No. 7 Terps Tame No. 9 Duke In OT

March 6, 2010

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BALTIMORE, Md. - The seventh-ranked University of Maryland men's lacrosse team, possessed the ball for just seconds of overtime, but that was all it needed to pull out an 11-10 win over No. 9 Duke at the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium.

Junior attackman Grant Catalino scored a career-best five goals, including the game-winner, to lead the Terps, who are 3-0 on the season for the first time since 2006. Catalino was named MVP of the Maryland-Duke game of the Face-Off Classic for the second straight season. Last year he scored two goals and added four assists in Maryland's 11-8 victory over Duke.

The Blue Devils (2-2) controlled the ball for nearly the entire overtime period, but senior goalkeeper Brian Phipps made a diving save on a weak shot by Duke midfielder Will McKee to keep the Blue Devils, who scored the final three goals of regulations to send the game to OT, off the board. The shot didn't have much on it thanks to senior Bryn Holmes, who crashed down on McKee on the left side of the crease.

Redshirt junior Brian Farrell scooped up the loose ball in front of the Maryland net and charged down the field. He flipped a pass to senior Dean Hart, who quickly made the one-more pass to Catalino on the left wing, where he ripped a low-to-low shot that beat Duke goalie Dan Wigrizer and triggered an on-field celebration.

After the Blue Devils opened the game with an unassisted goal by Ned Crotty, Maryland went on a 3-0 run over the final 7:38 of the first quarter to take a 3-1 lead. Catalino tied the game with his first of the day on a quick dodge and shoot from the left goal line extended. The Terps' transition game led to its next goal. After a Phipps save, junior Scott LaRue one-timed a pass to Ryan Young on the left side of the crease for the easy score and a 2-1 Maryland advantage. Catalino closed the scoring in the first with an extra-man goal on a terrific shot to the top near corner from the right alley off a good feed from junior Travis Reed.

The Blue Devils responded with a Max Quinzani goal less than three minutes into the second quarter to trim the lead back to one, but Maryland senior Adam Sear took a pass from Catalino and ripped a low-to-low shot from the top right side to up the Maryland lead back to two.

Duke fought back with a three-goal run of its own, with another Quinzani goal followed by two from Zach Howell, to take a 5-4 lead with 5:15 left in the second.

But the Terps responded by scoring the final two goals of the first half to take a 6-5 lead into the break. Again it was Catalino leading the way, this time taking a cross-field skip pass from freshman John Haus and burying a shot into the upper right corner.

Maryland took the 6-5 lead on an extra-man goal that was almost too good to be true. Young and Reed played a two-man game behind the goal with Young faking a flip pass to Reed. Wigrizer believed Reed had the ball and followed him as he came around the right side of the net. But Young kept the ball and quickly fed a pass to senior Will Yeatman on the left wing where he scored a near empty net goal.

Yeatman scored again just over a minute into the second half on an unassisted goal to the near post from the right wing, upping the Maryland lead to 7-5. Duke then got back-to-back goals in less than a minute from Mike Catalino, Grant's older brother, and Quinzani to knot the game at 7-7 with 9:37 left in the third.

Maryland fired back with the last two goals in the third and the first in the fourth to take its largest lead of the day at 10-7 at the 13:47 mark of the fourth. Haus gave the Terps the lead again at 8-7 with a 13-yard shot inside the near post.

Catalino then scored his fourth of the day off an assist by Young with 4:05 remaining in the third. While Catalino and Young got the goal and the assist, the play was set-up by redshirt freshman Owen Blye, who ducked under a Duke defender, drawing a slide from Young's defender. That caused Catalino's defender to try to cover Young, who made the simple pass to a wide-open Catalino on the left wing.

Reed finished the 3-0 scoring run less than two minutes into the fourth when he scooped up a rebound off of a Catalino shot and put it back past Wigrizer.

But the game wasn't over yet. Duke increased its defensive pressure and went on a 3-0 run over the final 4:22. Howell scored twice to pull the Blue Devils to within a goal at 10-9 with 1:38 remaining. McKee then tied the game with 13 seconds left, setting up the overtime heroics of Catalino, Phipps, Farrell and Hart.

Farrell led the Terrapin defense with four groundballs and two caused turnovers, while Phipps made 15 saves to go along with three groundballs and a caused turnover.

Up next for Maryland is its home opener on Saturday, March 13 against in-state rival Towson. Face-off for the Terps and the Tigers is set for 11 a.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

Game Notes:

• With today's 11-10 overtime win Maryland is now 56-17 all-time vs. Duke.
• Today's 11-10 victory is Maryland's first overtime win since April 6, 2007 when the Terps topped Navy, 8-7, in Annapolis.
• Maryland is now 6-5 all-time in games played in an NFL stadium.
• With five goals and an assist, junior Grant Catalino now has 28 multi-point and 22 multi-goal games for his career.
• With his second goal of the game Catalino reached the 100-point mark for his career and now has 104 points on 62 goals and 42 assists.
• Senior Will Yeatman had two goals, giving him 24 multi-point and 13 multi-goal games for his career.
• With a goal and two assists junior Ryan Young now has 25 multi-point and 12 multi-assist games for his career.
• With a goal and an assist junior Travis Reed now has 20 multi-point games for his career.