No. 4 Lehigh Drops Tough Battle to Maryland on Goal at 0:06

After the teams traded early goals, Maryland went on a 5-0 run to open up a 6-1 lead midway through the second quarter, leading into Lehigh's run which fell just short.

Maryland led the final shot tally, 37-30, while the Mountain Hawks had a 22-20 edge in groundballs. The Terps won 14 of 23 faceoffs, led by 10 of 14 from Charlie Raffa. Both sides were 2 of 3 on the extra man. Two of the nation's leaders in fewest turnovers per game combined for only 13 on Sunday night - eight from Lehigh and five from Maryland. Amato made six saves for the Terps while Poillon had 16 for the Mountain Hawks.

"I have to give Maryland credit, it wasn't out best night on the defensive end, but it could have been far worse than a one-goal loss if Matt didn't play the way he did," said Cassese. "He's done it all year for us, so for me it's not a surprise; he's solid and he's our future."

The Mountain Hawks finished a record-breaking season with a school-record 14 wins along with the school's first-ever Patriot League Tournament Title and NCAA Tournament appearance. Lehigh returns numerous underclassmen in 2013, including six of the team's eight All-Patriot League honorees along with Fantoni, the Patriot League Tournament MVP.

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Senior Joe Cummings scored with six seconds left in the fourth to send Maryland to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals with a 10-9 victory at No. 7 seed Lehigh Sunday night in front of 2,278 at Banko Field at Ulrich Sports Complex.

The Terps (10-5) advance to the quarterfinals and will play No. 2 seed Johns Hopkins game on Sat., May 19 at noon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. The Mountain Hawks finish their season with a 14-3 record.

Maryland got off to a quick start with redshirt sophomore Mike Chanenchuk finding senior Drew Snider in the left alley and Snider ripped a shot into the upper right corner with just 1:27 elapsed.

A goal by Lehigh's David DiMaria was waived off at the 10:52 mark, but a pushing call on freshman Goran Murray put the Mountain Hawks up a man and Kyle Stiefel scored off of a feed from DiMaria to tie the game at 1-1 with 10:37 to go in the first.

That's when junior Owen Blye took over the game, figuring into the Terps' next five goals.

The first of those came on the extra-man opportunity following a tripping call on DiMaria. Blye found Cummings on the crease for the easy score with 9:12 to go to make it 2-1 for the Terps.

Blye scored his first goal of the game as the clock wound down in the first quarter, coming around the left side of the cage and scoring from the left wing with just 0:06 left on the clock.

The extra-man unit struck again for the first tally in the second as Blye found junior Billy Gribbin on the right wing and Gribbin ripped a shot past Lehigh goalie Matthew Poillon at the 9:11 mark to up the Terrapin lead to 4-1.

Blye was in the giving mood again less than two minutes later finding freshman Jay Carlson on the crease for his first score since April 6. But, the play wouldn't have been made without Cummings moving the ball to Blye after slipping on the turf behind the cage.

The 5-0 Terrapin run was finished with Blye hitting senior Michael Shakespeare in the left alley and Shakespeare let a laser fly on the step-down shot to make it a 6-1 game with 5:52 to play.

But the Mountain Hawks would not go quietly into the half as DiMaria took advantage of a defensive switch that had him isolated with a short-stick and he scored unassisted from just above left goal line extended.

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