April 14, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Early and often, that's how the University of Maryland men's lacrosse team scored in its historic 700th victory, a 15-6 rout of Binghamton Tuesday afternoon at Ludwig Field. The 2009 senior class, playing in its final regular season home game, led the charge for the Terps, scoring nine of the team's 15 goals.
The victory was the 700th for the Maryland program, making it just the fifth Division I program to reach that historic milestone, joining Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Navy and Army. The Terps now boast an all-time record of 700-236-4 in their 84-year history.
The senior salute got off to an early start with Jeff Reynolds burying a runner from the right alley at the 12:27 mark of the first quarter. Each of the next four Terrapin goals saw a senior either score or pick up the assist.
Senior Nick Ward fed junior long pole Dan Halayko on a fast break for a 2-0 Maryland lead. Senior Scott Tompkins scored off an assist from classmate Dan Groot for a 3-0 advantage. After the Bearcats got on the board with a goal from Andy Cook, Reynolds answered with a bounce shot from 10 yards away off an assist by senior Jeremy Sieverts. Sieverts then gave Maryland a 5-1 cushion with a runner down the left alley.
The senior parade was interrupted by sophomore Grant Catalino, who scored his first of back-to-back goals at the 3:36 mark of the first off an assist by junior Adam Sear. Catalino then opened the second quarter with a rip from the left wing after getting a feed from junior Bryn Holmes, who won 9-of-15 face-offs and had six groundballs on the day. Catalino was then on the giving end of things, setting up a Travis Reed goal, but the play really began with a Binghamton turnover caused by Max Schmidt back in the Maryland defensive zone.
Tompkins and Groot hooked-up again for the next Maryland score, but this time it was Groot finishing off from the left alley after receiving a skip pass from behind the goal from Tompkins. This was another goal that started elsewhere, with Sieverts battling for a tough groundball and keeping possession for the Terps.
An 8-0 Maryland scoring spurt, which gave the Terps an 11-1 lead, was capped off by a pair of identical goals by freshman Joe Cummings. Maryland took advantage when the Bearcats slipped into a zone defense with sophomore Ryan Young finding Cummings twice on the crease, where he one-timed the ball into the Binghamton goal.
The Bearcats ended the quarter with a goal by Chris Mulheron, making the halftime deficit nine at 11-2.
The third quarter started with Groot scoring his second of the day, converting on the Terps' lone man-up opportunity of the day on a quick low-to-low shot from the right wing.
With the decision long since decided, both teams got their reserves some much deserved playing time. After Binghamton scored its third of the game to make the score 12-3, senior Danny Gallagher got into the scoring act for the Terrapins, finishing off an assist from Young at the 3:44 mark of the third. Binghamton finished the third quarter with a goal by Frank Dolon to send the game to the fourth quarter with the Terrapins leading 13-4.
Sieverts kicked off the fourth quarter with his second goal of the game at the 13:55 mark off an assist by Tompkins. Binghamton answered with back-to-back goals by Mike Sciarrino and Steve Carlson, but it was the Terps that finished off the scoring with Tompkins feeding Gallagher with 5:54 remaining.
The defense was stout all afternoon and was led by sophomore Max Schmidt, who picked up a career-best six groundballs to go along with a pair of caused turnovers. Senior Jason Carter played well in his 45 minutes of action, making five stops. Seniors Anthony Costanzo, Mike Griswold and Kevin Slafkosky started the game and all played well. Griswold was making his 11th start of the season and had two groundballs. Slafkosky and Costanzo each made their first career starts and combined for two groundballs and a caused turnover. In total the Terps dominated the groundball battle, 53-20 and forced 12 of Binghamton's 24 turnovers.
Maryland heads to the City of Brotherly Love on Saturday, April 18, to play Penn at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. The Terps and the Quakers are scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. face-off.
With today's 15-6 win Maryland is now 1-0 all-time vs. Binghamton.
The win also gives the Terps a 70-4 record all-time against first-time opponents.
Sophomore Grant Catalino's two goals and an assist give him 22 multi-point and 19 multi-goal games in his career.
Sophomore Ryan Young, with three assists, now has 19 multi-point and seven multi-assist games in his career.
Senior Dan Groot, with two goals and an assist, now has 24 multi-point and 12 multi-goal games in his career.
Senior Jeremy Sieverts had two goals and an assist and now has 24 multi-point and 11 multi-goal games in his career.