Reynolds leads UM charge

Midfielder shines on faceoffs, offense in revitalized attack

March 01, 2009|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,

Go ahead and add faceoff duties to the list of responsibilities Jeff Reynolds has assumed.

In addition to tying for fifth on the Maryland men's lacrosse team with eight points on five goals and three assists, the senior midfielder won eight of 12 faceoffs, including three that led directly to goals in the No. 8 Terps' 11-8 victory over the No. 14 Blue Devils in the second game of the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium yesterday.

Sophomore attackman Grant Catalino led all scorers with six points on two goals and four assists, and sophomore attackman Ryan Young chipped in three goals and two assists as Maryland (3-1) rebounded from the previous Saturday's upset loss to Georgetown.

But it was Reynolds' performance on faceoffs that proved the most significant factor.

With the Terps taking a 3-0 advantage, Duke (2-2) responded with three straight goals, tying the game on a score from senior midfielder Ned Crotty with 2:06 left in the second quarter.

On the ensuing faceoff, Reynolds popped the ball away from senior midfielder Sam Payton, collected the loose ball and passed it to Catalino. Catalino faked a shot before finding Young in close for the goal with 1:59 left.

Reynolds (Calvert Hall) beat Payton again on the next faceoff and fed Catalino, who shot past Blue Devils senior goalie Rob Schroeder from 10 yards out to gain a 5-3 lead with 1:54 left.

In 12 seconds, Maryland had gone from being tied and deflated to walking into halftime with a two-goal cushion and some confidence.

"I was hearing the whistle well, and it worked out for me," Reynolds said. "I was able to get the ball out, possess the ball and create some opportunities. I felt the rhythm, so I kept on doing it, and it worked out."

Reynolds did it again in the third quarter after Duke senior midfielder Steve Schoeffel beat junior goalie and Severn graduate Brian Phipps (13 saves) to make the score 7-4 in the Terps' favor with 1:40 left.

Six seconds later, Reynolds won the faceoff and faked a pass before firing a shot inside the left post.

"Whenever they got close, we answered with a goal very quickly," Maryland coach Dave Cottle said.

The Terps' attack, which had been silenced by the Hoyas in a 13-10 shocker Feb. 21, erupted. Besides Catalino and Young, junior Will Yeatman contributed two goals.

"The way our offense works, everybody that plays is very talented," Catalino said. "So it's different week-to-week about who's scoring goals, who's getting assists. ... We're not going to one guy to score all the goals each week. It's spread out."

Crotty led the Blue Devils with two goals and three assists, and junior attackman Max Quinzani added three goals.

But Duke, which was beaten by an Atlantic Coast Conference rival for the first time since dropping an 8-7 overtime decision to the Terps on March 4, 2006, suffered back-to-back losses for the first time since losing six straight in 2004.

"It is what it is," coach John Danowski said. "Certainly, we'd rather not be in this situation, but we'll play on Tuesday [against Holy Cross]. We'll go after another one on Tuesday."

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