Catalino and Cummings feeling better for Terps

Rehfuss sisters cause family split

May 19, 2011|By Katherine Dunn and Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

Maryland senior attackman Grant Catalino and junior midfielder Joe Cummings are expected to play without any reservations against top-seeded Syracuse in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals on Sunday.

Cummings, who missed the team's regular-season finale against Colgate due to an injured right arm, did not start against the Tar Heels, but he did score a goal. Terps coach John Tillman said Cummings could return to the starting lineup at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., but there's also a chance that the first midfield of juniors Jake Bernhardt and Drew Snider and sophomore John Haus could remain together.

"Joe's pretty much good to go," Tillman said Wednesday morning. "So we're pretty pumped. Nothing to hold him back. We don't have to limit him.

Catalino, who registered a goal and an assist against North Carolina, said his broken hand is at full strength. "My hand's back to 100 percent right now," he said. "It doesn't affect me during the game, I'm practicing now. So everything's fine. I'm just getting back to the rhythm of our offense. The hand's fine."

Rehfuss sisters cause family split

Thanks to sisters Abby and Caroline, the Rehfuss family will split up this weekend — and that's a good thing.

Abby, a senior at Loyola, and Caroline, a sophomore at Princeton, are both playing in the NCAA quarterfinal on the same day at the same time 240 miles apart. Abby's Greyhounds will play at North Carolina Saturday at 1 and Caroline's Tigers take on Maryland in College Park at noon.

With five of their six children playing lacrosse, Claire and Steve Rehfuss are used to running to a lot of games. Abby said they have made it to almost every Loyola and Princeton game this season. They also have daughters Charlotte and Anne playing high school ball at home in Albany, N.Y.

"Our parents are torn," Abby said about this weekend. "I was talking to my mom and she said, 'Would you mind if one of us went to Caroline's game?' I guess they think they should come to my game because I'm a senior, but I understand. Caroline should have someone there. My Dad will probably come to [North Carolina] and my mom will go to Maryland."

Virginia's Stanwick gets healthy at right time

Junior attackman Steele Stanwick's three-goal, five-assist display in Virginia's 13-12 overtime victory over Bucknell in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday was a result of improved health.

The Baltimore native and Loyola graduate recently returned to practicing on a fuller basis after injuring his right foot in a win against Ohio State on March 19 and then getting kneed in the left calf by a North Carolina defender in an overtime decision against the Tar Heels on April 9.

"He's not 100 percent, but he's starting to feel a little bit better finally, and I think he realized that with the way we are right now offensively and personnel-wise, we just needed out attack to step up more," Cavaliers coach Dom Starsia said. "… About two weeks ago, he decided that he was going to try to do more in practice in spite of the fact that he's a little bit gimpy. So we don't ask him to do everything that we do, but just having him out there has been good for my peace of mind, if nothing else."

Syracuse's Desko likely out

The Orange is expected to play Sunday without junior attackman Tim Desko.

Desko has missed the last seven contests because of an injury to his right knee and an infection in the tissue surrounding the knee. His father, John Desko, who is the Orange's head coach, did not sound optimistic that his son would be able to play against the Terps at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Sunday.

"He just started practicing a little bit this week," John Desko said. "But I don't know. I think it would be probably overly optimistic to think that we'd see him out there, but it's possible."

Denver awaiting word on Baxter

No. 6 seed Denver isn't sure whether senior attackman Todd Baxter will be able to suit up for Saturday's NCAA tournament quarterfinal against No. 3 seed Johns Hopkins at James M. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y.

Baxter, who has been an everyday starter alongside junior Mark Matthews and junior Alex Demopoulos, is dealing with a high right ankle sprain and partially torn knee ligament that sidelined him for the Pioneers' 13-10 victory over Villanova in the first round this past Sunday.

"Todd, as he tells me, he gets better every day," Denver coach Bill Tierney said during his weekly press conference with Denver area media on Tuesday. "I know less than he knows and he knows a lot less than what the doctors know. So we'll see."

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