Monday Madness: #6 Terp Host Quakers
March 14, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The sixth-ranked Maryland men's lacrosse team plays its lone mid-week game of the season Monday afternoon when it hosts Penn at Ludwig Field. The Terps and the Quakers are scheduled for an 3 p.m. face-off.
Maryland is 4-0 on the season after topping Towson, 12-8 on Saturday in the Terps' return to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Maryland's second midfield unit of John Haus, Michael Shakespeare and Drew Snider combined for six goals in the victory.
Penn is 4-2 on the year and has won its last four games. This past Saturday the Quakers rallied with two goals in the final 2:13 to edge Villanova, 8-7.
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The Count Down
Cottle has an 8-4 lifetime record against Penn, with six games coming while he was at Loyola from 1983-2001.
Penn's Mike Murphy is in his first season at the helm of the Quaker program and has Penn off to a 4-2 start. Prior to his stint in Philadelphia, Murphy was the head coach at Haverford College and led the Fords to a 65-41 mark in seven seasons.
Series History vs. Penn
Monday's game will be just the 11th meeting between Maryland and Penn -- two of the oldest lacrosse programs in the nation. Maryland has won all nine previous meetings. While the two teams have played just eight times previously, this is the sixth-straight season the two will have played.
Last season saw the Terps head to Franklin Field and Maryland came away with a 9-2 win for its 10th straight over the Quakers. Eight different Terps scored goals with only Jeremy Sieverts finding the back of the net more than once. Junior Brian Phipps was solid in goal, making eight saves to pick up the win.
The 2008 saw sophomore goalie Brian Phipps turn in an unconscious effort in cage for Maryland, stopping 17 Quaker shots. In fact, the only goal Phipps allowed was when the ball was knocked out of his stick following a save and it bounced into the Terrapin goal. Freshman Grant Catalino was the only Terp with multiple goals, but fellow frosh Travis Reed was the game's leading point-man with four assists.
In 2007 the Terps and Quakers were tied 6-6 at the half, thanks to three first half goals by Max Ritz, at historic Franklin Field, but the Terrapin defense limited the Quakers to just four second-half goals en route to a 14-10 Maryland win. Ritz finished the game with a career-best six points, while Dan Groot had a pair of goals, including the eventual game-winner.
In 2005 10 Terps scored goals en route to a 21-6 Maryland victory at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field.
The 2004 meeting, a 13-5 Terp victory, was Senior Day at Byrd Stadium, but it was sophomores Bill McGlone and Joe Walters that stole the show. McGlone totaled a career-best seven points on two goals and a career-high five assists, while Walters scored a hat trick and added another three assists for a six-point effort. Ian Healy also had a banner day against the Quakers, tying his career-high with two goals.
Prior to the 2004 game, the two team's last met in the 1987 NCAA Quarterfinals. In that game Maryland beat the Quakers, 12-8, at Byrd Stadium. In the win four Maryland All-Americans had multi-goal games: Brendan Hanley (4), Tom Worstell (3), Kirk Thuston (2) and Phil Willard (2).
Before the '87 NCAA meeting, the Terps and Quakers played three times prior to 1930. The Terps won the first game, 4-3 in 1924 -- in the first-ever varsity recognized lacrosse game at Maryland. Maryland also won 9-1 in 1926 and 15-2 in 1930.
Get To 10 And Win
Last season 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.
Shooting Tells The Story
Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 34-1 (.971) when shooting 30% or better in a game. The only game Maryland lost during that stretch was a 13-10 decision to Georgetown in 2009 (the Terps shot 10-of-30 for exactly 30% vs. the Hoyas).
Home Sweet Home
Big Cat Plays Big During First Two Years
In his first two seasons Catalino has the fifth-highest point total since freshman records were first kept in 1970.
1. Joe Walters (2003-04): 75-39=114
Catalino has picked up in 2010 right where he left off. In the opener at Bellarmine he tied his career high with four assists and added a pair of goals for a six-point game in the 12-7 victory. In the Georgetown game, Catalino was matched-up with preseason Big East defensive player of the year Barney Ehrman, but Catalino still managed to tally three points on a goal and two assists. Catalino showed that the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic is his own personal playground when he totaled six points on a career-best five goals, including the game winner in OT, in the Terps' 11-10 win over Duke. He was named the Player of the Game for the second straight year (last year in the Face-Off Classic he had two goals and four assists vs. the Blue Devils).
With his second goal (out of five total on the day) vs. Duke Catalino became just the fifth Terp to reach the 100-point mark since Coach Cottle arrived in College Park in 2002. Catalino now has 103 career points on 52 goals and 43 assists. He needs 21 points to tie Alan Lowe for 25th on the all-time points list.
After being shutout in the Terps' opener at Bellarmine, Young rebounded with a career day at No. 13 Georgetown. Against the Hoyas, Young set career highs with six points and five assists (four coming in the first half to help keep Maryland in the game). Young followed that performance with a solid one-goal, two-assist day in the Terps' 11-10 overtime win vs. Duke in the Face-Off Classic. In the Terps' home opener vs. Towson, Young scored twice and picked up three groundballs.
No time Off From Lax
Yeatman asked to try playing midfield this year and has been solid - both offensively and defensively - in the early part of the season. Yeatman had one goal in the season opener at Bellarmine. But Yeatman made his most significant impact as a Terps in the 15-13 win at No. 13 Georgetown on Feb. 27. He scored his first hat trick as a Terp with all three goals coming in a span of 5:47 during Maryland's 7-0 come-from-behind run. Yeatman didn't get another hat trick, but he had two key goals, including an extra-man score, in the 11-10 overtime win vs. Duke at the Face-Off Classic.
Weekly Award Winners
For the Bellarmine game, junior close defenseman Ryder Bohlander was selected for the Coaches' Award, while sophomore midfielder Jake Bernhardt was the pick for the Captains' Award. Bohlander made his second career start in the season opener at Bellarmine and led the defense with a career-best two caused turnovers and a groundball. Bernhardt made his first career start vs. the Knights and set career-bests with three points and two goals.
Senior midfielder Will Yeatman was a double winner following the Terps' 15-13 come-from-behind win at Georgetown. Yeatman was chosen for the Captains' Award and was co-recipient of the Coaches' Award with redshirt junior Brian Farrell. Yeatman had his first hat trick as a Terp vs. the Hoyas, scoring all three goals during Maryland's decisive 7-0 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters. Farrell was easily the best defensive player on the field vs. the Hoyas. The long pole, who missed nearly all of 2009 with a rib and internal injuries, returned to his All-America form and set career-bests with 10 groundballs and six caused turnovers. He also contributed to the offense with an assist on Scott LaRue's second quarter goal.
The Captains' Awards for the Duke game go to senior goalie Brian Phipps and junior attackman Grant Catalino. Phipps made 15 saves vs. the No. 9 Blue Devils, including one in overtime, to go along with three groundballs. Catalino had a career-day in the Face-Off Classic with a career-best five goals, including the game winner, and one assist. The Coaches' Award was also split with senior short-stick defensive middies Dean Hart and Bryn Holmes being selected. Hart and Holmes were terrific on the defensive end, helping hold Duke's midfielders to just two goals and two assists. Both guys also played key roles in the game-ending sequence. Holmes made the big hit on Blue Devil midfielder Will McKee that caused a weak shot that Phipps was able to keep out of the goal. Once redshirt junior Brian Farrell scooped up the groundball, Hart hustled down the field running from defense to offense to keep Duke on its heels. Hart ended up getting the assist on Catalino's game-winner by taking a feed from Farrell and making a smart "one-more" pass to Catalino on the left wing.
Defense Ready To Meet Expectations
During the last six 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. In 2008, the Terp defense had six 20+-minute scoring droughts. The 2009 Terps held opponents scoreless for 20 minutes or more eight times, including two separate stretches at Penn.
Maryland's defense didn't get a 20-minute scoreless stretch at Bellarmine in the season opener, but it did hold the highly-motivated Knights, who were playing for their coach Jack McGetrick to whom the new locker room and concourse plaza was dedicated to prior to the game, off the board for 19:06. The starting close defense of Ryder Bohlander, Brett Schmidt and Max Schmidt combined for five groundballs and four caused turnovers. Junior Scott LaRue made the switch to defensive short-stick in the preseason and got into the scoring act with an assist on Grant Catalino's second goal.
While the overall defensive stats don't look impressive, the defense came up big when it mattered most in the 15-13 come-from-behind win at No. 13 Georgetown. The Hoyas scored with 7:54 remaining in the third quarter to take an 11-7 lead, but the Terp "D" kept them off the board for the next 15:00 (not allowing another Hoya goal until the 7:54 mark of the fourth). That allowed the offense to go on a 7-0 scoring blitz to take a 14-11 lead. The defense also go into the scoing act at Georgetown. Freshman Jesse Bernhardt scored the fifth goal of the 7-0 run for his first career goal. Junior short stick Scott LaRue got his first career goal in the first half with the assist going to redshirt junior long pole Brian Farrell.
In the Face-Off Classic vs. Duke the defense was sharp for most of the game, led by senior goalie Brian Phipps who made 15 saves in the 11-10 overtime win. While Grant Catalino scored the game-winner it was really set-up by four defensive players for Maryland. With Duke's Will McKee going for the game-ending goal with 2:01 on the clock, senior Bryn Holmes crashed down on him causing a near-certain goal to be changed to a weak shot that Phipps made a diving save on. With the ball on the turf in front of the Terrapin goal, redshirt junior Brian Farrell raced into the scrum to scoop up the loose ball and start the transition opportunity. He moved the ball up the field and flipped a pass to senior shortie Dean Hart, who in turn made the "one-more" pass to Catalino on the left win for the winning shot. In total, Maryland possessed the ball for eight seconds of the 1:50 played in the overtime.
The Terps looked like they may get their first 20+ minute scoring drought of the season vs. Towson, but fell a few minutes shy, holding the Tigers off the board for just over 17 minutes in the first half of play. Sloppy, deteriorating field conditions hampered Maryland's aggressive defensive style, but the Terps still managed to hold the Tigers to two goals below their season average in the 12-8 win. Brian Farrell was up to his old tricks with a length-of-the-field charge for a goal and had chances for at least one more goal and a few assists on the day. Fellow long pole Dan Halayko had a terrific game, tying his career-high with four groundballs and setting his personal best with causing three turnovers.
Leading the way, of course, is Brian Farrell. The redshirt junior not only returned to the field after missing most of 2009 due to injury, but he has also returned to his natural spot as a long pole. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Baltimore native, has one goal and one assist so far this year and has 16 goals and nine assists for 25 career points. Easily the highest-scoring defender in school history, Farrell's 24 points ranks 26th since 2002 at Maryland (the Cottle Era).
Short-stick middie Scott LaRue has a bit of an advantage as a defensive scoring threat since he spent his first two years in College Park as an offensive midfielder. But the athletic junior made the switch to defensive short-stick during the preseason and has paid big dividends so far - LaRue has a goal and two assists in the Terps' first three games this season.
Freshman long pole Jesse Bernhardt got into the scoring act in the Terps' 15-13 come-from-behind win at Georgetown. He scored the team's fifth goal in the decisive 7-0 run. Bernhardt's goal gave the Terrapins their first lead of the game (12-11) at the 13:54 mark of the fourth quarter.
Senior shortie Dean Hart got into the scoring act in the Face-Off Classic vs. ACC rival Duke. He picked up the assist on the game-winning goal with 2:10 left in the first overtime to give Maryland an 11-10 victory.
Consecutive 10-Win Seasons
How does that stack up against the rest of the college lacrosse programs? Take a look at programs with at least four-straight 10-win seasons:
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.
Attack Ranked Top Unit In Nation
While it is hard to compare units across the country time provides perspective on how good this Terp attack unit is. Since 2004, this attack unit returns with more goals, assists and points than any other, taking into account just the top four attackmen. Take a look (*-returned the following year):
The unit's total of 138 points is the second-best of the past six years, topped only by the 158 points of the 2006 attack that featured Turnbull Award winner Joe Walters, All-American Xander Ritz and 2007 All-American Michael Phipps.
The total for the 2009 unit and the returning total is even more impressive when you add the 12 goals and two assists for Cummings. Although he played some midfield as a freshman in 2009, Cummings played crease attack on the man-up unit. Cummings' totals raise the 2010 returning attack totals to 152 points on 85 goals and 67 assists.
The 2010 unit will be tracked in the chart above to see how they stack-up against the recent Terp attack units.
Terps' 85th 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.
Terps In Pro Stadiums
The Terps will play two games in 2010 in NFL Stadiums in the regular season. Maryland defeated Duke 11-10 in overtime in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic. Maryland will return to M&T Bank Stadium in April for the Smartlink Day of Rivals vs. Johns Hopkins.
In 2009, Maryland topped Duke, 11-8, at the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium and lost a 10-9 decision to Johns Hopkins in the inaugural Smartlink Day of Rivals.
In 2006, the Terps were 1-1 at M&T Bank Stadium, defeating North Carolina, 10-9, in the ACC semis at M&T Bank Stadium before dropping an 11-5 decision to Virginia in the finals. Maryland then lost to UMass, 8-5, at Lincoln Financial Field in the NCAA Semifinals.
In 2005, Maryland was 3-1 in NFL stadiums - 1-1 at Lincoln Financial Field and 2-0 at M&T Bank Stadium.
Maryland lost to Virginia in the 2003 NCAA Semifinals in M&T Bank Stadium.
Terps On ESPNU
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.)
17 Straight in Season Openers
The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 17 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.
Terps Set To Compete At 2010 FIL World Championships
Team USA won't be the only roster with a Maryland presence. Senior midfielder Adam Sear was among the 23 players selected to the Australian National Team that will compete in Manchester.
A Family Affair
Harry & Thomas Alford: 2004-05-06-07
Maryland's family tradition doesn't end with brothers. Fathers and sons are also part of the Terps' tradition and that's never been more evident than this season. This year's Maryland men's lacrosse roster features three players whose father's not only played at Maryland, but won a nation title together. Mike Farrell, father of Brian, Wilson Phipps, father of Brian, and Jake Reed, father of Travis, were all members of the Terps' 1975 NCAA championship squad.
The Terrapin family tree doesn't stop there for Brian Phipps. He is the fourth in a line of Phipps that donned the red and black for Maryland. The Phipps-family legacy started in the 1940's with Louis Phipps, who was an honorable mention All-American in 1949. His son, Wilson, was a member of the 1975 Terrapin National Championship squad. Brian is the second of Wilson's sons to play for the Terps. Michael Phipps played for Maryland from 2004-07 and was an honorable mention All-American as a senior after leading the squad in scoring with 50 points.
2010 Captains: Farrell, Holmes and Phipps
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