Feb. 28, 2009
BALTIMORE, Md. - His stats don't jump off of the stat-sheet, but Jeff Reynolds sparked the No. 7 Maryland men's lacrosse team to an 11-8 victory over No. 12 Duke in front of 17,119 fans at the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium Saturday.
Reynolds, a native of Bel Air, Md., scored a goal and an assist in the Terps' win, but it was his work at the face-off X that turned the tide for Maryland.
The Terps raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter on goals by seniors Dan Groot and Jeremy Sieverts and junior Will Yeatman, but the Blue Devils answered right back with three scores of their own, two by Max Quinzani, to knot the game at 3-3 with 2:06 remaining in the second quarter.
That's when Reynolds took over the game. The senior midfielder won the ensuing draw against Duke's face-off specialist Sam Payton, pushed the ball up the field and found sophomore Grant Catalino on the right wing. Catalino, who finished with a game-high six points, quickly moved the ball to sophomore Ryan Young at the right goal line-extended, where he beat Blue Devil goalie Ron Schroeder to give Maryland the 4-3 lead just seven seconds after Duke tied the game.
But Reynolds didn't stop there. He won the next draw, pushing the ball forward, and again found Catalino. This time Catalino didn't have to make the extra pass as he ripped a shot from the left alley to give the Terps a two-goal cushion heading into halftime.
The break did little to quell the momentum of the Terps. Maryland forced Duke into a failed clear and the Terrapins capitalized within seconds of the restart. Sieverts picked up the ball, and before the Blue Devils could react found Young on the crease where he beat Schroeder one-on-one to build the lead back to three.
The teams remained scoreless for the next 10 minutes, but at the 3:46 mark Catalino scored his second of the day on a quick shot from the left wing. He took a feed from Young, rolled around his defender, using him as a screen, and got off a shot that beat Schroeder through his legs.
Duke got an unassisted goal from Steve Schoeffel to trim the lead back to three, but once again it was Reynolds stepping-up for the Terps. He won the ensuing face-off again, but this time the Blue Devils defenders dropped back to cut-off his passing lanes, so Reynolds took the ball down the right alley and scored on one of his patented running jump shots to take the lead back to four.
Maryland struck quickly at the start of the fourth quarter with freshman Jake Bernhardt finishing a nice cut through the crease off of a feed from Catalino. Duke tried to make a comeback with back-to-back goals from Justin Turri and Quinzani, but the rally was cut short by Young, who answered Quinzani's third of game with his own hat trick at the 9:90 mark.
Yeatman finished the scoring for the Terps with a great low-to-high goal from a tough angle. Groot picked up the assist on the Maryland extra-man opportunity.
Schoeffel and Ned Crotty, who finished with five points on two goals and three assists, each scored in the final 1:18, but the just closed the final margin to three.
Junior goalie Brian Phipps was tremendous in net for the Terps, stopping 13 Blue Devil shots to help Maryland to its first victory over Duke since March 6, 2006, which was also the last time the Blue Devils lost a conference game.
The defense in front of Phipps played a phenomenal game. Sophomore Brett Schmidt made his first career-start, replacing the injured Brian Farrell at close defense, and finished with two groundballs. Senior Mike Griswold also had a pair of groundballs, while sophomore Max Schmidt had a groundball and a caused turnover. Junior long pole Dan Halayko had three groundballs and tied his career high with two caused turnovers.
An unsung hero of the afternoon was junior Dean Hart, a short-stick defensive midfielder who made the switch to long pole just two days prior to the game.
Maryland (3-1, 1-0 ACC) returns to action in its first true road game on Saturday, March 7 when the Terps travel to Baltimore to take on Towson. Face-off is set for 2 p.m. and the game will be the WMAR/ESPNU "Game of the Week.".
With today's 11-8 win Maryland is now 55-17 all-time vs. Duke. The 55 wins are Maryland's most over any single opponent.
Sophomore Grant Catalino extended his scoring streak to 17 games with two goals and four assists. Catalino also pushed his multi-point scoring streak to 10 games.
The four assists were a career-high for Catalino. He now has 17 multi-point, 13 multi-goal and five multi-assist games in his career.
Senior Jeremy Sieverts, with a goal and an assist, has now had at least one point in seven straight games.
Sophomore Ryan Young's hat trick was his second of the season and second of his career. His five points in the game set a career-high.
Young now has five multi-goal, 13 multi-point and five multi-assist games in his career.
With two goals, junior Will Yeatman now has 17 multi-point and nine multi-goal games in his career.
Maryland wore white helmets for today's game; the first time since April 17, 2004, which was the 100th game against Johns Hopkins.