No. 6 Maryland Men's Lacrosse Drops 9-8 Heartbreaker To No. 19 UMBC In Triple-Overtime
March 14, 2008
BALTIMORE - The sixth-ranked University of Maryland men's lacrosse team dropped a 9-8 decision in three overtimes at No. 19 UMBC Friday night at a rainy UMBC Stadium. Midfielder Maxx Davis scored the game-winning goal with 1.5 seconds left in the third overtime to give the Retrievers the victory.
The Retrievers took control of the first quarter right from the get-go. UMBC's Terry Kimener scored an unassisted goal less than two minutes into the game. Maryland freshman Tony Mendes knotted the score at 1-1 after finishing a score from the left side of the crease off of a great skip pass from junior midfielder Jeremy Sieverts. UMBC built the lead to 3-1 before the end of the period on goals by Matt Lathan and Alex Hopmann.
The Terps rallied in the second quarter, scoring the first three goals of the period to take a 4-3 lead. Freshman attackman Grant Catalino scored the first goal of the quarter for the Terrapins, ripping a shot into the upper left corner of the Retriever goal. Sophomore long pole Brian Farrell shoveled in the next goal, following his own shot that was saved by UMBC goalie Jeremy Blevins, but Farrell was able to poke the rebound past Blevins to tie the game.
Redshirt junior midfielder Jeff Reynolds gave Maryland its first lead at the 5:18 mark on a high-bouncing shot from about 10 yards out along the left alley. Hopmann sent the game to halftime as a 4-4 tie off an assist from Kimener with just more than two minutes remaining on the clock.
AQfter a scoreless third period for both teams, UMBC climbed back on top with back-to-back goals by Kyle Wimer and Hopmann. The Terps cut the lead to 6-5 on a goal by Ritz off an assist by senior midfielder Drew Evans. After Wilmer built the lead back to two on his second goal of the quarter, Maryland went on a 3-0 run to take an 8-7 lead with just under two minutes remaining.
Will Dalton won the ensuing face-off after Wilmer's goal and raced down the middle of the field and beat Blevins with an over-handed bounce shot. Evans pulled the game even at 7-7, alcing a shot from the left alley off an assist from freshman attackman Ryan Young. Ritz capped the scoring blitz with a man-up goal, off an assist from Catalino, at the 1:50 mark to give the Terrapins the lead, but only for mere moments.
Retriever attackman Ryan Smith, who was bottled up for most of the game by a tenacious Maryland defense, hit a jumping turn-around shot from eight yards out with just 5.8 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.
Dalton was stellar for the Terps on face-offs, winning 12-of-18 draws and picking up a career-best 11 groundballs.
Maryland (4-2) returns to action on Sunday, March 16 when it hosts Air Force in a 1 p.m. game at Ludwig Field.
Jeremy Sieverts extended his point-scoring streak to nine games with his first quarter assist.
Ryan Young extended his point-scoring streak to six games with a fourth quarter assist.
Sieverts and Young have had points in each of Maryland's five games this season.
With two goals and an assist Max Ritz now has 16 multi-goal and 29 multi-point games in his career.
Travis Reed had his five-game goal and point-scoring streaks snapped in the defeat.
Will Dalton's 11 groundballs marks the first time a Maryland player picked up more than 10 groundballs since May 14, 2004 when Drew Virk had 11 groundballs in the first round of the NCAA Tournament vs. Army.
The third quarter shutout marks the third time in 2008 that the Terrapins have held an opponent scoreless in a quarter.