April 11, 2009
BALTIMORE, Md. - The 105th meeting of Maryland and Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse programs lived up to its billing at the inaugural Smartlink Day of Rivals event as the No. 12 Terps had a shot on the crease turned away in the waning seconds in a 10-9 defeat to the ninth-ranked Blue Jays in front of 20,732 fans at M&T Bank Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The back-and-forth game saw Hopkins jump out to a 2-0 lead early in the first quarter and looked to be in control of the contest. But Maryland refused to back down and got on the board with 4:38 left in the opening period on sophomore Grant Catalino's first goal of the game on an assist from sophomore Ryan Young.
The Terps then tied the game at 2-2 a minute and a half later on senior Jeremy Sieverts' runner from the right alley that found the top left corner of the Hopkins net. That 2-2 tie was the first of seven ties in the game.
Hopkins took the lead back with three seconds left in the quarter on Max Chautin's lone goal of the day. Maryland tied the score at 3-3 with the first goal of the second quarter. Young took advantage of a defensive switch that found him being covered by offensive middie Mark Bryan behind the goal. Young rolled around the left side, easily beating Bryan, and scored his only goal of the day.
After a Michael Kimmel goal put the Blue Jays up one at the 10:54 mark, sophomore Dan Burns won the ensuing face-off and found Catalino camped out in the left alley where he ripped a shot past Hopkins goalie Michael Gvozden, who was screened by one of his own defenders, to knot the game again at 4-4.
The see-saw continued with Kyle Wharton scoring the first of his three goals on the day, converting on a man-up opportunity at the 7:21 mark to push the lead back to one for Hopkins. That's how the game would remain until the second quarter was winding down. With just three ticks left on the clock Young zipped a pass to sophomore Travis Reed, who started in place of an injured Will Yeatman, on the right alley where he laced a low-to-high shot into the top near corner of the Blue Jay goal to send the game into halftime tied at 5-5.
Holding to the form of the day, Hopkins regained the lead early in the third quarter on Brian Christopher's lone goal of the day. Maryland tied the game again 40 seconds later on Dan Groot's first of three goals on the day. Groot ripped a high-to-low shot from 15 yards straight in front of the Hopkins goal, making the score 6-6 with 10:13 left in the third.
Wharton again gave Hopkins a one-goal lead at the 8:42 mark, but Maryland converted back-to-back man-up opportunities to take its first lead of the game with 5:30 left in the third. Groot tied the game with a terrific bounce shot from the right alley that just caught the top left corner of the goal. Sieverts followed that up with a great high-to-high shot from the left wing that found the upper right corner of the Hopkins goal for an 8-7 Maryland lead.
But the lead would only last for 3:14 as Kimmel scored an unassisted goal to knot the score at 8-8. Hopkins closed out the third quarter with a man-up score from Josh Peck with 1:21 on the clock to take a 9-8 lead into the fourth.
The Blue Jays extended their lead to a pair with Wharton's third of the day at the 11:17 mark, but the fourth quarter was controlled by Gvozden, who made six of his 12 saves in the final quarter.
Hopkins slowed the game down to a crawl to try to run out the clock, but Maryland refused to go down without a fight. Sophomore Brett Schmidt caused a turnover with under a minute remaining to give the Terps a chance. That possession ended with Groot scoring his third of the day with 26 seconds left on a quick shot after rolling around the right side of the Hopkins goal.
Hopkins won the ensuing face-off, but turned the ball over almost immediately on a procedure violation. That gave Maryland one last chance and the Terps almost sent the game into overtime. Young got a step on his defender behind the goal and slipped a pass to Catalino, who made a cut to the front of the crease. The pass was a bit low, but Catalino did a nice job to catch it and get a shot off, but Gvozden went low with the pass and was able to block Catalino's shot and preserve the Hopkins victory.
Maryland's defense was anchored by junior goalie Brian Phipps, who had 11 saves and two groundballs, and sophomore close defender Max Schmidt, who only had one groundball and one caused turnover, but he was given the responsibility of marking Steven Boyle and he was tremendous, holding Boyle without a point for the first time in the Blue Jays' past 13 games. Junior Bryn Holmes led the team with five groundballs and won 8-of-15 face-offs. Junior long pole Dan Halayko tied his career-high with four groundballs.
Maryland returns to action on Tuesday, April 14 in its regular season home finale against Binghamton. The Terps and the Bearcats are scheduled for a 3 p.m. face-off at Ludwig Field. Admission to the mid-week game is free of charge.
With today's 10-9 loss Maryland is now 37-58-1 all-time vs. Johns Hopkins.
Sophomore Grant Catalino's two goals and an assist giving him 21 multi-point and 18 multi-goal games in his career.
Sophomore Ryan Young, with a goal and two assists, now has 18 multi-point and six multi-assist games in his career.
Senior Dan Groot, with three goals, now has seven hat tricks, 23 multi-point and 11 multi-goal games in his career.
Senior Jeremy Sieverts had two goals and an assist and now has 23 multi-point and 10 multi-goal games in his career.
ACC Tournament Seeding:
With Duke's 15-10 victory over Virginia today in Durham, N.C., Maryland secured the top seed in the ACC Tournament. The Terps, Blue Devils and Cavaliers all finished with a 2-1 conference record. The deciding tiebreaker was goal allowed allowed in ACC games between the tied teams. Maryland allowed 18 goals vs. Duke and Virginia, while Duke allowed 21 and Virginia gave up 24. The Terps will take on host North Carolina, the fourth-seed, in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament on April 24. Duke and Virginia will meet in the other semifinal.