#4 Terps Fall In ACC Title Game To #2 Virginia

April 25, 2010

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 4 University of Maryland men's lacrosse team could not solve Cavalier goalie Adam Ghitleman, who made 16 saves, in a 10-6 loss to No. 2 Virginia in the ACC tournament championship game Sunday afternoon at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

The Terps (9-3) got off to a fast start, scoring the first three goals of the game before Ghitleman even made a save.

Redshirt freshman Owen Blye got thing going for Maryland when he took a pass from junior Grant Catalino on the crease and finished for the 1-0 lead at the 10:52 mark of the first.

Redshirt sophomore Drew Snider scored an unassisted goal less than two minutes later to up the Terrapin lead to 2-0.

The lead grew to 3-0 with 7:34 to go in the first when sophomore Michael Shakespeare dodged from the top of the box and got a step on his defender and bounced a shot over Ghitleman's shoulder.

From there the Terrapin offense slowed down, while Ghitleman and the Cavalier's heated up. Virginia (13-1) went on a four-goal run, beginning with a Brian Carroll goal at the 6:49 mark of the first, to take a 4-3 lead with just 2:02 left in the second. Matt White, Rhamel Bratton and Mikey Thompson each scored in the run. Maryland broke a near 21 minute scoreless stretch off the face-off following Thompson's goal. Senior Bryn Holmes won the face-off by picking up a tough groundball and moving it ahead to redshirt junior Brian Farrell. Farrell faked a shot and found junior Travis Reed on the right goal line extended with a crisp pass. Reed ball-faked high before finishing with a quick low shot to tie the game at 4-4 with 1:40 left.

It looked like that was how it would go into halftime, but Steele Stanwick Scored with just 13 seconds left in the second quarter to give Virginia a 5-4 lead heading into intermission.

Maryland knotted the game at 5-5 less than two minutes into the third on Catalino's lone goal of the day. He started the play near the left goal line extended and dodged his defender to the left alley. Once he got there he had enough time and room to get off a good shot that beat Ghitleman inside the upper left corner.

But from there the game was all Cavaliers as Virginia went on a 5-0 run and held the Terps scoreless for nearly 28 minutes. Stanwick had a goal and an assist in the run, while Rhamel Bratton, Chris Bocklet, Carroll and Shamel Bratton also scored.

Sophomore Jake Bernhardt closed out the scoring with an unassisted goal with 11 seconds remaining in the game.

Senior Brian Phipps played admirably in cage for the Terps, finishing with six saves and four groundballs. Holmes also finished with four groundballs, while junior All-American Max Schmidt had three caused turnover and two groundballs.

Maryland placed four on the ACC's all-tournament team: Catalino, Brett Schmidt, John Haus and Farrell.

Maryland will finish up its regular season home schedule next Saturday, May 1, when it hosts Fairfield at 1 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. That game will be the final regular season home game for Maryland seniors Fran Gormey, Dan Halayko, Dean Hart, Holmes, Phipps, Adam Sear and Will Yeatman.

Game Notes:
• With today's 10-6 loss Maryland is now 44-41 all-time vs. Virginia.
• Junior Grant Catalino's two points on one goal and one assist gives him 35 multi-point games for his career.
• Catalino's two points moves him into a tie with Dave Dempsey (1970-74, 134) for 22nd on the school's all-time points list.