Maryland rallies to beat Georgetown, 15-13

Yeatman sparks 7-0 run with three goals in second half

February 28, 2010|By Edward Lee |

WASHINGTON — — Trailing by four goals after a listless first half, the Maryland men's lacrosse team needed a spark against Georgetown. The Terps got one from a player who had been stymied by the Hoyas.

Senior Will Yeatman scored all three of his goals in the second half to spark a 7-0 run that propelled No. 7 Maryland to a 15-13 win over No. 9 Georgetown before an announced 2,532 at Multi-Sport Field on Saturday.

Yeatman, who had been shut out by the Hoyas in last year's 13-10 Georgetown victory, estimated that he did not take a single shot against the Hoyas in the first half.

"I wasn't frustrated at all," said Yeatman, an attackman who started in the midfield. "That's the way lacrosse is. ... You're going to get your shots, and sometimes you're not. That first half, I didn't even dodge once and I don't think I even had a shot. The second half, first possession, I had a shot. That's the way the game changes, that's the way the game swings, and you just have to be patient with everything."

He put last year's memory to rest with his play in the second half. After a goal by Terps junior attackman Ryan Young (one goal and five assists) trimmed the score to 11-8, Yeatman drew two Hoyas defensemen before passing the ball to Young, who centered a pass to junior attackman Grant Catalino for a goal.

Yeatman then scored three of the next four goals for Maryland (2-0), scoring twice on dodges and once on an extra-man opportunity.

Yeatman's explosion was so unexpected that Georgetown coach Dave Urick was at a loss for words when asked about how the defense allowed Yeatman's display.

"That's a great question," Urick said. "I got the sense in the second half, particularly in the fourth quarter, that the defense was getting tired. That might have been the case a little bit. We'll take a look at that. But I thought they were physically wearing down a little bit. I think we've got to take a hard, long look at getting some more people in the game to give those guys a little bit of a rest."

Freshman midfielder John Haus' goal with 12:04 left in the fourth quarter capped a 7-0 run in a span of 10:26 and gave the Terps a three-goal cushion at 14-11. But the Hoyas (0-1) got tallies from midfielders Stu Shannon (two goals) and Scott Kocis (two goals and one assist) within a 73-second span to trim the lead to one.

Sophomore midfielder Jake Bernhardt (two goals and one assist) cemented the win when he raced in from the left wing and top-shelfed a blast from the slot with 3:56 left.

Maryland coach Dave Cottle said the offense's ability to score three goals in the third quarter and shave the deficit to one goal injected the team with a sense of optimism.

"When we got it to one right before the third quarter, I just saw a whole different attitude on our sideline," he said. "I thought at the end of the third quarter, our kids really competed. And from then on, we started getting all the ground balls that mattered, whereas they had gotten most of them in the first half."

Notes: The Terps played without starting junior short-stick defensive midfielder Dan Burns, who injured his hamstring. Cottle said Burns "is really a very important part of our team. Hopefully, we'll get him back this week for Duke." ... Maryland scooped up 50 ground balls to Georgetown's 39 and scored on four of five extra-man opportunities. ... The Terps improved to 8-2 in their all-time series with the Hoyas. Maryland2535-15Georgetown5512-13Goals: M-Yeatman 3, Ja.Bernhardt 2, Sear 2, Je.Bernhardt, Catalino, Cummings, Haus, Larue, Reed, Snider, Young; G-Shuler 3, Comeau 2, Kocis 2, Mirabito 2, Shannon 2, Dowd, Hostetler. Assists: M-Young 5, Catalino 2, Ja.Bernhardt, Farrell; G-Dowd 3, Shuler 2, Brancaccio, Comeau, Kocis. Saves: M-Phipps 8; G-Fisher 9.

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