Maryland Survives Penn 9-4

Maryland Survives Penn 9-4

Maryland Survives Penn 9-4

Maryland Survives Penn 9-4

The match-up between the 7th Ranked Maryland Terrapins and the Pennsylvania Quakers found both teams looking to rebound after two game losing streaks. Each team could not have asked for a better day to try and break back into the win column as it was sunny and warm with a nice breeze blowing across the field. However, the pleasant afternoon proved to only be nice for the Terps, as they dominated the Quakers; holding them scoreless for over fifty minutes during the course of the game en route to a 9 to 4 victory.

The two main stories in this game were the career day for Brian Phipps, and the return of Travis Reed to the team after a two game suspension. Both players had a big impact on this game, with Phipps recording a career best 17 saves, and Reed tallying 4 assists to lead the team in scoring on the day. The Penn offense could not find an answer for Phipps today as he stopped every shot that he faced in the net (his lone goal against came while trying to get a loose ball out front). Meanwhile, Reed contributed to a team offense that saw 11 different scorers and 8 of the 9 goals coming from assists.

The game began with a Maryland false start on the opening face off, but The Terps would be the first to draw blood. With 12:15 remaining in the first quarter, Senior Max Ritz took a pass from Travis Reed and drove the left alley, where he fired a shot over the left shoulder of Penn goalie Chris Casey. This reporter thought the goal was unassisted, but the scorekeeper was feeling generous, and thus Reed got his first helper of the day. Less than a minute later, Maryland would strike again as midfielder Jeremy Sieverts took a Grant Catalino pass and blasted a right-handed shot past the Penn keeper. The Quaker’s first tally came at the 9:05 mark following a scrum out front that brought Phipps out of the crease in search of the loose ball. Penn junior Craig Andrzejewski corralled the loose ball and found the open net to get back within one goal of the Terrapins. This would be all the scoring for the first quarter as both goalies were on their games in the opening quarter.

For the next two quarters, the Terrapins would be the only team to score, as they rattled off 7 unanswered goals before the Quakers were able to respond with 2:53 remaining in the game. During the remainder of his time in net, Phipps really made it look easy. The Indian Creek Middle School product was seeing the ball extremely well, forcing the Penn shooters to make perfect shots, which they were unable to do. At one point in the second quarter Phipps made a save and outlet so fast, that it was almost a quick stick.

The Maryland offense continued its team play as all of the remaining goals were assisted, except one. A left-handed sweep and shoot by midfielder Dan Groot. Of the next seven goals, freshman Travis Reed would assist on three of them, feeding Chris Rhine, Grant Catalino, and Adam Sear respectively. The best assist of the game, however, came off of a gritty loose ball pickup by Max Ritz. The senior midfielder then weaseled his way through the heart of the Penn defense and found junior Scott Tompkins all alone with the goalie for an easy put away.

Around the 4:00 minute mark in the 4th quarter, Maryland coach Dave Cottle subbed out Phipps for freshman Mark White. However, White’s afternoon did not go as well as Phipps’. Penn finally got on the board again with 2:53 remaining in the game, when junior Garvey Heiderman found the back of net off of a feed from freshman Corey Winkoff. The next two scores would also belong to Penn, as freshman Al Kohart and junior Alex Weber would both notch goals. But these clearly fell under the category of “too little, too late.”

This game proved unsurprising as the heavily favored Terrapins handed the Quakers their 6th loss of the season. Next up for Maryland is another Ivy League tune up against Yale before the ACC tournament, while the Quakers will travel to Towson. The plot only thickens for Maryland’s goalie rotation, as Phipps was dominant today. It would make sense that Jason Carter would play the whole next game, and that his performance would dictate who gets the start in the ACC tourney. However, my gut says that Carter will get the start against Virginia regardless of how the Yale game plays out.

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Good Win For Maryland
    by (#136419) on 4/20/08 @12:05AM
Penn is not a super tough team, but this win should get Maryland back on track and give them some good flow going into the ACC Tournament.
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    by (#185818) on 4/21/08 @10:34AM
great game Mark White representing that AVA (alexandria, Va) for those who don't know... MD's goalie is sick end of story...

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    by (#129658) on 4/21/08 @7:03PM
Nice article. Liked the middle school insight on Phipps...great "local color". Will there be any elementary school references in the future? Pre-school? Moms eat it up!
But, hey, "UMD Survives"? At 9-1 with the fourth midfield playing in the 3rd and the defensive bench cleared, the last three goals was a mercy offering. Next: editorial license aside: "Weaseled (sic) his way through the heart of the Penn defense" bout "powered"? There is no "weaseling" when you put the helmet on! ACC's next week versus UVA at UVA, then Yale at home. Tough call in goal. Carter was sick in the first UVA game but shell-shocked in the beginning of the 3rd quarter against Hopkins (5 goals on 6 shots). Phipps was definitely feeling it yesterday bur Penn shooters are terrible (selection, accuracy, location).
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