March 17, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Jeremy Sieverts scored his first hat trick as a Terrapin to lead the 10th-ranked University of Maryland men's lacrosse team to an 11-7 win over No. 19 UMBC Saturday afternoon at Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium.
Sieverts, a sophomore who transferred in from Butler when the Bulldogs dropped their men's lacrosse program in January, scored the game's first two goals to give the Terps a 2-0 lead. The first goal was unassisted as Sieverts beat Retriever goalie Jeremy Blevins on the short side with a spinning shot from the right side of the crease. His second score came at the 5:35 mark when he took a pass from freshman Adam Sear 12 yards out directly in front of the UMBC goal. Sieverts then drilled the shot into the top left corner of the net.
Midfielder Alex Hopmann got the Retrievers on the board with two minutes left in the first with a 13-yard blast off an assist from Terry Kimener. Kimener then tied the game early in the second quarter with his first of three goals on the day. Hopmann fired a shot wide of the Terps' goal, but Drew Westervelt was in the right place at the right time and picked up the groundball and quickly flipped a pass to a wide open Kimener, who was all alone on the right side of the crease for an easy score.
But that would be the last time the Retrievers were in the game as Maryland would rip off a 4-0 run over the next 10:57 to take control of the contest.
Sophomore Danny Gallagher got the run started with an unassisted goal, his sixth of the season, at the 11:55 mark of the second quarter. Sieverts tacked on his third of the game, off another assist from Sear, less than a minute later on a 10-yard shot.
Maryland's defense turned into offense to build the lead to three, 5-2, at the 9:19 mark. Junior Zach Hinton, who played both short-stick and long pole defensive midfield positions in the game, caused a Retriever turnover to begin the play. Freshman goalie Brian Phipps picked up the groundball and flipped a perfect outlet pass to All-America defender Ray Megill, who raced down the center of the field and bounced a shot past Blevins for his first career score. But the play almost didn't get to that point. As Megill approached midfield, senior All-America candidate Ryan Clarke realized Megill would have been offsides and hustled back beyond the midfielder stripe, keeping Megill onside and letting the play continue for the goal.
The run concluded with Maryland's first extra-man opportunity of the day. UMBC's Dan Caramack was called for pushing at 6:24 and it only took the Terps 12 seconds to capitalize. Junior All-America candidate Max Ritz scored his first of two goals on the afternoon off an assist from sophomore midfielder Dan Groot to push the Maryland lead to 6-2.
UMBC cut the lead to three on Hopmann's second goal of the game, but Maryland responded with senior midfielder Chris Feifs taking a pass from Ritz and cashing in on another extra-man opportunity for a 7-3 Terp lead at the half.
After the break, Maryland went on another 4-0 run in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
Feifs tied his career high with his second goal of the game off at the 11:09 mark. He drilled an open shot from the left alley off a perfect skip pass from the right side of the field from Groot.
UMBC looked to have a sure-fire goal at the 7:25 mark of the third quarter when a Maryland turnover gave Kimener a one-on-one with Brian Phipps. Kimener put a double-move on Phipps, faking a quick, low shot before shooting high. But Phipps stayed with the play the whole way and made a spectacular save, preserving the 8-3 lead.
Maryland picked up its first penalty of the game during the ensuing fight for the groundball, giving the Retrievers a man-up advantage. But the advantage proved to be the Terps' when Phipps made another tough save and starting the Maryland transition attack with another perfect outlet to Megill.
Megill pushed the ball into the UMBC zone and this time the Retrievers collapsed to the ball to cut off his path to the goal. But he was able to slip a pass past the oncoming defenders to a wide open Ritz in front of the UMBC goal, where he beat Blevins for a man-down goal and a 9-3 lead.
Michael Phipps finished the scoring for the Terps with a pair of goals as the quarter wound down. He scored an unassisted goal of the season at the 2:26 mark when he beat his defender around the back side of the Retriever goal and beat Blevins low on the short-side.
Phipps scored again to the lower left off the first-career assist of freshman Casey Creaney with just two seconds remaining in the quarter to give Maryland a commanding 11-3 lead.
The Retrievers refused to pack it in and scored four unanswered goals in the final quarter to make the final score 11-7.
Maryland's defense was solid once again, led by its close defense of All-American Steve Whittenberg, Megill and All-America candidate Joe Cinosky. That trio held UMBC's trio of attackmen, Westervelt, Andy Gallagher and Cayle Ratcliffe, to just two goals in the game. They had been averaging more than six goals per game in the Retrievers' first five games this season.
The Terps' freshmen defenders also had an impressive afternoon. Brian Phipps finished the game with 13 saves, his fourth-straight game with at least 13 stops, and four groundballs. Bryn Holmes played his usual physical game and ended up with three cause turnovers and a pair of groundballs. Brian Farrell did not get into the scoring column, but did draw plenty of attention when he drifted into the offensive zone, but did pick up three groundballs.
Maryland returns to action on Tuesday, March 20, when it plays host to Mount St. Mary's. That game is slated for a 3 p.m. start at Ludwig Field.
With today's 11-7 win Maryland is 24-4 all-time vs. UMBC and 11-3 all-time in College Park.
With two goals and an assist Max Ritz now has 13 multi-goal and 19 multi-point games in his career.
The three-point game is also Ritz's eighth-straight game with multiple points and his seventh-straight with at least three points.
Michael Phipps pushed his point-scoring streak to eight games with his two-goal effort.
Phipps' two goals gives him eight multi-goal and 17 multi-point games in his career.
Jeremy Sieverts' hat trick was his first as a Terrapin and third overall for his career.
Adam Sear extended his point-scoring streak to four games with a pair of assists.
Maryland's "D" also shutout the Retrievers in the third quarter, giving the Terps their seventh shutout quarter of the season.