Feb. 20, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - A career-day by senior attackman Michael Phipps highlighted the fifth-ranked University of Maryland men's lacrosse team's 16-7 victory over Vermont Tuesday afternoon at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
Phipps set career highs with eight points on four goals, including the game-winner, and four assists. The Annapolis, Md., native scored a goal in each quarter and became the first player since Scott Hochstadt in 1998 to post a four-goal, four-assist game. But, Phipps wasn't the only standout performer on the afternoon for the Terps as nine other Maryland players scored goals as well.
Each of the other five Terrapin offensive starters had at least one goal. Junior attackman Max Ritz scored a goal and added two assists, all in Maryland's eight-goal fourth quarter. Sophomore Danny Gallagher, the Terps' third attackman, scored his lone goal in the fourth quarter as well.
The starting midfielder unit was also stellar, combining for 10 points on five goals and five assists. Sophomore midfielder Dan Groot set career bests with five points on his first-career hat trick and two assists. Junior middie Drew Evans also set his career high with four points on a goal and a personal-best three assists. Senior midfielder Chris Feifs made his season debut after missing the 2007 opener due to illness and scored his first career man-up goal.
The second midfield line also got into the scoring act with four goals and assist. Senior Thomas Alford tied his career high with two goals, while sophomore Jeremy Sieverts turned in his first multi-point game as a Terp with a goal and an assist. Rounding out the trio is senior Travis Holmes, who scored a goal on his lone shot of the afternoon.
The catalyst for the Terps proved to be Will Dalton's dominance at the face-off stripe and some outstanding play by Maryland's trio of long poles - seniors Ryan Clarke and Sean Sullivan, and freshman Brian Farrell. Dalton won 18-of-22 face-offs and picked up a career best eight groundballs. The junior from Queenstown, Md., started the game by winning the first eight face-offs.
Clarke, Sullivan and Farrell also turned in big performances for Maryland. Clarke, an All-America candidate, picked up three groundballs and caused a turnover. Sullivan set his career high with five groundballs and also caused a turnover. Farrell set personal bests with four groundballs and two caused turnovers and figured into the scoring for the second-straight game by picking up his first career assist on Phipps' man-down goal in the third quarter.
Maryland's final goal of the contest was also a career-first. Sophomore Nick Ward, who made the transition from the midfield to attack in the off-season, scored his first-collegiate goal with 41 seconds remaining in the game.
Defensively, the Terps were led by goalie Brian Phipps. The freshman, in just his second college game, made 14 saves, picked up five groundballs and caused a pair of Catamount turnovers. Junior All-America candidate Joe Cinosky caused two Vermont turnovers, while freshman defensive midfielder Bryn Holmes picked up a pair of groundballs.
Overall, Maryland's defense held the Catamounts without a goal for 26:00 and shut them out in the third quarter. That marks the second time in two games that the Terrapin defense has held an opponent scoreless for more than 20 minutes and shut them out in a quarter. Last season the Terps held opponents scoreless in 19 quarters and help the opposition without a goal for more than 20 minutes 11 times.
The Catamounts were led by seniors Pete Hein and Dan Zwirko. Hein netted a hat trick, while Zwirko added a pair of goals.
Maryland (2-0) returns to action this Saturday, February 24, when it hosts fourth-ranked Georgetown. Time and location for the game have not been finalized. Log on to umterps.com for event details.
With today's 16-7 win Maryland is now 1-0 all-time vs. Vermont.
The win moves the Terps' record to 67-4 all-time against first-time opponents.