Terps Host Heels In ACC Clash on Saturday
March 24, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, MD. - The No. 5 Maryland men's lacrosse team (6-1) plays host to No. 8 North Carolina (6-2) in a critical game with conference and national implications on Saturday, March 26 at noon at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU. Handling the play-by-play will be Carter Blackburn, while Paul Carcaterra will provide the analysis.
Maryland is 6-1 on the season after a pair of decisive victories last weekend. On Friday night, the Terps used six goals by Grant Catalino to topple UMBC, 15-6. Maryland had a quick turnaround, but topped St. Joseph's, 11-4, behind a career-high five points from Owen Blye.
Carolina is 6-2 so far in 2011 after defeating Dartmouth, 12-7, on March 22. The Tar Heels are led by freshman Nicky Glasso, who has 29 points on 14 goals and 15 assists so far this season. Sophomore Marcus Holman is UNC's leading goal-scorer with 17. Sophomore Steve Restivo made his first start of the season in goal vs. the Big Green and made 12 saves in the victory.
Maryland and US Lacrosse have teamed up to offer US Lacrosse members free tickets to Saturday's ACC showdown in College Park, Md. That's right, free admission for US Lacrosse members. Just show your US Lacrosse member ID card at the ticket booth, walk in, and enjoy the game.
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The Count Down
10 ... Since 2002 Maryland has won 78 of the 84 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .929 winning percentage.
9 ... Maryland is 93-21 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .816 winning percentage
8 ... The Terps have the second longest streak of NCAA tournament appearances, making it into the field for eight consecutive seasons.
7 ... Senior Grant Catalino tied his career high with seven points on six goals and one assist vs. UMBC last Friday night.
6 ... Maryland is No. 2 in the nation and leads the ACC in scoring defense, allowing just over six goals per game (6.14).
5 ... In five career games vs. the Tar Heels, Grant Catalino has 10 goals and three assists for 13 points.
4 ... The Terps are ranked fourth in the NCAA in scoring offense (12.86).
3 ... After scoring six goals vs. UMBC Grant Catalino now has three career games with at least six goals.
2 ... Freshman goalie Niko Amato is second in the nation with a 5.53 goals-against average.
1 ... The Terps are ranked first in the latest NCAA rankings in points (21.71) and assists per game (8.86).
Joe Breschi is in his 14th season season as a head coach and holds a lifetime record of 123-74 (.624). He is in his third year with the Tar Heels and has a 31-11 (.738) record as the Carolina head coach.
This will be John Tillman's first meeting with North Carolina as a head coach.
Series History vs. North Carolina
The Terps avenged the loss in the 2010 regular season to UNC by topping the Tar Heels, 13-5, in the semifinals of the ACC tournament in College Park. Grant Catalino led the way, tying his career high with six goals. John Haus tallied his first career hat trick for the Terps. Brian Phipps was terrific in cage for Maryland, stopping 13 Carolina shots.
In the 2010 regular-season meeting it was Carolina earning a 9-7 victory over the Terps on March 20 in Chapel Hill. Marcus Holman subbed for the injured Billy Bitter and scored four goals to lead UNC. Maryland was paced by Ryan Young and Adam Sear with two goals apiece.
The Tar Heels scored 10 goals in the first half en route to a 16-10 win in the semifinals of the 2009 ACC Tournament at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill. Joe Cummings recorded his first career hat trick for the Terps, while Ryan Young had a three-point day on a goal and two assists.
Earlier in 2009 the Terps and the Tar Heels played a nail-biter at Ludwig Field and in the end it was Maryland coming away with the 8-7 victory. Dan Groot scored three goals, including the game-winner that deflected off of two Carolina defender sticks, and added an assist. Grant Catalino chipped in with two goals, while Jason Carter played the whole way in cage and stopped 10 Tar Heel shots.
The Terps entered the 2008 game as the underdog for the first time since 2000, but left the game with their sixth straight victory over the Tar Heels, 13-8. Junior midfielder Jeff Reynolds scored his first career hat trick to lead the Terps. Grant Catalino, Dan Groot, Jeremy Sieverts and Max Ritz each had a goal and an assist in the Maryland victory.
The Maryland midfield dominated the 2007 game and le the Terps to an impressive 14-8 win over a rising Carolina team at Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium. Sophomore midfielder Dan Groot led the Terrapin attack with three goals for his second career hat trick. Freshman goalie Brian Phipps was stellar in the cage for Maryland, stopping 15 Tar Heel shots, while allowing just seven goals.
The Tar Heels led for nearly the entire game in the 2006 ACC semifinals, but Xander Ritz scored off a brilliant cross-crease pass from Michael Phipps with just 1:25 left in the fourth quarter to give the third-ranked Terps their first lead of the game and the 10-9 victory. Brendan Healy scored three goals and added a pair of assists for Maryland, while Ritz finished with a hat trick and Bill McGlone scored two and assisted on another two scores.
In the 2006 regular season meeting Joe Walters scored five goals to lead the No. 4 Terps to a 9-6 win at North Carolina on March 25. Sophomore attackman Max Ritz added two goals, while Bill McGlone and Michael Phipps each scored one. Defensively, Harry Alford stopped eight shots and allowed just six goals in net for the Terps.
Terrapin goalie Harry Alford stopped 20 UNC shots in the 2005 meeting to lead the fourth-ranked Terps to a 9-4 win over Carolina in College Park. Michael Hartofilis turned in the finest performance of his Maryland career with a goal and a career-best three assists. Brendan Healy, Michael Phipps and Joe Walters each scored twice in the Maryland win.
The 2004 meeting in Chapel Hill saw Maryland pick up a thrilling 10-9 victory at Fetzer Field on March 27. The Tar Heels used a five-goal third quarter to take a 8-7 lead into the fourth, but two goals by Maryland's Mike Brown and another by Joe Walters gaves the Terps a 3-1 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter and the 10-9 win. Walters finished the game with four goals, while Michael Phipps scored two goals in the victory.
In the 2003 game at Byrd Stadium, No. 13 North Carolina upset the No. 2 Terps as goalie Paul Spellman had a career-game with 25 saves. Joe Walters scored two goals for the Terps in the defeat. Bill McGlone also added a tally in the win. UNC was paced by Austin Garrison, who had four goals.
Seven of the last 17 meetings with North Carolina have been decided by one goal.
In the ACC Tournament Maryland is just 3-7 all-time vs. the Tar Heels. Carolina won the first six meetings, including five in a row from 1990-94, in the conference tournament before the Terps took two straight in 2004 and 2006. UNC snapped that skid with a victory in the 2009 semis at Carolina's Kenan Stadium, but Maryland got back on track with a win in the 2010 semis at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
The Terps lost their only NCAA Tournament meeting with the Heels in 1986, 12-10.
In ACC Tournament action, Maryland picked up its first win over UNC since the tournament started in 1989 with a 13-8 win on April 17, 1998. The Terps had dropped the first six games against the Heels in the ACC's all during a stretch from 1990 to 1995. Since then Mayland won three meetings in the ACC Tournament (13-8 in 1998, 10-9 in 2006, and 13-5 in 2010).
"The Stretch": Carolina, Virginia, Navy, Hopkins
Overall, Maryland is 60-72 (.455) since 1978 vs. those four teams during that time.
The Terps have swept the four games only once - in 1987. Only twice (1981 & 1988) has Maryland lost all four games. Six times (1978, 1979, 1989, 1996, 1998, 2001) the Terps have won three of the four games. Johns Hopkins broke up the Terps' bid for a perfect stretch four times, while Carolina and Virginia broke it up one time each.
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Get To 10 And Win
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 93-21 in games, for a .816 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 151 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 75.5 percent of the time.
Shooting Tells The Story
Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 42-2 (.955) when shooting 30% or better in a game. The first game Maryland lost during that stretch was a 13-10 decision to Georgetown in 2009 (the Terps shot 10 of 30 for 33.3% vs. the Hoyas). The second loss came in 2010 in the controversial 11-10 loss to No. 1 Virginia on April 3. The Terps shot 10 of 33 for 30.3%.
Big Cat Joins Maryland Elite
Rk. Name (Years) Goals
Catalino is also rising up the school's all-time points list. His seven points vs. UMBC gives him 165 points on 103 goals and 62 assists, which has him in 16th place on the school's all-time points list. The next Terp ahead of Catalino is Mike Mollot, who had 172 points from 2000-03.
Young's consistency has him among the all-time greats of Maryland men's lacrosse. He is moving up the all-time points chart and is currently 23rd with 134 points. The next Terp ahead of Young is Brendan Hanley, who had 140 points from 1974-77.
With his second point (an assist on Grant Catalino's second goal) vs. UNC in the ACC semis, Young, who now had 135 career points after tallying two assists vs. UMBC, became just the sixth Terp to reach the 100-point mark since 2002, joining Joe Walters (227), Grant Catalino (165), Max Ritz (111), Xander Ritz (110) and Bill McGlone (107). The thing that sets Young apart from the other five is that he is the only one to reach the 100-point plateau by having more assists than goals.
Young is just one assist away from becoming just the 16th player in Maryland history with 80 career assists. He currently stands at 17th on the all-time assists list with 79..
Three To 100
Grant Catalino and Ryan Young were already members of the 100-point club at Maryland before the 2011 season. Currently, Catalino has 165 points on 103 goals and 62 assists, while Young has totaled 135 points on 56 goals and 79 assists. Reed now stands at 106 points on 64 goals and 42 assists.
The trio of Joe Walters, Xander Ritz and Bill McGlone each had at least 100 points in 2006. Walters had 227 points on 153 goals and 74 assists. Ritz finished with 110 points on 63 goals and 47 assists, while McGlone reached 107 points on 77 goals and 30 assists.
Here's how the two trios stack up with one another with the 2011 unit's totals being current:
But that chart is almost comparing apples to oranges. The 2006 numbers are their totals following their senior seasons, while the 2011 trio has yet to play a game this year. So here's how they stack up with that 2006 group as they began the 2006 season:
Attack Unit Comes Back Strong
Maryland has long had one of the best attack units in the nation, but this year the Terps boast four seniors to lead the way. One thing in Maryland's favor is the depth of the unit. The Terps go five deep on attack with seniors Grant Catalino, Travis Reed and Ryan Young, joined by sophomore Owen Blye (who moved back to his natural attack position when Reed was injured at Towson) and freshman Sean McGuire.
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 2010 total of 163 points is the best of the past seven years, topping 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 2010 unit and the returning total is even more impressive when you add the 16 goals and four assists for Cummings. Although he played midfield as a sophomore in 2009, Cummings played crease attack on the man-up unit and had six EMO scores.
The 2011 unit will be tracked in the chart above to see how they stack-up against the recent Terp attack units. Owen Blye was added to the list when he moved into the attack rotation following Reed's injury at Towson. Only Blye's stats at attack are counted toward the 2011 total.
But breaking down the numbers further shows that the Terps are not just relying on a productive senior class on both ends of the field. Here's how Maryland's 2011 stats look when you break it down by class production.
Catalino is once again setting the scoring pace for the Terps, leading Maryland with 22 points on 15 goals and seven assists. Catalino is one of just two Terps to have three seasons with 22 points or more through the first seven games (Joe Walters is the other). Catalino's 2010 season is still tied for tops on the list with 31 points. He also makes the list for his 2009 season when he had 16 goals and 14 assists for 30 points.
Young has been the model of consistency during his four seasons as a Terp and is one of only two players on this list four times, joining Walters, who made it each season from 2003-06. With 20 points on 10 goals and 10 assists, Young has totaled 20 points in three seasons (2008, 2010 & 2011). He is also on the list with 17 points as a sophomore in 2009.
The third current Terp on this list is senior Travis Reed, who had 17 points in his first seven games as a freshman in 2008. Reed was on pace to join the list again this year before being injured in the Terps' fifth of the season at Towson.
Defense Ready To Meet Expectations
With three returning All-Americans this year's Maryland defense looks to be one of the best in recent memory, which says a lot about this group of Terps, but that also brings with it the pressure of living up to some pretty high standards. Maryland returns all three starters from its close defense unit, as well as its top two long poles and a stand-out senior short stick.
Leading the unit will be Brett Schmidt, a 2010 third team All-America, and Max Schmidt, a two-time All-American. They will be joined by Ryder Bohlander to form one of the nation's most formidable close defense groups. That trio totaled 105 groundballs and 68 caused turnovers in 2010. Senior Shane Hall is ready to go as the team's fourth close defender.
The defense will also provide an offensive boost thanks to a pair of dynamic long poles who are capable of triggering the transition game. Long pole Brian Farrell returned last season and earned second team All-America honors after scoring six goals and adding six assists, in addition to scooping up 53 groundballs and causing 26 turnovers. Backing-up Farrell will be sophomore Jesse Bernhardt, who was terrific as a freshman in 2010 with 34 groundballs, 15 caused turnovers, two goals (including the game-winner vs. Johns Hopkins) and two assists. Senior Michael White, junior David Miller and freshman Michael Ehrhardt could also contribute as the third long pole.
The Terps lost their top two short sticks to graduation, but return seniors Dan Burns and Scott LaRue, who made a successful transition from offense to defensive short stick last year. They will lead a d-middie unit that will also include juniors David Miller and Michael Shakespeare and sophomore Landon Carr.
During the last seven 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 didn't have a 20+-minute scoreless stretch in its first nine games in 2010, but had six in the final seven games. This season the Terps already have four 20+-minute scoreless stretches to their credit: Detroit Mercy (32:13), Georgetown (20:12), Duke (23:30) and St. Joseph's (27:21).
Maryland's "D" was dominating in its 2011 debut vs. Detroit Mercy, holding the Titans to just four goals. The defense was put behind the 8-ball right off the bat, having to kill four minutes of non-releasable penalties in the first 10 minutes of the game. Detroit managed to get two goals during that time, but Maryland didn't allow another Titan goal for 32:13 after that. Sophomores Jesse Bernhardt and Landon Carr led the way with three groundballs and three caused turnovers apiece. Senior Shane Hall made his first career start and had two groundballs.
Georgetown's offense put up 15 goals in its season opener at Jacksonville, but the Terrapin defense held the Hoyas to just eight goals in a 20-8 victory. Seniors Max Schmidt and Ryder Bohlander were outstanding in their one-on-one match-ups against a pair of Hoyas who had hat tricks vs. the Dolphins. Schmidt allowed just one goal to Davey Emala, while Bohlander held Travis Cormeau without even so much as a single shot. Senior Brett Schmidt had another tremendous day with five groundballs and three caused turnovers. Senior long pole Brian Farrell made his season debut a good one, scoring a goal, adding an assist, scooping up three groundballs and causing one turnover. Redshirt freshman Niko Amato was solid in cage for the Terps, making eight stops.
In the Terps' 9-8 overtime loss to Duke, the defense was led by Amato, who made a career-best 19 saves. Brett Schmidt had a career-high six groundballs. The defense also made an impact offensively as Carr scored twice for his first career multi-goal game and Michael Shakespeare scored a goal.
The front-line defense was terrific vs. Bellarmine, helping the Terps take a 10-3 lead early in the third quarter before giving way to the reserves, who were solid as the Knights continued to play their starters. For the second straight game Brett Schmidt set a career high for groundballs, doing his six-GB effort vs. Duke one better with seven. Schmidt also had four caused turnovers vs. the Knights. Max Schmidt was also outstanding when the ball was on the ground, scooping up four GBs, helping the Terps to 61 total groundballs, which marks the first time since 2002 that a Terrapin team hit the 60-groundball mark in a game. Farrell chipped in with five groundballs, but also did some damage on the offensive end of the field with a goal and an assist. Amato made eight saves, while allowing just three goals in 45:00 of action.
Towson has been known in 2011 for playing a deliberate style and that leads to some low scoring games, but Maryland's defense turned things up a notch by holding the Tigers to just four goals in an 8-4 Maryland win. Making things more impressive was the man-down unit's performance. That group held the Tigers to zero (0) man-up goals in six opportunities, which totaled 4:30. Amato was impressive again, making eight saves and picking up three groundballs.
Maryland's defense completely shut down UMBC for three quarters, allowing just two goals on 12 shots. The starting close defense of Bohlander, B. Schmidt and M. Schmidt combined for five groundballs and six caused turnovers. Amato had another great showing in cage, stopping 12 shots and picking up five groundballs. The long poles were equally impressive. Farrell and Jesse Bernhardt totaled seven groundballs and three caused turnovers, in addition to Bernhardt scoring a goal and Farrell adding an assist to help out on offense.
The Terps shutout St. Joseph's for the first 27:21 of the 11-4 victory over the Hawks. B. Schmidt led the Terps with four groundballs and two caused turnovers. Hall and Jesse Bernhardt also had four groundballs apiece. But the most impressive performance by a Maryland defender vs. St. Joe's was clearly by Farrell, who had a career-best three points on two goals and an assist to go along with two groundballs and a pair of caused turnovers.
Leading the way, of course, is Brian Farrell. The senior missed the opener vs. Detroit Mercy, but wasted no time getting back into the swing of things when he returned against Georgetown. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Baltimore native, has had a goal or an assist in five of the six games that he's played. He started with a goals and an assist vs. the Hoyas. He added another goal and an assist vs. Bellarmine and had another score vs. Towson (his fifth career goal vs. the Tigers). He tallied a point for the third straight game by assisting on Grant Catalino's first goal of the UMBC game. He set a career high for points in a game with three by scoring twice and adding an assist vs. St. Joseph's. For his career Farrell has 26 goals and 18 assists for 44 career points. Easily the highest-scoring defender in school history, Farrell's 44 points has him in 17th place in scoring over the last 10 years.
Not to be outdone is Farrel's long pole counterpart Jesse Bernhardt. Bernhardt became the seventh Terp defender to register a point with his first goal of the season in the 15-6 win over UMBC. For his career Bernhardt now has three goals and two assists.
Short-stick middie Scott LaRue was limited in the opener vs. Detroit Mercy, but he was ready vs. Georgetown and the result was LaRue assisting on one of Grant Catalino's five goals vs. the Hoyas. LaRue was in a giving mood again at Towson, assisting on two of the Terps' eight goals.
Short-stick d-middie Landon Carr came to Maryland as an offensive midfielder and so far he's shown off those offensive skills in the transition game. Carr had a goal in each of Maryland's first two games this season and had his first career multi-goal game with two vs. Duke. Carr added his first career assist in the win at Towson.
Junior Michael Shakespeare is another converted offensive middie and has been one of the great surprises of 2011. Shakespeare has adapted well to playing d-middie (five groundballs and two caused turnovers), but he hasn't forgotten how to play offense and he picked up his first career assist in the 16-4 win over Detroit Mercy. Shakespeare then added a goal in the Terps' 9-8 overtime loss at Duke.
Curtis Holmes had been amazing at the face-off X, but he's proven that he's more than a FOGO. The sophomore scored his first career goal and then added his first career assists in the Terps' 20-8 win over Georgetown. He then added another goal in the 11-4 victory over St. Joseph's.
Senior Max Schmidt, who picked up his first career goal on a back-handed shot in Maryland's 18-10 win over Colgate in the 2010 regular season finale, got his first career assist in the season opening 16-4 win over Detroit Mercy.
A Key To Victory
Farrell has registered multiple points in a game eight times during his career and Maryland has left the field winners in seven of those contests (87.5%). The only time the Terps have lost a game when Farrell had two points was the overtime loss to Virginia in the 2008 NCAA quarterfinals.
Consecutive 10-Win Seasons
The 17-4 victory over Fairfield on May 1, 2010 was the 10th of the year for Maryland, giving it eight straight seasons with double-digit wins. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the D1Scourse.com).
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
Maryland's 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 was the program's 700th victory in 84 seasons of varsity men's lacrosse. The Terps join Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Navy and Army as the only programs with 700 or more Division I wins.
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' 86th Season Of Lacrosse
The Terps boast an all-time record of 721-243-4 (.747), dating back to the first varsity team in 1924 (a team was not fielded in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II). Maryland has finished every one of its previous 85 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 10-6. The program reached the 700-win milestone with a 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 at Ludwig Field.
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 18-5 in the 2010's for a .783 winning percentage.
Maryland In Season Openers
Maryland has a 82-3-1 (.959) lifetime record in season openers dating back to the 1924 season. The Terps have won their last 18 openers and 25 of the last 26, with the only loss coming to Duke in 1993, when they fell to Duke 9-5 on March 6.
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.)18 Straight in Season Openers
After beating Detroit Mercy to open the 2011 season the Terps have an 18-game winning streak in season openers. Five of those wins came against Villanova (1994-98) and the last nine over Denver, Mount St. Mary's, Air Force, Hobart, Duke, Georgetown (four times), Bellarmine (twice), Presbyterian and Detroit Mercy. Over the 18-year stretch, Maryland outscored its foes 255-93 (an average score of 14.2-5.2) in those games.
The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 18 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.
Maryland has played 77 different opponents in its 86 seasons. The 2011 season added Detroit Mercy (a 16-4 win on 2/19) and St. Joseph's (an 11-4 win on 3/20) to that list. In the Terps' 77 first-time meetings Maryland is 73-4 (.948) in those games. Adelphi (12-13, 1982), Army (0-3, 1923), Syracuse (3-10, 1927) and Yale (3-5, 1925) are the only schools to beat the Terps the first time the schools met on a lacrosse field.
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A Family Affair
Many school's refer to their sports programs as families, but the Maryland men's lacrosse program is truely a family affair. Since 2002, the Terps have had 12 sets of brothers, including four on this season's roster, don the red and black together for at least one season.
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.
Five Taken In MLL Draft
Defenseman Brett Schmidt was the next Terp taken, going 15th overall to the Denver Outlaws. Midfielder Dan Burns went 19th overall by the Hamilton Nationals, while attackmen Grant Catalino and Ryan Young went with the 21st and 23rd picks, respectively, to Denver and the Long Island Lizards.
2011 Team Captains: Burns, Catalino, Farrell and B. Schmidt
Four players have been named team captains for the 2011 season. The quartet, which was selected by a combination of team vote and coaches' input, consists of seniors Dan Burns, Grant Catalino, Brian Farrell and Brett Schmidt. Farrell, who was also a captain last season, is the repeat captain since Bill McGlone was selected by his teammates in 2005 and 2006.
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