Blye, Farrell Lead Terps Over Hawks
March 20, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior Brian Farrell and sophomore Owen Blye each set career highs for points to lead the No. 7 University of Maryland men's lacrosse team to an 11-4 victory over St. Joseph's Sunday afternoon at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
The Terps (6-1) were never challenged in the game after scoring the first seven goals. St. Joseph's (0-6) did its best to limit Maryland's scoring opportunities by holding the ball for extended periods of the game, but the Terps kept their composure on defense and capitalized on offensive possessions.
Blye, who was starting his second game this season at attack, led the offense with his first career hat trick. He also added two assists to set a career high in points with five.
The Downingtown, Pa., native got things rolling for the Terps by scoring an unassisted goal with 7:04 left in the quarter. Blye took his defender behind the cage and simply ran past him to get a clean shot off from the left side of the net.
From there it took only eight seconds for the Terps to put their second goal of the day on the board. Sophomore Curtis Holmes won the ensuing face-off and quickly moved the ball to Blye on the right wing. Blye then found Farrell at the top of the restraining box and Farrell ripped a shot from 15 yards into the upper right corner of the net.
Maryland closed out the scoring in the first quarter on junior Joe Cummings' first goal of the day. Senior Ryan Young dodged from behind the cage to the right side of the net, drawing a slide from a Hawk defender. Cummings recognized the slide and cut to the crease where Young found him with a pin-point pass. Cummings then had enough time right in front of the goal to ball-fake St. Joe's goalie Chris Moffa twice before shooting into a wide-open net.
The scoring run continued into the second quarter when a pair of sophomores hooked-up for the fourth Maryland goal. John Haus sent a pass to Kevin Cooper in the left alley and Cooper hit the shot from 10 yards out to record his first collegiate goal with 12:06 left in the second.
Next it was Young finding Blye on the crease with another crisp pass for an easy score to make it a 5-0 lead at the 6:00 mark.
Maryland struck again 17 seconds later on the ensuing face-off to make it a 6-0 Terrapin advantage. Holmes won the face-off with Farrell picking up the groundball. Farrell advanced the ball into the box with Holmes trailing the play. No one from St. Joeseph's covered Holmes when he joined the play. Farrell made the Hawks pay for that mistake by finding Holmes wide open in the left alley. Holmes had time and room to step into the shot and easily beat Moffa.
Farrell then upped the Maryland lead to 7-0 less than a minute later on another transition goal. Senior Brett Schmidt picked up a groundball and quickly advanced it into the Maryland offensive zone. He passed the ball to Farrell at the top of the box where Farrell worked his way free from two Hawk defenders before scoring on an amazing bounce shot from 12 yards out.
St. Joseph's finally got on the board with 2:39 left in the half on a goal by Steven Dunn.
The two teams traded goals in the third quarter to give Maryland a 9-3 lead heading into the fourth.
Junior Jake Bernhardt scored an unassisted goal on a bouncer inside the far post from the right alley at the 11:02 mark.
St. Joe's answered with a goal by Scott Cullinan less than a minute later, but once again it was Blye converting on a feed from Young to extend the lead back to seven with 6:14 to go in the third.
The Hawks got back-to-back goals from Kyle Williams and Johnny Simanski to close scoring for the third and open it for the fourth, respectively, but Maryland answered those with two of its own to finish things out.
Cummings picked up his first assist of the season by finding Young on the crease to make it a 10-4 leadd with 9:02 to play. Cummings was backing out of a dodge down the right alley when he saw Young make his cut to the crease and he made a terrific pass fading away to give Young the easy scoring chance.
Blye then finished his career day by assisting on Cummings' second score of the day with 2:49 left on the clock.
The Terps' defense was solid all afternoon and limited the Hawks to just eight shots on goal. Maryland also dominated when the ball was on the ground, winning the groundball battle 35-14. Schmidt led the Terps with four groundballs and a pair of caused turnovers. Senior Shane Hall and sophomore Jesse Bernhardt also had four groundballs apiece.
In addition to scoring two goals and adding an assist, Farrell also turned in a good defensive effort with two groundballs and two caused turnovers.
Maryland returns to action on Saturday, March 26, when it hosts No. 6 North Carolina in a key ACC showdown. The Terps and the Tar Heels are scheduled for a noon start at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.