Grant Catalino broke out of what some might consider a mini-slump at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament last weekend, but the Maryland senior attackman said he never thought of it as a slump.
"Not at all," he said. "The way our team is playing right now, anybody can have a big game. We're not a one player-dominated team. I don't necessarily have to score four goals in a game or have five points for our team to win. Players like [junior midfielder] Joe Cummings and [senior attackman] Ryan Young have been playing pretty big, and they've taken the pressure off of me to have a huge game in every game for us to win."
Catalino scored the game-winning goal in the No. 6 Terps' 7-6 win against No. 8 North Carolina on Friday and three goals in an 11-9 victory over No. 7 Duke Sunday. He is now tied with Cummings for the team lead in goals (24) and ranks second in points (32).
Prior to the ACC tournament, Catalino had totaled just two goals and one assist in three contests. Catalino, the team's leading scorer in each of the three previous seasons, said he has noticed that opposing defenses have tried to prevent him from touching the ball.
"It's not frustrating," he said. "It's not like it's the first time it's ever happened. You've just got to be patient. You know your shots will come, and when you get them, you've got to can them."
Maryland coach John Tillman said the attackman has learned not to press.
"During the course of a game, he's going to get his opportunities," Tillman said. "I think what Grant has learned over the years is to let the game come to him a little bit more and then maximize his opportunities when he gets them. He's really matured in that way, and he's a very selfless guy."
Trapp of Mount St. Mary's gets into record books
Mount St. Mary's senior Ben Trapp won all 21 faceoffs in last Saturday's 22-5 rout of Wagner. That performance edged the previous school record of 20 faceoff wins shared by Kyle Daddio in 2007 and Steve Kelly in 2003, and tied the second-best mark in NCAA history set by Delaware's Alex Smith in 2006. (The NCAA record of 25-for-25 was set by Sacred Heart's Zach Smith in 2007.)
"I honestly didn't know what the record was, but I wanted to win every single one," the Timonium native and Dulaney graduate said. "I had never had a game where I had gone 100 percent. That's really what I was going for. I didn't know if I was going to break a record, but my first goal was to get 100 percent."
Loyola's Lusby to seek medical waiver, return for 2012
After a 2010 campaign that included 20 goals and five assists but ended with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his right knee in the team's 11-10 triple overtime loss to Cornell in the first round of the NCAA tournament last May, senior Eric Lusby will sit out the rest of this season and seek a medical waiver to retain a year of eligibility for next season, Loyola coach Charley Toomey confirmed Tuesday.
"They say it's a year[-long] injury," Toomey said of Lusby, who played in just two games. "Everybody has told me that to be at full strength, it takes a year. Some kids are able to come back and rehab it and come back a little sooner, but Eric's been dealing with some things."
Salisbury to return starting duties to Rodriguez
Despite a career-best 12 saves by senior Tim Swinburn that helped No. 1 Salisbury defeat No. 4 Stevenson for the Capital Athletic Conference tournament championship on Saturday, the Sea Gulls plan to re-insert senior Johnny Rodriguez as the starting goalie when the team travels to Washington College on May 7 for the annual "War on the Shore" contest.
"We're 16-1, and Johnny's been the goalie the whole time," coach Jim Berkman said. "So unless he doesn't practice very well, he'll be the goalie the rest of the way. I mean, if Ben Roethlisberger has a bad game, you're not going to start Ben Roethlisberger? I think your goalie is a lot like your quarterback. If you've got a guy, you've got to believe in him and you've got to give him the confidence that he needs."
Tournaments for everybody
All seven of Maryland's Division I women's teams made it into their conference tournaments this spring. No. 1 Maryland already has won the ACC title, while Loyola, Towson, Johns Hopkins, Navy, UMBC and Mount St. Mary's also advanced to their league tournaments.
Towson is the only local team to host a tournament, earning that right in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament, which kicks off on Thursday. Loyola has clinched a berth in the Big East tournament, UMBC in the America East tournament and Johns Hopkins is in the America Lacrosse Conference tournament, which includes all six member teams. Those events all begin next weekend. The winners of all of those tournaments earn automatic bids to the NCAA tournament.
Mount St. Mary's begins play in the Northeast Conference tonight against Robert Morris at Quinnipiac. Navy will try to defend its Patriot League title Saturday in the Patriot League championship game against Colgate after edging Lehigh,10-8, in Thursday night's semifinal. The winners of those tournaments will meet in one of two play-in games for the NCAA Tournament May 7.
Baltimore Sun reporter Katherine Dunn contributed to this article.