April 8, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The No. 5 University of Maryland men's lacrosse team got two goals apiece from senior Brian Farrell, junior Jake Bernhardt and sophomore Owen Blye in a 10-4 victory over Navy at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Friday night.
The Terps (8-2) opened the first quarter with a 6-1 scoring barrage and never looked back.
Senior Ryan Young got things going for Maryland with an unassisted goal at the 12:58 mark. Byle set a pick behind the cage that gave Young a step on his defender and he ran around the right side of the goal for the easy score.
Junior Joe Cummings made it a 2-0 Terrapin lead just over a minute later with a runner from the right alley that beat Navy goalie R.J. Wickham inside the far pipe.
Navy (4-7) got on the board and cut the Maryland lead back to one goal on a Jay Mann goal at the 11:27 mark, but that was as close as the Mids would get.
Junior Drew Snider started a 4-0 run with a left-handed bouncer from the right alley that skipped inside the far pipe. Farrell took out two Navy defenders with a solid pick to get Snider free for the shot.
The lead quickly grew to 4-1 for the Terps when Bernhardt scored from the left wing. Senior Grant Catalino picked up the assist by dodging past a defender, which drew a slide from the Mid covering Bernhardt, freeing Bernhardt up for the quick shot and goal.
Bernhardt scored again with 3:26 in the first on a wild, running right-handed shot as he dodged down the right alley.
Maryland extended its lead to 6-1 off of the ensuing face-off, but it wasn't the typical face-off transition score. A violation on the face-off gave sophomore Curtis Holmes the win and started the Terps' break. Good ball movement gave Catalino the ball on the left wing, but Navy did a nice job recognizing the situation and getting on Catalino's hands. But instead of forcing the shot, Catalino cradled the ball and dodged past the defender and finished with a quick shot just outside the left side of the crease.
The Midshipmen stopped the run with their own transition goal at the 6:30 mark of the second, but another violation on the ensuing face-off gave Maryland the ball. Holmes pushed it into the offensive zone and found Farrell at the top of the box. Farrell used a quick ball-fake to create some space before launching a bouncer from 15 yards out to make it a 7-2 Maryland lead.
The rain continued the fall and the play was sloppy at the beginning of the third quarter, but Maryland extended its lead to six goals on Blye's first of the game at the 10:03 mark. With a stall warning on, Blye carried the ball from behind the cage, around the left side and finally to the top of the box before unleashing a high bounce shot from 12 yards that beat Wickham.
Navy's Harrison Chaires scored his lone goal of the game to cut the lead back to five with 3:14 to go in the third.
But the Terps got a shot of momentum thanks to another huge goal by Farrell to start the fourth. Senior Dan Burns caused a turnover just inside the Navy offensive box and hit Farrell with a seemingly routine outlet pass. But there's no such thing as a routine outlet for Farrell. He raced 60 yards down the field and was pushed from behind just as he wound up to shoot, which propelled him into a dive, but his shot still found the back of the net to give Maryland a 9-3 lead.
Blye gave the Terps a seven-goal cushion with his second unassisted goal of the game to make it 10-3 Maryland with 12:15 to go in the fourth.
Sam Jones finished a nice feed from Andy Warner at the 7:21 mark to make it a 10-4 game.
Freshman goalie Dom Lamolinara made two saves in the final 30 seconds to preserve the six-goal victory for the Terps, which is their largest margin of victory over the Midshipmen since 1998.
The defense for the Terps was unyielding and held Navy to its lowest scoring output in the series since 1994. The last time the Midshipmen were held to as few as four goals against Maryland in Annapolis was 1957.
Leading the defense was senior Max Schmidt with three caused turnover andd two groundballs. Burns and Holmes also finished with three groundballs. Redshirt freshman goalie Niko Amato finished the game with four saves.
Aiding in the defensive effort was another solid face-off effort from Holmes, who won 10-of-18 draws.
Maryland returns to action on Saturday night, April 16, when its hosts Johns Hopkins in the 107th meeting of College Lacrosse's Greatest Rivalry. The Terps and the Blue Jays are scheduled for an 8 p.m. face-off at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
With the 10-4 win Maryland is now 52-33-1 all-time vs. Navy.
With two points on one goal and one assist, senior Grant Catalino now has 43 multi-point games for his career.
Catalino's goal was the 107th of his career, tying him with Dave Dempsey (1970-74) for ninth on the Terps' all-time goals list.
With two points on two goals, senior Brian Farrell now has nine multi-point, and six multi-goal games for his career.
With two points on two goals, sophomore Owen Blye now has six multi-point, and four multi-goal games for his career.