No. 3 Maryland Men's Lacrosse Hosts No. 8 Georgetown In 2009 Home Opener
Feb. 19, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The third-ranked Maryland men's lacrosse team opens its 2009 home schedule with local rival No. 8 Georgetown on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. at Ludwig Field. The game will be televised live on ESPNU. Joe Beninati will call the play-by-play with Quint Kessenich handling the analysis. The game will also be broadcast on the web at wmucsports.com.
Maryland enters the game with a 2-0 mark after winning back-to-back games last weekend in Florida. The Terps easily dispatched Presbyterian, 18-3. Maryland then turned around and defeated Air Force, 15-4, in the feature game of the Wounded Warrior Project's "Face Off for a Cause." Junior Will Yeatman led the Terps with 10 points on three goals and seven assists. Sophomore Grant Catalino was close behind with eight points on three goals and five assists. The Maryland "D" turned in three shutout quarters during the two games.
The Hoyas are looking to rebound from a 2008 season that saw them finish with a 9-4 record and miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996. Offensively, Georgetown will be led by attackman Craig Dowd (14-23=37) and midfielder Andrew Brancaccio (18-2=20). Jack Davis, who did not play in 2008, is the projected starting goalie. In front of Davis will be All-America long pole Barner Ehrmann.
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Georgetown's Dave Urick is in his 29th season as a head coach and is eighth among active Division I head coaches with 193 DI coaching victories. Urick holds an all-time record of 315-104 (.753). Urick is now in his 19th season at Georgetown and has 193-74 (.723) mark.
Cottle has a 17-1 lifetime record against Georgetown, with 10 victories coming while he was at Loyola from 1983-2001. Urick is 1-7 all-time vs. Maryland with NCAA losses in 1997 and 2005 and regular-season defeats in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008. He picked up his first win over the Terps with an 8-6 victory in College Park in 2007.
Series History vs. Georgetown
Last season saw the Terps as the underdog at Georgetown, but Maryland, which started three freshman at attack and one on close defense, came away from the Hoyas' Multi-Sport Field with an 11-6 victory. The three freshman attackmen, Grant Catalino, Ryan Young and Travis Reed combined for eight goals to lead the way for the Terrapins.
The Hoyas solved their Terrapin puzzle for the first time in 2007 with an 8-6 win over the Terps at the Maryland Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex. Georgetown jumped out to a 6-1 lead at the half, but Maryland came storming back with five unanswered goals to knot the game at 6-6. But that was all the Terps could muster and the Hoyas added a pair of scores in the fourth quarter to eek out their first-ever win over the Terps.
The 2006 meeting saw the Terps head to the Georgetown campus for just the second time in the series history and come away with a convincing 10-4 victory. Max Ritz had a career-day for Maryland, racking up then-career-bests with five points and four goals. Older brother Xander also had an amazing afternoon, scoring four goals including the game winner.
The series' intensity was turned up a notch in the 2005 NCAA Quarterfinals at Princeton Stadium. The Terps looked to have iced the game with 1:33 left in the fourth quarter, when Bill McGlone scored to give Maryland a 9-7 lead, but the goal was disallowed when McGlone's stick was challenged and ruled to have an illegal pocket. The Hoyas tied the game and sent it into overtime, where the Terrapin man-down unit killed the remainder of the three-minute penalty. Senior Andrew Schwartzman sent the Terps to the Final Four by scoring the game-winner with just more than three minutes elapsed in the extra period. Joe Walters scored four goals in the game, while Max Ritz scored a pair of goals and added an assist.
In the 2005 season opener Maryland used an 8-0 run spanning the second and third quarters to pull away from Georgetown en route to a 13-6 victory in each team's season opener on February 26. Eleven (11) different Terps scored on the afternoon with Bill McGlone leading the way with three goals. Joe Walters was limited to just a single goal, but added four assists for a five-point game. But the unquestioned star of the game was Maryland goalie Harry Alford who made 25 saves and scooped up eight groundballs.
In the 2004 opener Xander Ritz and Joe Walters each netted three goals, with Ritz adding four assists for a seven-point game to propelled the Terrapins to a decisive 14-5 victory in the regular season home opener on February 28, 2004. Bill McGlone and Justin Smith each scored two goals, while goalie Tim McGinnis stopped 13 Hoya shots.
In the 2003 game Brian Hunt, Ryan Moran and Mike Mollot each netted two goals, plus Lee Zink's first-career goal and a strong defense gave the Terps a 9-5 victory in the regular season home finale on April 28, 2003.
In the first game between the schools, Maryland defeated Georgetown, 14-10, in the first round of the 1997 NCAA Tournament at Towson. The Terps jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the first quarter and never looked back as they began their run to the second of three trips to the NCAA championship game in a four-year span. The game marked Georgetown's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
All-American Scott Hochstadt, the school's 18th all-time leading scorer, led the way for Maryland as he posted five goals. Andrew Whipple added three for Maryland as the Terps outshot the Hoyas, 42-25.
Individual Terps vs. Georgetown
Of course the biggest connection comes not from high school, but from 2008. Sophomore Brett Weiss transferred from Maryland to Georgetown prior to the fall semester. Last season as a Terp, Weiss scored four goals and added four assists. He was also a high school teammate of fellow Hoya David Shriver and they both went to Boys' Latin with Maryland's Brian Farrell and Travis Reed.
The Gilman School will be represented by Maryland's Scott Tompkins and the Hoyas' Barney Ehrmann.
Terp sophomore Ryan Young and Hoya Cullen Molinari are both graduates of Manhasset High School, but were never high school teammates.
Freshman Craig Sullivan will be opposite former Duxbury teammate Chris Nixon.
St. Stephens & St. Agnes will have Terp twins Mark and Michael White and Hoya Michael Shotwell.
Finally, there is a connection on the sidelines - no, not on the coaching staff, but in the athletic training room. Shawn Hendi, a two-tour veteran at Maryland, is now the athletic trainer for the Hoyas.
Where's the Beef? Check the "D"
Beef: It's Not Just For Defense Anymore
The Terps also boast some beef in the midfield. The first line has a trio that averages nearly 6-foot-2, 197 pounds in seniors Dan Groot (6-1, 190), Jeremy Sieverts (6-3, 210) and Jeff Reynolds (6-1, 190).
Leading the way, of course, is Brian Farrell. The junior was moved to close defense this season, but that hasn't stopped him from charging up the field to create offense. He leads the defense with two goals and an assists and is actually tied for fifth on the squad in points. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Baltimore native, has 15 goals and eight assists for 23 career points. Easily the highest-scoring defender in school history, Farrell's 23 points ranks 25th since 2002 at Maryland (the Cottle Era).
Sophomore long pole Brett Schmidt seems to be taking a page out of Farrell's playbook. He scored a goal in the 2008 finale against Virginia and has picked up right where he left off. This season Schmidt scored a goal in the opener vs. Presbyterian and added an assist vs. Air Force.
Sophomore short-stick Danny Burns scored two goals vs. Air Force, while his running mate Dean Hart put in a goal vs. Presbyterian.
Defense Ready To Meet Expectations
During the last five seasons, Maryland held its' opponents scoreless for long stretches of game time. The 2004 Terps kept opponents scoreless for stretches of 20 or more minutes eight times. In 2005 Maryland did it on seven occasions, and was just seconds away from keeping the high-powered Duke (1st meeting) and Navy offenses off the board for more than 20 minutes. The 2006 season saw the Terrapin defense do it 10 times in 17 games. In 2007 Terp "D" had 11 20+ minute scoring droughts to its credit in 16 contests. Last season, the Terp defense had six 20+-minute scoring droughts. Already this year, the Terps have put up two 20+-minute scoreless stretches.
The defense turned in its first shutout quarter of the season in the first quarter of the 18-3 win over Presbyterian. The Terps held the Blue Hose scoreless in the first quarter, allowing the offense to jump out to a 7-0 lead. Overall, Presbyterian was held off the board for the first 25:14 of the game. Maryland also shutout the Blue Hose in the third quarter. Defenders Brian Farrell (1-1=2), Dean Hart (1-0=1) and Brett Schmidt (1-0=1) contributed on the offensive end as well.
The Maryland "D" was just as stingy against Air Force in the Terps' 15-4 victory. The Terps held the Falcons scoreless for a stretch of 23:42, spanning the second, third and fourth quarters. Maryland also shutout Air Force in the third for its third scoreless quarter of the season. Brian Farrell scored a goal to extend his scoring streak to five games, dating back to last season. Danny Burns scored his first career goal and tacked on another for multiple-point game for a Terp defender. After scoring a goal in the opener, Brett Schmidt showed he can dish too, picking up his first-career assist.
Grant Catalino is currently on a 15-game point streak dating back to last year's Providence game. In those 15 games, he has had multiple points in 13 with a current multiple-point streak of eight, dating back to the Hopkins game.
Of course the Terp with the longest current scoring streak is junior attackman Will Yeatman, who registered at least one point in each of his 15 games at Notre Dame in 2007. He's picked up where he left off, scoing multiple points in his first two games as a Terp to raise his streak to 17.
Terps' 84th Season Of Lacrosse
Since 2000, Maryland is 103-42 for a .710 win percentage. In the decade of the 1990s, Maryland posted a 95-47 record. The .669 winning percentage matched Maryland's win percentage of the 1980s when the Terps went 83-41 and also compiled a .669 win percentage.
Maryland In Season Openers
After losing their 1925 opener to Yale, 5-3, the Terps went on to win 40 consecutive season openers from 1926 through 1967. The streak was broken when Maryland tied Princeton, 6-6, in the 1968 opener. Following the deadlock, Maryland went on to win its next 14 openers, giving the Terps a 54-0-1 record over a 57-year span (Maryland did not field a team in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II.)
16 Straight in Season Openers
The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 16 years. Maryland has not allowed an opponent to score 10 or more goals in a season opener since Syracuse beat the Terps, 16-13 on March 9, 1983.
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