May 13, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Unseeded UMBC used a 9-2 run spanning the second and third quarters to pull away from No. 7 seed Maryland en route to a 13-9 win in the first round of the NCAA tournament in front of 2,200 at Chevy Chase Bank at Byrd Stadium Sunday night.
The night started out well for the Terps (10-6) as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the first quarter on goals by seniors Chris Feifs and Travis Holmes and junior Max Ritz. But the Retrievers (11-5) battled back to within a goal at 3-2 on back-to-back goals by Drew Westervelt and Cayle Ratcliffe.
Ritz scored his second of three goals on the night to give Maryland a 4-2 lead less than three minutes into the second quarter, but that was the last lead the Terps would hold as UMBC rattled off three straight scores for its first lead at 5-4.
Maryland tied the game at 5-5 on Ritz's third goal off an assist from Dan Groot at the 7:04 mark, but that's when Retriever goalie Jeremy Blevins got hot and helped shutout the Terrapin offense for the next 23:14 and UMBC built its lead to 11-5 on a 6-0 scoring run. In those decisive middle quarters Blevins made 11 of his career-best 18 saves.
P.J. Kimmner got the ball started with an unassisted goal, followed by a pair from Ratcliffe and two from Alex Hopmann. Josh Porcell capped the streak with his second goal of the game at the 4:01 mark of the third quarter.
Maryland tried to get back in the game in the fourth quarter and did outscore the Retrievers 4-2 in the final period, but the deficit was too great to overcome.
Groot scored his lone goal of the game on an extra-man opportunity to end the Terrapins' scoring drought off an assist from Ritz at the 13:50 mark.
Andy Gallagher's second goal of the game came less than three minutes later and stymied any momentum that Maryland was building.
The Terps trimmed the gap to 12-8 on goals by Michael Phipps and Drew Evans, but Ratcliffe scored his fourth of the game with 6:28 remaining to seal Maryland's fate. Sophomore Jeremy Sieverts capped the scoring 14 seconds later with his lone goal of the game.
Maryland's defense, which caused 13 of 19 Retriever turnovers, was led by senior All-American Steve Whittenberg, who had four caused turnovers and four groundballs and junior All-America candidate Joe Cinosky, who has four groundballs and a pair of caused turnovers.
The Terps also got a huge contribution from freshman defensive midfielder Bryn Holmes, who won 10-of-14 face-offs and picked up a career-high nine groundballs. The 5-foot-7, 160-pound Holmes also caused two UMBC turnovers.
With the loss Maryland finishes the season with a 10-6 record. The defeat also marked the end for 13 Maryland seniors: Harry Alford, Thomas Alford, Paul Andrews, Jon Beard, Jimmy Borell, Ryan Clarke, Jay Feeley, Chris Feifs, Travis Holmes, Ray Megill, Michael Phipps, Sean Sullivan and Steve Whittenberg.
With today's 13-9 loss Maryland is 24-5 all-time vs. UMBC.
Maryland is now 39-28 all-time in NCAA tournament play and 9-3 in first round games.
With three goals and an assist Max Ritz now has seven hat tricks, 16 multi-goal and 28 multi-point games in his career.
Ritz finished the season with multiple points in all 16 games and has an overall multi-point streak of 17.
Michael Phipps pushed his point-scoring streak to 17 games with a goal and an assist.
Phipps finishes with 25 multi-point games in his career.