Terps pull away from Towson for 12-8 win

No. 6 Maryland 12, Towson 8

Maryland remains undefeated with ninth straight win over Tigers

March 13, 2010|By Edward Lee | edward.lee@baltsun.com

COLLEGE PARK — The Towson men's lacrosse team executed a near-perfect defensive plan, handcuffing No. 6 Maryland's potent attack and midfield.

The only problem was that the Tigers couldn't account for the Terps' second midfield line.

That unit of sophomores Michael Shakespeare and Drew Snider and freshman John Haus each scored twice and powered Maryland to a 12-8 victory at Byrd Stadium on Saturday.

Sophomore attackman Joe Cummings led the Terps -- who improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2004 -- in scoring with two goals and one assist. But the second line helped overcome a quiet afternoon for junior attackman Grant Catalino (zero goals, zero shots and one assist), senior midfielder Will Yeatman (zero points on 0-for-1 shooting) and junior attackman Travis Reed (two assists, 0-for-8 shooting).

"Obviously, they were pushing out on Grant, so he wasn't getting as many shots [as] the Duke game," Shakespeare said, referring to Catalino's five-goal, one-assist effort in an 11-10 overtime win against No. 8 Duke last Saturday at the Konica Minolta Face-off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium. "But I think he played real unselfishly. As midfielders, that paid off real well for us. We got a lot of open shots. If they look to skip it out to the midfielders, we've got to put the ball in the goal."

Haus scored the game's first goal, and Shakespeare and Snider scored in a 52-second span that kick-started a 4-0 Maryland run in the second quarter to give the team an 8-3 advantage at halftime.

And when Towson scored four of the second half's first five goals to draw within two at 9-7, Shakespeare and Haus posted unassisted goals to cement the outcome.

Terps coach Dave Cottle, who also got a goal from junior Warren Hansen on the third midfield line, has emphasized developing a deep midfield.

"We need them to be good," Cottle said. "Snider's been a guy who's been good from beginning to end, and John Haus has kind of come out of nowhere, and Michael Shakespeare is a guy who was a talented recruit. I think that was a real positive. [The Tigers] game-planned where they didn't want Grant Catalino to shoot. They went with him everywhere and shut him off. We have to find ways -- if teams do that -- to continue to score. We need these kids to be good players."

Meanwhile, Towson ran into a familiar habit of playing well in three quarters, but faring poorly in one. After senior midfielder Christian Pastirik scored to bring the Tigers within one at 4-3 with 10:44 left in the second quarter, Towson didn't get another goal for the next 17 minutes, 36 seconds.

Senior midfielder Will Harrington paced the Tigers (0-3) with three goals, and Pastirik added two goals and one assist. But the offense whiffed on 7 of 8 extra-man opportunities, including the last seven.

"We were 1-for-8, and we lose the game by four goals. If we get 30 percent, it's a one-goal game in the end," coach Tony Seaman said. "... I think the whole thing comes down to man-up. You've got to score in those situations. They did, and we didn't."

Notes: Towson junior goalkeeper Travis Love, who replaced senior Rob Wheeler at halftime, finished with seven saves, and Seaman said Love could earn his first career start Tuesday night against No. 12 Navy. "That will be a strong topic of discussion among the coaches," Seaman said. ... After missing the first two games after undergoing an emergency appendectomy, Tigers sophomore attackman Matt Lamon returned and started Saturday. He did not record a point. ... Maryland has won the last nine meetings with Towson.

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