No. 6 Terps Triumph Over Yale, 12-4, On Senior Day

May 5, 2007

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Seniors Chris Feifs and Michael Phipps combined for seven of Maryland's 12 goals to lead the sixth-ranked Terrapins to a 12-4 victory over Yale on Senior Day at Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Maryland (10-5) was never threatened in the game, jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter. Feifs got the Terps started with his first of a career-high four goals on the day less than a minute into the game. Senior All-America defender Ray Megill picked up his third assist of the season on the goal.

Phipps then stole the show with all three of his scores coming in a span of 1:07. The first came in transition from the right wing off an assist from senior long pole Ryan Clarke, who last picked up an assist on May 6, 2006. Phipps then tried the left wing and skipped a low shot in off an assist from junior attackman Max Ritz. His third score came 10 seconds later off an assist from Bryn Holmes, who won the face-off clean and laced a pass to Phipps on the right side of the crease where he ripped off a low-to-high shot for the goal.

Feifs built the lead up to 5-0 midway through the second quarter when he took a pass from sophomore Jeremy Sieverts and ripped a 10-yard bounce-shot past Bulldog goalie George Carafides, who finished the game with 18 saves, which is the most by any single goalie against Maryland this season.

Yale (7-6) scored with just under three minutes remaining in the first half on a score from Tyler Casertano to trim the lead to 5-1, but the Terps would come out in the third quarter and put the game away with a dominating 15 minutes.

Sieverts scored three goals in the third quarter to lead Maryland on a 7-0 run. Junior midfielder Drew Evans got the run started with a jumping skip-shot before Sieverts rattled off two scores in 10 seconds. Fiefs netted his third of the game next off an assist from Evans before Sieverts finished his hat trick with an unassisted goal at the 9:24 mark.

Sophomore midfielder Dan Groot got into the scoring column for the ninth time in the last 10 games with a rocket from 15 yards out in front of the Bulldog goal. The run was capped off with Feifs' fourth goal of the day off a skip pass from Sieverts for a 12-1 Maryland lead.

Yale got three goals in the fourth quarter from Chris Kempner, Brendan Gibson and Michael Karwoski to close out the scoring.

Maryland's defense was spearheaded by its senior leaders. Two-time All-American Harry Alford, who started for just the second-time in goal this season, made five saves and allowed just one goal. He also picked up three groundballs and caused a turnover.

Steve Whittenberg, another two-time All-American on the Terp defense, locked in on Casertano and allowed the Bulldogs' leading scorer just one goal while he was on him. Whittenberg also finished the day with two caused turnovers and picked up two groundballs.

A quintet of seniors also stepped-up defensively for the Terrapins as Paul Andrews, Ryan Clarke, Jay Feeley, Travis Holmes and Sean Sullivan combined for six groundballs and four caused turnovers.

Maryland will most likely return to action next Saturday 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 6, between 9:00-9:30 p.m. on ESPNU to find out their seed and first round opponent in this years' tournament.

Game Notes:
• With today's 12-4 win Maryland is 7-1 all-time vs. Yale, having won the last seven meetings.

• With two assists Max Ritz now has 27 multi-point games in his career.

• Ritz's multi-point streak is now at 16 games.

Michael Phipps pushed his point-scoring streak to 16 games with his three-goal effort.

• Phipps now has four hat tricks, 11 multi-goal and 24 multi-point games in his career.

• Jeremy Sieverts' five-points on three goals and two assists set his career high.

• Sieverts now has four hat tricks, six multi-goal and 13 multi-point games in his career.

• The Terrapin defense held Yale without a goal for 26:43 spanning the second, third and fourth quarters. That makes 11 times this season that Maryland has held an opponent scoreless for 20+ minutes.

• Maryland's "D" also shutout the Bulldogs in the third quarter, giving the Terps their 10th shutout quarter of the season.