Cavaliers foil Terps' bid for comeback win

Maryland can't dig out of hole after Virginia scores first six goals of game

April 04, 2010|By Edward Lee |

COLLEGE PARK — - The Maryland men's lacrosse team owned Virginia or at least equaled its efforts in the final three quarters of Saturday night's contest.

Now if there was something the Terps could have done about the first quarter.

The No. 1 Cavaliers scored the game's first six goals and won the first seven faceoffs, and that was enough for the visitors to leave Byrd Stadium with an 11-10 victory before an announced 7,639.

The No. 5 Terps, who have lost two straight games after opening the season with six consecutive wins and are 1-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, trailed by as many six goals in the third quarter. But they kept trimming the deficit until sophomore midfielder Joe Cummings converted a pass from senior attackman Will Yeatman (four goals and one assist) on a man-up opportunity to close the gap to 10-9 with 3:36 left in the fourth quarter.

Maryland (6-2) thought it had tied the score 85 seconds later when junior attackman Ryan Young (one goal and two assists) slapped a rebound of a shot by junior attackman Grant Catalino over the prone body of Virginia junior goalkeeper Adam Ghitelman.

But an official ruled that Young was in the crease just before scoring. The Cavaliers (10-0, 1-0) then took the ball downfield, and junior midfielder Shamel Bratton scored with 1:51 left in regulation.

"We had a different view," said Terps coach Dave Cottle, who appeared to yell at the official after the game. "We thought we saw something different. ... But there are some things that we can fix on our own to where that maybe doesn't become something consequential."

Yeatman scored his fourth goal of the contest off a feed from junior attackman Travis Reed with 57 seconds left, but Virginia won the ensuing faceoff and ran out the clock to cement the win.

"In all honesty, I never thought for one moment that the game was over," Cavaliers coach Dom Starsia said. "I have a little superstition where I don't look at the scoreboard clock. I just knew there was way too much time. This is a classy team. You knew they were going to keep playing hard. I thought we gave them a couple little things, but credit them for being in position to make those kinds of plays."

The Terps began the contest slowly, and that proved to be their undoing.

The Cavaliers, who have won eight of the past nine meetings in this series, needed just 2 minutes, 55 seconds to win the first two faceoffs and score the first two goals.

Sophomore attackman Chris Bocklet, the Cavaliers' leader in goals with 26, scored the team's first three, registering his sixth hat trick of the season in a span of 4:41.

Maryland had just five offensive possessions in the first quarter, and three ended with turnovers. The Terps, who also had a failed clear, avoided a total collapse in the period when Yeatman converted a feed from Young (one goal and two assists) with six seconds left in the period.

"They brought it to us," said Maryland senior goalie Brian Phipps (Severn), who made eight of his 16 saves in the first quarter. "I always like getting more shots because you get into a rhythm, but I don't want to let six go in. They can put a lot of rubber on the goal. They took it to us in the first quarter."

In addition to Bocklet, who finished with four goals, sophomore attackman Steele Stanwick (Loyola) had five points on four goals and one assist. Senior midfielder Brian Carroll (Gilman), junior midfielder John Haldy and Bratton each recorded one goal and one assist.

Notes: Catalino, who led the Terps in goals (15), assists (16) and points (31), was shut out for the first time this season. … Maryland lost for only the sixth time in 73 games when scoring 10 goals. … This is the third straight time that a game between the two teams has been decided by a goal. Virginia 6 1 1 3 - 11Maryland 1 1 3 5 - 10Goals: V-Bocklet 4, Stanwick 4, Bratton, Carroll, Haldy; M-Yeatman 4, Cummings 2, Hart, Haus, Sear, Young. Assists: V-White 2, Carroll, Haldy, Shamel, Stanwick; M-Reed 2, Young 2, Farrell, Snider, Yeatman. Saves: M-Phipps 16; V-Ghitelman 4.

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