Let's start with a look back at the Bellarmine game:
• It's good to start off with a win but winning the opener is almost as sure as death and taxes for the Terps. The 12-7 victory marks the 17th straight season opening win for the Terps. This is Maryland's 85th season of men's lacrosse and the Terrapins have an 81-3-1 record in openers.
• The travel was not a huge factor for the Terps, but it is a long way to go with a quick turnaround. The team loaded the bus at 6 a.m. on Friday. The Terps then flew from BWI to Indianapolis and then got onto another bus for the two-hour drive to Louisville. It was straight to the field for a quick practice before heading out to dinner. Showers and some rest led to defensive and offensive meetings before the guys were allowed to rest up. An early wake-up call (early for college students at least) was followed by breakfast. After that there was only a short time before leading the bus and heading to Bellarmine for the game. After the game it was time to get on the bus to head to the locker room for a quick shower. Then it was time to make the two-hour trip back to Indianapolis for the flight back to BWI. It was a whirlwind trip for sure.
• Grant Catalino got his 2010 season off to a great start. The junior from Webster, N.Y., became the first Terp since 2004 to have at least six points in the opening game. The last Terrapin to get six or more in the first game was Xander Ritz, who had three goals and four assists in his Maryland debut against Delaware, which was where he played his freshman season. The six-point performance also moves Catalino to five points shy of the 100-point plateau for his career. Could he get there on Saturday? Only time will tell, but he had four goals in his first trip to Georgetown's Multi-Sport Field in 2008.
• Some people think of Catalino as only a shooter, but in his now two seasons and a game he has 39 assists for his career. It's time that people start to appreciate what a well-rounded player he really is.
• A lot of questions surrounded the Terps' midfields prior to the season, but after Saturday a lot of those questions were answered - at least for the short term. All three midfields scored with the first and second lines producing three goals apiece. Jake Bernhardt looked every bit of an upperclassman on Saturday, taking advantage of a short-stick every time the Knights put one on him, which was pretty often because Will Yeatman drew the long pole's attention when he ran out of the box to join the offense.
• The second midfield of Drew Snider, Michael Shakespeare and John Haus wasn't spectacular, but what they were was effective. Coming into the season the trio combined had seven games of collegiate experience with one goal and one assist. Last Saturday they combined for three goals on just six shots and two assists.
• Brian Phipps had a solid opener and showed no ill effects from his torn ACL from last May. The senior from Annapolis turned in a workman-like 10-save, seven-goals allowed performance to pick up his 20th career victory.
• Coach Cottle told anyone who would listen last week that Bellarmine's top six offensive guys were good, but not too many people listened carefully. They should have because those guys can play with just about anybody. Those six scored six of the Knights' goals and had all seven assists. Some thought this would be an "easy" game for the Terps and that Maryland would dominate the Knights, but offensively Bellarmine has some size, athleticism and skill. It was not an easy opener for the Terps' defensive unit.
• One thing that's hard to stress to people that weren't at the game was how hard Bellarmine played in that game. Those kids played their guts out and left everything they had on the field. Before the game, the new locker room and concourse area at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium was dedicated to Bellarmine's head coach Jack McGetrick. For those that don't know about Coach McGetrick and his battle with cancer, please take some time and read about it here. It really is worth your time and will give you an understanding of why the Knights played so hard on Saturday.
Ok, enough about Bellarmine. Let's take a quick look at Georgetown (and I mean quick because game notes will be posted on Thursday with all of the info you need):
• This is the first of a lot of rivalry games for the Terps. Sometimes it is hard to believe that these two teams have played only nine times.
• Maryland has a game under its belt with the win over Bellarmine, while this will be the opener for the Hoyas. But in actuality the two teams are probably on equal footing. The Terps have had two contests (a scrimmage at Syracuse and the Bellamine game) and so have the Hoyas (scrimmages with Virginia and Albany).
• Just like I say here when it's a Terrapin scrimmage - don't take Georgetown's scrimmages too seriously. Usually there's no preparation for the opponent and teams are trying to work their own issues out rather than trying to win the "game." Teams are also unlikely to use a key player who is even banged up a bit. The Hoyas played Albany without two of their best players, but my guess is that when they take the field on Saturday those two guys will be ready to go.