No. 7 Maryland Men's Lacrosse Advances To Quarterfinals With 10-7 Win Over Denver In NCAA Tournament

May 10, 2008

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The seventh-seeded University of Maryland men's lacrosse team used a 7-0 run to put away the Denver Pioneers by a 10-7 margin in the first round of the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament Saturday afternoon at Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium.

The Terps (10-5) advance to the quarterfinals where they will play the winner of the No. 2 Virginia-UMBC game on Saturday, May 17 in Annapolis, Md., at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Cavaliers and Retrievers play in Charlottesville, Va., tomorrow at 5 p.m.

Freshman attackman Grant Catalino had four points on two goals and a pair of assists to lead five Terps with at least two points. The defense, which held the Pioneers without a goal for 30:06, was led by senior All-American Joe Cinosky, who had four groundballs and four caused turnovers.

The Pioneers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals by John Dickenson and Joey Murray, but Maryland got on the board at the 8:31 mark of the first quarter on Catalino's first score of the day on an assist by sophomore Bryn Holmes. Denver's Brett Koll built the lead back to two goals with his only goal of the game with 6:12 to play in the quarter.

Senior midfielder Max Ritz scored the first of his two goals to trim the deficit to one at the 3:54 mark. Freshman Ryan Young picked up the assist with a great pass from behind the net to Ritz, who was cutting across the field to the right wing.

The second quarter started just like the first with the Pioneers scoring the first two goals of the quarter to take a 5-2 lead, but that's as close as they would get the rest of the afternoon as the Terps would go on a 7-0 run to take control of the game.

Helping the Terps' cause was Denver's penchant for fouling. Down by three with seven minutes remaining in the half the Maryland extra-man unit converted on 3-of-5 opportunities to tie the game at 5-5 going into halftime.

Junior midfielder Jeremy Sieverts scored the first man-up goal for Maryland with a quick bounce shot from the left alley that was set-up by a good look from Catalino. Sieverts figured in on the next EMO goal, this time picking up the assist with a pass to Ritz, who scored with a terrific shot to the short-side on Denver goalie Austin Konkel, who kept the Pioneers in the game in the first half with 11 saves. He finished with 13 for the game.

The man-up group kept on clicking and tied the game at 5-5 with 48 seconds remaining in the half. Catalino earned his third point of the half with a quick look inside to freshman Brett Weiss, who quickly turned and got off a good low shot before the Denver defense could converge.

The third quarter was played closer to the vest and saw only two goals scored, both by the Terps - sort of. Junior All-American Dan Groot scored the period's first goal at the 6:12 mark. Groot fired a shot on the run from the right wing that appeared to be headed wide, but it hit Denver defender Dillon Roy and deflected into an open Pioneer net. That goal gave the Terps their first lead of the game.

Maryland's second goal of the third came off of one of Denver's 29 turnovers on the day. After a failed clear by the Pioneers, Terrapin sophomore long-pole Brian Farrell picked up the ball and rushed into the Denver zone. As the defense collapsed he flicked a pass to Young, who was laced a shot past Konkel for a 7-5 Maryland lead.

The Terps' scoring run continued in the fourth quarter only this time it wasn't the man-up unit doing the damage it was the man-down group that put up a goal. After Jeff Reynolds was called for a delay of game penalty, Farrell picked off a pass by Denver's Cliff Smith and connected on an outlet pass to Cinosky for the clear attempt. Cinosky advanced the ball into the Maryland attack zone, but none of the Pioneer defenders stepped out to stop him, so Cinosky gave the ball a quick cradle and laced a shot from 10 yards out for his first career goal.

The run finished with Catalino's second score of the day and the play was started with another Pioneer turnover caused by Cinosky. Groot picked up the assist on the goal by dodging down the left alley, drawing a pair of Denver defenders. That left Catalino wide open along the right goal-line extended and he beat Konkel one-on-one to give Maryland a 9-5 lead with 10:31 left in the game.

Denver, which had outscored its opponents by 21 goals in the fourth quarter during the season, refused to give in and got goals from Charley Dickenson and Illija Gajic to bring the Pioneers to within a pair of goals at 9-7.

But with just over four minutes remaining the Pioneers started pressing on the defensive end, including double-teaming the ball with their goalie. That left an open net for the Terps and senior Drew Evans was able to split the double and score an empty-netter with 1:01 left to close the scoring and send Maryland into the quarterfinals with the 10-7 win.

Sophomore goalie Brian Phipps played the final 30:00 for the Terps in goal and made six saves while allowing just two goals. Redshirt junior Jason Carter made three saves in the first half for Maryland. Overall 10 Terps combined to force 21 of Denver's 29 turnovers. Farrell caused a career-best four, while senior Ryne Adolph and Reynolds tied their career-highs with three apiece.

Game Notes:
• With today's 10-7 win Maryland is 4-0 all-time vs. Denver and 2-0 vs. the Pioneers in NCAA Tournament play.

• Maryland is now 40-28 all-time in NCAA tournament play and 10-3 in first round games.

• With four points Grant Catalino now has 12 multi-point, nine multi-goal and two multi-assist games for his career.

Max Ritz's two goals give him 35 multi-point and 17 multi-goal games in his career. It was also his fourth multi-goal game in NCAA Tournament play.

• With a goal and an assist Jeremy Sieverts now has 18 multi-point games in his career.

Dan Groot's two-point effort gives him 18 career multi-point games.

Ryan Young had a goal and an assist for his ninth career multi-point game.

• The Maryland defense held the Pioneers without a goal for 30:06, giving the "D" its sixth 20+ minute scoring drought of the season and fourth of more than 30 minutes in length.

• The Terrapin defense also held Denver scoreless in the third quarter, which is the 10th time this season Maryland has held an opponent scoreless in a quarter.