February 19, 2011

Maryland Rolls Detroit in Tillman's Debut

from press release

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - It was not the smoothest start to a season, but the
No. 3 University of Maryland men's lacrosse team got four points from
four different Terps to give head coach John Tillman a 16-4 victory over
Detroit Mercy in his first game at the helm of the Terrapin program.

The Titans (0-4) capitalized on two non-releasable Terrapin penalties to
take a 2-0 lead with just under six minutes left in the first quarter,
but from that point on it was all Maryland as the Terps (1-0) ripped off
10 unanswered goals from the final minutes of the first quarter to
midway through the third.

Junior Joe Cummings, who was one of two Terps to tally hat tricks on the
day, got things going for Maryland with a slick turn-and-shoot goal just
outside the crease off of a nice feed by sophomore John Haus.

Senior Ryan Young took over the game at the start of the second quarter,
scoring three straight to give the Terps a 4-2 lead. The first of
Young's goals came on an extra-man opportunity when he finished a nice
pass from senior Grant Catalino. He scored his second a minute later,
one-timing a cross-crease pass from senior Travis Reed. Young completed
the natural hat trick with another easy goal thanks to a terrific skip
pass by Haus.

Next up it was Reed's turn to net a pair of goals for the Terps to make
it a 6-2 game with just under four minutes to go in the second. Reed's
first came on a lefty rocket from the right wing off an assist from
Young.

Reed's second score came via Maryland's dangerous transition game.
Senior defender Brett Schmidt caused a turnover and got the groundball
on the left side of the field near the midfield stripe. He quickly fed a
pass to senior defender Max Schmidt, who was racing down the middle of
the field. Max Schmidt then quickly moved the ball on to Reed who beat
Titan goalie A.J. Levell with a quick shot.

With less than three minutes to go in the half Reed was on the giving
end of the next Maryland goal. He found junior Jake Bernhardt running
free into the restraining box and Bernhardt ripped a shot from 12 yards
out to give the Terps a 7-2 advantage.

That lead grew to 8-2 just before halftime thanks to Catalino's first
goal of the afternoon. Haus picked up his third helper of the day by
skipping the pass through to Catalino on the left goal line extended and
Catalino had enough time to give Levell a good ball fake before
finishing the play low.

Maryland's scoring run continued after the break with Cummings scoring
his second of the day just 46 seconds into the third quarter. Cummings'
dodging goal from down the left alley was the Terps' first unassisted
goal of the game.

Catalino finished the 10-0 run at the 8:59 mark, lacing a low-to-low
shot from the left alley off a nice feed from Jake Bernhardt.

Detroit Mercy's Shayne Adams ended the Titans' scoreless streak at 32:13
with his sixth goal of the season at the 6:52 mark. But that only gave
the Terps the chance to begin another scoring run.

Junior Drew Snider started this five-goal run for the Terps with a nice
shot into the upper right corner from the left wing. Haus picked up his
career-best fourth assist on the goal.

The Terps' transition game worked to perfection again to close out
scoring for the third quarter. Sophomore Jesse Bernhardt caused a
turnover that junior Michael Shakespeare advanced into the offensive
zone. Sophomore Landon Carr made a great run down the middle of the
field and finished the play with his first career goal to make it a 12-3
Terrapin lead.

The run continued less than two minutes into the fourth quarter on
Snider's second goal of the game.

Senior Fran Gormley scored his first of the season at the 12:19 mark on
a terrific shot from 10 yards out to make it a 14-3 Terrapin lead.

Sophomore Owne Blye finished the five-goal run with his first goal at
the 7:59 mark. Freshman Sean McGuire picked up his first collegiate
point by feeding Blye the ball after Blye made a good cut toward the
crease.

Matt Gregson closed out the scoring for the Titans with an unassisted
goal with 6:28 left in the game.

Cummings finished things up for the Terps with a goal from the right
alley with 3:55 remaining.

The Terps were terrific when the ball was on the ground, winning the
groundball battle 49-23. A big reason for that was the play of sophomore
Curtis Holmes on face-offs. Holmes won 17 of 21 face-offs and had a
game-high five groundballs.

Redshirt freshman Niko Amato made his first collegiate start a solid
one, making three saves and allowing just four goals in 52:01. Amato
also chipped in with four groundballs and a caused turnover.

Maryland's defense limited the Titans to just 17 shots for the game. At
close defense, seniors Ryder Bohlander, Shane Hall, Brett Schmidt and
Max Schmidt combined for nine groundballs and five caused turnovers.

The Terps' long pole trio of Jesse Bernhardt, Michael White and David
Miller combined for seven groundballs and four caused turnovers.

Maryland returns to action next Saturday, Feb. 26, when it hosts No. 15
Georgetown at 3 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

Game Notes:
• With today's 16-4 win Maryland is now 1-0 all-time vs. Detroit Mercy.
• Maryland has won 18 straight season openers and is 82-3-1 all-time to
start the season.
• With four points on three goals and one assist, senior Ryan Young now
had 37 multi-point and 17 multi-goal games for his career.
• Young's three goals tied his career high.
• With four points on two goals and two assists, senior Grant Catalino
now has 38 multi-point, 30 multi-goal and 12 multi-assist games for his
career.
• Catalino's two goals give him 90 for his career and moves him into
sole possession of 15th place on Maryland's all-time goal-scoring list.
• With four points on two goals and two assists, senior Travis Reed now
has 31 multi-point, 19 multi-goal and 11 multi-assist games for his
career.
• With three points on three goals, junior Joe Cummings now has 13
multi-point and seven multi-goal games for his career.
• Sophomore John Haus set a career high with four assists. It marks his
fourth career multi-point game and his first with multiple assists. Haus
had two assists total during his freshman season.
• Sophomore Curtis Holmes won 17 of 21 face-offs to set career highs in
both face-offs won and taken. As a freshman in 2010, Holmes won a total
of 11 of 24 face-offs.
• The Terps held Detroit Mercy scoreless for 32:13 from 5:55 of the
first quarter to 6:52 of the third. It is the first time Maryland has
held an opponent scoreless for 30 minutes or more since holding Denver
without a goal for 30:06 in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
• Maryland finished with 30 points on 16 goals and 14 assists. The last
time the Terps had 30 points in a game was March 20, 2007 in an 18-3 win
over Mount St. Mary's.


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