February 14, 2011

NCAA Preview: No. 5 Maryland

by Gary Lambrecht | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online

The February issue of Lacrosse Magazine features an extensive NCAA lacrosse preview, from Division I through Division III, plus in-depth features on the top-ranked Syracuse men and the snake-bitten Cal women. Lacrosse Magazine Online (laxmagazine.com) examines the key players, strengths, weaknesses, best- and worst-case scenarios, sleepers, what's new, what's not and rival coaches' takes on each of the top 10-ranked teams in Division I men's and women's lacrosse.

MEN: 10 COR | 9 HOF | 8 DUKE | 7 UND | 6 PTON | 5 MD | 4 SB | 3 UNC | 2 UVA | 1 CUSE
WOMEN: 10 UND | 9 JMU | 8 PENN | 7 UVA | 6 GTOWN | 5 CUSE | 4 DUKE | 3 UNC | 2 NW | 1 MD

NO. 5 MARYLAND


Grant Catalino stands tall again for the Maryland attack unit alongside Ryan Young and Travis Reed. The trio has started a combined 125 games.

© John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com

Head Coach: John Tillman
Conference: ACC
2010 Records: 12-4, 1-2
2011 Opener: Saturday, Feb. 19 vs. Detroit Mercy | Schedule

KEY PLAYERS

A Grant Catalino (Sr.)
He is a deadly left-handed shooter who has started 48 of 49 games and is coming off his best season with 34g, 20a. “He knows how to get to the right spot and finish,” Tillman said.

A Ryan Young (Sr.)
The team’s top distributor, Young is the engine driving the offense. Excellent behind the cage, he had 18g and 30a last year and ranked ninth in the NCAA in assists per game (1.88).

D Brett Schmidt (Sr.)
None of Maryland’s juniors had the kind of breakout season he enjoyed in 2010. Emerged as a shut-down defender and led Terps in caused turnovers (28).

STRENGTHS

• Three solid midfield lines
• Senior LSM Brian Farrell a great spark in transition

WEAKNESSES

• Who will replace Bryn Holmes on faceoffs?
• Unproven at goalie

BEST CASE

Farrell, a fast-break force with 21g, 14a and 133 GBs in his career, stays healthy and has his best season.

WORST CASE

 The Terps end up at the bottom of an outstanding ACC and suffer an unfavorable draw in the NCAA tournament as a result.

SLEEPER

 M John Haus (So.)
On a team that was extremely deep at the position, he finished the strongest and ended with 12g on 38.7 percent shooting. Put 74.2 percent of his shots on goal.

RIVAL COACH'S TAKE

"I see a team that's very good defensively, very experienced and very capable on attack. They've never been quite as extraordinary as people wanted them to be. I think the key there is Ryan Young. He sort of disappeared at times and that really hurt them."

"Anytime you have 20 seniors, you're going to be excited about what's in front of you. An adjustment [to a new coach] will take place, but I think they have as much experience as anyone in the country. Look at the top teams, and they're easily in my top two or three."

“Their strength is at the attack, and I think they will find better chemistry because [Will] Yeatman isn’t in the mix. I thought he was disruptive at times.”

"Tillman got lucky with all the guys coming back there. He's walking into a great situation."

WHAT'S NEW?

Assistant Kevin Warne left Harvard and replaced defensive coordinator Dave Slafkosky, a Maryland assistant for 26 years.

WHAT'S NOT?

The senior attack of Grant Catalino, Ryan Young and Travis Reed has started a combined 125 games..

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Maryland made the NCAA tournament semifinals three times from 2003-2006, but has not been back since.


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