WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senior Will Yeatman's three goals in a dramatic 7-0 run spurred the No. 6 Maryland men's lacrosse team to a 15-13 come-from-behind victory over the No. 12 Georgetown Hoyas Saturday afternoon in front of a crowd of 2,532 at the Hoyas' Multi-Sport Field.
Maryland (2-0) trailed by four goals midway through the third quarter, but the Terps ran off seven straight over a span of 10:26 to take the lead and stun the Hoyas (0-1) on their home field. Junior Ryan Young, who helped keep the Terps in the game in the first half with four assists and finished the game with career-bests of six points and five assists, started the run with a goal and then assisted on the second Terrapin goal.
Yeatman then scored the final goal of the third quarter to cut the Georgetown lead to one at 11-10 and then scored again a minute into the fourth quarter to tie the score for the first time since it was 2-2 at the 8:26 mark of the first. After freshman Jesse Bernhardt gave Maryland its first lead of the day with 13:46 remaining, Yeatman scored his third to extend the lead to a pair. Freshman John Haus then finished the run with an unassisted goal that proved to be the game-winner.
The amazing comeback was Maryland's largest come-from-behind win since 2006 when the Terps came back from a five-goal deficit to beat North Carolina in Chapel Hill, 10-9.
The first quarter saw the Hoyas jump out ot an early 1-0 lead, but sophomore midfielder Jake Bernhardt tied the score by picking up a rebound off of a shot by Joe Cummings and quickly putting it past C.T. Fisher.
Georgetown responded with a man-up goal to take a 2-1 lead, but that lasted just over a minute when Maryland responded with an EMO goal of its own. Senior Adam Sear took a pass from sophomore Ryan Young and bounced a shot from the left wing to tie the game at two goals apiece.
But the rest of the first period belonged to the Hoyas as Georgetown scored three straight, including a goal by Ryan Shuler with two seconds left on the clock.
The second quarter saw the Terps get on the board quickly on another extra-man goal by Sear from the left wing, this time on a sidearm shot to the far past. That the Hoya lead to 5-3 at the 14:13 mark, but Georgetown responded with a goal by Ricky Mirabito to push the lead back to three.
The Terps continued to try to claw their way back into the game with a goal by redshirt sophomore Drew Snider off an assist by Young with 10:59 left in the quarter. The Hoyas responded with two goals in the next two minutes to increase their lead to 8-4.
Maryland won the ensuing face-off on a groundball by redshirt junior Brian Farrell. He pushed the ball in transition and found junior Scott LaRue running free down the middle of the field. The Hoyas didn't cut LaRue off and with time and room he scored on a bounce shot from eight yards out to cut the Terrapin deficit to three.
The Hoyas got a rebound goal by Travis Comeau to push the lead back to four, but the Terps scored twice in less than two minutes to make it a 9-7 game. Junior Travis Reed scored an extra-man goal with a low-to-low shot from the right wing off an assist by Young. Young then picked up his fourth assist of the game on a goal by Cummings that bounced off both pipes before hitting the net.
But Georgetown regained some momentum before the game went to halftime with a goal by Mirabito with 2:27 left in the second.
After the fast and furious first half, the third quarter was scoreless until the 7:54 mark when Shuler scored from just outside the right side of the crease to push the Hoya lead back to four at 11-7, but that is when Maryland made its move and went on the 7-0 run to take control of the game.
The ensuing face-off was won by Georgetown but Jake Bernhard caused a turnover that was picked-up by Jesse Bernhardt. He flipped it back to Jake who found Young behind the goal. Young then raced around the cage and beat Fisher at the 7:30 mark.
Young's career day continued with his career-best fifth assist on a Grant Catalino goal less than a minute later to cut the lead back to two at 11-9. While Young picked up the assist, the key to the goal was Yeatman who fought through pressure and drew a slide that freed up Young.
The Maryland run grew to three goals at the 3:33 mark when Yeatman scored an unassisted goal to cut the Hoyas lead to one at 11-10. Yeatman backed his defender down on the right side of the crease and used a spin move to free his hands and put a shot inside the top right corner of the goal.
The fourth quarter started with the momentum clearly in the Terps' favor coming into the final 15:00 with the 3-0 run, but that run would increase to 7-0 before it ended. Yeatman scored his second goal, off an assist by Catalino, on a rip from the right alley to tie the game at 11-11 at the 13:56 mark.
Maryland took its first lead of the day on the ensuing face-off. Senior Bryn Holmes won the draw and Jesse Bernhardt picked-up the groundball. Bernhardt then pushed the ball up right side and took a clean 12-yard shot that beat Fisher, giving Maryland the 12-11 advantage.
Yeatman scored again unassisted to make it a 13-11 Terrapin lead with 12:46 left in the game. That was followed-up 42 seconds later by the first career goal by Haus to give Maryland a 14-11 lead.
Georgetown ended the run with back-to-back goals by Stu Shannon and Scott Kocis to pull the Hoyas to within one at 14-13 with 6:41 left.
But the Hoyas momentum was cut short by an unassisted goal by Jake Bernhardt to push the lead back to two. Bernhardt face-dodged a defender on the left side and cut to the middle and beat Fisher from 10 yards out for the insurance goal and a 15-13 Maryland lead with 3:56 left in the game.
Farrell led the defensive effort for the Terps and finished the game with 10 groundballs, which is the first time since Will Dalton had 11 groundballs against UMBC in 2008 that a Terp has had 10 or more groundballs in a game. Holmes finished with seven groundballs, while Jake Bernhardt had five.
Maryland returns to action on Saturday, March 6 when it heads to Baltimore to face the No. 9 Duke Blue Devils in the Konica Minolta Face Off Classic. The Terps and the Blue Devils will open the triple-header with an 11 a.m. start.
• With today's 15-13 win Maryland is now 8-2 all-time vs. Georgetown and is 4-0 all-time at the Hoyas' Multi-Sport Field.
• Senior Will Yeatman had three goals to give him his first hat trick as a Terp and just the third for his career. He also now has 23 multi-point and 12 multi-goal games for his career.
• Junior Ryan Young set career highs with six points and five assists and now has 24 multi-point and 11 multi-assist games for his career.
• With a goal and two assists, junior Grant Catalino now has 27 multi-point and nine multi-assist games for his career.
• Jake Bernhardt tied career highs he set just last week at Bellarmine with three points and two goals.
• Freshmen Jesse Bernhardt and John Haus each scored their first career goals in the win over Georgetown with Haus' being the game-winning goal.
Georgetown vs. Maryland
|Ryan Young||(1, 5)|
|Will Yeatman||(3, 0)|
|Grant Catalino||(1, 2)|
|Jake Bernhardt||(2, 1)|
|Adam Sear||(2, 0)|
|Drew Snider ||(1, 0)|
|Travis Reed||(1, 0)|
|Scott Larue||(1, 0)|
|John Haus||(1, 0)|
|Joe Cummings||(1, 0)|
|Jesse Bernhardt||(1, 0)|
|Brian Farrell ||(0, 1)|