May 2, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A 5-0 scoring run to open the fourth quarter broke open a 5-5 tie and gave the No. 14 Maryland men's lacrosse team an important 10-6 win over Yale Saturday afternoon at Reese Stadium.
The victory keeps Maryland's postseason hopes alive, boosting the Terps' overall record to 9-6. The Terps will have to wait for the NCAA Selection Show, which will air on Sunday, May 3, between 9:00-9:30 p.m. on ESPNU to find out if they earn an at-large bid to this year's tournament.
Maryland drew first blood at the 13:39 mark when sophomore Grant Catalino's shot ricocheted off the crossbar in front of the Yale goal. That's where sophomore Travis Reed picked-up the groundball and put it back into the Bulldog net for a 1-0 Terrapin lead.
After a Yale extra-man goal by Colin Ford tied the game at 1-1, freshman Jake Bernhardt scored an unassisted goal at 3:50. Yale's Gregory Mahony dropped the ball that Bernhardt scooped up and went coast-to-coast before finishing with a high-bouncer into the top left corner of the cage.
Yale tied the game at 2-2 right off the opening face-off of the second quarter on an unassisted goal by Michael Karwoski. But the Terps answered right back at the 12:59 mark when senior Jeff Reynolds ripped a low shot from the right alley, giving Maryland a 3-2 advantage.
Maryland didn't convert on its first extra-man opportunity, but a second Bulldog slashing penalty gave the Terps a second chance that they didn't squander. Senior Dan Groot laced a low shot from the right alley at 10:14. The Maryland lead was trimmed back to one at 4:18 when Karwoski pick-up a loose ball and found Matt Gibson in front of the goal. Yale took advantage of another broken play as the second quarter was winding down to tie the game at 4-4 on a goal by Matt Miller.
The first 10:45 of the third was scoreless, but it was the Terps who broke the scoring drought to take a 5-4 lead. Groot dodged down the left alley and skipped a pass over to Reed on the right wing where he placed a low shot into the lower left corner of the Yale goal.
The game was tied for the fourth time with just 37 seconds left when Karwoski took advantage of a screen in from of the Maryland goal to score his second of the game.
Two tremendous individual efforts resulted in Maryland's sixth goal of the day. Reynolds secured a tough groundball and whirled his way through nearly every Bulldog defender to clear the ball and give the Terps an important offensive possession. From there sophomore Ryan Young beat his defender around the left side of the cage and beat Yale goalie Jonathan Falcone for a 6-5 Maryland lead.
Maryland's built the lead to 7-5 on a transition goal by freshman Joe Cummings at the 11:36 mark, Young got credit for the assist, but the play was made possible by the efforts of two Terp defenders. Sophomore Dan Burns caused a Yale turnover near midfield and dug out the tough groundball. Before he was surrounded by Bulldogs he was able to move the ball to senior Chris Rhine, who pushed the ball quickly up the field and found Young on the left side where he fed Cummings, who beat Falcone one-on-one.
The Terps' lead grew to three at 8-5 on junior Adam Sear's goal at the 9:18 mark that went through the legs of Falcone. Maryland's scoring run grew to 4-0 with 4:35 left in the fourth when Reed found senior Nick Ward cutting to the crease and he one-timed a shot for a 9-5 Maryland advantage.
Senior Danny Gallagher finished off the Terps scoring blitz with a quick shot on the crease off a feed from Cummings at the 2:59 mark. Yale officially put an end to the scoring run with an extra-man goal by Brendan Gibson with 1:45 left in the game.
Junior Brian Phipps was spectacular in net for the Terrapins, stopping 11 Bulldog shots, including several right on the crease. The defense in front of Phipps was led by sophomore Max Schmidt, who had three caused turnovers and three groundballs, and senior Mike Griswold, who also had three caused turnovers to go along with a pair of groundballs. Junior Bryn Holmes led the Terps with six groundballs, while Burns had four.
With today's 10-6 win Maryland is now 9-1 all-time vs. Yale.
Sophomore Travis Reed scored two goals and had an assist and now has 18 multi-point and 13 multi-goal games in his career.
Sophomore Ryan Young, with a goal and an assists, now has 22 multi-point games in his career.
Senior Dan Groot, with a goal and an assist, now has 25 multi-point games in his career.
Freshman Joe Cummings had a goal and an assist to tally his fourth career multi-point game.