No. 10 Maryland Rolls Past Lafayette 13-4

March 13, 2007

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior attackman Michael Phipps scored four goals and added a pair of assists to lead the 10th-ranked University of Maryland men's lacrosse team to a 13-4 win over Lafayette Tuesday afternoon at Ludwig Field.

Maryland (4-2) took a quick lead with junior All-America candidate Max Ritz giving the Terps a 1-0 lead less than 30 seconds into the contest on an unassisted goal.

The Leopards were not going to let the game get away from them early though. Lafayette attackman Matt Mersky scored two goals and assisted on another over the next 14 minutes to give the Leopards a 3-1 lead at the end of the first quarter.

But that was the last time Lafayette was in the game as the Terps ripped off the next nine goals to take a 10-4 lead and put the game safely out of reach.

Phipps kicked off the run with his first two goals of the game. Those were followed by a pair of transition goals by senior defensive midfielder Jimmy Borell, who scored set a career-best with his two-goal game.

Sophomore attackman Danny Gallagher, who picked up his first assist of the season on Phipps' first goal, scored three of the next four Maryland goals for his first career hat trick.

Michael Phipps picked up assists on Gallagher's first two goals, which were sandwiched around his third goal of the game. That goal came off of a tremendous defensive play by two-time All-American Steve Whittenberg. The senior defender caused a Lafayette turnover, scooped up the groundball and fired a perfect pass to a streaking Brian Farrell, who carried the ball into the Terp zone and found Phipps on the right side of the crease where he beat Leopard goalie Jeff Canfield to the lower left corner.

After Gallagher scored two more transition goals, Phipps capped off the 9-0 run with his fourth goal of the game off an assist from Ritz. That play started all the way back in the Maryland defensive zone with Terp goalie Brian Phipps, who heaved a pass down the field to avoid a turnover. Ritz went up between a pair of Leopard defenders and came down with the ball and found an open Michael Phipps for the easy score.

Lafayette snapped a 21:01 scoreless stretch with its final goal of the game by Trevor Orlando at the 9:21 mark of the third quarter.

The Terps finished the scoring with goals from a trio of sophomores in the third quarter. Attackman Nick Ward scored his third goal of the season off the first career assist by freshman Fran Gormley. Scott Tompkins, who missed the first four games of the season due to injury, scored his first of the season off an assist from freshman midfielder Adam Sear.

Maryland's final goal came on its first extra-man opportunity of the game. Lafayette's Alex Heller was called for slashing at the 3:39 mark and it took the Terps just 17 seconds to cash in with a goal. Sophomore midfielder Jeremy Sieverts scored his first man-up goal of the season on quick shot off of a sharp pass from fellow sophomore middie Dan Groot.

The Terps got tremendous defensive effort from everyone on the roster. Maryland picked up a season-best 51 groundballs and caused 24 turnovers, one shy of a season high. Whittenberg and fellow All-American Ray Megill totaled five groundballs and five caused turnovers. Junior defender Ryne Adolph had his finest day as a Terp, picking up a career-high three groundballs and causing a turnover while playing three different defensive positions.

Maryland's trio of long poles, senior All-America candidate Ryan Clarke, senior Sean Sullivan and Farrell, combined for seven groundballs and four caused turnovers.

Other defensive standouts included freshman short-stick Bryn Holmes, who had three groundballs and a caused turnover, and sophomore defender Mike Griswold, who caused a career-high two turnovers.

Freshman goalie Brian Phipps was solid once again for the Terps. The Annapolis, Md., native made 14 saves, including stopping all eight Lafayette shots in the decisive second quarter, picked up four groundballs and caused a turnover.

The game also saw the collegiate debut of Nick Kellinger in goal. The former Maryland club team goalie, who was added to the roster after injuries depleted the goalie corps, played the final 5:14 of the game and made a save on the only shot on goal during that time.

Maryland returns to action on Saturday, March 17, when it plays host to intrastate rival UMBC, which is ranked 19th in the latest Inside Lacrosse media poll. The game between the Terps and the Retrievers is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start at Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium.

Game Notes:
• With today's 13-4 win Maryland is 2-0 all-time vs. Lafayette.

• With a goal and two assists Max Ritz now has 18 multi-point games in his career.

• The three-point game is also Ritz's seventh-straight game with multiple points and his sixth straight with at least three points.

Michael Phipps pushed his point-scoring streak to seven games with his six-point effort.

• Phipps' four goals and two assists give him two hat tricks, seven multi-goal, seven multi-assist and 16 multi-point games in his career.

Nick Ward extended his point-scoring streak to five games with his goal in the third quarter.

Danny Gallagher set career highs with his first hat trick and a four-point game.

• The Terrapin defense held Lafayette without a goal for 21:01 spanning the second and third quarters and for 24:21 from the third quarter to the end of the game. That makes six times this season that Maryland has held an opponent scoreless for 20+ minutes.

• Maryland's "D" also shutout the Leopards in the second and fourth quarters, giving the Terps their fifth and sixth shutout quarters of the season.