No. 11 Maryland Men's Lacrosse Falls To No. 8 UNC in ACC Semis

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April 24, 2009

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The University of Maryland never led in its 16-10 loss to No. 8 North Carolina in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament, Friday evening at UNC's Kenan Stadium.

Carolina got off to a fast start with early goals by Gavin Petracca and Ben Hunt.But the Terps cut the lead back to a goal at the 10:28 mark on a goal by senior Scott Tompkins. He took a pass from sophomore Warren Hansen and got a bounce shot past UNC goalie James Petracca from the right goal line-extended.

Billy Bitter built the Carolina lead back to two, but senior Jeremy Sieverts trimmed it back to a goal at 3-2 with 7:50 on the clock. Senior Dan Groot skipped a pass across the field to Sieverts on the left wing where he ripped a low shot in the the Tar Heel goal.

Maryland converted on the first extra-man opportunity of the game at the 7:01 mark. Sieverts picked up a tough groundball and quickly moved the ball to Groot on the right alley. Groot then found freshman Joe Cummings in front of the crease where he buried a shot from eight yards out.

The teams then traded goals with Hunt scoring his second with a two-man advantage for Carolina, followed by Cummings' second on an assist from sophomore Grant Catalino. Bitter then tallied his second to give the Tar Heels another one-goal lead at 5-4.

The game was tied at 5-5 when senior Jeff Reynolds dodged down the right alley and spun around a Carolina defender and beat Petracca with another low shot with 1:26 on the clock. But the tie wouldn't hold through the end of the quarter as UNC got a score from Bart Wagner with just five ticks left on the clock.

The Terps got off to a quick start in the second quarter, scoring a goal at the 13:46 mark to tie the game at 6-6. Sophomore Ryan Young dodged around the right side of the cage and found a wide open Travis Reed on the right side of the crease where he one-timed the ball for the easy score.

Carolina continued the back-and-forth scoring with a Jimmy Dunster tally at the 10:42 mark. The Tar Heels built their lead back to two on a goal by Gavin Petracca at the 6:14 mark. It became a 3-0 run for Carolina on Bitter's third goal of the game with 4:41 left in the second.

The bleeding was stopped less than a minute later when the Terps' third midfield pitched in with its second score of the game. Junior Adam Sear found Hansen 12 yards out directly in front of the goal where he laced a low shot to make the score 9-7.

The clock was winding down on the second and senior Jason Carter made a big stop on a Wagner shot right in front of the crease, but the rebound went right to Hunt, who put it back in the goal to give the Tar Heels a three-goal cushion at the half, 10-7.

Maryland again drew first blood in the third quarter on Reed's second goal of the game. It was Young again picking up the assist, dodging around the right side of the cage this time and finding Reed in front of the crease for another one-timer at the 12:27 mark. But Carolina wouldn't let the Terps get any momentum going, responding on the ensuing face-off with a goal by Sean Burke. Gavin Petracca gave the Tar Heels their first four-goal lead with his third score of the game at 10:17.

Young got the Terps back on the board with an unassisted goal at the 3:57 mark. The Tar Heel defense was caught in front of the UNC goal, causing James Petracca to leave the crease to guard Young, who took advantage of the mismatch and dodged around right side of cage and buried a shot into the upper left corner of the net.

Carolina built its lead back to four just 33 seconds into the fourth on Wagner's second goal of the game. The advantage grew to 14-9 for UNC when Matthias McCall picked-up his own rebound off a save by junior Brian Phipps, who entered the game at the start of the third quarter, and scored on a behind-the-back shot at the 12:21 mark.

Maryland tried to claw its way back into the game, cutting the lead back to four with 8:41 left. Freshman Jake Bernhardt had a clean look at the goal, but James Petracca made the save. The rebound, however bounced to Tompkins who quickly found Cummings in front of the crease, where he one-timed it for his first career hat trick.

But Carolina wouldn't be denied and extended its lead to six on goals by Sean Delaney and Wagner to make the score 16-10.

Phipps and Carter each made four saves for the Terps, while sophomore Brett Schmidt had three caused turnover and a groundball.

Maryland (8-6) finishes its regular season next Saturday, May 2 at Yale. The Terps and Bulldogs are scheduled for a 1 p.m. face-off.

Game Notes:
• With today's 16-10 loss Maryland is now 37-19 all-time vs. North Carolina.

• Sophomore Ryan Young, with a goal and two assists, now has 21 multi-point and nine multi-assist games in his career.

• Senior Dan Groot, with two assists, now has 24 multi-point and six multi-assist games in his career.

• Freshman Joe Cummings tallied his first-career hat trick.