Feb. 20, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Junior Grant Catalino had six points on two goals and four assists to lead the sixth-ranked University of Maryland men's lacrosse team to a 12-7 season-opening victory over Bellarmine Saturday afternoon at Owlsey B. Frazier Stadium.
The first quarter was slow for both teams with zeros on the scoreboard until 36 seconds left in the quarter when Derek Hopcroft gave the Knights a 1-0 lead. The goal woke up the Terps, who responded off the ensuing face-off. Jake Bernhardt won the face-off, thanks to a tough groundball by his brother Jesse Bernhardt. Jesse quickly fired a pass to Jake near the midfield line and Jake raced down the left alley and ripped a shot inside the near post to tie the game at 1-1 with 21 ticks on the clock remaining.
Maryland opened the second quarter with a pair of quick goals to take its first lead of the game. Drew Snider scored on another runner from the left alley, this one hitting the far upper corner at the 13:12 mark. The attack unit got into the mix just over a minute later. Travis Reed slipped a pass to Catalino on the left wing and Catalino scored his first of the year to give the Terps a 3-1 lead. The Knight's Sean Doyle cut that lead to one with a goal at the 10:59 mark.
The game settled down for a little while before Michael Shakespeare scored on a low runner down the right alley, building the Maryland lead back to two goals with 4:52 left in the quarter. The Maryland grew the lead to three with a goal by Warren Hansen off of a feed from Catalino with 3:20 left.
Bellarmine capitalized on its first face-off win to open the third quarter with a goal by Austin Bright to cut the lead back to two at the 14:07 mark.
The Terps man-down unit killed off a 30-second pushing penalty and Bryn Holmes drew a pushing penalty on the Knights to give the Terps an extra-man opportunity. Maryland didn't squander the chance with Catalino finding Joe Cummings on the crease for the easy score. Cummings was fouled on the goal, giving the Terps EMO unit another scoring chance. Catalino picked up his third assist of the day at the 9:00 mark, feeding Reed on the right wing where he beat Knight goalie Dillon Ward to give Maryland a 7-3 lead.
Bellarmine's extra-man unit got into the act at the 6:27 mark, cutting the lead back to three, on a goal by Chase Williams. Williams then scored his second of the day with 2:50 left in the third. But Maryland responded quickly as Adam Sear fired a pass to Jake Bernhardt as he raced down the center of the field and Bernhardt ripped another shot inside the left post for his second goal of the day and an 8-5 Terrapin lead.
Will Yeatman got the Terps on the board with 8:18 in the fourth with a quick shot from the right wing. Jake Bernhardt picked up the assist after freeing himself from his defender with a good dodge in the center of the box.
Maryland's transition game gave the Terps their next goal. Brian Farrell picked off a pass at the top of the Knight attack box and raced down the field. He skipped the ball to Catalino, who then fed Cummings for the quick score.
Catalino scored for the second time in the game, this time off an assist by Scott LaRue, to up Maryland's lead to 11-5 with 7:06 left in the fourth. The lead grew to 12-5 on Snider's second unassisted goal of the day at the 3:34 mark.
Bellarmine's man-up unit capitalized on another Terrapin penalty with a goal by Luke Acton at the 2:38 mark. The Knights closed out the scoring with a goal by Hopcroft with less than a minute remaining in the game.
Maryland returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 27 when it travels to Washington, D.C., to face local rival Georgetown at the Hoyas' Multi-Sport Field at 2 p.m.
With today's 12-7 win Maryland is now 2-0 all-time vs. Bellarmine.
Maryland has won 17 straight season openers and is 81-3-1 all-time to start the season.
The victory also gives the Terps a 22-0 record in season openers away from College Park.
With two goals and four assists, junior Grant Catalino now has 26 multi-point, 21 multi-goal and eight multi-assist games for his career.
With a goal and an assist, Travis Reed now has 19 multi-point games for his career.
Jake Bernhardt set his career high with three points and tied his career high with two goals.