No. 5 Maryland Men's Lacrosse Drops Close One to No. 10 UMBC

March 14, 2009

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Terps got hat tricks from sophomores Grant Catalino and Ryan Young, but it wasn't enough as the University of Maryland men's lacrosse team dropped a 9-7 decision to No. 10 UMBC Saturday afternoon at Ludwig Field.

A slow first quarter saw the Retrievers take an early 1-0 lead, but Maryland tied the game with 6:02 remaining in the first on Young's first goal of the game. Young isolated his defender behind the cage and roll-dodged multiple times, finally freeing himself for a quick shot from the left side.

UMBC scored the game's next four goals, with Alex Hopmann scoring twice and adding an assist during the run, to take a 4-1 lead heading into halftime.

Neither team got on track early in the third until the Retrievers' Rich May scored at the 8:55 mark.

It seemed like the Terps got the spark they were looking for on the ensuing face-off when senior Jeff Reynolds popped the ball forward and scooped up the clean groundball. He moved the ball to Catalino on the left wing, who quickly swung the ball to Young on the goal line extended, where he beat UMBC goalie Jeremy Blevins top side to make the score 5-2.

The game settled down again, but the Terps continued to claw their way back into the game. A pushing foul on Retriever defender Matt Kresse gave Maryland its first extra-man opportunity of the game with 4:50 to go in the third and it took the Terps only 15 seconds to convert and cut the lead to two. Catalino finished the play with a quick shot off of a nice swing pass from senior Jeremy Sieverts.

UMBC kept its poise and settled the game down once again and built its lead back to four goals with a 3-0 scoring run to end the third and start the fourth quarters.

Catalino scored his second of the game on a low-to-low shot from the left wing at the 8:27 mark, but UMBC's Kyle Wimer scored his second of the game to up the lead back to five at the 7:50 mark,

Maryland made a bid for the big comeback, getting the final three goals of the game on scores from Young, junior Will Yeatman and Catalino, but there wasn't enough time for the Terps to finish the rally.

Despite the loss, Maryland's defense turned in a solid effort, led by sophomore Brett Schmidt, who had three caused turnovers and a groundball. Sophomore Max Schmidt had a pair of groundballs and a caused turnover and held UMBC's All-America attackman Ryan Smith to just one assist on the day. Junior Brian Phipps had 11 saves for the Terps in goal and tied his career-high with six groundballs.

The man-down unit was also solid for Maryland, holding the nation's top extra-man unit (UMBC had converted 66.7% of its EMO chances coming into the game) to just one goal in four opportunities.

There's little time for Maryland to recover as it returns to action tomorrow, Sunday, March 15, for a 1p.m. game against Bryant at Ludwig Field.

Game Notes:
• With today's 9-7 loss Maryland is now 24-7 all-time vs. UMBC.

• Sophomore Grant Catalino extended his scoring streak to 19 games with three goals and an assist. Catalino also pushed his multi-point scoring streak to 12 games.

• Catalino now has five hat tricks, 15 multi-goal and 19 multi-point games in his career.

• Sophomore Ryan Young has now scored at least one goal in each of the five games he's played in this season.

• Young's hat trick is the third of his career and also gives him seven multi-goal and 15 multi-point games for his career.

• Senior Jeremy Sieverts pushed his point-scoring streak to 10 games with one assist.