College Lacrosse's Biggest Rivalry: No. 13 Maryland vs. No. 9 Johns Hopkins
April 9, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Lacrosse's greatest rivalry renews for the 105th time this Saturday as 13th-ranked Maryland (6-4) battles No. 9 Johns Hopkins (4-4) at the inaugural Smartlink Day of Rivals at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
The Terps and the Blue Jays are the second game of a double-header that has No. 12 Navy taking on Army in the two program's annual "Star Game" in the opener. Both games will be televised live on ESPNU. Rob Simmelkjaer will handle the play-by-play, while legendary former Army coach Jack Emmer and former Tewaaraton Trophy winner Matt Ward will provide the analysis. Melissa Knowles will be the sideline reporter.
The game between the Terps and the Blue Jays is also scheduled to be broadcast on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network's flagship station, ESPN Radio 1300 AM (WJZ-AM) in Baltimore and surrounding areas. Steve Stofberg (Maryland '94) is in his fourth season as the vioce of Terrapin lacrosse. Analyst Tim McGinnis, who was an All-American goalie for the Terps in 2004, will join him in the booth.
Maryland is 6-4 on the season after suffering a 10-4 loss at Navy last Friday night in Annapolis. Hopkins enters the game with a 4-4 mark after snapping a three-game losing skid with a 14-9 victory over Albany at home on April 4. The Blue Jays have five players with at least 10 goals in 2009.
Hopkins' Dave Pietramala is in his ninth season at Hopkins and has a 100-29 (77.5) record with the Jays. He is 123-46 overall in 12 years as a coach for a 72.8 win percentage at both Hopkins and Cornell.
Head coach Dave Cottle has won four of 17 career games against Hopkins, 10 of which came while coaching at Loyola. He led the Greyhounds to back-to-back wins against Hopkins in 1998 (10-7) and 1999 (14-5). Against coach Dave Pietramala, Cottle is 1-5, as his Loyola team dropped a 13-10 decision on May 4, 2001, in addition to five losses while he has been at Maryland. His lone victory over Pietramala came in 2006 when the Terps dropped the Blue Jays 11-4 at Homewood Field.
Series History vs. Johns Hopkins
While this will be the 105th meeting between the two schools, Maryland's official record vs. Hopkins is 37-57-1. The first ten meetings between the two happened before lacrosse was an official sport at Maryland.
This year's meeting between the Blue Jays and the Terps will be the first time the two teams have met on a neutral field since 1987 when they played at Rutgers Stadium. Maryland dropped a 13-8 decision to Hopkins in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to 2004's 14-10 Hopkins win, the previous three games in the series were one-goal affairs -- with the two going to overtime. Six of the last 11 have been one-goal games.
Last season was not a one-goal affair as Hopkins controlled the game on their home field and took a 10-4 decision. The game was tight in the first half, with the Blue Jays taking a 3-2 lead into halftime. But the third quarter saw Hopkins outscore the Terps 6-1 to put the game out of reach. Grant Catalino was the Terps' lone multi-point scorer with a goal and an assist, but the highlight of the game for Maryland came on Brian Farrell's highlight-reel one-handed bounce shot with a pair of Blue Jay defenders draped on him.
The series returned to its one-goal history in 2007 with the Blue Jays pulling out an 8-7 victory in overtime. Paul Rabil hit a running left-handed shot just 43 seconds into the extra session. Senior midfielder Chris Feifs had the finest outing of his college career in the game, scoring his first-ever hat trick.
The Terps snapped a four-game losing skid to Hopkins in 2006 with a decisive 11-4 win at Homewood Field on April 14. Leading the way was Attackman of the Year Joe Walters, who scored six goals and added two assists. Eight points and six goals were the most ever by a Maryland player against the Blue Jays. Bill McGlone chipped in with a pair of goals, while junior goalie Harry Alford was solid in the cage, stopping nine shots.
Before last season Hopkins had won the last four games, two (2003 & 2002) in overtime. The 2005 game saw the Blue Jays use a four-goal run in the third quarter to secure an 11-6 victory over the ninth-ranked Terrapins on April 15. Six different Terps scored in the game, led by Joe Walters, Xander Ritz and Dave Matz, who each scored one and added an assist. The loss dropped the Terps to 5-5 on the season, but they would go on a six-game winning streak en route to an ACC Tournament championship and a berth in the Final Four.
At Homewood Field on April 17, 2004, Hopkins raced out to an 8-1 lead in the first quarter en route to a 14-10 victory in the 100th meeting between the two schools. In the 2003 meeting at Byrd Stadium, on April 12, Joe McDermott scored the game-winner 1:21 into overtime for the 6-5 Hopkins win in front of 8,183 in attendance.
This game marks just the third time since 2002 that Hopkins does not come into the contest ranked No. 1 in the nation. Last year was the 10th time in the last 23 meetings that either Maryland or Hopkins comes into the game ranked No. 1. In those nine games, the No. 1-ranked team has been upset by the lower-ranked team three times with the most recent occurrence coming in 1998 as the No. 6 Hopkins squad handed the top-ranked Terps their first loss after an 8-0 start.
Maryland is 11-23-1 all-time on the road vs. Hopkins. Prior to the Terps' 11-4 win in 2006, Maryland had dropped the last five played at Homewood Field.
Terps in Pro Stadiums
In 2005, Maryland was 3-1 in NFL stadiums - 1-1 at Lincoln Financial Field and 2-0 at M&T Bank Stadium.
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.
Maryland lost to Virginia in the 2003 NCAA Semifinals in M&T Bank Stadium.
Shooting Tells The Story
In Maryland's six victories this season the Terrapins are shooting nearly 30% (29.8%, 74 goals/248 shots). In their four losses the Terps' shooting percentage is cut to 20.1% (30 goals/149 shots).
Another standout statistic from Terp wins and losses is man-up conversion percentage. Maryland has converted 10-of-18 opportunities (.556) in its six wins, but is 4-of-13 (.308) in four defeats.
Get To 10 And Win
Earlier this season, the Terps lost to Georgetown, 13-10. 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.
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 three 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.
The defense was thrown a curve ball just days prior to the Duke game when Maryland learned that Brian Farrell would miss the game after being admitted to Shock Trauma due to complications with a pair of broken ribs. To fill Farrell's void, the Terps moved sophomore Brett Schmidt from his normal long pole spot to close defense, junior Dan Halayko to the top long pole slot and switched junior Dean Hart from short-stick to long pole. The changes worked as the Terps held the Blue Devils in check, allowing just eight goals.
The defense was stout again against a determined Towson team. After the Tigers took a 1-0 lead, the Terrapin defense held Towson to just one goal over the next 31:56, allowing the offense to take control of the game and build a 6-2 lead. Mike Griswold and Brett Schmidt each had two groundballs and two caused turnovers, while Jeff Reynolds led the team with five GBs to go along with two caused turnovers.
Bryant came into College Park averaging nearly 12 goals per game and had the NCAA's all-time leading goal scorer, Zack Greer, leading its attack. But the Terps were up to the challenge, limiting the Bulldogs to just six goals in a 13-6 Maryland win. Mike Griswold was given the assignment of marking Greer and Griswold was solid, holding him to just a pair of scores and no assists. For the game the Terps harassed the Bulldogs into 32 turnovers, including 16 that were directly caused by a Maryland player. Brett Schmidt was outstanding for the Terps, causing a career-best four turnovers.
The defense was already short-handed coming into the North Carolina game. Brian Farrell was still out due to the injury sustained in the Air Force game. But it got a lot worse for the Terps during the week leading up to the UNC game. Brian Phipps, Bryn Holmes and Brett Schmidt all were injured during the week and did not play. Sophomore Ryder Bohlander stepped in and replaced Schmidt at close defense, but he went down less than five minutes into the first quarter and was unable to return. That's when senior Anthony Costanzo came into the game and turned in the finest perfomance of his career, holding UNC's Gavin Petracca without a point and causing a career-best three turnovers. As a team, Maryland limited the high-powered Tar Heel offense, which entered the game scoring more than 13 goals per game, to a season-low seven goals.
It was another stout effort for the defense in the 10-9 loss in seven overtimes at No. 1 Virginia. The Cavaliers came into the game averaging 14.2 points per game, but it wasn't until the 84th minute that the Wahoos scored their 10th goal. Mike Griswold had another tough assignment, covering Garrett Billings (4.0 ppg coming into the game), but he held Virginia's leading scorer to just one assist on the day. Sophomores Brett and Max Schmidt were also impressive. Max was assigned Danny Glading and held the All-American to just one goal. Brett was given the task during the overtimes of covering Shamel Bratton and held him without a shot in the overtimes.
Brian Farrell was moved to close defense this season, but that didn'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 making him the highest-scoring defender in school history.
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 and added assists at Towson and Virginia, while his running mate Dean Hart put in a goal vs. Presbyterian.
Junior Bryn Holmes has two goals on the season, but he scored one while a member of the second midfield. The other he tallied at Virginia (off an assist from Burns) when he was switched back to a defensive short-stick.
Sophomore Grant Catalino is averaging 3.3 points per game with 33 points on 18 goals and 15 assists. The only other sophomore above Catalino on the list is Joe Walters, who had 42 points on 27 goals and 15 assists in 2004. Last season, Catalino had 16 goals and five assists through 10 games.
Junior Will Yeatman has 26 points on 13 goals and 13 assists to tie for 11th on the list.
Grant Catalino's 22-game point streak ended at Navy. His streak began on March 3, 2008 in Maryland's 13-5 win over Providence game. During that 22-game stretch, he had multiple points in 19, with string of 13 consecutive multiple-point games came to an end at 13 at No. 1 Virginia on March 28, 2009. Catalino's 22-game scoring streak was the longest for any Terp since Joe Walters had a 40-game streak and Xander Ritz had a 25-game run. Both of those streaks came to an end against Virginia in the 2006 ACC Tournament final.
Dan Groot had the next-longest point-scoring streak for the Terps at nine games, but that too was broken against the Midshipmen.
The Terp with the longest point-scoring streak in now Will Yeatman. The junior from San Diego, Calif., has had at least one point in each of the past seven games.
Terps vs. No. 1
The most recent occasion of Maryland knocking off a No. 1 team came just last season on Saturday, March 29. The No. 4 Terps controlled the game from the outset and pulled off a 13-7 win over No. 1 Virginia at Chevy Chase Bank 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. The last time the Terrapins faced a No. 1-ranked team was on April 1, 2006 against Virginia. The Wahoos, who would storm through an undefeated season en route to a national title, took that game by a 15-5 margin.
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 current Maryland head coach Dave Cottle.
Prior to last season, the last time the Terps upset the No.1 team at Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium was a 13-11 win over Virginia on March 30, 1996.
Terps' 84th Season Of Lacrosse
Since 2000, Maryland is 107-46 for a .699 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.
Yeatman among Tryout Pool For Team USA
Joining Yeatman in the tryout pool are six former Terrapins: Joe Walters (attack), Bill McGlone (midfield), Joe Cinosky (defense), Chris Passavia (defense), Lee Zink (defense) and Brian Dougherty (goalie).
The tryouts will be held from June 7-10, 2009 at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. Following the tryout weekend, the group will be trimmed to approximately 40 players that will compete in three training weekends during the fall of 2009. After those three weekends, the roster will be cut to the FIL-mandated size of 23 players.
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.
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.
Home Away From Home
2009 Captains: Carter, Griswold, Groot, Rhine, Sieverts
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