Terps get chance to avenge 7-OT loss to Cavs

Moran stands out with 2 OT goals for Navy

April 02, 2010|By Edward Lee | edward.lee@baltsun.com

The longest game in college lacrosse history has had similar staying power with the Maryland men's lacrosse team.

The Terps, who lost, 10-9, in seven overtimes to Virginia on March 28, 2009, get another shot when the No. 1 Cavaliers (9-0) visit Byrd Stadium in College Park on Saturday at 8 p.m. It's an opportunity to bury that frustrating outcome.

"It's definitely something we think about," said senior midfielder Will Yeatman, who led Maryland that day with two goals and three assists. "But by the same token, we've moved on from last season. It's a new season, we're two different teams, and we're excited for the opportunity that we have on Saturday."

The Terps (6-1) certainly had their chances to put the game away before making history. They led 9-6 with 13:32 left in regulation before Virginia scored three goals in a 62-second span to send the contest into overtime. The offense hit the pipe twice and could not convert on three man-up situations in the extra frames. And an inadvertent whistle by an official wiped out an apparent goal by Grant Catalino just nine seconds into the first overtime.

Coach Dave Cottle said that this week has been the first time he has really studied the game film, and he said the team did everything right except at the end.

"As a coach, you think about every loss," he said. "If we had won the game, we probably would have had a different seed and who knows what else would have been different in the tournament? That's a game you would have liked to have gotten because we played hard enough to win."

Speaking of overtime ...
Navy's Patrick Moran is believed to be the first Midshipman to score two overtime goals in a single season since 1982.

The senior midfielder has scored game-winners against Bucknell on March 6 and Colgate on Saturday. Moran, an Annapolis native and Severn graduate, scored the tying goal against the Raiders with 22.3 seconds remaining in regulation and needed just 98 seconds in overtime to lift No. 20 Navy (5-4) to a 10-9 victory.

"It's definitely something special, especially in the same season and especially in two Patriot League games that were must-wins for us," said Moran, who has five hat tricks this season and captured the first Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award of his four-year career Monday.

A sniper from the outside who can shoot from both sides of his body, Moran leads the team in goals (17) and points (23). His leadership has been especially gratifying with the loss of senior attackman Tim Paul to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Feb. 20.

"I knew going into the season that I needed to have a big year," Moran said. "For the past couple years, I've been playing well, but I think this year, I've stepped up a little bit. It's just important for us to keep moving forward. All of these games coming up are very important."

A challenge for Mustangs' goalie
When No. 1 Stevenson (9-0) welcomes No. 2 Salisbury (9-0) to the Caves Athletic Complex in Owings Mills on Saturday at 2 p.m., Andrew Harrington is expected to make his fourth consecutive start in the net.

The senior goalkeeper is filling in for senior Geoff Hebert, who is recovering from surgery on a broken pinkie. An inexperienced goalie might be a welcome sight for the Sea Gulls, but Harrington said he is ready for the challenge.

"I've been waiting for this day my entire life," he said. "I've been waiting for a challenge like this since I stepped on the field, and I'm talking about when I was a kid. There's not much of a difference between then and now except that now is a reality."

Et cetera
Since getting blistered publicly by coach Tom Gravante after an 0-2 start, Mount St. Mary's has won four straight games and is off to its best start since 1999. "They reacted as I hoped they would," said Gravante, whose team is two games above .500 for the first time since going 10-8 in 2003. "We put them under pressure to perform, earn back their spots, and bring more poise and maturity to practice. Some of that was asking them to play angry, and they responded, which I'm very happy and pleased about." … Senior attackman Sofiane Lazar is Hood's all-time leader in career goals with 47, which eclipses the former record of 44 set by Jason Anderson between 2005 and 2008. Lazar, who has eight goals and four assists this season, is part of an offense that has set a school record for goals in a season with 105, surpassing the record of 88 from the 2009 season.

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