March 3, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Hat tricks are becoming old hat for Travis Reed. The freshman attackman netted his third straight hat trick to help lead the No. 6 Maryland men's lacrosse team to a dominating 13-5 win over Providence in the Terps' 2008 home opener Monday afternoon at Ludwig Field.
Reed, a native of Cockeysville, Md., scored three times, including an extra-man goal that proved to be the eventual game-winner, in just over three minutes of play from the end of the first quarter to less than a minute into the second. Reed is the first Terrapin since Brendan Healy in 2006 to have a hat trick in three consecutive games. Reed's scores came in the middle of an 8-0 Maryland run that the Terps never looked back from.
The Maryland offense was bottled up at the beginning of the game, but junior All-America midfielder Dan Groot started the ball rolling at the 6:00 mark with a runner along the left alley for a 1-0 Terrapin lead. Groot picked up an assist on the next Maryland score, an extra-man goal by senior midfielder Max Ritz.
Freshman attackman Ryan Young then scored his first of two goals on the day off an assist from fellow freshman Grant Catalino, Reed's back-to-back-to-back goals gave the Terrapins a 6-0 lead just seconds into the second quarter.
Junior midfielder Jeremy Sieverts scored off of an assist from freshman Brett Weiss. The 8-0 run was capped off by a nice finish by junior attackman Scott Tompkins, who buried a shot from the left alley following a terrific skip-pass from freshman midfielder Tony Mendes.
The Friars' Devin McBride scored the first of his two goals to finish the scoring in the first half with Maryland holding an 8-1 advantage.
Maryland picked up an empty-netter by sophomore long pole Dan Halayko to open the scoring in the second half. Providence goalie Robert Bryan tried to clear the ball by running through the midfield, but he was stripped by Reed. Halayko then scooped up the groundball, ran into the Friar side of the field and laced a shot from roughly 30 yards into a wide-open net for his first career goal.
Young scored his second of the game less than a minute later to build the lead to 10-1 for the Terps. Providence scored consecutive goals by McBride and Jackson Fallon as the third quarter came to a close.
The fourth quarter opened with an unassisted goal by Mendes at the 11:31 mark. Redshirt junior midfielder Jeff Reynolds took the opening face-off following a Friar goal by Mark Dillon down the field and answered with an unassisted goal of his own to make it a 12-4 Terrapin advantage.
Tompkins closed out the scoring for the Terps with his second goal of the day off the first career assist by Seattle, Wash., native Drew Snider. Providence's Mike Feldberg scored with 21 seconds left to end the game with the 13-5 final score.
Maryland's goalies were not really challenged much in the game. The Terrapin defense was stifling, holding the Friars to just 14 shots on the afternoon. Providence did not get off its first shot until the 7:04 mark of the second quarter, going a span of 22:56 without a shot to open the game. Sophomore Brian Phipps got the start in the cage for the Terps and made two saves. He was relieved in the second half by redshirt junior Jason Carter who stopped three Friar shots.
The Terrapin defense was led by sophomore long pole Brian Farrell, who tied his career-bests with four groundballs and three caused turnovers. Sophomore Bryn Holmes also had four groundballs to go along with two caused turnovers. Senior defenders Ryne Adolph, Zach Hinton and Joe Cinosky, along with Halayko, also had two groundballs apiece for the Maryland defense.
The Terps were aggressive all day when the ball hit the turf and finished with a 42-22 advantage in groundballs. The Terrapin man-down unit was also impressive, holding the Friars without a score in five extra-man opportunities, including a two-minute stretch in the third quarter.
Maryland (3-1) hosts Towson in the 30th-meeting between the intra-state rivals on Saturday, March 8. The showdown between the Terps and the 18th-ranked Tigers is slated for a 1:00 p.m. start at Ludwig Field.
With today's 13-5 win Maryland is now 2-0 all-time vs. Providence.
Jeremy Sieverts extended his point-scoring streak to seven games with his second quarter goal.
Reed is the only Terrapin player to have scored at least one goal in all four games.
The Maryland defense held the Friars without a goal for the first 23:30 of the game, marking the first time the Terps have held an opponent scoreless for 20+ minutes in 2008.
The first quarter shutout is also the first time in 2008 that the Terrapins have held an opponent scoreless in a quarter.