April 12, 2008
BALTIMORE - The University of Maryland men's lacrosse team dropped a 10-4 decision at No. 15 Johns Hopkins in front of 8,626 fans at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon.
The first quarter was, as expected, a hard-hitting, physical start to the game. Hopkins jumped out to a 1-0 lead thanks to a running left-hander down the left alley by Paul Rabil. The Blue Jays upped their lead to 2-0 at the 2:47 mark when Steven Boyle dumped a pass to Michael Doneger in front of the crease where he one-timed a shot past Maryland goalie Jason Carter.
After another Doneger goal grew the lead to 3-0, the Terps finally got on the board with 7:15 left in the second quarter. Senior All-American Joe Cinosky stabbed a Hopkins pass out of the air and hit a running Brian Farrell in stride to start the fast break. Farrell fought a Blue Jay defender the whole way down the field and was able to get off a one-handed bounce shot from the right alley that beat Hopkins goalie Michael Gvozden.
The Terps continued to try to claw back into the game and got a lucky bounce that led to their next score. Gvozden stopped a Tony Mendes shot, but was unable to control the ball. Senior Max Ritz picked up the groundball and laced a quck pass to Drew Evans on the left side of the crease, where Evans ripped a quick shot to the short side to trim the lead to 3-2.
After Hopkins went on a 5-0 run to start the third quarter to open up an 8-2 advantage, Maryland finally got back on the scoreboard thanks to a pair of Blue Jay penalties. The Terps used every second of the extra-man opportunity, but finally Dan Groot found Grant Catalino 12-yards out at the top of the goal, where the Webster, N.Y., native ripped a low shot for the Terrapins' third goal of the game.
The third quarter was closed out with another Blue Jay goal to send the game into the fourth quarter with a 9-3 Hopkins lead.
Despite being down six goals, the Terps kept fighting. Catalino picked up his second point of the game when he fed sophomore Adam Sear from behind the cage to about 13 yards up top. Sear then unleashed a low-to-high shot into the upper right hand corner of the Hopkins net.
Maryland tried everything to get back into the game, including having Carter jump out from in front of the net to double-team the ball. Rabil made the Terps pay however, splitting the double and cashing in with an empty-net score for his third goal of the game at the 4:44 mark and that ended the scoring for the 10-4 final.
Carter finished the game with 11 saves and three groundballs, while Cinosky and Ritz each had three groundballs.
Maryland (7-4) returns to action next Saturday with a 1 p.m. face-off at Ludwig Field against the Penn Quakers.
With today's 10-4 loss Maryland is now 37-57-1 all-time vs. Johns Hopkins.
With a goal and an assist Grant Catalino now has eight multi-point games in his career.