March 19, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior Grant Catalino tied career highs with six goals and seven points to lead the No. 7 University of Maryland men's lacrosse team to a decisive 15-6 victory over in-state rival UMBC Friday night in front of 2,836 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
Catalino's big night was punctuated with his third goal of the game, which was his 100th as a Terp. He joins a distinguished group of only 11 other Terps that have reached the 100-goal milestone in the 86-year history of Maryland men's lacrosse.
The victory lifts the Terps' record to 5-1 on the season, while the Retrievers fall to 1-4.
Maryland erupted for four goals in the first quarter and never let UMBC into the game. Fittingly, it was Catalino getting things rolling for the Terps early in the game. Senior defender Ryder Bohlander caused a turnover that sparked Maryland's vaunted transition game. Senior long pole Brian Farrell pushed the ball up the field and quickly found Catalino on the right wing and Catalino ripped a shot past Retriever goalie Adam Cohen for the 1-0 lead less than three minutes into the game.
Maryland's man-up unit, which had struggled a bit in the early part of the season, got on track vs. the Retrievers. A cross-check penalty on UMBC's David Stock game the Terps a man advantage near the end of the first and Maryland made the Retrievers pay when Catalino dumped the ball into Cummings on the crease and Cummings used a quick turn-and-shoot to pick up his second goal of the night.
UMBC broke the Terps scoring run with Scott Jones' first of three goals in the game, but after that it was all Maryland.
UMBC turned the ball over on an offside infraction and the Terps quickly turned that into a goal. Cooper pushed the ball into the UMBC zone and found sophomore John Haus in the left alley and Haus bounced a shot past Cohen for a 5-1 Maryland lead with 11:03 to go in the second.
Defense turned into offense on the next Terps' goal. Bohlander laid a punishing hit on Ethan Murphy, jarring the ball loose. Jesse Bernhardt took advantage of the situation by pushing transition. No one from UMBC cut off the sophomore long pole, so Bernhardt took the shot and scored his first goal of the season at the 10:43 mark.
Sophomore Curtis Holmes won the ensuing face-off, one of his nine face-off wins for the game, and Maryland turned that possession directly into points when Cummings scored his third of the game off an assist from Young.
Maryland's lead was extended to 9-1 on two more Catalino goals late in the second quarter. Catalino's second of the day came unassisted on a nice dodge and finish from the left wing. His third, and 100th of his career, came off an assist from junior Drew Snider. Catalino took Snider's pass near the top of the restraining box and, after taking two steps in, laced a low shot from 10 yards out.
Jones' scored his second of the game with just 33 seconds left in the half and it looked like the game would go to halftime with the Terps holding a 9-2 lead, but Catalino had other ideas. With time winding down, the Webster, N.Y., native battled three UMBC defenders for a loose ball near the Retriever crease. Catalino came away with the tough groundball and finished the play with a quick shot that beat Cohen to make it 10-2 Terps at the break.
An unnecessary roughness penalty on UMBC's Aaron Verardi on Catalino's goal at the end of the second gave Maryland the ball with an extra-man opportunity to start the third. It didn't take long for the Terps to capitalize with Catalino ripping another shot from 10 yards out to make it a nine-goal lead.
Maryland's defense and transition game came into play on the next Terrapin goal. Senior Shane Hall forced a UMBC turnover and Haus picked up the groundball to start the break. Farrell had the ball on the right side of the Retriever net and saw Cummings wide open across the crease. But before he could get the pass off, the ball was checked out of his stick. The ball took a Maryland bounce and rolled across the crease anyway. Cohen came off of his line after the loose ball, but the ball got past him and bounced right to Cummings, who scored the easy open-net goal. That goal was Cummings' fourth of the night, which set a new career high for the native of Baltimore.
Catalino finished up his scoring with 7:10 left in the third. He made a nice move down the left alley, dodging his defender, before finishing the play with his sixth goal of the evening.
With a 12-goal lead and another game in two days, the Terps rested their regulars in the fourth quarter. The Maryland reserves played hard, but UMBC scored four unanswered goals to make it a 14-6 game with just over two minutes to play.
The game looked to be headed for a 14-6 final, but a slashing penalty on UMBC's Shane Ryznar gave the Terps another extra-man opportunity with 1:10 left on the clock. Maryland tried to just let the clock tick away, but sophomore Michael Poiter had an open look from eught yards out on the right side and his shot slipped past Cohen to make it a 15-6 game with 12 seconds left.
Defensively, Maryland dominated the game, holding the Retrievers to just 12 shots in the first three quarters and winning the groundball battle 40-22. Redshirt freshman goalie Niko Amato had another terrific outing for the Terps, stopping 12 shots, including a spectacular diving save in the first quarter. Amato also had a team-high five groundballs.
Senior Brett Schmidt was solid for the Terps. The 2010 All-American finished the game with three groundballs and three caused turnovers while holding UMBC's leading scorer to just one assist while Schmidt was in the game.
Farrell was also a key contributor on the defensive end of the field, finishing with three groundballs and two caused turnovers.
Maryland has a quick turnaround as it hosts St. Joseph's on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The game between the Terps and the Hawks will be streamed live on TerpsTV Premium.
With today's 15-6 win Maryland is now 26-7 all-time vs. UMBC.
With seven points on six goals and one assist, senior Grant Catalino now has 12 hat tricks, 41 multi-point and 32 multi-goal games for his career.
With his third goal of the night, Catalino became just the 12th player in the 86-year history of Maryland men's lacrosse to reach the 100-goal plateau.
Catalino's six goals give him 103 for his career, which moved him past Ed Mullen (102, 1972-75) and into a tie with Bill Pettit (1962-64) for 10th place on the school's all-time goals list.
Catalino's seven points gives him 165 for his career. He needs seven more to tie Mike Mollott (172, 2000-03) for 15th place on the Terps' all-time points list.
With two points on two assists, senior Ryan Young now has 41 multi-point and 23 multi-assist games for his career.
Young's two points give him 131 for his career, moving him past Pat O'Meally (129, 1971-74) for sole-possession of 24th place on the Terps' all-time points list.
With four points on four goals, junior Joe Cummings now has four hat tricks, 16 multi-point and 10 multi-goal games for his career.
The Terps held UMBC scoreless in the first and third quarters, marking the fifth and sixth times, respectively, this season that Maryland has held an opponent without a goal for an entire quarter.