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VCU stuns Maryland with three late goals
September 9th, 2013 3:57AM

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[COLLEGE MEN: Weekend] Maryland's early-season troubles continued as it blew a 2-0 lead against visiting VCU with 13 minutes to play Sunday and lost, 3-2, for its first regular-season defeat at home since the 2010 season.

The Rams erased the 2-0 deficit with a pair of goals from Jose Manel and Kharlton Belmar 55 seconds apart late in the second half before sophomore Devon Fisher scored the game-winner in the 87th minute. Maryland has given up 10 goals in four games.

“It was a very disappointing result,” Terrapins coach Sasho Cirovski said. “When you have a two-goal lead with 12 or 13 minutes left at home, you need to close it out.  We didn’t do a great job of that obviously. We didn’t show enough composure in key moments and it wasn’t just the young guys, it was everyone. It was a total team letdown against a good team.”

Maryland (1-2-1) started four freshmen: U.S. U-20 Zack Steffen in goal and Alex Crognale, Sui Dainkeh and Chris Odoi-Atsem on the backline.
 
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The loss came two days after Maryland opened ACC play with a 3-1 win over Duke before a Ludwig Field record crowd of 8,397.

HOOSIERS LOSE LOSE AGAIN. Defending champion Indiana lost for the third straight game in overtime when it fell to West Virginia, 5-4, on Sunday.

Ryan Cain hit a golazo with a left-footed shot from 25 yards in the 103rd minute to decide the game. The Mountaineers led 3-1 and 4-3 but blew their lead for a second time when Nikita Kotlov scored with seven minutes left in regulation to knot it at 4-4.

Andy Bevin led West Virginia with two goals. Jacob Bushue had a goal and two assists for IU.

IRISH DEBUT IN ACC. No. 5 Notre Dame made its ACC debut with a 1-1 tie against No. 3 North Carolina.

Leon Brown tied the game in the 79th minute for the Irish, who outshot UNC, 21-12, but were hurt again by some poor finishing.
 
“It was a great game, but it was disappointing that we didn’t win,” Notre Dame coach Bobby Clark said. “North Carolina is a very good team. There were chances for us to score and it was the same situation as last week against UCLA [a 0-0 tie]. You have to win these games.”

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-- Jummy Mulligan scored on a penalty kick to give No. 17 St. John's a 2-1 win over No. 9 Akron. Eric Stevenson broke a scoreless tie in the 71st minute with his first goal of the year for the Zips, but the Red Storm answered just three minutes later when Jelani Williams set up Josh Godec. The loss was Zips' first defeat since Sept. 9 of last season.

-- No. 11 Coastal Carolina fell No. 16 Charlotte, 2-1, on Aidan Kirkbride's goal in the 73rd minute. Giuseppe Gentile had put the 49ers ahead in the 53rd minute before All-American Pedro Ribeiro replied for Coastal 15 minutes later.

-- Freshman Nicholas Rochowski scored on a rebound in the 104th minute to give No. 8 New Mexico a 1-0 win at No. 12 Georgetown.

TRANSFER GETS UCONN WINNER. JC transfer Edir DaGraca (Monroe College) scored his first goal for No. 1 UConn to lead the Huskies to a 1-0 win over Boston University on Friday night in front of a crowd of 4,243.


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