UMBC upsets Maryland, 9-7

UMBC upsets Maryland, 9-7

UMBC upsets Maryland, 9-7

UMBC upsets Maryland, 9-7

COLLEGE PARK, Md.--The 10th ranked UMBC men's lacrosse team defeated fifth-ranked Maryland for the third consecutive time, 9-7, Saturday afternoon at Ludwig Field. Senior goalie Jeremy Blevins (Cockeysville, Md./Calvert Hall) had seven saves as the Retrievers held the Terps to just one first half goal. Senior Alex Hopmann (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) and junior Kyle Wimer (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) each had two goals and an assist.

In the fourth quarter, the Retrievers earned unassisted goals from Wimer and sophomore Bobby Stockton (Ponte Vedre, Fla./Nease) to give UMBC an 8-3 lead. After a Terp goal by Grant Catalino, Wimer struck again just 37 seconds later to reestablish the five-goal lead.

Maryland then pulled off three in a row to end the game on goals by Ryan Young, Will Yeatman and Catalino. Yeatman's was a man-up goal as the Terps were 2-for-2 in man-advantage situations, while the Retrievers were 1-for-4.

The Retrievers scored a man-up goal at 6:05 of the third period when freshman Rich May (Annapolis, Md./Archbishop Spalding) scored off a crisp pass from fellow freshman Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y./Carthage) to give UMBC a 5-1 lead, but the Terps scored just six second later on a Young goal. Maryland cut the lead to two on a Grant Catalino goal at 10:25.

Grimm scored on a fast break opportunity, receiving the pass from senior Ryan Smith (Fallston, Md./Fallston/CCBC-Essex) before faking a low shot before putting the ball in the top-left corner at 13:06.

In a second quarter of long possessions for both teams with nothing to show for it for almost the first 12 minutes, Hopmann fed senior Peet Poillon (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley/Ohio State), who scored on a shot to the top-right corner to give the Retrievers a 3-1 lead at 11:56. Hopmann scored less a minute and a half later to make it 4-1 at 13:32.

In an opening quarter of hard-hitting good defense, the Retrievers opened the scoring when junior Matt Latham (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) beat Maryland goalie Brian Phipps off a pass from junior Kyle Wimer (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) at 1:35. The Terps tied the game at 8:58 when Young wrapped around the goal to beat Blevins. UMBC regained the lead when Hopmann beat a Maryland defender and then Phipps at 12:45.

Freshman Justin Radebaugh (Lutherville, Md./Boys' Latin) handled the face-offs for UMBC, winning 10 of 20 after the Retrievers won just 9 of 41 in their two previous games.

The Retrievers return to action next Saturday when they host Ohio State at 1 p.m.

-------- From Maryland Press Release...

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Terps got hat tricks from sophomores Grant Catalino and Ryan Young, but it wasn't enough as the University of Maryland men's lacrosse team dropped a 9-7 decision to No. 10 UMBC Saturday afternoon at Ludwig Field.

A slow first quarter saw the Retrievers take an early 1-0 lead, but Maryland tied the game with 6:02 remaining in the first on Young's first goal of the game. Young isolated his defender behind the cage and roll-dodged multiple times, finally freeing himself for a quick shot from the left side.

UMBC scored the game's next four goals, with Alex Hopmann scoring twice and adding an assist during the run, to take a 4-1 lead heading into halftime.

Neither team got on track early in the third until the Retrievers' Rich May scored at the 8:55 mark.

It seemed like the Terps got the spark they were looking for on the ensuing face-off when senior Jeff Reynolds popped the ball forward and scooped up the clean groundball. He moved the ball to Catalino on the left wing, who quickly swung the ball to Young on the goal line extended, where he beat UMBC goalie Jeremy Blevins top side to make the score 5-2.

The game settled down again, but the Terps continued to claw their way back into the game. A pushing foul on Retriever defender Matt Kresse gave Maryland its first extra-man opportunity of the game with 4:50 to go in the third and it took the Terps only 15 seconds to convert and cut the lead to two. Catalino finished the play with a quick shot off of a nice swing pass from senior Jeremy Sieverts.

UMBC kept its poise and settled the game down once again and built its lead back to four goals with a 3-0 scoring run to end the third and start the fourth quarters.

Catalino scored his second of the game on a low-to-low shot from the left wing at the 8:27 mark, but UMBC's Kyle Wimer scored his second of the game to up the lead back to five at the 7:50 mark.

Maryland made a bid for the big comeback, getting the final three goals of the game on scores from Young, junior Will Yeatman and Catalino, but there wasn't enough time for the Terps to finish the rally.

Despite the loss, Maryland's defense turned in a solid effort, led by sophomore Brett Schmidt, who had three caused turnovers and a groundball. Sophomore Max Schmidt had a pair of groundballs and a caused turnover and held UMBC's All-America attackman Ryan Smith to just one assist on the day. Junior Brian Phipps had 11 saves for the Terps in goal and tied his career-high with six groundballs.

The man-down unit was also solid for Maryland, holding the nation's top extra-man unit (UMBC had converted 66.7% of its EMO chances coming into the game) to just one goal in four opportunities.

There's little time for Maryland to recover as it returns to action tomorrow, Sunday, March 15, for a 1p.m. game against Bryant at Ludwig Field.

Game Notes:

• With today's 9-7 loss Maryland is now 24-7 all-time vs. UMBC.

• Sophomore Grant Catalino extended his scoring streak to 19 games with three goals and an assist. Catalino also pushed his multi-point scoring streak to 12 games.

• Catalino now has five hat tricks, 15 multi-goal and 19 multi-point games in his career.

• Sophomore Ryan Young has now scored at least one goal in each of the five games he's played in this season.

• Young's hat trick is the third of his career and also gives him seven multi-goal and 15 multi-point games for his career.

• Senior Jeremy Sieverts pushed his point-scoring streak to 10 games with one assist.

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    by (#190904) on 3/14/09 @8:10PM
Yeeahhhh Grimm =)

Frontier League representt!
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Final Four-Or-Bust For Cottle?
    by (#136419) on 3/15/09 @11:32AM
Dave Cottle is a fine recruiter and a fine coach when his team is the underdog. But this was yet another instance where he couldn't get it done as the favorite. So, due to:

1. Cottle's shortcomings as the favorite
2. Cottle's teams shortcomings in the NCAA Tournament
3. Cottle missing the Final Four in 2007 & 2008
4. Cottle almost always having loads of talent

I am wondering if this season could be, or should be, Final Four-or-bust for him.
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