Catalino guides No. 5 Maryland past UMBC

No. 5 Maryland 13, UMBC 7

Junior attackman makes sure Terps avoid fourth straight loss to Retrievers

  • Maryland's Grant Catalino (left) celebrates his first-quarter goal with Travis Reed, while UMBC goalie Kevin Kohri looks on. Catalino led the Terps with four goals and three assists.
Maryland's Grant Catalino (left) celebrates his first-quarter… (Baltimore Sun photo by Karl…)
March 20, 2010|By Mike Preston | mike.preston@baltsun.com

When unranked UMBC pulled within five goals with about two minutes left in the third quarter against No. 5 Maryland, Terrapins junior attackman Grant Catalino's mind shot back to the three previous games between the teams -- all upset wins by the Retrievers.

"I was thinking just one more goal, and they might give up. One more goal, and they might quit," Catalino said.

Catalino scored in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter, and Terps midfielder-attackman Will Yeatman scored nearly six minutes later as Maryland went on to easily defeat UMBC, 13-7, before a crowd of 2,670 at UMBC Stadium.

The Retrievers (1-5) never seriously challenged the Terps (6-0), but Maryland players had flashbacks to the previous three games between the two teams, all three UMBC wins. But UMBC, with 16 freshmen on the roster, couldn't stop Catalino (four goals, three assists) or Maryland's deep midfield, which contributed seven goals.

"When Grant gets his hands free, he is as good as a shooter as there is in college lacrosse," said Maryland coach Dave Cottle. "Grant causes a lot of problems out on the wing. If you want to crowd the crease, he is deadly on the outside. If you go out to get him, it creates some openings on the inside."

Maryland was deadly from anywhere on the offensive end. Maryland had great ball movement from front to back, and when UMBC crashed the crease, the Terps got some good looks on the back side. Maryland had an 8-3 lead at the half.

According to Catalino, a key for Maryland was to start strong, and not get outscored in the third quarter. The Terps and Retrievers each scored three goals in the third period.

"In the previous games, I thought we came out flat, and we didn't want to come out that way in this game," Catalino said. "A focus for us was the third quarter. In previous games, we were ahead by two or three goals at the half, and we allowed teams to get back in the game in the third quarter. We still need to work on that.

"But give UMBC credit. They played us hard to the end. We knew that was going to happen because this was the battle for the state."

Sophomore attackman Shane Ryznar led the Retrievers with four goals, but UMBC couldn't get many of their 42 shots past Terps goalie Brian Phipps. Phipps finished with 12 saves, nine of which came in the first half when the game was still in doubt.

"At halftime, the game was pretty even except Brian Phipps made some unbelievable saves," Cottle said. "He played well overall and I thought he was the difference maker in the game."

The other difference was the second quarter. Maryland led, 3-1, at the end of the first period, but the Terps opened the second quarter with three straight goals.

Catalino picked up a loose ball outside the crease for a goal with 13:26 left in the half, and Terps midfielder Jake Bernhardt, while rolling to his right, scored 30 seconds later. When Maryland sophomore Michael Shakespeare scored with 6:17 left in the second quarter, Maryland had taken a lot out of UMBC.

Retrievers goalie Kevin Kohri was unlucky the entire afternoon. He finished with nine saves, but had four goals roll in after he seemed to have stopped the progress of the shots.

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