COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior Grant Catalino scored a hat trick for the No. 5 University of Maryland men's lacrosse team, but it wasn't enough as the Terps lost an 11-6 decision to No. 8 North Carolina Saturday afternoon at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
Maryland (6-2, 0-2 ACC) jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, but the Tar Heels (7-2, 1-1 ACC) scored the next eight goals to take control of the game.
Sophomores Owen Blye and Landon Carr scored the game's first two goals to give the Terps a 2-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Catalino then scored back-to-back goals 11 seconds apart from one another to up the lead to 4-0.
Carolina got on the board with a goal by freshman Pat Foster, who was making his first career start, to make it a 4-1 game with 3:34 left in the first.
The Terps appeared to take a 5-1 lead with just over a minute left in the quarter when senior Ryan Young snagged an errant shot and quickly moved the ball on to sophomore John Haus, who one-timed it into the Carolina net. But the officials waived off the goal, saying a whistle was blown due to a loose-ball push on the Tar Heels prior to the shot.
Maryland took its 4-1 lead into the second quarter, but a random stick check between quarters proved to be a key moment in the game and swung momentum in favor of the Tar Heels. Officials selected Young for a random check between quarters and ruled his stick to be shorter than allowed by NCAA rules. Young was given a 3:00 non-releasable penalty to start the second quarter.
Carolina could only score once on the 3:00 penalty, but that proved to be the start of five unanswered goals in the second that gave UNC a 6-4 lead going into halftime.
Tar Heel freshman Nicky Glasso, who led all scorers with seven points on two goals and five assists, upped Carolina's lead to 8-4 to start the third quarter, scoring a goal and assisting on another.
Junior Joe Cummings finally put the Terps back on the board with his lone goal of the day with 9:44 remaining in the third. Cummings used a nice re-dodge to slip past two Tar Heel defenders before finally beating UNC goalie Steve Rastivo with a slick shot to make it an 8-5 game.
Maryland looked like it might have momentum back on its side, but Carolina's Jimmy Dunster scored less than two minutes later to up UNC's lead back to four.
The Tar Heel advantage grew to 10-5 on Foster's third goal of the game at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Maryland then had another goal taken off the board by the officials with 8:49 left in the fourth. Cummings scored on a nice shot from the left wing, but the officials waived off the goal due to a Carolina defender pushing a Terrapin player into the crease before the ball went into the net.
The Terps retained possession and did cut the Tar Heel lead back to four on Catalino's third goal of the game, but three more minutes had ticked off the clock in the process.
Carolina was then able to kill some clock and eventually got an empty-net goal from Dunster to make it an 11-6 final.
One of the bright spots for the Terps was the play of sophomore face-off man Curtis Holmes, who won 15-of-20 face-offs, including 15-of-19 against Carolina freshman R.G. Keenan, who came into the game ranked ninth in the NCAA with a .645 winning percentage. Holmes also finished the game with a game-high six groundballs.
Senior defender Brett Schmidt also turned in a solid performance for Maryland, holding UNC senior All-American Billy Bitter, the 2010 ACC Player of the Year, without a point and limiting him to just three shots in the game. It is the second consecutive meeting between Maryland and North Carolina that Schmidt had held Bitter without a point.
Maryland closes out its regular-season ACC slate on Saturday, April 2, when it plays at No. 2 Virginia. The Terps and the Cavaliers are scheduled for a noon start at Scott Stadium. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.
• With today's 11-6 loss Maryland is now 38-21 all-time vs. North Carolina.
• With three points on three goals, senior Grant Catalino now has 13 hat tricks, 42 multi-point and 33 multi-goal games for his career.
• Catalino's three goals give him 106 for his career, moving him past Bill Pettit (103, 1962-64) for sole-possession of 10th place on the school's all-time goals list.
• Catalino's three points gives him 168 for his career. He needs four more to tie Mike Mollott (172, 2000-03) for 15th place on the Terps' all-time points list.
• Senior Ryan Young's one assist gives him 80 for his career, moving him into a tie with Brendan Hanley (1985-88) for 15th place on the Terps' all-time assists list.
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