#2 Terps Set For Showdown At #1 Loyola
Feb. 22, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 2 Maryland (2-0) men's lacrosse team will travel to Baltimore on Saturday to play at No. 1 Loyola (1-0). The Terps and the Greyhounds are slated for a 1:30 p.m. start at the Ridley Athletic Complex on Feb. 23.
The game will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network. Mike Corey will handle the play-by-play duties, while Mark Dixon and Evan Washburn will provide the analysis.
Maryland is coming off of a dominating opening week with a 23-6 victory over Mount St. Mary's in its 2013 season opener last Tuesday and a 16-4 win at Hartford this last Saturday. Senior Kevin Cooper has made the most of his transition to attack. First, he set his career high with six points on three goals and three assists vs. the Mount. He followed that up with five points on three goals and two assists vs. the Hawks. Cooper's 11 points in the team's first two games is the most by a Terps since 2007 when Michael Phipps had 11 on five goals and six assists. Maryland has dominated the faceoff X with sophomore Charlie Raffa and senior Curtis Holmes combining to win 30 of the 44 draws they have taken (a .681 winning percentage) to go along with 15 groundballs. Junior Niko Amato has a .696 save percentage through two games and a 4.47 goals-against average.
Loyola, which is coming off of its first NCAA championship season, started off 2013 with a 9-8 victory at Delaware in its season opener. Midfielder Chris Layne scored the game-winning goal with just 4.4 seconds left on the clock. Attackman Justin Ward led all scorers with five points on three goals and two assists. The Greyhounds return eight starters from its championship team, plus All-America defensive midfielders Scott Ratliff and Josh Hawkins. Leading the way for Loyola is expected to be 2012 Tewaaraton Trophy finalist Mike Sawyer, who 52 goals and 10 assists last season. Also back is goalie Jack Runkel, who had a 7.30 goals-against average and a .556 save percentage a year ago. .
Event Media: In addition to the NBC Sports Network broadcast, the game can also be heard on WMUCsports.com. Gametracker will also be available for the game and can be accessed by clicking here. Updates will also be posted to the Maryland Men's Lacrosse Facebook and Twitter pages.
The Count Down
This is more than just a uniform ... it is Maryland lacrosse tradition built for speed, stealth, and of course, Maryland Pride.
The Terps take on Loyola University in a re-match of the 2012 National Championship game this Saturday, sporting their custom Black Ops uniform, cleats, gloves and equipment.
The UMD Black Ops design is a subtle nod to Maryland Pride and took inspiration from military black ops to give the Terps a stealth, shadow-like look on the field.
Complete with special Black Ops Highlight cleats for extra speed and the new UA Player II Glove customized with matching tonal graphic, the Terps are taking this Maryland-based rematch to the next level.
Loyola's Charlie Toomey is in his seventh season as a head coach and holds an all-time record of 66-35 (.653), all coming as the Greyhound's head coach.
This will be the second meeting between Tillman and Toomey, who are close friends, as head coaches.
Series History vs. Loyola
The Terps lead the all-time series with the Greyhounds 19-2 with Loyola winning in the 2012 NCAA title game and in the last meeting between the two schools at Loyola, which was in 1989.
The two programs first met in 1940 and played 18 times between 1940 and 1959. The series went on a 30-year hiatus until 1989 when the Greyhounds upset the Terps, 10-8 in Baltimore.
The two programs didn't meet again until the 1998 NCAA tournament when the No. 5-seeded Terps knocked off No. 1-seed Loyola, which was coached by future Maryland head coach Dave Cottle, 19-8, in the semifinals at Rutgers Stadium behind five goals by Matt Hahn and four by Scott Hochstadt.
Loyola was again the No. 1 seed in the 2012 title game and knocked off the unseeded Terps, 9-3, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass..
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Maryland vs. No. 1-Ranked Teams
The most recent occasion of Maryland knocking off a No. 1 team came in the quarterfinals of the 2011 NCAA tournament in Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The unseeded Terps battled to a 5-5 tie with No. 1 Syracuse in regulation, but senior Grant Catalino propelled Maryland to the victory with a low-to-high shot from the right wing off a feed from senior Ryan Young. Redshirt freshman Niko Amato made nine saves, while sophomore Curtis Holmes dominated the faceoff X, winning 11-of-14 draws with six groundballs.
The last time Maryland knocked off a No. 1-ranked team in the regular season was on Saturday, March 29, 2008. The No. 4 Terps controlled the game from the outset and pulled off a 13-7 win over No. 1 Virginia at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Redshirt junior goalie Jason Carter had a career-day vs. the Wahoos, stopping 15 shots. Freshman attackman Travis Reed led the Terrapin offense with a career-best five points on three goals and two assists.
Prior to the victory over Virginia, Maryland last upset the nation's top-ranked team on March 4, 2006 when the Terps pulled out a thrilling 8-7 overtime victory at then-No. 1 Duke. Xander Ritz scored five goals vs. the Blue Devils, including the game-winner for the Terrapins. This was the last time Maryland was the No. 2-ranked team facing a No. 1-ranked opponent.
Before that 2006 win over Duke, the last time the Terps defeated the nation's top team was on May 23, 1998 vs. Loyola in the NCAA Semifinals at Piscataway, N.J. Maryland's Matt Hahn scored five goals to help the Terrapins to a dominating 19-8 win over the Greyhounds, who were coached by former Maryland head coach Dave Cottle.
Prior to 2008, the last time the Terps upset the No.1 team at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium was a 13-11 win over Virginia on March 30, 1996.
Maryland As The No. 1 Team
Overall, Maryland has played 23 games as the No. 1-ranked team and is 15-8 in those games.
The last time Maryland was the top team in the nation was in March of 2006 after the Terps defeated then-No. 1 Duke, 8-7 on the road in overtime. Maryland defeated Towson as the No. 1 team the following Saturday, but fell, 7-6 in double-OT, to Bucknell on Tuesday, March 14. The Terrapins were still No. 1 in their 9-4 win at UMBC to close out their two-week stay at the top of the polls.
The last time the Terps were the nation's top team was in April of 2004. Maryland's two-week run at the top of the polls ended with a 9-6 loss to No. 4 Navy in College Park.
This season's ranking is also the earliest the Terps have achieved the No. 1 ranking in a season. Previous to this week, the earliest Maryland was ranked No. 1 was March 10, 2006.
The longest Maryland has held on to the No. 1 ranking was seven weeks in 1987. That streak came to an end with a 13-8 loss to No. 4 Johns Hopkins in the NCAA Semifinals.
Get To 10 And Win
Maryland scored 10, but fell at North Carolina, 11-10, on March 24, 2012 and again came out on the losing end, despite scoring 11 in a 13-11 loss at Colgate on May 5, 2012. The Terps scored 11 vs. Johns Hopkins on April 16, 2011, but the Blue Jays won the game in overtime, 12-11. On April 3 of last season the Terps lost to No. 1 Virginia by a final of 11-10, giving Maryland its only loss when scoring 10 or more goals in 2010. In 2009 the Terps lost to Georgetown, 13-10 on Feb. 21 and lost again when scoring 10 in the ACC Semifinals in a 16-10 defeat at North Carolina. Prior to that, Maryland had not lost when scoring 10 or more goals since dropping an 11-10 decision to Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C. The Terrapins got to 10 goals in the 100th game against Johns Hopkins, but the Blue Jays took the game 14-10. Virginia is the only team to beat the Terps twice when allowing 10 or more goals. The Wahoos did it first in 2002 with another 11-10 decision.
Holding Opponents To Single-Digits
Since 2002 Maryland is 112-25 in games, for a .818 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 179 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 76.5 percent of the time.
Shooting Tells The Story
W- Mount St. Mary's: 23 goals, 46 shots = 50.0%
Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 57-4 (.934) when shooting 30% or better in a game. The only four losses were: 13-10 to Georgetown in 2009 (the Terps shot 10 of 30 for 33.3% vs. the Hoyas), 11-10 to No. 1 Virginia on April 3, 2010 (10 of 33 for 30.3%), 12-11 in overtime on April 16, 2011 to No. 3 Johns Hopkins (11 of 28 for 39.3%) and 13-11 at Colgate on May 5, 2012 (11 of 31 for 35.5%).
If 30% is the benchmark, then 40% shooting is in a class all to itself and Maryland has shot 40% or better in 12 games since the start of the 2008 season. Out of those 12 games, Maryland shot 50% or better in three of them.
Three Terps Named To Tewaaraton Watch List
The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States. The selection committees are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by The Tewaaraton Foundation. Committees will make additions to these lists as the season progresses and athletes earn a spot along side these elite players. The lists will be narrowed to 25 men's and women's nominees in late April. In mid-May, five men's and five women's finalists will be announced. These finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C. for the 13th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian.
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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.)
20 Straight in Season Openers
The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 20 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.
Consecutive 10-Win Seasons
How does Maryland's string of 10+ win seasons stack up against the rest of the college lacrosse programs? Take a look at programs with at least six-straight 10-win seasons:
Cornell's string of seven-straight 10+ win seasons came to an end in 2012 with a 9-4 final mark.
The 700 Club
· Two things that make Maryland's accomplishment all the more impressive is that the Terps reached the 700-win plateau in just their 84th season. Only Syracuse reached win No. 700 in as few seasons, but it took the Orange 53 more games than Maryland. In fact, Maryland needed only 940 games to reach 700 wins and only Johns Hopkins needed fewer games (932) to hit the historic number, but the Blue Jays did so in their 105th season.
Terps' 88th Season Of Lacrosse
During the decade of the 2000s, Maryland went 111-49 for a .694 win percentage, making it the winningest decade in Terrapin lacrosse history. 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. So far, Maryland is 25-9 in the 2010's for a .735 winning percentage.
A Family Affair
Harry & Thomas Alford: 2004-05-06-07
Five Taken In MLL Draft
Bernhardt was chosen fourth overall by the Chesapeake Bayhawks, becoming the second-highest Terrapin ever drafted in the MLL (Joe Walters, first overall selection in 2006). He is just the seventh Maryland player to be taken in the first round, joining Lee Zink (2004, 5th), Chris Passavia (2004, 6th), Walters, Bill McGlone (2006, 5th), Ray Megill (2007, 9th) and Joe Cinosky (2008, 9th).
Senior midfielder John Haus was the next Terrapin off the board, going to the Hamilton Nationals in the second round with the 15th overall selection. Haus was followed by senior midfielder Kevin Cooper, who went to the Bayhawks with the 16th overall pick.
The Denver Outlaws, which already has three Terps on its roster (Zink, Jeremy Sieverts and Drew Snider), were then next MLL squad to take a Maryland player, selecting senior midfielder Landon Carr with the 23rd overall selection.
The fifth Terp to be selected was senior attackman Owen Blye with the very next pick by the Charlotte Hounds.
The five players selected ties the school record for most players taken in the MLL draft. The 2011 senior class also had five players taken - Brian Farrell, Brett Schmidt, Dan Burns, Grant Catalino and Ryan Young.
Maryland's 2013 senior class also features redshirt senior midfielder Jake Bernhardt, who was selected by the Nationals with the 12th overall selection in the 2012 MLL collegiate draft.
2013 Team Captains