April 19, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The only player who could score on Brian Phipps Saturday afternoon at Ludwig Field was Brian Phipps. The sophomore goalie made a career-best 17 saves to lead the No. 7 Maryland men's lacrosse team to a 9-4 win over Penn.
Phipps, the 2007 ACC Freshman of the Year, was spectacular in the cage, stopping everything shot his way from a simple stab to stop a simple shot headed for the top corner to a sensational diving save in the second quarter when he left the crease to go after a loose ball. The only goal Phipps allowed on the day came at the 9:05 mark of the first quarter. Phipps made his fourth save of the game, stopping a shot by Corey Winkoff, but the ball was knocked out of his stick and bounced into the Terrapin goal.
But that was the last time the Quakers would score for the next 51:12. The Terrapin defense was solid all afternoon and while Penn did out-shoot Maryland 43-32 the Terps' "D" held the Quakers to a shooting percentage of less than 10 percent. The defensive effort was spearheaded by senior All-America candidate Joe Cinosky, who set a career-best with six groundballs to go along with two caused turnovers.
Not to be outdone, the Terrapin offense played its best game since the end of March. Freshman attackman Travis Reed made his return to the Maryland line-up noticeable right from the start by picking up the first of his career-best four assists on senior Max Ritz's goal at the 12:15 mark of the first quarter on a runner from the right alley.
After Winkoff was credited with the lone goal allowed by Phipps, the game remained 2-1 in favor of Maryland until just under the seven-minute mark of the second quarter. Sophomore long pole Brian Farrell keyed the Terrapin transition game, picking-off a J.J. Lian pass and taking it the other way into the Maryland offensive zone. The ball found its way to Reed just behind the right side of the Quaker goal. He spotted a hustling Chris Rhine and zipped a pass into the crease that Rhine deftly one-timed past Penn goalie Chris Casey.
Reed added his third assist less than two minutes later with another dump pass inside the crease. This time it was Catalino on the receiving end and the big 6-foot-5, 240-pound attackman was able to get a good handle on the pass and finish the play despite a Quaker defender draped on his back.
Dan Groot kept the momentum going for the Terps at the start of the third quarter with an unassisted goal at the 11:58 mark. The Junior all-American dodged inside of a Penn defender and slipped a left-handed shot low past Casey to give the Terps a 5-1 lead.
That four-goal margin remained until the Terps went on a four-goal scoring spree, stretching from the final 3:55 of the third quarter until the 14:49 mark of the fourth.
Junior attackman Scott Tompkins started the run for the Terps and was the beneficiary of a good groundball and feed from Ritz. A scramble to the side of the Quaker goal ended when Ritz picked up a tough groundball in a crown and was able to find Tompkins all alone in front of the Penn goal. Tompkins was then able to fake-out Casey and slip a shot between Casey's legs for the score.
Maryland's next goal came on its lone extra-man opportunity of the game. Freshman attackman Brett Weiss sent a quick skip pass over to Catalino on the right wing and Catalino dipped down and laced a low shot for the score at the 1:15 mark.
Sophomore midfielder Adam Sear got into the scoring column for the Terps as the second ticked down in the third quarter. Sear gave Reed his fourth assist of the day by firing another low shot from the left alley past Casey for an 8-1 Terrapin advantage.
The 4-0 run came to a close off of the opening face-off of the fourth quarter. Holmes picked the ball clean from Penn's Justin Lynch and got the ball to redshirt-junior Jeff Reynolds, who was running free down the right alley. Reynolds then ripped a shot into the Quaker goal for an eight-goal Maryland lead.
The Quakers finally broke their scoreless skid at the 2:53 mark of the fourth quarter, just 28 seconds after Phipps came out of the game, when Garve Heiderman scored off an assist by Winkoff. Penn rounded out the scoring with a pair of man-up goals by Al Kohart and Alex Webber.
Maryland (8-4) returns to action on Friday, April 25 against No. 3 Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC tournament in Charlottesville, Va. That game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start at Virginia's Klöckner Stadium. The Terps, who went 2-1 in ACC play this season, are the No. 2 seed, while the Cavaliers enter the game as the No. 3 seed with a 1-2 conference record.
With today's 9-4 win Maryland is now 9-0 all-time vs. Penn.
Brian Phipps' 17 saves are the most by a Terrapin goal since Harry Alford stopped 20 shots against North Carolina on March 26, 2005.
With a goal and an assist Max Ritz now has 33 multi-point games in his career.
Grant Catalino's two-goal, one-assist performance gives him nine multi-point and six multi-goal games for his career.
Travis Reed's four assists gives him seven multi-point and three multi-assist games for his career.
The Maryland defense held the Tar Heels without a goal for 51:12, giving the "D" its fifth 20+ minute scoring drought of the season and third of more than 30 minutes in length.
The 51:12 that the Terps held the Quakers scoreless is the longest Maryland has held an opponent without a goal since March 21, 2006 when Dartmouth went scoreless for 53:32 in a 14-2 Terrapin victory.