Feb. 17, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - For Maryland freshman Brian Farrell, his college debut is going to be a tough act to follow. The long pole defensive midfielder scored two goals in his first collegiate game to help the sixth-ranked Terrapin men's lacrosse team (1-0) to an 11-6 victory over Bellarmine (0-1) Saturday afternoon at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
In total, nine different Terps scored on the afternoon with six players tallying double-digit points. In addition to Farrell's two scores, junior midfielder Drew Evans made his first college start a memorable one by setting his career high with a pair of goals against the Knights. The second of the Ithaca, N.Y., native's scores came on a nifty behind-the-back shot in the second quarter.
The first quarter proved to be a closely-fought contest. Maryland jumped out to a quick lead on Evans' first goal of the game off the first of a career-best three assists from junior attackman Max Ritz. But Bellarmine showed Maryland that it was a formidable opponent, scoring two goals in the next three minutes to take a 2-1 lead.
The Knights' only lead of the game would be a short-lived one as Maryland rattled off the next four goals to take a 5-2 lead into the second half. Sophomore midfielder Jeremy Sieverts, who transferred to Maryland from Butler when the Bulldogs dropped their men's lacrosse program prior to the 2007 season, got the ball rolling with with his first goal as a Terp off of another Ritz assist.
Farrell gave Maryland the lead for good at the 6:53 mark of the second quarter with a transition goal to make the score 3-2. The play was started by a fantastic save by freshman goalie Brian Phipps on a shot by Bellarmine's Dylan MacDougal.
Senior attackman Michael Phipps scored his first goal of the season at the 5:25 mark on a diving shot from the left side of the Bellarmine crease. He also figured into Maryland's next goal, picking up the assist on Evans' behind-the-back score.
Maryland opened the third quarter with a man-up goal from senior midfielder Travis Holmes off an assist from sophomore middie Dan Groot to give Maryland a 6-2 advantage. Bellarmine answered back with its first goal in more than 24 minutes on an Adam Gardner goal.
The lead was back to four in a matter of seconds though as Maryland's face-off man Will Dalton cleanly picked up the ensuing face-off, bulled his was through the right alley and scored his first goal of the year. Dalton was a dominant force at the face-off stripe for the Terps all afternoon, winning 12-of-18 attempts.
Maryland increased its lead to 9-4 heading into the fourth quarter on man-up goals by Groot and senior midfielder Thomas Alford.
The Knights looked to build some momentum early in the fourth on back-to-back goals less than a minute apart by Bryan Brown and John Kirk. But Maryland's defense, which turned in a solid effort on the afternoon, shut Bellarmine out the final 11:46 of the game.
Sophomore attackman Danny Gallagher became the ninth Terp to score a goal with his first tally of the season off an assist from junior defensive midfielder Jeff Reynolds at the 9:23 mark. Reynolds picked up his second assist of the game five minutes later on Farrell's second goal to close the scoring at 11-6.
Defensively for the Terps, it was another tremendous display of both individual and team defense. Senior All-American Ray Megill tied his career best with five ground balls, while junior All-America candidate Joe Cinosky tied his career high with three caused turnovers. Senior long pole Ryan Clarke showed why he's an All-America candidate as he tied his career high with four caused turnovers in addition to picking up three groundballs.
Overall, Maryland's defense held the Knights without a goal for 24:59 and shut them out in the second quarter. Last season the Terps held opponents scoreless in 19 quarters and help the opposition without a goal for more than 20 minutes 11 times.
Brian Phipps was solid in his college debut, making nine stops and orchestrating Maryland clear attempts with precision. On the afternoon the Terps were 13-of-16 (81.3%) on clear attempts.
Maryland returns to action on Tuesday, February 20, with its first-ever meeting with Vermont. The game is scheduled for a 3:00 p.m. start at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex in College Park.
With today's 11-6 win Maryland is now 1-0 all-time vs. Bellarmine.
Maryland has won 14 straight season openers and is 78-3-1 all-time to start the season.
The win moves the Terps' record to 66-4 all-time against first-time opponents.
Max Ritz set his career high with three assists vs. the Knights.
Ritz now has 13 multi-points games in his career.
Drew Evans' two-goal game is the first multi-goal game of his Terrapin career.
Will Dalton tied his career-high with 12 face-off victories.