'A giant win' for Retrievers

no. 9 umbc 9 no. 4 maryland 7

Terps held to season low in goals

March 15, 2009|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,edward.lee@baltsun.com

COLLEGE PARK -The stars came out for the UMBC men's lacrosse team. Picking out just one, however, was difficult.

Senior Alex Hopmann recorded two goals and an assist, freshman Justin Radebaugh won 10 of 20 faceoffs against - among others - the nation's third-ranked faceoff specialist, and the defense held No. 4 Maryland to its worst showing of the season in the No. 9 Retrievers' 9-7 upset win yesterday before an announced 1,680 at Ludwig Field.

The victory helped UMBC (4-2) erase the memory of back-to-back losses to Johns Hopkins and Princeton on March 3 and March 6 and gave the school its third consecutive win over the Terps.

"It's a giant win for us," said Hopmann, an Annapolis graduate. "Last week was a tough week for us, losing to two very quality teams in a short amount of time, but this week, we had a good week of practice, and it sets us up for the rest of the season."

Hopmann, a midfielder who had scored five goals in two previous meetings with Maryland, continued his torrid streak yesterday. He sandwiched his team-leading 14th and 15th goals of the season around a nice feed to Peet Poillon that gave the Retrievers a 4-1 advantage at halftime.

The Terps (4-2) cut the lead to 5-3 after a score from Grant Catalino (three goals, one assist) with 4:35 left in the third quarter. But UMBC went on a 4-1 run that included two goals from junior midfielder Kyle Wimer to give the Retrievers what would prove to be an insurmountable lead.

Radebaugh (Boys' Latin) went toe-to-toe with Maryland junior Bryn Holmes, who entered the contest with a .656 winning percentage, and helped UMBC post its best faceoff percentage (.500) of the season.

"We worked hard in practice," Radebaugh said of a unit that had won just 32.8 percent of its faceoffs. "We worked on a lot of ground-ball play. We didn't just work specifically on faceoff moves. We also worked on getting the wings involved, and that was key today, the wing play. Even if I didn't get the ball out clean, I'd have the wings come in, and they'd come pick it up or box the guy out, and I could get the ball."

While Catalino and fellow attackman Ryan Young (three goals) powered Maryland, the team's first senior midfield of Dan Groot, Jeremy Sieverts and Jeff Reynolds was limited to two assists, and attackman Will Yeatman scored just one goal, on an extra-man chance.

"I didn't think we played with fight on the offensive end," said Maryland coach Dave Cottle, who was visibly frustrated. "I thought defensively, we did everything that we wanted to do. I just didn't think we played with fight. I was disappointed in how hard we played on the offensive end of the field, and this is about as low as I've been as a coach here. We should've played better today."

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