May 3, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - It was "Senior Day" for the eighth-ranked University of Maryland men's lacrosse team, but it was freshman Grant Catalino that stole the show in the Terps' 16-10 win over the Yale Bulldogs Saturday afternoon at Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium.
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound attackman from Webster, N.Y., led all scorers with a career-high seven points on four goals and a career-best three assists. Catalino's seven points are the most by a Terp since March 20, 2007 when Michael Phipps had seven in a win over Mount St. Mary's.
Maryland (9-5) never trailed in the game and showed a good inside-outside scoring balance. That was evident with the Terps' first two goals, both of which featured Catalino. The Webster, N.Y., native showed off his feeding ability with a great look inside to a cutting Scott Tompkins, who was making his first career start. Tompkins smoothly caught the ball and ripped a shot into the Bulldog goal for a 1-0 lead. Catalino's shooting prowess was on display less than two minutes later when he picked up a groundball in the left alley and ripped a quick low-to-high shot past Eli goalie George Carafides.
Yale scored two of the game's next three goals to pull to within one at 3-2, but senior midfielder Drew Evans' goal off an assist from junior All-American Dan Groot at the 6:18 mark kicked off a seven-goal Maryland scoring run that put the game out of reach. Groot fed Evans with a quick look inside the crease for the easy score. The play began back in the Eli zone with a turnover caused by sophomore long pole Dan Halayko.
Evans was on the giving end of the Terps' next goal. He dropped a simple pass into the crease to freshman Travis Reed, who one-timed the ball past Carafides to give Maryland a 7-2 lead with 12:39 left in the second quarter. Reynolds followed that up with another outside laser from the left alley less than a minute later to boost the lead to six goals.
Reed scored his second goal of the game with a low-to-high shot from a tight angle just inside the right goal line extended. Picking up an assist on Reed's goal was freshman attackman Brett Weiss.
The scoring-run was finished with some trickery by sophomore Brian Farrell. After Holmes won the face-off following Reed's goal, Farrell lost his defender by faking like he was going to sub out for an offensive midfielder. Redshirt freshman Dan Burns, who picked up the groundball off the face-off recognized the opening and quickly fired a pass to Farrell. A Yale defender slid to cover the long pole, but Farrell was able to find a wide-open Holmes on the crease, who bounced a shot in for the score.
Kyle Washabaugh broke up the scoring run with his only goal of the game at the 2:38 mark, but Maryland answered right back with an unassisted goal by junior David O'Quinn. Greg DuBoff closed out the first half with his second goal of the game with 1:05 left on the clock.
After seven goals combined in the first and eight in the second, the teams settled in in the third quarter. The Bulldogs outscored the Terps 3-1 in the third. Senior face-off man Will Dalton sandwiched the only Maryland goal between two Davis Lindsey goals. Catalino got his third assist on Dalton's score with a quick skip pass from the left alley cross-field to the right alley, where Dalton ripped a shot for his first of two goals on the day.
The Eli's scored twice more following Lindsey's second goal to get to within four goals at 12-8, but Dalton scored on his patented bull-dodge through the right alley after picking the face-off clean at the 10:47 mark. Catalino then scored back-to-back goals off assists by Jeremy Sievers and Groot, respectively, to boost the lead back to seven at 15-8 with 5:57 left in the fourth.
Brendan Gibson scored two of his three goals on the day less than two minutes apart to trim the Bulldog deficit to five, but Catalino put the icing on the Terps' cake with his fourth goal of the day off an assist by Burns at the 2:06 mark to give Maryland the 16-10 victory.
Maryland's face-off combination of Dalton (6-of-14), Holmes (9-of-13) and Reynolds (2-of-3) won 17-of-30 battles at the X, including a decisive 6-of-9 in the second quarter that led to six Terrapin goals. Dalton led the Terps with five groundballs, while Holmes and Reynolds had three apiece.
Senior All-American Joe Cinosky had a tremendous final regular season home game with three groundballs and a pair of caused turnovers. Fifth-year seniors Ryne Adolph and Jacob Baxter each had a groundball and a caused turnover in the game as well. Senior long pole Matt Rankin set his career high with three groundballs.
Maryland will most likely return to action next Saturday or Sunday with a first round NCAA tournament game at Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium. The Terps will have to wait for the NCAA Selection Show, which will air on Sunday, May 4, between 9:00-9:30 p.m. on ESPNU to find out their seed and first round opponent in this years' tournament.
With today's 16-10 win Maryland is 8-1 all-time vs. Yale, having won the last eight meetings.
Grant Catalino's four-goal, three-assist performance gives him 11 multi-point and eight multi-goal games for his career.
Catalino's three assists is his first multi-assist game of his career.
Travis Reed's two goals give him nine multi-point and six multi-goal games for his career.
Maryland's 11 goals in the first half is a season best and is the first time the Terps have scored 11 goals in the first half since scoring 11 against Dartmouth in a 14-2 win on March 21, 2006.
Will Dalton tied his career-high with two goals. He previously had two goals against Air Force earlier this year on March 20.