May 16, 2009
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - The Maryland men's lacrosse team fought valiantly, but in the end it is the No. 2 seed Syracuse Orange advancing in the NCAA tournament after defeating the Terps 11-6 in the quarterfinals at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium Saturday afternoon.
A surprise awaited the Terps right off the bat as Syracuse's starting goalie John Galloway was forced to the sidelines due to the flu. In stepped junior Al Cavalieri and he helped the Orange build a 3-0 lead in the first quarter on goals by Kenny Nims, Josh Amidon and Dan Hardy.
The biggest development of the quarter however centered on Maryland starting goalie Brian Phipps. After making a big save with just over a minute left in the first and SU leading 2-0, Phipps jumped up but appeared to injure his knee, forcing the change to senior Jason Carter.
The Orange took a 4-0 lead on an unassisted goal by Cody Jamieson, but the Terps finally broke through with a goal by senior Jeremy Sieverts off an assist by sophomore Ryan Young. Young dodged around the left side and found Sieverts standing 10 yards in front of the Syracuse goal and he ripped a low shot past Cavalieri at the 10:15 mark.
That seemed to jump start the Maryland offense as it scored again less than two minutes later. It was Young again who was the catalyst, but this time he went from behind the right side of the SU goal. He then threaded a cross-crease pass to sophomore Grant Catalino, who stick-facked his defender and buried a shot to the upper left corner to trim the lead to 4-2.
A bit of luck and a bit of skill figured into the Orange's fifth goal. With the ball on the ground and a scrum of players fighting for it, Abbott was able to flick it toward the Maryland crease where Nims was camped out and he scored a one-on-one goal with 4:59 left in the second.
The Terps took advantage of their second man-up opportunity to trim the lead back to a pair. Catalion slipped the ball to freshman Joe Cummings on the left side of the crease, where he was so wide open that he appeared surprised, but quickly recovered and beat Cavalieri to the upper right corner with 1:27 left.
The third quarter started as a defensive struggle for both teams, but it was the Orange that finally broke through with a goal by Stephen Keogh at the 5:22 mark. It didn't take the Terps long to answer back as Young again dodged around the left side of the cage and found Catalino for a low-to-low rip from the left wing with 4:10 left.
But that was as close as the Terps would get in the game, because from there the Orange went on a five-goal scoring run to put the game out of reach.
The Terps got late unassisted goals by senior Scott Tompkins and Sieverts to cut the final deficit to five goals.
Carter finished the game with eight saves and had three groundballs. The Terrapins were led defensively be their trio of close defenders, Brett Schmidt, Max Schmidt and Mike Griswold, who combined for seven groundballs and three caused turnovers. Holmes finished with a team-high four groundballs, while sophomore Chris Ready had three.
The loss ends the season for the Terps. Maryland finishes with a 10-7 record, while the Orange advance to the Final Four with a 14-2 record. The game also finished the careers of 14 Maryland seniors: Carter, Anthony Costanzo, Danny Gallagher, Griswold, Dan Groot, David O'Quinn, Spencer McAllister, Rob Morrison, Jeff Reynolds, Chris Rhine, Sieverts, Kevin Slafkosky, Scott Tompkins and Nick Ward.
With today's 11-6 loss Maryland is now 8-6 all-time vs. Syracuse and 2-4 all-time vs. the Orange in NCAA tournament play.
Sophomore Grant Catalino scored two goals and added an assist, giving him 25 multi-point and 20 multi-goal games for his career.
Sophomore Ryan Young, with three assists, now has 24 multi-point and 11 multi-assist games in his career.
Senior Jeremy Sieverts, with two goals, now has 26 multi-point and 13 multi-goal games in his career.