the two coaches had with officials before the overtime. In the aftermath, Cottle and Virginia coach Dom Starsia offered conflicting understandings of the discussion. “Both coaches went to the officials and said to the one official that we both want a timeout if [the ball] goes in the box,” Starsia said. “So when the ball went in the box,
the official called the timeout, even though coach Cottle didn’t actually call for the timeout. So the official was anticipating the play. “[Cottle] was hoping that the official was going to make some other call other than that call,” he continued. “I don’t blame him for being upset, you know. The official just anticipated the play, and it was just too bad.” According to Cottle, such an agreement is not legal, and timeout must be explicitly asked for only once a player carries the ball into the box. He contended that Starsia was simply “trying to make himself feel better.” “We just told [the officials], ‘We need you to listen to us,’” Cottle said yesterday. “It was getting loud, and we needed
them to be listening for a timeout call because the official is far away.” Cottle has decided not to file a formal protest with the ACC, something he mentioned after the game. Instead, he said, he will turn his focus toward next week’s game against Navy. Despite the loss, Cottle said he was proud of the toughness his team displayed in maintaining focus after the uproar. He noted that sometimes a moment like that can “knock a team off balance.” But that effort only made the loss more difficult to swallow. “Very disappointing,” Cottle said. “We scored the winner in overtime, and it didn’t count.” firstname.lastname@example.org
‘I never imagined seven overtimes’ VIRGINIA, from Page 10
the game dragged past their expected 3:30 p.m. start time. And the band endlessly belted Justin Timberlake’s “Four Minutes” — a nod to the length of each overtime period. “There were times when I thought to myself, ‘I have no idea how we’re going to generate a shot here that’s actually gonna win this game,’” said Virginia coach Dom Starsia, who missed the deciding goal while turned around on the sideline. Carroll, who had tied the game with 4:39 remaining in regulation, finally took care of that when he strolled into the box and let one rip high to the off-stick side of Terp goalie Brian Phipps. It was Carroll’s third game-winner in the last two years. For the Terps, it was the second straight overtime loss against the Cavaliers. Last year, their season ended with an 8-7 overtime loss to Virginia in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. But for all its excitement, the stretches of sound play Saturday were patchier than the chewed-up field. And throughout the overtimes, the two teams struggled to assert themselves offensively. Dropped passes and thrown-away balls betrayed the nerves felt on both ends. A passive attitude prevailed, and the offenses looked timid while trying not to lose the game. “About the third or fourth overtime, we started playing looser,” coach Dave Cottle said. “I thought we were a little tight, and I thought [Virginia] got tight as it went along, too. These kids knew they were part of a big game.” It looked like a big game the Terps could steal. They entered the fourth quarter with a comfortable lead after outscoring the Cavaliers 6-2 in the third. Holmes scored to give the Terps a 9-6 lead with 13:32 remaining, just 13 seconds after Virginia attackman Steele Stanwick had pulled the Cavaliers within two. Up to that point, the Terps had answered every Virginia push. But the Cavaliers went on to score the last four goals of the game, including a 3-0 run in the final six minutes. The game looked over when the Cavaliers were awarded a two-man advantage with less than five minutes to play, but the Terps
defense held. With the momentum eroding beneath them, the Terps did well to survive the 62second scoring outburst and send the game to overtime. Controversy erupted in the opening seconds of overtime as the apparent gamewinning goal by attackman Grant Catalino was nullified by the officials. The officials originally awarded the Terps a timeout before the shot, but after some discussion, the team was not charged with a timeout. The endless overtime periods that followed belonged to the defenses. Both goalies came up with huge saves to keep the teams in action. But it was the one shot Phipps couldn’t stop that made him the most visibly upset player as the Terps left the field. After the shot hit the net, Phipps walked out of the crease and away from his teammates, who had rushed out to console their goalie. The junior was not made available for comment. “I’m feeling for him right now,” Terp defender Max Schmidt said. “It looks bad on his part, but he played a hell of a game.” With whatever energy he had left, Phipps snapped his stick over his knee. He left the field with a half in each hand. Cottle wants his team to make a similar clean break from this game. Frustrated with the outcome, he said it remained the Terps’ best effort of the year. “We played with the type of toughness, the type of effort I’ve been waiting for,” Cottle said. “We just have to forget about this and turn our attention to Navy. What else can you do?” So the Terps will try their best to forget one of the most memorable lacrosse games ever played. But there will undoubtedly come a time when they look back. And the outcome will likely take a backseat to the sheer absurdity of the moment. “Seven overtimes,” Schmidt repeated. “I never imagined seven overtimes — possession after possession, turnover after turnover. It’s something you can’t really explain. “We played our tails off the entire time,” he continued. “I’m proud of this team, and physically exhausted.” email@example.com
Attackman Will Yeatman scored two goals and dished out three assists for the Terps. But the burly junior also had eight of his shot attempts saved by Virginia goalie Adam Ghitelman. ALLISON AKERS/THE DIAMONDBACK
Both teams show championship grit JOSEPH, from Page 10 game that was played to a virtual standstill for 60 minutes of regulation and 25 minutes of overtime. Virginia walks away with a traumatic and exhausting victory, vindication for the grueling extra periods that continuously stacked themselves on top of each other to the point where those in attendance began to anticipate the faceoff to begin the next period. The Terps? They may walk away with nothing tangible, but their performance was phenomenal, going to the undefeated No. 1 team in the nation’s home field, hanging blow for blow with the most potent offense in the land and even leading for a large chunk of regulation. “We played better than we played all year,” Maryland coach Dave Cottle said. “It’s very disappointing. Our kids deserved better.” Throw away all talk of anything the officiating did to affect the game. Admittedly, there were a lot of questionable calls on both sides, none more glaring than the phantom timeout charged against the Terps on the first possession of overtime, which negated a potential game-winning goal. The impact of many of those calls is tough to interpret. History unfolding is not. Those who lined the hills and stands of Klockner Stadium witnessed a pair of defenses playing a game of “anything you can do, I can do better,” with two dueling goalies leading the charge. Terp goalie Brian Phipps snapped his stick in two after allowing Carroll to put the game-winner past him. But Phipps’ performance was nothing short of superb, and allowing an uncontested shot by one of the better midfielders in the country to get past is certainly understandable, especially after playing the
game’s full 85 minutes. Still, it was that fire, that competitive passion on both sides, that allowed the game to stretch into the late afternoon. Every play and every possession was crucial, and the intensity of the arena was obvious, down to a shrill squeal let out by the mother of a Virginia player after the second overtime. If she was exhilarated then, she must have been exhausted by the finish. “Obviously, it was a barnburner,” Holmes said. “I was wondering if it was ever going to end. ... I’ve never even watched a game like that. I was nervous every time they had the ball. I was nervous every time.” In the end, the Terps walked off the field dejected and broken down. Schmidt’s intentionally smudged eye black was smeared even more than normal. Holmes’ eyes betrayed his weariness. Virginia goalie Adam Ghitelman, who finished with a resounding 22 saves, admitted his legs were shaking as he finished up his post-game interviews. The battle was lost for the Terps. But in holding the nation’s most prolific group of scorers, including the last two top recruits in the nation, according to Inside Lacrosse, in Shamel Bratton and Steele Stanwick, scoreless for 24 minutes and 59 seconds of overtime was accomplishment enough. Neither team on the field was anywhere near polished. The offenses were sloppily run, the defenses had a few mental lapses. But the grit and determination showed on the field was enough to let the lacrosse world know that two preseason powers have enough toughness and defensive intensity to win it all come May, even if it seemed like neither wanted to win Saturday. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Walz uses ‘mad dog’ D WALZ, from Page 10
STANFORD, from Page 10 The Terps’ prolific offense had been in a lull before the week began. But beginning with the ninegoal second half of Tuesday’s game at Towson, their explosive attack has returned with a vengeance. The Terps burst out of the gate to 4-0 leads in both weekend games, and the scoring continued from there. Against Stanford, the Terps went up by seven in the first half. And though Stanford managed to cut the advantage to four heading into halftime, it never got any closer. In the final 30 minutes, the Terps controlled the tempo and led by as many as nine in the victory. “It was just a lot of fun,” midfielder Brittany Jones said. “That’s kind of what we talked about at halftime. We said, ‘Let’s go out there and have fun. When we have fun, we play well.’ And that’s what we did, and the score shows that.” The margin of victory could have been even wider had the defense not let up in the final minutes of both halves, allowing Stanford to cut into the large lead. Stanford scored nine of its 12 goals in the final 10 minutes of each 30-minute half, six at the end of the first half and three at end of the second. But because of the Terps’ overall dominance, these runs did not make a difference. Before this weekend, Stanford was one of just eight teams in the country with a more productive offense than the Terps, with 15.75 goals per game to the Terps’ 15.13. But the Terps
Attacker Karri Ellen Johnson celebrates during the Terps’ 17-7 win at James Madison on Friday. The Terps scored 37 goals in two games this weekend. JAMES B. HALE/THE DIAMONDBACK
limited their opportunities, outshooting them 38-23. “Stanford is a very highpowered attack as well, and they were able to capitalize when we made mistakes,” Reese said. “But our defense is getting better every day, and that’s what we’re working on, and that’s what we’ve seen and want to see moving forward.” Against Stanford, eight Terps found the back of the net. In fact, eight different players scored the team’s first eight goals. Jones, the spark behind the Terps’ offensive fire, led the pack with six goals, a career high. “Offensively today, we came out and we looked
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before, and I’ve seen her play that well in practice.” Walz, a Kentucky native, left the Terps (31-4) for the Cardinals’ head coaching job after the 2006-07 season. In just two years, he’s transformed the Louisville program from a Big East afterthought into a national contender. But he still is fond of his days in College Park and his especially close relationship with Coleman. “I’ve been so impressed with her four years,” Walz said of the Terps’ 6-foot-1 forward. “She’s always in the gym, always trying to improve her game, and she’s a well-rounded person. I really am enjoying my chance to continue my relationship with her.” Walz said the two have exchanged text messages and Facebook messages throughout the year. Coleman and a number of her teammates even went to see Walz when Louisville (32-4) played at Georgetown earlier this season. “I love coach Walz. He will always be one of my favorite coaches,” Coleman said. “He’s helped me develop my game to where it is now. He’s one of the main reasons I attended Maryland.” At that time, Walz and Frese were also recruiting Baltimore native Angel McCoughtry for the same small forward role in which Coleman established herself as a four-year starter. Now, McCoughtry is Louisville’s unquestioned leader and a National Player of the Year candidate, averaging 23.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Walz said that McCoughtry decided against joining the Terps when Coleman accepted the Terps’ offer, sensing she’d be locked behind the Cheltenham native in the Terps’ rotation. Tonight, the Terps will have to deal with McCoughtry and the Cardinals’ variety of pres-
Jeff Walz, top center, was an assistant coach on the 2006-07 National Champion Terp team featuring current Terps Marissa Coleman (bottom center) and Kristi Toliver (bottom left). FILE PHOTO/THE DIAMONDBACK
sure defenses. Immediately after the Terps’ down-to-the-wire victory against Vanderbilt, Frese was already mentioning how her team needed to prepare for Walz’s “mad dog” three-quarter court zone trap. Walz used the defense during his five years on Frese’s staff and in Louisville’s Sweet 16 win against Baylor on Saturday. “Watching the game, when they were playing Baylor, the commentators were saying ‘mad dog,’” Terp guard Kristi Toliver said. “I hadn’t heard it in two years, so it was funny just hearing ‘mad dog’ again.” Toliver will have to get used to hearing it often tonight if the Terps are to advance past the Elite Eight, the same stage on which they lost to Stanford in last year’s NCAA Tournament. The Terps had trouble dealing with Vanderbilt’s high-pressure defensive style on Saturday, committing 13 turnovers. Toliver turned the ball over six
times. “I think Maryland can’t handle pressure, not as well as maybe Vandy could,” Louisville guard Deseree Byrd said. “Vandy lit them up. They caused them into turnover after turnover with the pressure. ... [Walz] knows this team like the back of his hand, so if we come out and follow our game plan we can come out with this win.” Coleman and Toliver, Walz’s two former pupils playing in their final NCAA Tournament, might have something to say about that. But either way, Coleman said tonight’s contest won’t change how she views Walz. “Once we step in between those lines, he’s going to be my enemy,” Coleman said. “And I’m sure whatever way the game goes, he’ll be one of my favorite coaches again and hopefully I’ll be one of his favorite players.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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THE LONGEST GAME EVER Terps fall at Virginia in NCAA-record 7th overtime BY MICHAEL KATZ Staff writer
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Seven overtimes. As the game extended deep into a gray afternoon in Charlottesville, a conclusion to the 85-minute affair — the longest in Division I men’s lacrosse history — began to seem almost out of the question. When it was over, an exhausted Terrapin men’s lacrosse team wished there were more minutes to play. Virginia midfielder Brian Carroll finally ended the exhausting match when he picked the top right corner for the game-winner. With the goal, the No. 9 Terps (6-3, 2-1 ACC) finally ceded victory in a surreal 10-9 loss to the topranked Virginia (11-0, 1-0) Saturday. “I was wondering if it was ever going to end,” midfielder Bryn Holmes said. “I’ve never even watched a game like that.” Neither had anyone else at Klockner Stadium. And the buzz built as the extra periods stacked up. Fans hooted before the fifth overtime when the PA announcer declared it the longest game in the history of both schools. The Virginia’s women’s team cheered on their male counterparts as Terp players Michael Shakespeare, Grant Catalino and Jeremy Sieverts (left to right) walk off the Klockner Stadium field after the Terps’ loss Saturday, in what was the longest game in NCAA Division I history, extending into the first minute of the seventh overtime before Virginia ended it with a goal. ALLISON AKERS/THE DIAMONDBACK
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An exhibition in toughness
t was the game no one wanted to win — or maybe, no one wanted to end. Either way, the Terrapin men’s lacrosse team engaged the Virginia Cavaliers in an absolute slugfest Saturday, a brutish display of some of the finest defense the sport has to offer and a series of more and more devastating missed opportunities on the offensive ends for both teams. Seven overtimes. Eighty-five minutes of game time. Fifty-three total turnovers. Thirty-four saves. It was the 19th goal of the game, a
beautiful runner in the alley by Cavalier midfielder Brian Carroll, whose goal roughly an hour earlier in the day had sent the game into overtime, that put an end to the epic match. But it was everything leading to that moment that made the longest-
ever Division I men’s lacrosse game so mesmerizing. “It never occurred to me,” Virginia coach Dom Starsia said. “I’m probably too tired to consider the historical significance of all of this.” Terp midfielder Bryn Holmes, who won faceoffs to begin the fifth, sixth and seventh overtimes in a gutsy performance, admitted he had lost count of the extra periods by the end. Defender Max Schmidt said he had “never even imagined seven overtimes” before Saturday. Attackman Will Yeatman said
even plain thirst had become a factor by the finish of the seemingly neverending game. “I try to hydrate well myself before games,” Yeatman said, “but when you go into seven overtimes, it’s hard to have enough H2O in your body to stay hydrated the rest of the game.” So the Terps and Cavaliers played not only their hearts out, but also their lungs, their guts and their brains. By the end, Virginia emerged as seemingly impossible victors in a
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Goalie Brian Phipps took Saturday’s loss hard, snapping his stick in two at the end of the game. ALLISON AKERS/THE DIAMONDBACK
Louisville coach Walz has seen this before Cardinal coach was assistant on Terps’ title team BY AARON KRAUT Senior staff writer
RALEIGH, N.C. – As Terrapin women’s basketball forward Marissa Coleman led the Terps to their regional semifinal win on Saturday with a heartpounding 42-point performance, at least one person in attendance wasn’t surprised. Jeff Walz, head coach of the No. 3-seeded Louisville team the Terps will face in tonight’s Raleigh Regional Final, sat courtside plainfaced, rarely showing any hint of being impressed. To Walz, who was Terp head coach Brenda Frese’s top assistant during the Terps’ 2006 national title run and the lead recruiter of Coleman before that season, the senior’s record-breaking effort was almost expected. Tonight at the RBC Center, Walz will come face to face with Coleman and the rest of the No. 1-seeded Terps again,
Midfielder Brittany Jones (center) and attacker Karri Ellen Johnson celebrate one of the Terps’ 20 goals they scored Sunday in a rout of No. 16 Stanford. VINCE SALAMONE/THE DIAMONDBACK
Terps lifted by explosive offense Women’s lacrosse dominates two ranked opponents Louisville women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz has turned the Cardinals into title contenders in two years at the helm. ADAM FRIED/THE DIAMONDBACK
with a trip to the Final Four on the line. “I told our kids, there’s really not gonna be a surprise with any [of the Terps’] individual skill,” Walz said. “Marissa Coleman was just fantastic. It wasn’t a big shock to me. I’ve seen her play that well in games
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Terps vs. Louisville Where: Raleigh, N.C. When: Tonight, 7 p.m. TV: ESPN
BY KATE YANCHULIS Staff writer
Less than a minute after the opening whistle yesterday, Terrapin women’s lacrosse attacker Karri Ellen Johnson blew by three Stanford defenders and, in one fluid motion, snagged a laser pass from Brandi Jones and swept the ball into the net. The No. 2 Terps (11-0) never looked back, amassing their biggest goal total of the season in the 20-12 win against No. 16 Stanford (7-3). The game was a follow up to a 17-7 win Friday in the rain at then-No. 18 James Madison, giving the Terps 37 goals in the weekend scoring deluge.
“That’s what we expect from our offense,” coach Cathy WOMEN’S Reese said. “We pride LACROSSE ourselves on being a team that can move the No. 16 Stanford . . . . . 12 ball quickly and really No. 2 TERPS . . . . . . . . 20 have a team full of people who can be dangerous and good finishers. So I was proud of our offense for our big performance.” The Terps now have seven wins against ranked opponents and are off to their best start since 2001, the year of the program’s last national championship.
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