#4 Terps Fall To #1 Virginia Amid Controversy
April 4, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior Will Yeatman scored a career high four goals to lead the No. 4 University of Maryland men's lacrosse team back from a 6-0 first quarter deficit, but the No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers held on to take an 11-10 decision in front of 7,636 fans Saturday night at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
The Terps (6-2, 1-2 ACC) outscored the Cavaliers (10-0, 1-0 ACC) 10-5 over the last 45:06. But, like the last two Maryland-Virginia games, this one was not without controversy. With just a little more than two minutes remaining Virginia goalie Adam Ghitelman stopped a shot by junior Grant Catalino, but the rebound bounced in front of the crease where junior All-American Ryan Young swatted the loose ball into the Cavalier goal. But the goal was waived off when an official whistled Young for being in the crease, disallowing the goal. However, the controversy came after television replays showed that Young was not in the crease when the goal was scored.
The Cavaliers won the first seven face-offs of the game to help build their 6-0 lead. Chris Bocklet scored the first three Wahoo goals, with the next three coming from Brian Carroll, Steele Stanwick and John Haldy.
The deficit could have been insurmountable if not for the play of senior goalie Brian Phipps. The Annapolis, Md., native made eight of his 16 saves in the first quarter to keep the Terps in the game.
Maryland finally broke through with just six ticks left on the first quarter clock when Yeatman took a feed from Young and ripped a low shot past Ghitelman to make it a 6-1 game.
The second quarter saw more good defense by Maryland, including the man-down unit killing two extra-man chances by the Cavaliers on two key stops by Phipps.
Stanwick broke the scoreless drought for both teams with his second goal at the 3:38 mark. That was quickly followed up by an unassisted tally by Yeatman, who scored from the right wing on a open shot that was setup by a terrific pick by sophomore Joe Cummings that gave Yeatman the time and space needed for the shot.
Virginia had a last-second scoring chance before the half ended, but Phipps made his 13th save of the first half to send the the Terps into the break trailing 7-2.
Once again it was the Cavaliers drawing first blood in the opening minutes of the third quarter on Bocklet's fourth goal of the night, but Maryland's defense kept Virginia off the board for the rest of the quarter, allowing the offense to go on a 3-0 run to cut the deficit to four goals heading into the fourth quarter.
Yeatman scored the first goal of the run at the 12:26 mark. The Terps' second midfield got into the scoring act on the next Maryland goal when redshirt sophomore Drew Snider found freshman John Haus at the top of the right alley where he ripped a shot into the Cavalier goal with 10:44 remaining in the third.
Virginia won the ensuing face-off, but again the Maryland defense held strong. Junior All-American Max Schmidt had both of his caused turnovers in a one minute span and Phipps made both of his third quarter saves to keep the Wahoos off the board.
The final tally of the three-goal run for the Terps was another terrific transition effort by the Terps' defense. Senior Bryn Holmes forced a turnover by Virginia's Rhamel Bratton. The loose ball was scooped up by redshirt junior All-American Brian Farrell, who pushed the ball down the field. He flipped a pass to senior Dean Hart, who beat Ghitelman with just five seconds remaining in the quarter.
Virginia looked to stem the tide with back-to-back goals by Stanwick to open the fourth quarter, but Maryland refused to give in and fought back with a four-goal run to make it an 10-9 game, leading into the controversial crease violation.
The Terrapin man-up unit scored the first and fourth goals of the run. Senior Adam Sear scored the first extra-man goal for Maryland off an assist from junior Travis Reed with 12:01 remaining. Cummings finished the run with a man-up goal of his own with Yeatman picking up the assist at the 3:36 mark.
Sandwiched in between was another goal by Cummings off an assist by Young with 7:41 left. That was quickly followed by Young scoring his only credited goal at the 7:17 mark.
The crease violation call proved all the more damaging for the Terps when Bratton scored an unassisted goal 23 seconds later to put Virginia up by two goals with 1:51 left.
But Maryland continued to fight until the end and pulled back to within a goal with 57 seconds left on Yeatman's fourth goal of the day off an assist from Reed.
Virginia won the following face-off, but junior Brett Schmidt forced a Cavalier turnover with 10 seconds left. He grabbed the loose ball and raced down the field, but his desperation shot went over the Cavalier goal, ending the Terrapin threat.
Maryland's defense was led by Brett Schmidt, who had two groundballs and four caused turnovers. He also drew the assignment of covering Bratton, who's only goal came in the fourth quarter during an unsettled situation. Max Schmidt finished with a pair of groundballs and two caused turnovers, while junior Ryder Bohlander set his career high with four caused turnovers. The Terps' trio of long poles - Farrell, Jesse Bernhard and Dan Halayko - combined for nine groundballs and two caused turnovers.
Maryland returns to action next Saturday, April 10, against in-state rival Navy. The Terps and the Midshipmen are schedule for a noon face-off at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.