Terps Trounce UVA 13-7

Terps Trounce UVA 13-7

Terps Trounce UVA 13-7

Terps Trounce UVA 13-7

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - A crisp March day in College Park saw the Terrapins of Maryland and the Cavaliers of Virginia face off in an ACC battle between two teams in the top 5. UVA came into this game undefeated and ranked #1 in the nation, while UMD stood at #4 with a 6-2 record. The biggest number in this game however, was #49, the number of Terrapin redshirt junior goalie Jason Carter. Carter was hot all day, which combined with some solid defense in front of him, kept UVA out of double digits for the first time this season. The other story of this game was the performance of Maryland freshman attackman Travis Reed, who poured in 3 goals and 2 assists. All together, the Terps came out firing while the Cavs struggled from the get go. This led to Maryland pulling off an impressive 13 to 7 upset of Virginia.

The opening face off of the game belonged to Virginia, but they would get turned away by two Jason Carter saves. Maryland freshman Ryan Young would open the scoring with a flat-out sprint from back left that allowed him to tuck the ball around freshman goalie Adam Ghitelman. Maryland would not wait long to strike again as UVA moved early on the ensuing face off which led to a Jeff Reynolds’ goal courtesy of sophomore Bryn Holmes. On UVA’s next possession, Jason Carter would assert himself again as he rejected a Ben Rubeor behind the back shot on the doorstep. Fifteen seconds later, Jeff Reynolds would find the back of the net again, on another big righty shot from out front. With the score 3 to nothing and Virginia’s Ghitelman yet to record a save, it looked like the young freshman may have been a deer in the headlights, but he snapped out of it at around the 7:40 mark with a great low save, on a shot by Maryland long pole Brian Farrell. Meanwhile, UMD’s Carter continued his hot play stoning two more great looks from senior player of the year candidate Ben Rubeor. Senior middie Peter Lamade got UVA on the board at the 3:34 mark with an unassisted righty jump shot from the left wing that went high to high over the shoulder of the Maryland goalie. This would end the scoring for the quarter with Maryland up 3 to 1.

Not long after the start of the second quarter, UVA looked to close the gap after a questionable tripping penalty gave them a 30 second extra man opportunity. With the performance of UVA’s man-up unit, converting an absurd 69%, this looked like the break that would get the Cavs back in the game. But again #49 stood in UVA’s way, easily handling a crank from top center. The next tally came off the stick of Maryland freshman Travis Reed. At the 11:30 mark Reed snapped a quick low to high wrist shot that the Cavalier goalie did not see until it was too late. The following face off brought more bad news for the Cavaliers as Senior Will Dalton pulled the face off to himself and took the ball all the way for Maryland’s 4th goal of the game just 6 seconds later. Another Maryland penalty, an illegal body check, would allow the Cavs to flex their EMO muscle. After some crisp passing from the UVA man-up, a cutting Brian Carroll finished a feed from Danny Glading with a nice turn and shoot that nestled into the goal, just inside the far pipe. However, for the second time, Maryland face off man Will Dalton pulled the ball to himself, igniting a fast break. This time he drew the slide and worked the classic 4 on 3 fast break to Ryan Young, who in turn made the diagonal feed to Travis Reed for another Maryland score just seven seconds after Virginia’s tally. The scoring did not end there as the Terrapins rattled off three more goals, one each by Travis Reed, Rob Morrison, and Tony Mendes. The most impressive of which came from the highly touted freshman, Mendes, who drove from the right GLE and blew a right-handed jump shot past Ghitelman five-hole. With 2:35 remaining in the half, UVA Coach, Dom Starsia called a timeout to settle his troops down and get something positive going in for the half, which he got in the form of another Peter Lamade goal off of an assist by Ben Rubeor. UVA would get one more man-up opportunity before half, but the iron was unkind to Ben Rubeor, and Maryland was able to get possession and avoid a face off to start the second half.

The start of the second half brought a new strategy from Terp Coach Dave Cottle, he stuck with his starting goalie. Cottle had been alternating halves between Carter and sophomore Brian Phipps, but today he chose to stick with the hot hand and keep Carter between the pipes. Looking at their first loss of the year, the Cavaliers responded with their first consecutive goals of the day. While Maryland started the second half with possession, they were unable to hang onto the ball and thus UVA was able to work the ball down and beat Maryland’s man coming out of the box after the penalty expired. Senior Ben Rubeor showed why he is one of the most feared lefty snipers in the sport today with a bullet from the left wing. This goal came just 30 seconds into the period and it looked like the Cavs might shake off their poor first half and mount a comeback. They would strike again at 10:04 with a ridiculous bounce shot from UVA freshman Rhamel Bratton that lost about 15 mph after its bounce. The Terp goalie looked like he was swinging at a Johan Santana changeup. However, the momentum would not last as Maryland would score the next two goals. Redshirt junior Jeff Reynolds would net his third goal of the day, giving him hat tricks in consecutive games, while freshman attackman Grant Catalino notched his first points of the day. UVA had a little more fight in them though, as Rhamel Bratton found the back of the net for the second time this quarter thanks to an assist from senior midfielder Jack Riley. The third quarter would draw to a close with UVA cutting the lead from 6 goals to 5.

With one more quarter to make up the difference, UVA needed to come out storming if they were going to have a shot in this game. They did well to scrap for the opening face off, but luck would have it that the ball fell to Maryland’s Travis Reed, who would find Grant Catalino on the doorstep. The 6’5” freshman scored it with a man coming over his back. Defensively, Maryland dropped into a zone, which forced Virginia to work around the outside for a good look. Virginia could ill afford the time that was ticking away while they probed the Maryland zone for an opening. This is perhaps where Carter had his biggest impact on the game. The Cavaliers seemed to be looking for a perfect shot, when they really did not have the time to look for one. Credit also the Maryland long poles, who clogged up passing lanes and disrupted the flow of the UVA offense. Both teams would each score again once, sophomore Brian Farrell for the Terps and junior Garrett Billings for the Cavs, but neither goal had a real effect on the outcome of this game. In the end, the Cavaliers just did not have an answer for Terrapin goalie, Jason Carter’s career best 15 saves. Carter’s excellent work between the pipes, coupled with a second quarter in which the Cavaliers were outscored 6 to 2 ultimately doomed the Cavs today. The good news for Virginia fans is that this is just their first ACC game, which still gives them time to improve their seed for the tournament. Their next two games are against conference foes UNC and Duke. On a side note, the play of Ken Clausen continues to impress, his length and speed are scary.

The Terps got great performances from their goaltender and team defense, as well a five point outing from freshman attackman Travis Reed. This combination proved enough to topple the #1 team in the nation today. Next up for the Terps is the always entertaining match-up with Navy. This game is always a slugfest, and it will be interesting to see how Maryland’s freshman attackmen handle the stifling Navy defense.

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    by (#139861) on 3/29/08 @7:05PM
UVa played horrific in this game. The only bright spot on defense was Ken Clausen, but one guy can't do it all by himself. Ghitelman continues to be unimpressive, not able to put together a full game. I think Starsia should use Bud Petit in the first quarter against Carolina, or at least let him see some time somewhere in the game. If the Hoos want a chance at championship weekend, their defense needs to improve tremendously.
 
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The Retriever factor?
    by (#142666) on 3/29/08 @7:29PM
That UMBC-Maryland game was as a huge wake up call for the Terps. They're now playing tremendous lacrosse. Q: can Cottle keep this thing together?

On the flip side, Hopkins managed to survive their tussle with UMBC, but haven't won a game since. (with Duke, Maryland, Navy next on the schedule the Jays could quickly be 3-7 on the season)
 
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    by (#178025) on 3/29/08 @7:49PM
i completely agree hopkins was ranked number one and the suffered a loss to hofstra and syracuse they could easily be 3-7
 
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Cottle-An All-Time Great As The Underdog
    by (#136419) on 3/29/08 @8:12PM
People often rag on Cottle for not being able to win the big game and sometimes underachieving in the NCAA Tournament. But, as the underdog throughout his coaching career, he has done some amazing things. And in this game, his Terps beat a very talented UVA team, that has quite a bit more talent than his team.

The Terps are young but very talented. And, I am confident that, if Cottle can both keep on doing well as the underdog and get some big wins AS THE FAVORITE, he can get that elusive national title within the next few seasons.
 
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    by (#167651) on 3/29/08 @9:59PM
well so much for that. UVA gets their nice OT victory over JHU to push them into the no. 1 spot, only to lose the next week to maryland. regardless tho, i'm liking the looks of maryland. for such a young team they do pretty well. hopefully this and the duke vs georgetown games have been wakeup calls and duke and UVA wont play as horribly as they have in their recent losses. props to maryland
 
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Any one safe?
    by (#185818) on 3/29/08 @10:26PM
this season might turn into the lacrosse version of the NCAA football season were every number two teamed lost... but it now be all the one seeds, Hopkins, Duke, and UVA... and i need to recant everything bad I said about MD because they're kicking ass...


~Justice~
 
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schedule strength
    by (#98212) on 3/29/08 @11:59PM
some people may disagree with my this but i think it is stupid how every top ten team plays each other in the regular season. I'm not suprised that everyone is losing because they are playing the best week in and week out. I don't understand what coaches are thinking when they schedule duke, maryland, unc, cuse, uva, g-town and hopkins in one season. Look at cuse last year and albany this year, impossible schedules and it came back to bite them in the ass. coaches should schedule three, maybe four top ten games spread out through out the year. Then we will see if the second and third tear d1 teams can actually play with the duke's and uva's and only the awful teams will be under 500
 
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MD's Travis Reed, Brian Phipps, and Brian Farrell
    by (#136419) on 3/30/08 @12:47AM
For those of you who watched the game on ESPN2, you saw at Halftime how they did a tribute to these players' fathers, who all played on Maryland's 1975 title team. That was the last time Maryland has won the title. Wouldn't it be historic and special if these three players, who are all young, all played on Maryland's possible upcoming title team, which would be their first since then?
 
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