March 15, 2010

No. 4 Maryland Holds Off Upset-Minded Penn

from press release

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The attack unit of Grant Catalino, Travis Reed and Ryan Young combined for six goals and seven assists to lead the No. 4 University of Maryland men's lacrosse team to a 10-7 victory over Penn Monday afternoon at Ludwig Field.

Maryland moves to 5-0 on the season and has won five straight to open a season for the first time since 2004. It's the Terps first five-game winning streak of any kind since 2007 when Maryland took five in a row from March 10-24.

Reed and Catalino got the Terps, who never trailed in the game, off to a fast start just over two minutes into the game. Catalino slipped a pass to Reed, who buried a low-to-low shot from the right wing for the 1-0 Maryland lead.

The Terps' extra-man unit gave them a 2-0 advantage with 10:30 to play in the first when Catalino scored off of a feed from senior Will Yeatman. The Quakers' EMO unit got Penn on the board at the 9:07 mark on a goal by Al Kohart.

But less than two minutes later Maryland got back-to-back goals from Young off feeds from Catalino to take a 4-1 lead. On Young's first goal, freshman John Haus' shot hit the post and Catalino picked-off the rebound and quickly flipped the ball to Young on the left goal line extended where he beat Penn goalie Chris Casey. It was déjà vu all over again off the en suing face off. Senior Bryn Holmes won the face-off clean and pushed the ball up field before passing it to Catalino on the left win. Catalino then flipped it to Young, who beat Casey again from the left side of the crease.

Penn cut the lead back to one with back-to-back goals (one at the end of the first quarter and then to start the second) by Corey Winkoff and John Conneely, but Maryland scored the last two goals of the second quarter to take a 6-3 lead into halftime.

Sophomore Jake Bernhardt scored off of a feed from Catalino with a rip from the right alley into the top left corner at the 6:10 mark to make it a 5-3 advantage.

Redshirt junior long pole Brian Farrell scored a goal in his second consecutive game to make it a three-goal Maryland lead. Senior goalie Brian Phipps made one of his eight saves on a shot by Penn's Dan Savage and junior Brett Schmidt picked up the groundball to start the Terrapin transition game. Schmidt found Farrell near the midfield stripe with a pass and Farrell patiently pushed the ball into the Penn defensive zone. He slipped the ball to senior Dean Hart, who quickly found Reed on the right side of the crease. Reed then looked up and hit Farrell with a pinpoint pass that Farrell one-timed past Casey.

A Rob Fitzpatrick goal opened the second half scoring at the 8:59 mark to pull the Quakers back to within two. But Reed scored his second of the game 17 seconds later to up the lead back to three for the Terps. Phipps picked up a loose ball in front of the Maryland goal and laced an outlet pass to senior Dan Halayko, who took the ball into the Quaker zone and found Reed on the right wing where he ripped a shot past Joe Hegener, who replaced Casey in the Penn goal at the beginning of the third quarter.

Maryland's man-down unit was solid on the day, shutting down the Quakers three times in five extra-man chances, but after the Terps killed a pushing penalty by redshirt sophomore Drew Snider, Penn was able to convert on a Holmes interference penalty with a goal by Savage to cut the lead to 7-5 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Terrapin lead was cut back to one at 7-6 with a Quaker goal by Rob McMullen 50 seconds into the fourth, but Maryland responded with a goal by sophomore Joe Cummings on a terrific shot inside the near post from the left alley with 12:25 left in the game.

McMullen scored his second of the day at the 10:42 mark to make it a one-goal Maryland lead for the fifth time in the game, but Maryland got goals from Haus and Catalino 13 seconds apart to finish the scoring and put the game away.

Maryland used a big-little pick behind the goal to get Young matched up with a Quaker short-stick and he beat his defender with some quick footwork and found Haus cutting to the crease, where he one-timed it into the left side of the Penn goal at the 9:33 mark.

Catalino's goal was another picture-perfect display of transition offense off of the face-off. Holmes won the draw with Farrell scooped up the groundball. He passed the ball back to Holmes in the middle of the field and he moved it to junior Dan Burns on the left side. Burns then found Catalino set up in the left alley with time and room and Catalino ripped a shot from 10 yards out past a defenseless Hegener.

Holmes finished the game with seven groundballs and tied for the team lead with junior Ryder Bohlander, who set his career-high. All-America junior Max Schmidt had a season-best five groundballs, while junior Brett Schmidt and Farrell each had three.

Maryland returns to action on Saturday March 20 when it heads up I-95 to take on UMBC in a noon start at UMBC Stadium.

Game Notes

• With today's 10-7 win Maryland is now 11-0 all-time vs. Penn.
• With two goals and four assists junior Grant Catalino now has 29 multi-point, 23 multi-goal and 10 multi-assist games for his career.
• With two goals and two assists junior Ryan Young now has 27 multi-point, 14 multi-assist and 11 multi-goal games for his career.
• With two goals and one assist junior Travis Reed now has 22 multi-point and 14 multi-goal games for his career.
• Bryn Holmes' seven groundballs vs. Penn gives him 199 for his career, making him No. 1 in groundballs since 2002, passing Paul Gillette, who had 198 from 2002-04. With one more groundball Holmes will become just the eighth Terp in history to ready the 200-groundball plateau.


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