Terps Fall In Title Game To No. 7 Virginia
May 30, 2011
BALTIMORE - Senior Grant Catalino and sophomore John Haus each had three points, but the University of Maryland men's lacrosse team lost to No. 7 seed Virginia, 9-7, in the NCAA championship game Monday afternoon in front of 35,661 at M&T Bank Stadium.
Maryland got things going less than three minutes into the game on Catalino's first goal of the game. Haus had the ball on the far right wing when Catalino cut through the crease. Haus hit him in stride and Catalino bounced a shot in for the 1-0 lead.
Virginia looked to tie the game with less than 10 minutes to go in the first with a man-up goal, but the apparent goal by Matt White was waived off by an official who said he was in the crease prior to the shot.
The Terps had their chances to add to their lead in the first.
Senior Brian Farrell faked out a Cavalier defender to free himself on the offensive end of the field, but his shot was stopped by Virginia goalie Adam Ghitelman.
Maryland next good look came with 1:30 to go when junior Joe Cummings cut to the crease, but his shot was just a few inches too high and the ball sailed over the crossbar.
Virginia scored twice in the first 5:17 of the second quarter to tie the game. Colin Briggs netted the first, while White scored the tying goal. Nick O'Reilly assisted both goals.
But the Terps rallied and tied the game at the 8:14 mark on a goal by Haus. He dodged from the left wing, slipped trying to make a cut, but recovered enough to take a sidearm shot that hit the inside of the right pipe and deflect back inside the left side of the net.
A slashing call on Virginia's Garrett Ince gave Maryland its first extra-man opportunity and sophomore Owen Blye scored unassisted from right goal line extended to give Maryland the lead back with 7:44 left in the second.
The Cavaliers tied the game at 3-3 three minutes later on Briggs' second goal of the game as he came around left goal line extended.
O'Reilly regained the lead for Virginia with 2:41 remaining in the second. That lead grew to 5-3 42 seconds later when Briggs scored his third of the day.
The Terps continued to be unlucky shooting early in the third as junior Drew Snider's shot hit off the crossbar and bounced all the way out to the sideline near midfield. Virginia's Steele Stanwick was ruled closest to the ball when it went out, giving the Cavaliers possession.
That possession ended with Briggs scoring from the right alley to up the Virginia lead to 6-3 with 12:18 to go in the third.
Maryland got back on the board at the 6:58 mark of the third when Catalino scored on a low-to-low shot from the top of the right alley. Senior Travis Reed circled around the back of the cage and moved the ball on to the right wing to Cummings, who fed Catalino for the goal.
The Terps opened the fourth with another highlight reel goal by Farrell. A Virginia turnover gave Maryland the ball. Senior Ryan Young moved the ball quickly to Blye on the left side of the crease and he one-timed it across to Farrell, who scored despite being pushed on the shot.
Maryland got things back to even at 6-6 by capitalizing on another Cavalier turnover. Junior Michael Shakespeare picked up a tough groundball and moved it on to Catalino. He brought it down the left side and fed Young on the crease, where he slipped one past Ghitelman at the 11:43 mark.
White scored back-to-back goals nearly five minutes apart to put the Cavaliers back on top, 8-6, with 5:29 to go.
As the clock wound down, Virginia was content to hold the ball and protect its two-goal lead, which forced the Terps' defense to try to double-team the ball. The Cavaliers took advantage of the open net with Briggs tacking on his fifth goal of the game with 1:50 to play.
Junior Drew Snider caused a Virginia turnover with 51 seconds left, but the clock was ticking away and Maryland finally got back to within two on junior Jake Bernhardt's goal off of Haus' second assist of the game with 15 seconds remaining.
Sophomore Curtis Holmes won his 12th face-off of the game to give Maryland the ball back, but the Terps couldn't get a shot on cage before time expired.
Maryland finished the season with a 13-5 record.
The game marked the end of a remarkable run for 17 Maryland seniors: Justin Blye, Ryder Bohlander, Eric Boyle, Dan Burns, Grant Catalino, Brian Farrell, Fran Gormley, Shane Hall, Warren Hansen, Bob Kercher, Scott LaRue, Travis Reed, Brett Schmidt, Max Schmidt, Mark White, Michael White and Ryan Young. The 2011 senior class compiled a 45-22 (.672) record during its time in College Park, brought the Terps their first ACC Championship since 2005 and took the team to the NCAA title game for the first time since 1998.