#4 Terps Edged By #2 North Carolina, 9-7
March 27, 2010
CHAPEL HILL, Md. - The No. 2 North Carolina Tar Heels edged No. 4 Maryland, 9-7, in a battle of undefeated men's lacrosse heavyweights Saturday afternoon in front of 4,542 fans at Fetzer Field.
The loss was Maryland's first of the season and gives the Terps a 6-1 overall record and a 1-1 mark in ACC play. North Carolina ups its overall record to 9-0 and 2-0 in the conference.
The Terps got off to a good start with the game's first goal at the 13:49 mark. Junior Brett Schmidt forced a Carolina turnover and redshirt junior Brian Farrell pushed the ball in transition. He flipped the ball to senior Dean Hart who was running free down the right alley. The Tar Heels never stopped Hart's progress and he stepped into a shot and buried it in the upper left corner for the 1-0 Maryland lead.
But the rest of the first quarter belonged to the Tar Heels. Thomas Wood scored twice, sandwiched around a Marcus Holman tally, to give Carolina a 3-1 lead going into the second quarter.
Jimmy Dunster gave Carolina a 4-1 lead with an unassisted goal at the 8:21 mark of the second, but Maryland answered back two minutes later with an unassisted goal of its own. Redshirt freshman Owen Blye inverted behind the goal and beat his defender around the left side to score his first career goal.
The extra-man unit pulled the Terps to within one at the 3:03 mark. Good ball movement around the back of the goal ended when junior Travis Reed found senior Adam Sear open straight in front of the goal and the Perth, Australia, native ripped a low-to-low shot from 13 yards out to make it a 4-3 game.
The game got back to all-square less than a minute later when junior All-American Ryan Young scored on another wrap-around from the left side. A terrific screen set by junior Grant Catalino helped Young's goal. The goals wouldn't have happened if not for All-American defender Max Schmidt diving to gain possession for the Terps following a Carolina shot.
Carolina retook the lead with a goal by Sean DeLaney at the 12:15 mark. The Tar Heels upped their advantage three minutes later with an extra-man goal by Gavin Petracca. Holman scored his second of the game with 1:36 left in the third to give UNC a 7-4 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Terps' extra-man unit rose to the occasion again. Catalino's pin-point pass to the crease found Sear open and he was able to quickly turn and shoot to make it a two-goal game at 12:32 of the fourth quarter.
But UNC answered right back off the ensuing face-off as Holman scored his third of the game to up the Carolina lead back to three at the 12:18 mark.
The Terps refused to go away and once again it was the extra-man unit leading the charge, but this time it was anything but a conventional EMO goal. A loose ball scramble ended with a tough groundball by Young, who weaved his way to the middle of the attack zone and ripped a 12-yard shot past UNC goalie Chris Madalon to make it a two-goal Tar Heel lead at the 7:16 mark.
Holman continued to keep the Tar Heels in control of the game, scoring his fourth goal of the day with 2:31 left, sealing the game for Carolina.
Catalino scored for the Terps as the clock was winding down to make the final score 9-7.
Defensively, Brett Schmidt, who finished with four groundballs and three caused turnovers, and Bryn Holmes, who had a team-high five groundballs, led Maryland. Senior goalie Brian Phipps made seven saves in holding Carolina to three goals under its season average.
Maryland returns to action on Saturday April 3 when it hosts a primetime ACC showdown with No. 1 Virginia (9-0, 0-0 ACC). The Terps and the Cavaliers will play in an 8 p.m. game at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.