FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Senior Grant Catalino scored with a low-to-high rocket from the right wing with 0:32 left in the first overtime to give the University of Maryland men's lacrosse team a 6-5 victory over No. 1 seed Syracuse in front of 14,122 Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.
The victory gives the Terps a 12-4 overall record this season and sends them to their first Final Four since 2006.
The overtime period started with sophomore Curtis Holmes winning his 11th face-off of the game on a big groundball by senior Dan Burns. But the Terps couldn't get the game-winner on that possession and the Orange had a chance for the win with just under 2:00 to go in OT.
Syracuse's Kevin Drew scooped up a loose ball and carried it into the Maryland zone. Drew dodged down the right alley on the transition chance, but his shot sailed right of the goal and the Orange failed to back-up the shot, giving possession pack to the Terps.
Maryland cleared the ball easily and set-up a play that started with senior Scott LaRue dodging from the far left wing. The Orange defense stepped up and forced LaRue to move the ball to senior Ryan Young behind the Syracuse goal. Young quickly followed the play and moved the ball to Catalino, who popped out on the right wing and he buried the game-winner from nine yards out.
As exciting as the game ended, it was slow going for both offenses in the first half.
A Maryland turnover caused by Syracuse's Joel White led to the only goal of the first quarter as Jeremy Thompson scored at the 3:03 mark of the first to give the Orange a 1-0 lead.
With 4:45 left in the second Jovan Miller scored unassisted to make it a 2-0 lead for Syracuse, but the Terps broke through a stingy Orange defense at the 3:58 mark to cut the deficit back to one.
Senior Ryan Young ripped a pass from the high right alley to the left side of the crease where junior Drew Snider was waiting and Snider bounced a shot past SU goalie John Galloway for the goal.
That seemed to awaken the Maryland offense as the Terps tied the game at 2-2 less than two minutes later. Senior Scott LaRue dodged hard from the left wing and got under SU short-stick Tim Harder. LaRue went hard to the crease and put a shot inside the far pipe for his second goal of the season.
Maryland continued its scoring run into the third quarter when the man-up unit came through with a goal after the holding call on Syracuse's Stephen Kehoe expired. Junior Jake Bernhardt caught his defender ball-watching and cut to the crease where senior Travis Reed found him with a pin-point pass. Bernhardt then one-timed a dunk to give the Terps their first lead of the game, 3-2, at the 9:37 mark.
The man-up unit struck again after a double-penalty on the Orange expired. This time it was Reed scoring the goal, placing a low-to-low shot inside the far pipe from the right wing, making it a 4-2 Maryland lead with 7:42 to go in the third.
Syracuse got back to within a goal on JoJo Marasco's unassisted goal at the 1:46 mark and SU looked to be in line to take the last shot of the quarter but a procedure violation gave the Terps the ball with 10 seconds remaining.
Young had the ball in the far left corner of the restraining box as the clock ticked down. His desperation heave to the crease paid off when LaRue redirected the ball past Galloway to give Maryland a 5-3 lead going into the fourth.
An illegal body check on senior Brett Schmidt gave the Orange an extra-man opportunity early in the fourth and Thompson converted with his second goal of the game to make it a 5-4 Maryland lead with 10:53 to go.
A save by Galloway with just over 2:00 to go in the fourth gave Syracuse the ball with a chance to tie. After an Orange timeout, Miller dodged the right alley and scored on a high shot with 1:05 left to make it a 5-5 game.
The Orange had the momentum and then got the ball on the ensuing face-off when White picked up the loose ball. The Orange used their final timeout of the second half to set-up a play with 0:55 left.
Syracuse went to Miller again, but this time senior Brian Farrell was able to get his stick on Miller, disrupting the shot, which enabled redshirt freshman Niko Amato to make the biggest of his nine saves of the game.
The Terps advance to the Final Four in Baltimore and will play No. 5 Duke, which defeated No. 4 Notre Dame, 7-5, in the second quarterfinal game at Gillette Stadium. The Terps/Blue Devils match-up will be the second game of the Saturday doubleheader that features No. 6 Denver meeting No. 7 Virginia in the first game at 4 p.m.
â€¢ With the 6-5 win Maryland is now 9-6 all-time vs. Syracuse.
â€¢ Maryland is now 44-31 all-time in NCAA tournament games and is 2011 in the quarterfinals.
â€¢ The Terps are now 19-21-3 all-time in overtime games and 5-3 in overtime games in the NCAA tournament.
â€¢ With three points on three assists, senior Ryan Young now has 48 multi-point and 29 multi-assist games for his career.â€¨
â€¢ Young's three assists give him 96 for his career, moving him past Mike Mollott (95, 2000-03) and tying him with Jack Heim (1965-67) for eighth on the Terps' all-time assists list.â€¨
â€¢ With two points on a goal and an assist, senior Grant Catalino now has 46 multi-point games for his career.
â€¢ Catalino's two points give him 177 for his career, moving him past Pete Worstell (175, 1977-81) for 14th on the Terps' all-time goals list.
â€¢ Catalino's goal was the 10th game-winner of his career and is his second game-winner in an overtime game.
â€¢ With two points on a goal and an assists, senior Travis Reed now has 36 multi-point games for his career.â€¨
â€¢ Senior Scott LaRue's two goals give him the first multi-goal and second multi-point game of his career.
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