Terps shut down Heels

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Groot regains advantage late

March 22, 2009|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,edward.lee@baltsun.com

COLLEGE PARK -Senior Day was an appropriate theme for the Maryland men's lacrosse team yesterday.

Dan Groot scored three goals and assisted on one, Jason Carter made 10 saves in an emergency start, and Anthony Costanzo turned in a surprising defensive effort as the senior trio powered the No. 9 Terps to an 8-7 win over No. 14 North Carolina before an announced 2,688 at Ludwig Field.

Maryland (6-2), which led or tied through the first 41 minutes of the game, trailed 7-5 after the Tar Heels' Sean Delaney scored his third goal off a feed from Ben Hunt with 14 minutes left in the fourth quarter.

But the Terps scored the game's final three goals over a span of 3 minutes, 47 seconds. The game-winner went in when Groot's shot from about 12 yards was deflected, popped into the air, and trickled off the stick of North Carolina defenseman Ryan Flanagan and into the net with 7:47 left.

"Honestly, I couldn't tell you what happened," said Groot, who did not see the ball until it was already in the net. " ... I'm not going to say I did that on purpose, but sometimes luck is on my side."

Besides Groot, Maryland's only other multiple-point producer was sophomore Grant Catalino, who scored two goals.

The Terps got a stellar performance from a defense that handcuffed a Tar Heels offense that had averaged 13.1 goals. Only 17 of North Carolina's 36 shots were on net, and Carter credited the showing to a renewed commitment by the defense.

"Once we slid, we didn't give up easy on it," said Carter, who started in place of an injured Brian Phipps (head injury). "We kind of stayed on it and made a [double team] out of it and made it hard for them to throw out one more or two more. When you slide, good things happen."

Forced to play without usual starting defenseman Brett Schmidt (hamstring), starter Ryder Bohlander suffered a concussion in the first five minutes and was replaced by Costanzo, a fixture on the team's man-down unit.

"All week in practice, I was trying to be prepared and ready to step up if needed because of injuries," said the 6-foot-7, 210-pound senior, who shut out the Tar Heels' Gavin Petracca, the team's third-leading scorer. "I got my chance, and it worked out."

Hunt led North Carolina with a goal and three assists, and Delaney contributed a hat trick. Shane Walterhoefer won 17 of 19 faceoffs and moved into ninth place in NCAA Division I history with 599 career faceoffs won.

But the Tar Heels (7-3) dropped their 19th consecutive game to an Atlantic Coast Conference rival.

"I think losing in general is disheartening," said coach Joe Breschi, whose program has not won an ACC contest since April 10, 2004. "I was just proud of how hard we played. We played 60 minutes. It's just unfortunate to come away with a loss."

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