No. 9 Terps Shoot Their Way Past No. 11 North Carolina, 14-8

March 24, 2007

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Led by sophomore Dan Groot's second career hat trick, the first two midfields for the ninth-ranked University of Maryland men's lacrosse team combined to score nine goals in the Terps' 14-8 victory over No. 11 North Carolina Saturday afternoon at Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium.

The victory boosted Maryland to a 7-2 overall record and 1-1 in the ACC. Carolina fell to 6-3 on the year and 0-2 in conference play.

The Terps came out firing in the first quarter with sophomore midfielder Jeremy Sieverts drawing first blood at the 11:51 mark with a running shot sweeping through the right alley.

Senior attackman Michael Phipps built the lead to 2-0 just 40 seconds later. Freshman defensive midfielder Bryn Holmes caused one of his two turnovers on the day to start the play, dislodging the ball from the Tar Heels' Nick Tintle. Sophomore attackman Danny Gallagher ended up with the groundball and found Phipps along the right side of the crease where he dodged around a defender and scored his 17th goal of the season.

Carolina got on the board and cut the Terrapin lead to 2-1 with a man-up goal from Tintle at the 9:41 mark. But that was the closest the Tar Heels would get to the lead as Maryland scored the game's next six goals to take a commanding 8-1 lead.

Groot started the scoring spree off with a running shot from the left alley to the top corner on Carolina goalie Grant Zimmerman's short side.

The Terps' transition game was in full effect on their next goal. Freshman goalie Brian Phipps cleanly picked a skip shot by Ryan Walterhoefer and threw a perfect outlet pass to his brother Michael over the midfield stripe.Michael Phipps then raced into the attack zone and dodged around a pair of Tar Heel defenders to score his second goal of the game.

Junior All-America candidate Max Ritz set-up the next Maryland goal with a strong skip pass from behind the net to senior midfielder Chris Feifs, who buried a bounce shot from 10 yards out in the left alley.

The first quarter came to a close with a bang for the Terps when Adam Sear continued his scoring streak with his only goal of the game with just five seconds remaining. The freshman midfielder beat Zimmerman with a hard underhanded shot from the right alley from eight yards away.

The momentum from the first quarter didn't carry over for the Terps and both teams struggled to gain the advantage. Maryland finally broke through with an unassisted goal by senior midfielder Thomas Alford, beat his defender in the right alley and connected with a bounce shot at the 2:48 mark to give Maryland a 7-1 lead.

Hustle earned Maryland an 8-1 lead a minute and a half later. Senior co-captain Jimmy Borell helped clear the ball into the Terrapin offensive zone following Brian Phipps' eighth save of the game, and beat a Carolina offensive midfielder back to the midfield stripe during a substitution by a wide enough margin to allow junior midfielder Drew Evans a free run into the play. Feifs recognized the advantage and fed the ball to Evans on the right wing where he laced a shot past Zimmerman for his seventh goal of the season.

Carolina broke a 24-minute scoreless streak with a pair of goals in the final 13 seconds of the second quarter. Ben Hunt scored an unassisted goal with 13 seconds left. Tintle picked up the groundball on the ensuing face-off and sent a quick pass to Ben Hunt, who scored with just three ticks left on the clock.

The Tar Heels continued to put pressure on the Terps midway through the third quarter by cashing in with a transition goal by Rob Driscoll at the 8:38 mark. Zimmerman started the play by making a tremendous one-on-one save on Michael Phipps.

Groot stopped Carolina's three-goal run with his second goal of the game on the exact same play that his first goal came on.

The Tar Heels caught a lucky break and cut the Maryland lead to 9-5 to close the third quarter. The Terrapin defense looked to have forced Michael Burns to turn the ball over, but the ball skipped into the right alley where Hunt picked it up and got off a quick shot for his second score of the game.

Momentum seemed to be with the Tar Heels entering the fourth quarter, but Maryland took it back with a four-goal scoring binge over 5:20 to take a 13-5 lead. Alford got the ball rolling with his second of the game on a huge, top corner shot from 17 yards out.

It was like déjà vu all over again on Maryland's next score as Groot buried another runner from the left alley at the 10:50 mark.

Sophomore attackman Danny Gallagher picked up the next Terrapin score 49 seconds later. Senior Jon Beard picked up the assist on the play, feeding the ball to Gallagher in front of the crease, where he flipped a low shot past Zimmerman from eight yards out.

Ritz capped the scoring streak for the Terps with another score from the left alley at the 6:51 mark. The score came during a five-on-five situation with both teams down a man due to penalties.

Carolina cut the lead to 13-8 with goals from Gavin Petracca, Ryan Walterhoefer and Driscoll, but it was too little, too late. Borell would tack on another unassisted goal from the left alley to finish the scoring at 14-8.

Freshman goalie Brian Phipps had another stellar game for the Terps, stopping 15 Tar Heel shots. Maryland's trio of close defensemen, Steve Whittenberg, Ray Megill and Joe Cinosky, held the high-powered Carolina starting attack to just a pair of goals and one assist. Coming into today's game the Tar Heels' starting attackmen had been averaging five goals and three assists per game.

Defensive midfielder Paul Andrews, a graduate student, had the finest game of his career, picking up three groundballs and causing two Carolina turnovers. Megill and Holmes also caused a pair of turnovers apiece, while Whittenberg had four groundballs.

Maryland hits the road to close out its regular season ACC schedule at No. 2 Virginia. That game is slated for a 3 p.m. start at Klöckner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va.

Game Notes:
• With today's 14-8 win Maryland is 35-18 all-time vs. North Carolina.

• With a goal and an assist Max Ritz now has 21 multi-point games in his career.

• The two-point game is also Ritz's tenth-straight game with multiple points.

Michael Phipps pushed his point-scoring streak to 10 games with his two-goal effort.

• Phipps' two goals give him nine multi-goal and 18 multi-point games in his career.

Adam Sear extended his point-scoring streak to six games with his second quarter goal.

Thomas Alford tied his career high with two goals, marking the third time he's scored twice in a game.

• Chris Feifs' assist on Drew Evans' goal in the second quarter was his first assist since March 23, 2004 against Butler.

• The Terrapin defense held the Tar Heels without a goal for 24:28 spanning the first and second quarters. That makes eight times this season that Maryland has held an opponent scoreless for 20+ minutes.