May 22, 2010
PRINCETON, N.J. - The University of Maryland's men's lacrosse team's season came to an end with a hard-fought, physical 7-5 loss to Notre Dame in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament Saturday afternoon at Princeton Stadium in Princeton, N.J.
The Irish got off to a good start, drawing first blood at the 10:10 mark on an unassisted goal by Sean Rogers.
Maryland, the third seed in the tournament, responded less than two minutes later capitalizing on a transition opportunity. Senior Bryn Holmes pushed the ball up the field and got it quickly to senior Will Yeatman on the right goal line extended. Yeatman surveyed the defense and saw junior Scott LaRue cutting to the near pipe and hit him with a perfect pass that LaRue finished inside the left pipe of the Notre Dame goal.
Notre Dame won the ensuing face-off and David Earl scored to give the lead back to the Irish. Their lead grew to 4-1 for Notre Dame at the end of the first quarter on back-to-back goals by Max Pfeifer and Rogers.
The second half started with the Terps having chances with junior Grant Catalino hitting a pipe near the 12 minute mark and junior Travis Reed shooting a shot high on a extra-man chance in front of the Irish crease. The bad luck continued for Maryland when a turnover led to a transition chance that Notre Dame's Nicholas Beattie finished to give the Irish a 5-1 lead with 8:36 to go in the second.
Maryland snapped a scoreless stretch of 16:24 when sophomore Jake Bernhardt took the ball from outside the restraining line and dodged down the left alley. He beat his defender and then ripped a low shot into the far right corner to make it a 5-2 game with 7:01 left in the half.
The Terps' midfield continued to do the damage as the gap closed to two goals at the 4:07 mark. Freshman John Haus took his defender behind the cage on an invert and dodged to the left side where he hit a shot into the upper right corner, just over the shoulder of Irish goalie Scott Rodgers.
Senior goalie Brian Phipps kept the Terps in the game in the first half with seven saves, including a couple of stops on point-blank shots by the Irish.
The third quarter started with an early penalty on redshirt junior Brian Farrell and the Irish wasted no time in capitalizing as Grant Krebbs hit a shot from the left alley to give Notre Dame a 6-3 lead at the 12:36 mark.
The Irish upped its lead to four goals with 2:00 to go in the third on Rogers' third goal of the day.
But the Terps would not go down without a fight. Less than a minute after Rogers' goal Maryland responded to cut the Irish lead back to 7-4. Junior Ryan Young had the ball behind the cage and found Reed cutting across the crease. Reed then put the ball into the back of the net on a smooth catch-and-shoot at the 1:06 mark.
An illegal body check penalty on junior Ryder Bohlander at time was winding down in the third gave Notre Dame possession at the start of the fourth quarter, but the Terps' man-down unit killed the remaining time and the offense pulled Maryland back to within two goals on a goal by sophomore Joe Cummings off a nice inside feed from Reed.
But time was Maryland's opponent as much as the Irish was as the game wore on in the fourth quarter. The sagging, bend but don't break Notre Dame defense surrendered shots, but not goals. Notre Dame's offense was content to run time off the clock, but the Terps' defense swarmed and caused turnovers, giving the offense opportunities to try to chip away at the 7-5 lead. But the shots didn't fall for the Terps' and their season came to an end when the clock hit 0:00.
Phipps finished with 13 saves in the game, giving him 473 for his career, which places him fourth on the all-time saves list. Rodgers finished the game with eight saves for Notre Dame.
Junior Brett Schmidt finished an outstanding season with four groundballs and two caused turnovers, while junior Max Schmidt had three groundballs and three caused turnovers. Redshirt junior Dan Burns led the team with five groundballs.
The Terps finish the season with a 12-4 record.
With today's 7-5 loss Maryland is now 4-1 all-time vs. Notre Dame and 3-1 all-time vs. the Fighting Irish in the NCAA tournament.
Maryland is now 19-11 all-time in quarterfinal games and 13-7 all-time as the No. 3 seed in the tournament.
With one goal and an assist junior Travis Reed now has 30 multi-point for his career.