Maryland wins in first round of NCAA Tournament

Terps outlast Hofstra with pivotal second-half run

  • Maryland's Dean Hart, right, is congratulated by John Haus, left, and Ryan Young after scoring the Terps' seventh goal.
Maryland's Dean Hart, right, is congratulated by John… (Baltimore Sun photo by Doug…)
May 15, 2010|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK — — The Maryland men's lacrosse team sent wave after wave against Hofstra, and the Pride finally relented under the pressure.

Ten different players scored at least one goal to help the No. 3 Terps outlast No. 19 Hofstra, 11-8, before an announced 1,641 in an NCAA tournament first-round game at Byrd Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The Terps, the No. 3 seed in the tournament, will meet the winner of today's contest between No. 6 seed Princeton (11-4) and Notre Dame (7-6) in the quarterfinal round on Saturday at either noon or 2:30 p.m. at Princeton.

Junior attackman Ryan Young scored a team-high two goals, but Maryland (12-3) took advantage of its depth to overwhelm the Pride.

"That's who we are. We play a lot of guys," Terps coach Dave Cottle said. "We felt like in our league [the Atlantic Coast Conference], we probably weren't going to out-do some of these teams in our league one through 15, but we could be better than them 16 through 32, and that's kind of how we built this team this year."

The Terps got goals from three of their top four attackmen and six members of the first, second and third midfield lines.

"If someone comes in and gets a goal right off the bat, everyone goes crazy," said Young, who also added an assist. "Our whole team has got this absurd adrenaline going every time we walk out onto the field, and that just helps."

Maryland, however, had some trouble dealing with a pesky Hofstra squad that several observers said didn't belong in the NCAA tournament after finishing outside of the top four in the Colonial Athletic Association and failing to qualify for that league's season-ending tournament.

The Terps trailed the Pride, 5-4, with 8:40 left in the third quarter after Hofstra junior midfielder Tim Holman intercepted a floating outlet pass from senior goalkeeper Brian Phipps and beat Phipps on a breakaway.

But Maryland closed out the quarter with goals from midfielders Joe Cummings, Jake Bernhardt and Dean Hart, and after Holman scored a goal just 20 seconds into the fourth period, the Terps went on a 4-0 run to assume a five-goal cushion with 3:08 left in regulation.

Maryland senior faceoff specialist Bryn Holmes, who won 15 of 22 faceoffs, said the players never panicked after surrendering the lead in the third quarter.

"I think the big difference is that this year, we have a lot of older kids," he said. "We've been in a lot of situations and we've been able to keep our poise and just keep chugging along, and know that it's going to come along if we keep playing the way we're going to play."

Added Cottle: "We fight for 60 minutes and we know there are going to be peaks and valleys. We're in the process of climbing a mountain, and if we fall down, it's over. Our guys just didn't want the season to end. When they got down, they just bulled their necks and played."

Senior attackman Will Yeatman recorded a goal and two assists for the Terps, and senior Hart added a goal and an assist. Phipps finished with 14 saves.

Junior attackman Jay Card paced Hofstra with four goals, and Holman finished with two goals and two assists. Sophomore goalie Andrew Gvozden recorded 13 saves, which is a season-high for the Pride.

Junior attackman Jamie Lincoln, Hofstra's leader in goals (33) and points (53), was silenced by junior defenseman Ryder Bohlander. Lincoln took just one shot and committed two turnovers.

"It was a credit to Maryland," Pride coach Seth Tierney said. "He tried to get a couple shots off at the end, but they were in his mittens all day. They wouldn't come off of him. They have coaches that make statements, and if I had to assume what Maryland was doing, it would be, 'Jamie Lincoln's not beating [us.] We're going to let the other guys do it.' … Defensively, they did a great job."

Notes: The Terps improved to 22-5 all time in the first round of the NCAA tournament. … Maryland is 9-1 against Hofstra. The Pride's lone victory in the series was on March 24, 1984. … The Terps are 12-1 this season when scoring at least 10 goals.

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