May 15, 2011
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Junior Drew Snider scored four goals and senior Ryan Young had two goals and three assists to lead the University of Maryland to a 13-6 victory over No. 8 seed North Carolina Sunday afternoon at Fetzer Field in the first round of the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament.
Maryland drew first blood at the 8:11 mark of the first quarter. Good ball movement lead to Snider getting a good look from the right wing and he made it count by sneaking a shot inside the near pipe.
Sophomore Owen Blye then scored back-to-back goals to give the Terps a 3-0 lead with just over 5:00 to go in the first. His first was a great individual effort that saw him convert from the left side of the crease.
Blye's second goal came on Maryland's first extra-man opportunity of the game. Senior Grant Catalino laced a pass through the defense to Blye on the right side of the crease and Blye took one-step before scoring on a bounce shot.
Carolina finally got on the board with 1:04 remaining in the first when Billy Bitter scored unassisted.
Bitter scored again to open the second quarter, but senior Ryan Young answered right back on the ensuing possession, scoring on a nice re-dodge from right goal line-extended to make it a 4-2 Maryland lead with 11:50 left.
More sharp ball movement led to the next Terrapin goal at the 9:21 mark. Catalino, Blye and Young swung the ball behind the cage to the right side where Young found sophomore Kevin Cooper wide open in the right alley. Cooper took one step and ripped a big overhand shot from 13 yards to give Maryland a three-goal advantage.
Pat Foster scored unassisted at the 5:06 mark to cut the Maryland lead to 6-3.
The lead was reduced to two less than three minutes later when Bitter scored his third of the day, getting off an incredible shot through a triple-team.
Maryland got things going less than three minutes into the third quarter when Snider slipped past his defender with a dodge from the left wing and scored despite being pushed from behind.
UNC used its first extra-man opportunity to close the gap back to two goals on a Jimmy Dunster goal at the 9:12 mark.
Another Maryland penalty on the ensuing face-off gave Carolina a chance to cut the deficit to one, but a big save by redshirt freshman goalie Niko Amato ended the chance.
Amato came up with another big save on Carolina's next possession, but it was sophomore John Haus beating his man to the end line that gave Maryland the ball back.
That led to Young finding junior Joe Cummings cutting to the goal and Cummings finished the play with his first goal of the game to make it 8-5 Terps with 6:06 left in the third.
Maryland's lead grew to 9-5 on a perfectly executed hidden ball play by Catalino and senior Brian Farrell. Farrell looked to be subbing out, flipping the ball the Catalino, who immediately attacked the left alley. But Farrell still had the ball and patiently waited for Snider to sneak free on the right side of the goal and he scored easily on the confused UNC defense. What made the play was the other four Terps selling the play as if Catalino had the ball.
Snider scored his career-fourth goal of the game at the 13:22 mark to make it a five-goal lead for the Terps.
The Terrapin lead grew to 11-5 on Catalino's first goal of the game, coming off an assist by junior Jake Bernhardt at the 9:47 mark.
The Maryland scoring run became 5-0 with 8:54 left in the game. Haus dodged hard down the right side and he found Cooper cutting in front of the crease with a pinpoint pass. Cooper quickly turned and finished the play over UNC goalie Steven Rastivo's left shoulder.
UNC tried to pressure the Terps, pulling its goalie, but Cooper beat his defender and scored the empty-netter to make it 13-5 with 4:47 to go.
Carolina did get one more as Michael Burns scored with 2:11 remaining to make it a 13-6 final.
One of the big differences in the game was at the face-off X, where sophomore Curtis Holmes dominated, winning 15-of-22 draws to give Maryland an enormous possession advantage.
The Terps (11-4) advance to the quarterfinals and will play the winner of the No. 1 seed Syracuse/Siena game on Sun., May 22 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
With the 13-6 win Maryland is now 40-21 all-time vs. North Carolina.
Maryland is now 43-31 all-time in NCAA tournament games and is 13-3 in the first round.
With five points on two goals and three assists, senior Ryan Young now has 47 multi-point 22 multi-goal and 28 multi-assist games for his career.
Young's five points give him 158 for his career, moving him into 17th on the Terps' all-time points list.
Young's three assists gives him 93 for his career, moving him past Mike Hynes (90, 1974-77) for 11th on the Terps' all-time assists list.
With two points on two goals and an assist, senior Grant Catalino now has 45 multi-point games for his career.
Catalino's two points give him 177 for his career, moving him past Pete Worstell (175, 1977-81) for 14th on the Terps' all-time goals list.
With two points on two goals, sophomore Owen Blye now has 10 multi-point and seven multi-goal games for his career.
With four points on four goals, junior Drew Snider now has two hat tricks, eight multi-point and six multi-goal games for his career.
With three points on three goals, sophomore Kevin Cooper now has one hat trick, four multi-point and two multi-goal games for his career.
Junior Jake Bernhardt's two assists give him the first multi-assist game of his career.