No. 6 Maryland Men's Lacrosse Flies By Air Force, 16-4

March 16, 2008

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Freshman attackman Ryan Young had four assists for the second time this season to lead the sixth-ranked University of Maryland men's lacrosse team in a 16-4 romp over Air Force Sunday afternoon at Ludwig Field.

The Falcons (1-4) took an early 1-0 lead on Griffin Nevitt's unassisted goal at the 11:09 mark. Maryland responded with three straight goals by freshman Grant Catalino, sophomore Brian Farrell and junior All-American Dan Groot.

Nevitt and Tristan Newkirk scored for Air Force in the span of 27 seconds near the end of the first quarter to tie the game at 3-3, but that's where the Falcon upset bid came to an end. On the ensuing face-off, just eight seconds following Newkirk's score, senior face-off man Will Dalton took advantage of a procedure call against Air Force and rumbled down the center of the field and fired a shot past Falcon goalie Woody Johnson to give Maryland a 4-3 lead and start a 13-0 scoring run for the Terps.

Freshman Travis Reed, who was one of eight Terrapins with multiple points in the game, scored the eventual game winner off of Young's second assist of the game. Redshirt junior goalie Jason Carter, who made a career-best nine saves in just 30:00 of work, started the play for the next Maryland score with a terrific save on a Brian Massa shot. Farrell scooped up the groundball off the rebound and flipped a pass to senior defender Joe Cinosky, who was streaking through the midfield. Cinosky carried the ball into the Maryland attack zone, drew a couple of Falcon defenders to him and slipped a nifty pass to junior attackman Danny Gallagher, who beat Johnson from the left wing.

Redshirt junior midfielder Jeff Reynolds closed out the scoring in the first half for the Terps with his first of two goals on the day at the 4:30 mark in the second quarter.

Catalino and Dalton each scored their second goals of the day to open the second half. After assisting on Dalton's second score, senior midfielder Drew Evans got into the scoring act himself, connecting on a great pick-and-roll play with Young, who picked up his third assist on the day.

Junior midfielder Rob Morrison then scored his first career goal and followed that up with his second career goal less than two minutes later. Morrison's first goal came on a blistering low-to-high shot from the right wing that found the upper left corner of the net. His second goal, which gave Maryland a 12-3 advantage, gave Young his fourth assist and his second four-assist game of the season.

Senior midfielder Max Ritz scored the game's only man-up goal off an assist by Reed. Combined with an assist on Catalino's third quarter goal, Ritz's two-point game gives him 99 points in his career.

Reynolds and junior defensive midfielders Chris Rhine and Spencer McAllister finished the scoring for the Terps. Redshirt freshman Dan Burns and junior attackman Scott Tompkins picked up assists on Rhine's and McAllister's goals, respectively.

After withstanding the Falcons' spirited first quarter, the Maryland defense turned in an outstanding team effort, holding Air Force without a goal for 44:03 spanning the final 22 seconds of the first quarter to the 1:19 mark of the fourth quarter when the Falcons' Ridge Flick scored the game's final goal.

Cinosky, a preseason All-American, led the Terrapin defense with a career-best five groundballs along with three caused turnovers. Farrell also had five groundballs and a pair of caused turnovers. For the game, Maryland had a 52-29 advantage in groundballs with seven Terps having at least three groundballs.

Maryland (5-2) returns to conference play when it travels to Chapel Hill, N.C., for a battle with No. 3 North Carolina. The Terps and the Tar Heels are slated for a 6 p.m. start on Saturday, March 22 at Fetzer Field. That game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.

Game Notes:
• With today's 16-4 win Maryland is now 5-0 all-time vs. Air Force.

Ryan Young extended his point-scoring streak to seven games with his four-assist game.

• This is the second time this season Young has had four assists in a game. The last time a Terrapin player had two four-assist games in a season was just last year when Michael Phipps had four assists against Vermont and Mount St. Mary's.

• Young's four assists gives him 14 for the year and places him ninth on Maryland's freshman assists chart, passing Joe Walters, who had 13 as a freshman in 2003.

• Young now has 20 points on the season, tying him for 15th on the Terps' freshman points list with Dave Dempsey, who had 20 points on 18 goals and two assists in 1970.

Jeremy Sieverts had his nine-game point-scoring streak end vs. the Falcons leaving Young as the only Terrapin player to have at least one point in each of Maryland's seven games this season.

• With a goal and an assist Max Ritz now has 30 multi-point games in his career.

• The second and third quarter shutouts mark the fourth and fifth time in 2008 that the Terrapins have held an opponent scoreless in a quarter.

• The 44:03 that the Terps held the Falcons scoreless is the longest Maryland has held an opponent without a goal since March 21, 2006 when Dartmouth went scoreless for 53:32 in a 14-2 Terrapin victory.