Feb. 14, 2009
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The game was secondary to the cause it was raising funds for, but the No. 3 University of Maryland men's lacrosse team won the Wounded Warrior Project's "Face Off for a Cause" with a 15-4 victory over Air Force Saturday afternoon at the University of North Florida's Hodges Stadium.
Junior Will Yeatman paced the Terps with six points on a pair of goals and four assists. In all, eight Terps had multiple-point games, including sophomore Ryan Young, who tallied his first-career hat trick.
The game started well for the Terps, with Young scoring the game's first goal off an assist by Grant Catalino. But Air Force showed its spirit and responded to knot the score at a goal apiece on an unassisted tally by Eric Evans. That's the way the game stayed until the final two minutes of the first quarter. Finally, sophomore midfielder Danny Burns was able to find the back of the net for his first career goal.
That was the start of a 4-0 Maryland run that saw Bryn Holmes, Jake Bernhardt, an Orlando, Fla., native who scored twice in front of his home-state fans, and Burns again, score to give the Terps a 5-1 lead.
Air Force's Wick Kelly scored just 11 seconds after Burns' second goal to trim the lead to 5-2, but that was as close as the Falcons would get. Maryland ripped off the next eight goals to put the game out of reach.
Young tallied two goals during the run, one unassisted and the other coming off another Catalino assist. Bernhardt, Jeremy Sieverts, Yeatman, Joe Cummings, Catalino and Brian Farrell all had one goal during the scoring spurt. Yeatman also had three assists during the Terps' scoring barrage.
The Falcons' K.J. Landgraf stopped the run at 12:16 in the fourth quarter, making the score 13-3 in favor of the Terrapins. Sieverts and Yeatman scored back-to-back goals to finish the scoring for Maryland, while Evans tacked on the final goal for Air Force at 1:45 in the fourth.
Holmes had another stellar effort at the face-off X, winning 11-of-13 draws.
Defensively, the Terrapins were led by their starting close defense of Farrell, who had three groundballs and two caused turnovers and Mike Griswold and Max Schmidt, who each had two caused turnovers and one groundball.
Maryland makes its home debut next Saturday, Feb. 21, when it hosts local rival Georgetown. The Terps and the No. 8 Hoyas are set for a 1 p.m. start at Ludwig Field. The game will also be televised nationally on ESPNU.
With today's 15-4 win Maryland is now 6-0 all-time vs. Air Force.
Junior Will Yeatman's two goals and four assists extended his point-scoring streak to 17, dating back to 2007.
Yeatman's four assists and six points also tied career-highs, which were both set previously against Drexel on Mar. 13, 2007.
Yeatman now has 16 multi-point, 11 multi-assist and eight multi-goal games for his career.
Sophomore Grant Catalino extended his scoring streak to 15 games with a goal and three assists. Catalino also pushed his multi-point scoring streak to eight games.
Catalino now has 15 multi-point and four multi-assist games in his career.
Senior Jeremy Sieverts, with two goals, has now had at least one point in five straight games.
Sophomore Ryan Young's hat trick was the first of his career. It is also his 10th multi-point game and fourth with multiple goals.
The third quarter shutout marks the second time in 2009 that the Terrapins have held an opponent scoreless in a quarter.
The Terps held the Falcons scoreless for 23:42, spanning the second to the fourth quarters, is the second time this season that the Terps' defense has held an opponent scoreless for 20+ minutes.