Terps, back in form, beat Mids, 11-9

No. 5 Maryland 11, No. 20 Navy 9

April 10, 2010|By Edward Lee | Baltimore Sun reporter

COLLEGE PARK — Grant Catalino and Travis Reed played like their jersey numbers.

Catalino, a junior attackman who wears the No. 1 jersey for the Maryland men's lacrosse team, scored three goals in the second quarter, and Reed, a junior attackman who wears No. 2, followed suit with three of his game-high four goals in the third quarter to power the No. 5 Terps to an 11-9 victory over No. 20 Navy before 5,618 at Byrd Stadium here Saturday afternoon.

Maryland (7-2) snapped a two-game losing streak and beat the Midshipmen for only the second time in the teams' last seven meetings. Navy (5-6) has dropped its last two games.

Catalino and Reed's performances were a welcome sight on the heels of the loss of senior attackman Will Yeatman, the team's second-leading goal scorer who sat out with a broken left thumb suffered during Monday's practice.

Reed was the most immediate beneficiary of Yeatman's absence, scoring four goals on seven shots and adding an assist after getting some encouragement from Yeatman via a text message.

"He told me that I kind of had to step it up and play my game like he knew I could," said Reed, who registered just three assists in the team's losses to No. 3 North Carolina and No. 1 Virginia. "His words were that I had to score enough goals for him and me. So I tried to do that as best as I could."

Catalino posted one goal and one assist against the Tar Heels and was shut out against Virginia. But after the Midshipmen opened the game with a 3-1 run fueled by a pair of goals from senior midfielder Joe Lennon (three goals), the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Catalino with a cannon shot began peppering Midshipmen sophomore goalkeeper R.J. Wickham (17 saves). He whipped the ball inside the right post from the left wing with 5:13 left in the second quarter, beat Wickham from in front after losing his defender behind the cage with 3:00 left, and fired a blast into the top right corner from the left wing with 2:45 left.

Reed picked up where Catalino left off after halftime. After Navy sophomore midfielder Nikk Davis scored 71 seconds into the third quarter to knot the score at 4, Reed converted a pass from junior attackman Ryan Young (one goal and four assists) just 23 seconds later.

Terps sophomore attackman Joe Cummings and Midshipmen senior Patrick Moran (two goals and one assist) traded goals, and Reed scored twice in a span of 32 seconds to give Maryland its largest lead of the game at 8-5 with 8:13 left in the period.

Navy senior Kyle Kapron scored his first two of three goals to shave the deficit down to one with 14 seconds left in the third quarter. But in a recurring theme throughout the remainder of the contest, Maryland answered with a goal to prevent the Midshipmen from tying the score.

Kapron and Lennon each scored in the fourth quarter for Navy, but Reed and Young followed, respectively, to keep the Terps ahead.

"I think we just made a few mistakes as soon as we started to get the momentum rolling," Kapron said. " We were bringing it back, but we were shooting ourselves too much in the foot there. I think that was our problem."

Notes: With 158 saves this season, Wickham leaped to No. 18 on the Midshipmen's all-time single-season saves list. He is the first player to break into the top 20 on that list since 1999 when Mickey Jarboe finished with 215, which ranks second behind Bill Mueller's 236 saves in 1975. Yeatman, who underwent surgery to insert seven screws and a plate in his broken left thumb, is not expected to return until at the earliest next Saturday's game against No. 15 Johns Hopkins in the Day of Rivals event at M&T Bank Stadium. Navy senior long-stick midfielder Jaren Woeppel (hamstring) was held out for precautionary reasons. He is expected to play against Army next Saturday in the Day of Rivals event.

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