Terps Advance To NCAA Championship Game

May 28, 2011

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BALTIMORE - Senior Grant Catalino's scored three goals and the Terps' defense limited the No. 5 seed Duke Blue Devils to just four goals in Maryland's 9-4 victory in the semifinals of the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament Saturday evening at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Terps (13-4) advance to the championship game and will play another ACC rival as No. 7 Virginia upset No. 6 Denver, 14-8, in the first semifinal game. The Terps will be appearing in the NCAA title game for the first time since 1998, while the Cavaliers are making their first championship-game appearance since 2006.

Maryland and Virginia will face off at 3:30 p.m. on Memorial Day, May 30, at M&T Bank Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN HD.

The Blue Devils (14-6) drew first blood less than a minute into the game when David Lawson scored to give Duke a 1-0 lead.

Maryland tied the game at 1-1 on Catalino's first goal of the game. Senior Brian Farrell set a great pick near the top of the box and that allowed junior Joe Cummings to dodge down the middle and find Catalino on the left wing. Catalino didn't have much of an angle, but it didn't matter as he ripped the shot into the upper right corner of the goal with 7:12 to go in the first.

The hard-hitting first quarter came to a close with some wild action. It started as the clock ticked down below 20 seconds. Cummings dodged down the right side, but he was stripped of the ball as he neared the crease. Three Duke defenders surrounded the ball, but sophomore Kevin Cooper was able to get in there and, in one motion, scoop it up and get it past Blue Devil goalie Dan Wigrizer to give the Terps their first lead of the game at 2-1.

Duke won the ensuing face-off and got off a quality shot by Zach Howell, but redshirt freshman Niko Amato made his fifth save of the quarter to keep Maryland ahead as the quarter ended.

The second quarter was less than three minutes old when Lawson overplayed junior Drew Snider, which allowed Snider to roll back to the middle and get off a bounce shot from 12 yards that snuck inside the left pipe for a 3-1 Maryland lead.

The Blue Devils answered back at the 10:43 mark of the second when Josh Offit scored to make it a 3-2 Terrapin lead.

But Duke committed a violation on the ensuing face-off, giving the Terps the ball. Sophomore Curtis Holmes picked up the ball and raced down the right alley. The Blue Devils didn't slide from their assignments, so Holmes let one rip and beat Wigrizer stick-side high to make it 4-2 for the Terps.

Maryland's lead increased to 5-2 with 4:30 to go thanks to a nifty two-man game with senior Ryan Young and Cummings. Young was matched-up with Duke short-stick Greg DeLuca behind the cage and DeLuca couldn't stay with him after multiple dodges. Young drew the slide from the crease, which allowed Cummings to sneak in behind the defense. Young found Cummings with a quick pass and Cummings scored easily.

Duke opened the third quarter with a Zach Howell goal at the 9:46 mark to make it a 5-3 game. Senior defender Max Schmidt was locked-up one-on-one with Howell and had good positioning, but Schmidt lost his footing, which allowed Howell a clean shot from eight yards out.

Maryland increased its lead to 6-3 on Catalino's second goal of the day at the 4:41 mark of the third, but the goal was just the cherry on top of the sundae of the play. The goal was made possible by a tough groundball and great 70-yard one-man clear by senior Dan Burns. Catalino finished the play with a terrific face-dodge around a defender before slipping a shot past Wigrizer.

The Terps scored first in the fourth to take a 7-3 lead at the 13:12 mark. Sophomore Owen Blye dodged from behind the cage, around the right side and scored on a top-shelf shot.

The lead grew to 8-3 when Cummings scored his second of the game when he used a roll dodge from left goal line extended to get himself some room to operate before finishing the play with 6:52 left.

Maryland's 4-0 run was capped off with Catalino netting the hat trick by finishing a nice feed from Blye at the 3:17 mark.

Duke's Christian Walsh finished the scoring with a man-up goal with 2:06 to go.

Maryland's defense was smothering all throughout the game and allowed just 17 of the Blue Devils' shots to be on goal. Amato took care of things from there, finishing with 13 saves.

Holmes was tremendous at the face-off X again; winning 11-of-17 draws despite Duke trying to counter him with four different opponents. He finished the game with a game-high five groundballs.

Burns finished the game with three groundballs, as did sophomore Jesse Bernhardt. Farrell had two groundballs and tied for the game-high with two caused turnovers.

Game Notes:
• With the 9-4 win Maryland is now 58-19 all-time vs. Duke.
• Maryland is now 45-31 all-time in NCAA tournament games and is 10-10 in the semifinals.
• With three points on three goals, senior Grant Catalino now has 15 hat tricks, 47 multi-point and 35 multi-goal games for his career.
• Catalino's three points give him 182 for his career, moving him into 11th on the Terps' all-time points list.
• Catalino's three goals give him 117 for his career, tying him with Jim Wilkerson (1980-83) for seventh on the Terps' all-time goals.
• Senior Ryan Young's assist gives him 97 for his career, tying him with Andrew Whipple (1995-98) for seventh on the Terps' all-time assists list.

• With three points on two goals and an assist, junior Joe Cummings now has 20 multi-point and 14 multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, sophomore Owen Blye now has 11 multi-point games for his career.
• The Maryland defense held the Blue Devils scoreless for 22:40 from the middle of the third quarter to late in the fourth. That marks the seventh time this season that the Terps have held an opponent scoreless for 20 or more minutes in a game.