March 22, 2008
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Redshirt junior midfielder Jeff Reynolds scored his first career hat trick to lead the No. 9 University of Maryland men's lacrosse team to a decisive 13-8 win over fifth-ranked North Carolina at Fetzer Field on Saturday evening.
After Bart Wagner gave UNC a 1-0 lead just one minute into the game, the Terps got a lucky break at the 8:41 mark to tie the score. Carolina goalie Grant Zimmerman brought the ball near midfield on an attempted clear, but his pass attempt was picked off by junior midfielder Jeremy Sieverts, who brought the ball just across the midfield stripe before ripping a long shot into the empty Tar Heel goal.
UNC grabbed a 2-1 lead on a Bobby McAuley goal at the 7:26 mark. This time it was sophomore Adam Sear that had the answer for the Terps. The midfielder from Perth, Western Australia, ran by a UNC defender on the left wing and beat Zimmerman top side for a 2-2 tie.
Reynolds fought through a scrum for the ensuing face-off and pushed the ball straight down the middle of the field. No Carolina defender stepped out to pick up Reynolds, so he fired an overhand shot at the feet of Zimmerman for his ninth goal of the season.
The see-saw game continued at the beginning of the second quarter with UNC tying the score at 3-3 on Michael B. Burns' goal at 10:17. But the tie wouldn't last long thanks to Maryland co-captain Will Dalton. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound midfielder started out high on the left alley and crossed over, bull-dodging his way down the right side before beating Zimmerman for the 4-3 lead.
Maryland's lead grew to 5-3 less than two minutes later when junior midfielder Dan Groot skipped a pass to senior middie Max Ritz on the left alley. Ritz then laced a skip shot into the lower left corner of the Carolina goal for the score.
An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by UNC's Brian Burke gave the Terps an extra-man opportunity and Maryland made the Tar Heels pay. Freshman attackman Travis Reed netted his fourth man-up goal of the season off an assist by Ritz for a 6-3 Maryland advantage.
The 3-0 Maryland run was interrupted by a bit of bad luck. After he made a save on a Groot, Zimmerman picked up the groundball and tried to run the ball out of danger, but freshman attackman Ryan Young's feet inadvertently got caught up with Zimmerman's giving UNC a one-minute man-advantage. But the Tar Heels didn't need that long. Cryder DiPietro scored from the right alley seconds into the penalty to cut the lead to 6-4 at 2:22.
But the momentum swung Maryland's way again less than 30 seconds following DiPietro's goal when freshman attackman Grant Catalino scored an unassisted goal at the 1:59 mark to send the game to the half with the Terps holding a 7-4 lead.
For the third consecutive quarter the Tar Heels drew first blood when Ben Hunt scored an unassisted goal at the 13:35 mark. But for the third straight time the Terps answered right back. Reynolds scored his second of the game on a running jump shot from the right alley to boost the lead back to three goals.
After more than eight scoreless minutes Maryland added another goal to build a 9-5 lead. Senior midfielder Drew Evans ran past a Tar Heel defender behind the left side of the UNC goal and slipped a shot past Zimmerman.
An extra-man opportunity, thanks to a pair of penalties on UNC's Rob Driscoll, let the Terps draw first blood at the beginning of the fourth quarter. After the ball circled around the perimeter, Sieverts dropped a quick pass to freshman attackman Brett Weiss on the left side of the crease where he tucked a quick shot into the left side of the Tar Heel net.
Reynolds continued his scoring barrage at the 11:47 mark with a man-down goal. The play started when sophomore midfielder Bryn Holmes intercepted a Tar Heel pass in front of the Maryland goal. The lead grew to 12-5 just over two minutes later when Maryland converted on another man-up chance. Catalino dumped a pass inside to Weiss, who quickly turned and shot.
Carolina scored three straight goals to cut the lead to 12-8, but UNC chose to bring Zimmerman out of the net to double-team the ball. That didn't work the way the Tar Heels planned as Groot split the double-team and scored an empty-netter to give the Terps a five-goal cushion at 13-8 with 4:10 remaining and that's how the game would end, giving the Terps their first ACC win of the season.
Senior All-America defender Joe Cinosky continued his stellar play, leading the Terps with four groundballs and a pair of caused turnovers. Holmes and freshman defender Max Schmidt each had a pair of caused turnovers in the Terrapin victory. Sophomore goalie Brian Phipps picked up the win in the cage for Maryland after making five saves in 30:00 of work.
Maryland (6-2) finishes its regular season conference play next Saturday, March 29, when it hosts No. 2 Virginia. That game is set for a 12 noon start at Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium and will be the first-ever regular season game on ESPN2.
With today's 13-8 win Maryland is now 36-18 all-time vs. North Carolina.
Jeff Reynolds scored the first hat trick of his career in the win over UNC. All three of Reynolds' goals were unassisted.
Ryan Young had his point-scoring streak snapped at seven games.
With a goal and an assist Max Ritz now has 31 multi-point games in his career.
Dan Groot's two-point game now gives him 15 multi-point games in his career.
Jeremy Sieverts also had a goal and an assist, giving him 17 career multi-point games.
The Maryland defense held the Tar Heels without a goal for 20:13 during the third and fourth quarters, giving the "D" its third 20+ minute scoring drought of the season.