March 13, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The second midfield unit of John Haus, Michael Shakespeare and Drew Snider combined to score six of the sixth-ranked University of Maryland men's lacrosse team's 12 goals in the Terps' 12-8 win over Towson Saturday at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
The game marked Maryland's return to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium after construction to Tyser Tower forced the Terps top play their 2009 home games at nearby Ludwig Field. Maryland's last game at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium was a victory over Denver in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
The game was close through the first quarter with Maryland (4-0) holding a one-goal lead after the first 15:00. Haus, a freshman out of Lutherville, Md., got the Terps, who never trailed in the game, on the board first with a quick runner that beat Towson goalie Rob Wheeler into the bottom right corner of the goal.
Junior Warren Hansen gave the Terrapins a two-goal cushion when he one-timed a pass from junior Travis Reed at the 9:20 mark. Hansen slipped through the defense and found an open spot on the right side of the crease and Reed sent a crisp pass across the crease for the easy score.
Towson (0-3) got on the board with 6:23 left in the first when Will Harrington scored his first of three goals on the day, converting on an extra-man opportunity. Maryland responded with its own extra-man goal three minutes later. On a restart Reed flipped a quick pass to sophomore Joe Cummings, who made a good cut to the crease and he finished with a low shot past Wheeler.
It looked like Maryland would have a two-goal lead going into the second quarter, but the Tigers got a goal from Stephen Norris with 13 seconds left on the clock to make the score 3-2.
Maryland started the second quarter just like it started the first. Only this time it was junior All-American Ryan Young getting the Terps going with an unassisted goal at the 11:56 mark. Towson's Christian Pastirik scored a minute later to cut the lead back to one at 4-3, but that was as close as the Tigers would get on the day. Maryland closed out the second quarter with a 4-0 run spanning the final 9:58 of the quarter to take an 8-3 lead into halftime.
Shakespeare, a sophomore from Walpole, Mass., scored his first on the day to get the run going. A Towson defender knocked the ball away from Cummings, but Shakespeare was there to pick-off the loose ball. He then ripped a 15-yard shot inside the right post for a 5-3 Maryland lead.
The Terps' second midfield completed their first circuit of goals with Snider, a redshirt sophomore from Seattle, Wash., hitting a runner from the right alley for the 6-2 advantage.
Maryland's extra-man unit, which entered the weekend ranked No. 2 in the country with a .667 conversion percentage, scored its second of the day in a near repeat of its first goal. Once again it was Cummings picking up the goal, but this time the feed came from the top of the box on a quick dump down from junior Grant Catalino.
The run came to a close at the 2:12 mark with a terrific transition goal by redshirt junior Brian Farrell. The play started deep in the Maryland defensive end when junior goalie Brian Phipps picked-off a cross-crease pass by Towson's Tim Stratton. He then saw Farrell breaking out down the middle of the field and hit him in stride with a perfect outlet pass. Farrell, a long pole who came into the game with 15 career goals, had a clear run down the field and the Tiger defense did not cut off his charge toward the goal, so he took a 10-yard shot and beat Wheeler low to make it an 8-3 Maryland lead heading into the halftime break.
After the intermission Towson made a change in goal and Travis Love made five saves in the first four minutes of the third quarter to give the Tigers some momentum. Towson then drew first blood at the 8:08 mark on a goal by Matt Hughes, snapping a 17:36 scoreless stretch.
Maryland responded with Snider's second goal of the day on a runner from the right alley that pushed the Terps' lead back to five at 9-4 at the 5:30 mark.
Towson then went on its own run, scoring three straight on two by Harrington and one by Stratton to make it a three-goal game with 13:57 left in the fourth.
But the second line responded for the Terps with unassisted goals by Shakespeare and Haus, respectively, to give Maryland a four-goal cushion at 11-7. Reed took a shot that hit the crossbar and the ball ended up on being swatted to the ground in front of the crease. That's where Shakespeare fought through a crownd and swiped the ball of the ground into the Tiger goal. Haus' second goal of the day was a bit more orthodox as he dodged down the left alley and ripped a left-handed shot inside the far pipe.
Pastirik scored his second of the day to cut the Terrapin lead to 11-8 with 5:28 to go. The Tigers tried to double the ball when Maryland had possession in the Tigers' defensive zone, but Cummings was able to split the double-team and slip a pass to Young, who scored an empty-netter with 1:37 left to finish the scoring.
Maryland's man-down unit was terrific on the day. A steady rain and deteriorating field conditions led to some sloppy penalties for the Terps and Towson entered the game converting on 62.5% of its extra-man chances. But the Terps man-down unit allowed just one Tiger EMO goal in eight opportunities.
The Terrapin defense was led by senior long pole Dan Halayko, who had four groundballs and three caused turnovers, and Farrell, who had three caused turnovers and two groundballs. Senior Bryn Holmes led the Terps with five groundballs.
Maryland has a quick turnaround as it hosts Penn on Monday, March 15 at Ludwig Field. Face-off is slated for 3 p.m.
With today's 12-8 win Maryland is now 27-5 all-time vs. Towson.
With two goals junior Ryan Young now has 26 multi-point and 10 multi-goal games for his career.
With two assists junior Travis Reed now has 21 multi-point and six multi-assist games for his career.
With two goals and an assist sophomore Joe Cummings now has six multi-point and four multi-goal games for his career.
Sophomore Michael Shakespeare and freshman John Haus had their first career multi-goal games.