May 15, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Ten different Terps scored goals and senior goalie Brian Phipps made 14 saves to lead the No. 3-seeded University of Maryland men's lacrosse team to an 11-8 victory over Hofstra in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
Both goalies started out hot with Hofstra's Andrew Gvozden and Phipps each making three saves in the game's opening minutes. The Terps broke through with the game's first goal at the 11:31 mark. After Phipps' third save, junior Brett Schmidt sent an outlet pass to redshirt junior Brian Farrell, who raced untouched down the middle of the field and buried a bounce shot to give Maryland the 1-0 lead.
A Terps' holding penalty gave the Pride the first half's only extra-man opportunity and Jay Card converted with 8:28 to go in the first to knot the score at 1-1.
A terrific heads-up play by junior Grant Catalino gave the Terps a 2-1 lead at the 7:01 mark of the first. A shot by junior Ryan Young went wide and Catalino beat the defender to the ball to retain possession. He then grabbed a ball for a quick restart and scored easily from the left wing.
The lead grew to 3-1 early in the second quarter when freshman John Haus scored from the left wing by ripping a shot into the top right corner of the Pride goal.
Both goalies continued to play well in the second quarter following the Haus goal, keeping the game scoreless for the next 8:47. Gvozden made four saves in that span, while Phippsmade a terrific save on a shot by Drew Coholan. The scoreless stretch was finally snapped with Hofstra's Stephen Benz scored an unassisted goal at the 2:59 mark to make it a one-goal game at 3-2.
Redshirt freshman Owen Blye scored with 1:24 left to make it a two-goal Maryland lead off an assist by senior Will Yeatman. But, the play began with a solid screen set by Young, which gave Yeatman enough space to roll around the back right side of the cage and zip a cross-crease pass to Blye, who one-timed the ball after a good backside cut.
It looked like that was how the game would go into halftime, but Card scored his second of the day with seven seconds left on the clock to cut the Maryland lead to one at 4-3.
The Pride took the momentum from Card's late goal and scored the first two of the third quarter to take its first, and only, lead of the day. Kevin Ford scored an unassisted goal to tie the game at 4-4 at the 13:08 mark. Hofstra then took the lead on Tim Holman's first goal of the year with 8:40 left in the third.
Even though they were behind for the first time in the game, the Terps were never rattled and came back with three straight scores to take the lead and control of the game. Sophomore Joe Cummings got things rolling with an unassisted goal at the 7:36 mark to tie the game at 5-5. Cummings dodged from near the top of the restraining line down the left alley, switching from right-handed to left-handed before beating Gvozden inside the far post.
Maryland's transition game, which has been superb all season and was again today, was responsible for giving the Terps the lead back with 5:06 left in the quarter. Freshman Jesse Bernhardt forced a Hofstra turnover, picked up the groundball and got the ball to his brother Jake on the breakout. The ball was checked out of Jake Bernhardt's stick as he entered the offensive zone, but redshirt freshman Dan Bruns picked up the loose ball and got it back to Jake Bernhardt, who scored to give Maryland the 6-5 lead.
The Pride only had three failed clears on the day, but one of them led to the Terps' seventh goal. Senior Dan Halayko caused a turnover on the ride, picked up the groundball and got it ahead to senior Dean Hart. Maryland looked to be setting up its substitution pattern, but Hart took the ball around the back of the cage, got a step on his defender and saw a lot of open space between him and the front of the goal. Hart then rolled around the right side of the game and beat Gvozden left-handed with 2:43 on the clock to make it a 7-5 game going into the fourth quarter.
Hofstra cut the Terps momentum by scoring off the opening face-off of the fourth, but Maryland went on a 4-0 run after that to put the game away.
Once again it was Jesse Bernhardt starting the play by causing a turnover in the Terps' defensive end of the field. He flipped the ball to Burns, who charged down the middle of the field into the Pride defensive zone. A Hofstra defender slid off of junior Travis Reed to stop Burns' run, but Burns recognized the play and got the ball to Reed on the goal line extended. That pass caused another slide from the Pride defense and Reed found a wide-open Young with a cross-crease pass for an easy score, giving the Terps an 7-6 advantage.
An on-field scuffle between Hofstra face-off man John Antoniades and Young resulted in Antoniades being given two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, while Young had to serve one. Maryland was given possession of the ball and killed Young's penalty before settling into its extra-man offense. The Terps precision passing ended when Yeatman moved the ball to senior Adam Sear, who ripped a low shot from the right alley to put the Terps up by three with 7:17 left on the clock.
The third goal of the run was the most acrobatic and athletic goals in recent Terp history. Phipps started the play with a clean save on a shot by Bentz and Maryland quickly advanced the ball into the Pride's defensive zone. Cummings got free moving away from the crease and saw Young cutting from behind the right side of the game to where he just left in front on the crease. Cummings' pass was a bit high, but Young elevated, snagged the ball and had the presence of mind to make sure he landed outside the crease before bouncing a shot that beat Gvozden at the 5:15 mark.
Trailing by four goals with under five minutes to play, Hofstra pulled its goalie and tried to double-team the ball. But the Terps, who had struggled in situations like this earlier in the season, maintained their composure. Yeatman eventually broke through a double-team and scored an empty-netter to make it an 11-6 game with 3:08 to go.
Card scored two goals in the final 1:11, both coming off assists from Holman to make the final score 11-8.
Phipps ended up winning the goalie match-up with Gvozden, 14 saves to 13. Phipps also ended up with three groundballs and a caused turnover in his last game at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The Terps' close defendse was terrific in front of Phipps. The junior trio of Ryder Bohlander, Brett Schmidt and Mach Schmidt each finished with three groundballs. Bohlander was assigned to cover Hofstra's leading scorer Jamie Lincoln and held Lincoln to just one shot.
Maryland's long poles were also solid with Farrell picking up a game-high six groundballs and causing two turnovers. Jesse Bernhardt had three groundballs and two caused turnovers, while Halayko had two groundballs and one caused turnover.
Another key factor coming into the game was face-offs and senior Bryn Holmes tied his career high with 15 wins at the X.
The Terps (12-3) advance to the quarterfinals and will play the winner of the No. 6 seed Princeton/Notre Dame game on Sat., May 22 at Princeton Stadium in Princeton, N.J.
With today's 11-8 win Maryland is now 8-1 all-time vs. Hofstra.
Maryland is now 12-3 all-time in NCAA first round games and 13-6 all-time as the No. 3 seed in the tournament.
Grant Catalino's one goal gives him 88 for his career, which tied him with Pat O'Meally (1972-74) for 15th on the all-time goals list.
With two goals and an assist junior Ryan Young now has 37 multi-point and 16 multi-goal games for his career.
With a goal and two assist senior Will Yeatman now has 28 multi-point and 15 multi-assist games for his career.
Senior Bryn Holmes had one groundball, giving him 234 groundballs for his career and moves him past Mark Douglas (1988-91) into fourth place on the all-time list.