No. 10 Men's Lacrosse Wins Close One Over No. 11 North Carolina, 8-7

March 21, 2009

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Lady Luck was riding with the No. 10 Maryland men's lacrosse team in its 8-7 win over No. 11 North Carolina Saturday afternoon in front of a sold-out Ludwig Field.

Senior Dan Groot scored the game-winning goal with 7:47 left in the fourth quarter, but it was far from an ordinary goal. Groot laced a shot from the left wing, but it was deflected by UNC's Ryan Flanagan. The ball had some spin on it, hit the ground and bounced into the goal as Carolina goalie Grant Zimmerman watched helplessly.

The victory propelled the Terps to 6-2 on the season, but more importantly kept them undefeated in the ACC at 2-0. For the Tar Heels, the defeat was their 19th straight loss to an ACC opponent and dropped their season record to 7-3 (0-2 in the ACC this season).

The game started well for Maryland, especially on the defensive end as the Terps kept Carolina off of the scoreboard for the first 22:41. That allowed the offense to get out to a 2-0 lead. Sophomore Grant Catalino got things rolling for the Terrapins with a laser from the left wing that beat Zimmerman to the top short-side. Freshman Jake Bernhardt put in the next score for the Terps, getting a bouncer past Zimmerman after a great dodge down the right alley.

Carolina finally got on the board at the 7:19 mark of the second quarter on Ben Hunt's lone goal of the day. Groot put the Terps back up by two less than a minute later with a running left-handed shot from the middle of the field.

But the lead would dissolve before halftime with Carolina scoring the last two goals of the second quarter to send the game to the break tied at 3-3. Billy Bitter scored his only goal of the game at the 4:35 mark and Sean Delaney scored his first of three on the day, all of which came on assists by Hunt, with six seconds left on the clock.

Maryland came out of halftime and took a 4-3 lead on another Groot runner, this one hitting top shelf from the left alley. The see-saw game continued with Bart Wagner scoring his first of two at 10:10 in the third off of a feed from Sean Burke. Catalino then put the Terps up one four minutes later, converting on the Terps' only man-up chance of the game.

That's when the game shifted from a back-and-fourth contest to one of three-goal runs with the Tar Heels striking first. Dulaney and Hunt hooked-up again at the 4:08 mark of the third to tie the score at 5-5. Wasgner's unassisted goal at 3:59 closed the scoring for the third quarter and gave Carolina its first lead of the game at 6-5. The Dulaney-Hunt connection worked again a minute into the fourth for a two-goal Tar Heel lead. But that was all the offense Carolina could muster and in the end it just wasn't enough.

Senior Jeff Reynolds, who dominated last season's win at UNC with a hat trick, scored his only goal of the game on a running jump shot to swing the momentum back in the Terps favor at the 11:34 mark. Less than three minutes later, junior Will Yeatman rolled off his defender and burring a left-handed shot from the right wing to being Maryland back to even at 7-7, setting up Groot's game-winner.

But there was still more than seven minutes left to play, but the Terrapin defense rose to the occasion. Senior Jason Carter made three of his game-high 10 saves in the final 7:47. But he was only one of the stars of the Terrapin defense. Senior Anthony Costanzo, filling in for sophomore Ryder Bohalnder (who himself was filling in for an injured Brett Schmidt), who got injured in the first quarter, played the game of his life, causing three Tar Heel turnovers and holding Gavin Petracca, UNC's third leading scorer, without a point. Sophomore Max Schmidt was rock-solid as well, picking up three groundballs and causing two turnovers.

The unsung heroes of the defense were Dan Burns and Dean Hart. Buns played nearly every Tar Heel possession and Hart saw nearly as much time, switching between long pole and short-stick. Burns finished the game with a groundball and a caused turnover, while Hart had two groundballs. Junior long pole Dan Halayko also had a terrific game with two caused turnovers and a groundball.

Maryland finishes up its ACC slate next Saturday when it travels to Charlottesville, Va., for a showdown with No. 1 Virginia. The Terps and the Cavaliers are slated for a noon face-off in a game that will be televised nationally into more than 90 million homes on ESPN2.

Game Notes:
• With today's 8-7 win Maryland is now 37-18 all-time vs. North Carolina.

Grant Catalino extended his point-scoring streak to 21 games with two goals. Catalino also pushed his multi-point scoring streak to 14 games.

• Catalino now has 17 multi-goal and 21 multi-point games in his career.

• With his hat trick and one assist Dan Groot now has six hat tricks, 10 multi-goal and 23 multi-point games in his career.

Ryan Young had his point-scoring streak snapped at six games.

• The Terps shutout the Tar Heels in the first quarter, marking the fifth time this season that Maryland has held an opponent scoreless in a quarter.

• Maryland held Carolina scoreless for the first 22:41 of the game, marking the third time this season that the Terps have held an opponent scoreless for 20 minutes or more.