Seven Terps Score In 8-4 Win At Towson
March 12, 2011
TOWSON, Md. - Seven different Terps scored to lead the No. 8 University of Maryland men's lacrosse team to a hard-fought, 8-4, victory at Towson Saturday afternoon at Unitas Stadium.
Maryland (4-1) claimed the advantage right off of the opening face-off. An illegal body check penalty on Peter Mezzanotte gave the Terps an extra-man opportunity and, while Maryland failed to convert on the EMO, the Terps made the Tigers pay, scoing a goal just seven seconds after the penalty expired. Senior Travis Reed fed senior Grant Catalino on the right wing and Catalino beat Tiger goalie Travis Love near side to give the Terps a 1-0 lead at the 13:40 mark.
After Towson (1-3) tied the game at 1-1 with just under seven minutes left in the first, Maryland regained the lead on a nice two-man play by sophomore John Haus and Reed. Haus dodged his defender down the right side of the restraining box. Reed slipped inside the play and Haus fed Reed just outside the crease where he finished the play with a one-timer.
Reed extended the lead to 3-1, finishing a transition opportunity with a great low-to-low shot from the right wing. Sophomore Landon Carr earned his first career assist by getting the ball to Reed with a great 30-yard skip pass.
The Tigers closed the gap to a goal right before the end of the first on a Carl Iacona goal with just two seconds left on the clock.
Maryland looked to be in a bit of trouble early in the second when junior Joe Cummings was sent off on a tripping penalty. But senior defender Ryder Bohlander picked up two tough groundballs to give the Terps possession and another transition opportunity. Senior long pole Brian Farrell converted that into another Maryland goal, off an assist from senior Scott LaRue, to make it a 4-2 Maryland lead with 8:59 left in the second.
Cummings extended the lead to 5-2 less than a minute later on the game's first unassisted goal, which proved to be the game-winner. He took the ball at the top of the restraining box and used a quick dodge and re-dodge to get by Towson defender Michael Landy. Cummings' shot got by Love, hit the inside of the right post and bounced over the goal line into the left side of the net for the score.
Haus and Reed reversed roles from the Terps' second goal of the game to make it a 6-2 Maryland lead. This time it was Reed finding Haus with a nice pass as Haus quickly cut to the front of the crease. Haus then finished with a one-timer.
Towson scored the only two goals of the third quarter to trim the Maryland lead to 6-4 going into the fourth quarter.
But, arguably, the biggest play of the day for the Terps came as the clock wound down in the third. Britton's shot for the Tigers went wide, but Matt Hughes was there to pick up the groundball. Maryland goalie Niko Amato moved on Britton's shot and was out of position when Hughes got the ball quickly out of his stick. That's when Farrell made an outstanding play by leaving his man and jumping in front of the Terrapin goal, blocking Hughes' shot. Instead of Towson closing to within a goal going into the final period, the Terps maintained their two-goal lead.
Neither team could get any offense going in the fourth until the Terps' transition game kicked in with less than four minutes left. A Tiger man-up opportunity was thwarted by a groundball by Amato. He then made a long outlet pass to LaRue at the midfield stripe. LaRue looked up an found senior Ryan Young on the left side of the crease and Young ripped a low shot to push the Terrapin lead to 7-4.
Sophomore Curtis Holmes, who won 9 of 16 face-offs on the day, won the ensuing draw, which virtually forced the Tigers to come out of their zone defense, double-team the ball and try to force a turnover. But it didn't quite work out that way. Junior Drew Snider scored an empty-net goal with 1:33 left to seal the victory for the Terps.
Towson out-shot the Terps 38-21 for the game, but the Tigers only put 13 of those shots on cage thanks to a relentless defensive effort, which was backed-up by eight saves from Amato.
Maryland won the groundball battle, 31-21, with Holmes leading the way with five. Bohlander and senior Brett Schmidt had four groundballs apiece.
The Terps return to action on Friday with a primetime game vs. another in-state rival, UMBC, at 8 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. That game is set to be broadcast locally on WMAR in Baltimore and world-wide on ESPN3.com.