May 28, 2011
BALTIMORE - Postgame quotes following Maryland's 9-4 victory over No. 5 seed Duke in the NCAA men's lacrosse semifinals at M&T Bank Stadium.
Maryland Coach John Tillman
"Obviously, we're very proud of our guys and very happy for them. We played a great opponent in Duke, a team that's been here and knows how to handle it. I have so much respect for Coach Danowski. We knew we would have our hands full and it wasn't the prettiest game. I am not sure from an execution standpoint that we were better than a C tonight, but the senior leadership we got and the heart that we played with really helped us. We did not start the game out well defensively and [Niko Amato] bailed us out and that is basically what we said at half-time. We needed the defense to step up. These guys worked hard all year to get here and they have dealt with so much adversity. I am so proud of them; they've stuck together. They deserve every part of this."
On being physical and having a presence against Duke:
"Coach [Kevin] Warne and Coach [Jon] Stainbrook do a great job with the defense. They take a lot of time to prepare. We have great parts for the guys who are out there. One of the things we wanted to do is get to Duke's hands when we slid or when we tried to disrupt their offense. They move so quickly that if you don't get to them, they are very dangerous. You have to get a piece of them or their timing is so good that it will hurt you."
Freshman goalkeeper Niko Amato
On the play of the defense during the postseason:
"It starts with Coach [Kevin] Warne and his game plan each week. He watches a lot of film with the other coaches and dissects the opponent's offense. He does a great job. I give a lot of credit to the guys who don't get to step on the field and that's our scout team offense. Our team is loaded with talent from top to bottom. They give us great looks at the other team's offense every week."
Senior attackman Grant Catalino
On the difference between the first games against Duke and the semifinals:
"I think we knew coming in that it wasn't going to be about X's and O's. I think it was going to be about discipline and the ground ball battle and the face-off battle. Like Coach Tillman, stealing a few extra possessions with the face-offs and the rides and the clears was huge. Those made the biggest difference today. There were two high-powered offenses on the field today and to give one of them 10 extra possessions is huge. It puts a lot of stress on the goalkeepers and the opponent's offense because they get antsy and when they get the ball, they feel like they have to score."