Young scores game-winner to lift Maryland to ACC championship

Terps outlast Duke, 11-9, to claim crown for first time since 2005

  • Maryland's Brett Schmidt celebrates after scoring against Duke in the first half. The Terps beat the Blue Devils, 11-9, in Durham, N.C. to claim the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship.
Maryland's Brett Schmidt celebrates after scoring against… (Raleigh News & Observer…)
April 24, 2011|By Mike Potter, Raleigh News & Observer

DURHAM, N.C. — Ryan Young had certainly been through a tough time heading into Sunday's Atlantic Coast Conference men's lacrosse tournament.

The Maryland senior attackman and his twin brother, Kevin, who plays midfield for Duke, endured the death of their mother, Maria, from pancreatic cancer the previous weekend.

On Sunday, they had to face each other in the title game at Koskinen Stadium.

Ryan Young helped Maryland end its ACC title drought, scoring the winning goal on a pass from sophomore midfielder John Haus with 12:08 to play in an 11-9 victory.

No. 3 seed Maryland (10-3), which had last won the tournament in 2005, had knocked off North Carolina, 7-6, on Friday night. Top seed Duke (11-5) won the teams' regular-season meeting, 9-8, in overtime here March 5.

"This week, obviously [everyone] knows has been extremely tough for our family and our team and the Duke team," said Ryan Young, who had a goal and two assists. "But my teammates are my family. They're my brothers and the easiest people to lean on at a time like this.

"Today it was so hot, I was extremely tired. Getting that goal was a little jump-start to help finish the game. John made a ridiculous play and got me the ball, and we took it from there."

Tournament Most Valuable Player Grant Catalino led Maryland with three goals while Kevin Cooper added two and Haus and Travis Reed (Boys' Latin) each had a goal and an assist.

"We were trying to slow the ball down a little bit," Haus said of the assist. "They kind of slid and rolled back a few times, and finally a kid came off Ryan, who was wide open and put it in the back of the goal.

"It hadn't really sunk in with us how long it had been since Maryland won the ACC [title], but it's huge for the program."

Also huge was Maryland's 18-6 faceoff advantage.

"It was a great win against a really good team," said Terps coach John Tillman, who along with his staff wore purple polo shirts honoring Maria Young. "We knew winning two games here would be tough. The guys just gutted it out and gutted it out and gutted it out."

Zach Howell and David Lawson scored three goals apiece for Duke while Robert Rotanz chipped in two.

"It was a really tough tournament, playing Virginia on Friday night in the second game in a physical, hard-fought game," Duke coach John Danowski said. "Then 36 hours later you play a very talented and skilled Maryland team.

"I was proud of our guys for fighting and playing as hard as they played. I think this game will serve us and we'll grow and be a better team."

Howell scored the first two goals, and Duke led 5-2 after the first quarter. But Maryland tied it at 6 before halftime and went ahead for the last time at 9-8 on Reed's goal from Young with 3:03 left in the third.

"We were hitting some shots early, and that gives you rhythm," Howell said. "We lost that rhythm in the second half because we didn't see the ball much."

After Young's decisive goal from Haus, Duke cut it to 10-9 on Lawson's score with 10:04 left. Catalino finished the scoring on Owen Blye's second assist with 6:33 remaining.

Catalino, Young and teammates Kevin Cooper (Archbishop Spalding), Curtis Holmes (McDonogh) and Brett Schmidt made all-tournament along with Duke's Howell, Lawson, C.J. Costabile and Dan Wigrizer and Virginia's Colin Briggs.

Duke finishes its regular season Saturday at Jacksonville, while Maryland plays its regular-season finale May 7 at home against Colgate. The NCAA tournament begins May 14.

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