May 15, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Postgame quotes following Maryland's 11-8 victory over Hofstra in the first round of the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament.
Maryland Head Coach Dave Cottle
On the game:
"All year long we've played 15 games. I told the kids at halftime I love who our team is; I wouldn't trade them for any team in the country. I thought we played a pretty good first half, but we just couldn't get away from them. We had two turnovers and ten saves at half; we held a high, potent offense to three goals. I thought we did some really good things. We felt like we were playing more guys and maybe they would wear down a little bit. You can look at who scores for us. We have one guy with two [goals] and the rest with one. That epitomizes who we are. I think nine different guys scored and I thought [junior midfielder] Dan Burns was a difference in this game. We knew we were playing a good team. We said going into the game that this was a Final Four team if they could make some saves, and they had ten saves in the first half. We kept fighting. We are who we are. We fought, we battled, and it was a good win for our guys."
On the motivation to fight back:
"We fight for sixty minutes, and we know that there are going to be peaks and valleys. We're in the process of climbing a mountain. If we fall down, it is over. Our guys just didn't want the season to end. When we got down, we got back up and played. When we play great, it is about the players; when we play poorly, I'll tell you it is my fault. Today was a game about the players."
"I think transition is a big part of our game. Our poles can pick the ball off the ground and run, and they can score. We have to get transition in order to be effective. Hofstra has only been held under ten goals one time this year, and that was to nine. I want to give our defense a lot of credit."
Junior Attackman Ryan Young
On transitions and scoring:
"Every time you can hold the ball, you get a lot of confidence. We tried not throwing the ball away and not forcing any plays. We held onto the ball, we got our confidence, and we scored when we needed to score."
Senior Goalie Brian Phipps
On defensive success:
"I thought, defensively, coach thought out a good game plan. We had certain variations we could play to their invert and they inverted us a lot during the game. Dan Burns, [senior midfielder] Dean Hart, and our short stick team really stepped up and played really well and caused a lot of turnovers and forced the bad shot so we could get out and force a transition. I think we played really well on-ball defense. Our other guys could concentrate on Jay Card and Jamie Lincoln and know where they were because they're really good off-ball cutters. I think our on-ball defense played really well today and that helped us win."
Hofstra Head Coach Seth Tierney
"I am so proud of Hofstra's lacrosse team. They played hard today, and that was the first thing that we asked them to do. They went for as hard as they can for as long as they can. A couple things didn't drop our way; in the third quarter we got up one and we were just waiting for that next play to happen, and that next play didn't happen."
On Maryland's defense:
"I thought we had a lot of opportunities, but if it's not one guy, it's another on their defense that steps up and makes a play, or their goalie will make a save on a lay-up type look. We wanted to knock them off their pins, and we had some chances, but they just keep coming at you."
On the senior class:
"I told the guys in the locker room that Hofstra lacrosse is in a better place today than it was four years ago, and that has nothing to do with me. It has to do with this senior class. They deserve the credit."
On getting contributions from younger players:
"We had sophomores and juniors who stepped up and were all over the place. We had three seniors that got action, and everybody else is coming back. Now we've got to tweak some things and add some things, and 2011 is going to start in about ten minutes."
Junior attackman Jay Card
On Maryland's defense:
"They did a great job of getting in our hands and pressuring the ball. I found it very difficult to get into a groove, because they were always in our hands. It was just hard to operate and get into our sets with that happening."