No. 4 Terps Men's Lacrosse Topples No. 1 Virignia, 13-7
March 29, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Redshirt junior goalie Jason Carter had a career-day, making a career-best 15 saves, to help lead the fourth-ranked University of Maryland men's lacrosse team to a 13-7 win over No. 1 Virginia in front of more than 4,000 fans at Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium and a national television audience tuning in on ESPN2.
The Terps' victory over the top-ranked Cavaliers is the programs' first win over a No. 1 team at home since 1996 when Maryland topped Virginia 13-11. The last time Maryland dropped a No. 1 team overall was on March 4, 2006 when the Terps took down No. 1 Duke, 8-7 in overtime, at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.
Carter and the entire Terrapin defense were spectacular in the cage for the Terps, especially in the first half. The Crownsville, Md., native made seven of his 15 saves in the first 30:00 to help Maryland hold the Cavaliers to just three goals, allowing the Terrapin offense to build a 9-3 lead at the half. Coming into the game, Virginia had been averaging more than eight goals per game in the first half and had not trailed at halftime in any game this year.
While the defense took care of business on its end of the field, the Maryland offense was clicking on all cylinders at the other side of the field. The freshman attack trio of Travis Reed, Grant Catalino and Ryan Young combined for six goals and three assists. Young got the ball rolling for Maryland with the game's opening goal at the 13:01 mark.
Redshirt junior Jeff Reynolds continued his hot shooting streak, scoring the next two goals to give the Terps a 3-0 lead with less than five minutes elapsed. Reynolds' first score came off a face-off, which was won by sophomore Bryn Holmes. Holmes was jumped as he entered the Cavalier box, but was able to flip the ball to Reynolds, who got a shot past Virginia goalie Adam Ghitelman.
Virginia finally got on the board at the 3:34 mark on an unassisted goal by Peter Lamade, but Maryland responded with back-to-back goals by Reed and senior midfielder Will Dalton to boost the lead to 5-1. Reed scored on a wrap-around shot from behind the right side of the Wahoo goal. Dalton, who won 8-of-14 face-offs on the day, took then ensuing draw straight down the field and beat Ghitelman from the right alley.
Brian Carroll seemed to give Virginia a little momentum with a man-up goal at the 10:45 mark, but it was Maryland that would go on a run and really take control of the game. Dalton won the face-off following Carroll's score and it took the Terps just 61 seconds to strike back. Young skipped a pass to Reed on the left side, where the Cockeysville, Md., native ripped a shot into the Virginia net.
Reed followed that up with his third goal of the game on a low shot from the left wing. The Terrapin lead grew to 9-2 on unassisted goals by junior midfielder Rob Morrison and freshman Tony Mendes. Virginia was able to cut the lead to six going into halftime thanks to another goal by Lamade.
The Wahoos came out of the break looking to whittle away at the Maryland lead and back-to-back goals by Ben Rubeor and Rhamel Bratton had it down to four, the closest it had been since the 9:37 mark of the second quarter.
But the Terps would not allow the game to slip away from them and responded with a pair of goals of their own. Reed found Reynolds open on the right alley and the Bel Air, Md., native ripped an overhand shot past Ghitelman for his second straight hat trick. Catalino followed that up with his first goal of the game, an unassisted score from the left alley. The freshman from Webster, N.Y., used his entire 6-foot-5 frame to screen Ghitelman, who didn't see the shot until it was already in the goal.
For the third-straight quarter, Virginia closed the scoring, this time on Bratton's second goal of the period to send Maryland into the final 15 minutes with an 11-6 lead.
That lead grew to six goals just 10 seconds into the quarter thanks to an incredible individual effort by Catalino. With Virginia's Matt Kelly draped all over his back, Catalino was able find a way to get off a good shot that found a way into the Cavalier goal.
Both defenses controlled much of the fourth quarter and it was fitting that a defensive player netted the Terps' final goal of the game. Sophomore long pole Brian Farrell finished a successful clear for Maryland and used a terrific ball fake to get a clear shot at the Virginia goal and the Towson, Md., native buried a shot for his fifth goal of the season.
Virginia's Garrett Billings scored the game's final goal at the 1:06 mark to make the final score 13-7 in favor of the Terps.
All-America candidate Joe Cinosky continued to be a dominant defender for the Terps. The native of Boonton Township, N.J., had three groundballs and limited Cavalier attackman Danny Glading to three assists and no goals.
Maryland's face-off duo of Holmes and Dalton controlled the tempo of the game at the face-off X, winning 15-of-23 draws and picking up four groundballs apiece.
Maryland (7-2, 2-1 ACC) returns to Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium on Friday, April 4 for a primetime showdown with No. 9 Navy. The Terps and the Mids are set for an 8 p.m. face-off. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU and locally in the Baltimore area on WMAR.
The victory is Maryland's sixth over a No. 1-ranked team in 24 games.
Travis Reed's five-point effort is a career-best.
Reed's three goals and two assists give him four hat tricks, five multi-goal games and six multi-point games in his career.
Grant Catalino's two-goal game gives him five multi-goal and seven multi-point games in his career.
With a goal and an assist Ryan Young now has seven career multi-point games.
Jeff Reynolds' hat trick is the second of his career and second in as many games.
Brian Farrell is the only Terp to score a goal in today's win over Virginia that had scored a goal vs. the Cavaliers in the past.
Combined with last week's 13-8 win at then-No. 5 North Carolina, this is the first time Maryland has defeated two top-five teams in back-to-back games since the 2005 ACC Tournament when the Terps beat No. 3 Virginia 9-8 in overtime in the semifinals before beating No. 2 Duke 9-5 in the championship game.
The win is the 690th victory in the 83-year history of the Maryland men's lacrosse program. The Terps are now 690-227-4 all-time.