March 7, 2011

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Maryland's Veteran Attack Shines in Win over Bellarmine

from press release

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The starting attack unit of seniors Grant Catalino, Travis Reed and Ryan Young combined for seven goals and four assists to lead the No. 8 University of Maryland men's lacrosse team to a 12-8 victory over Bellarmine Monday afternoon at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

Catalino got things rolling for the Terps (3-1) right off the bat, scoring his lone goal of the game 13 seconds after the opening whistle off an assist from senior long pole Brian Farrell.

The Knights tied things up at one goal apiece at the 8:37 mark, but junior Jake Bernhardt and Young scored back-to-back unassisted goals 29 seconds apart to make it a 3-1 Maryland lead with 6:55 left in the first.

Bellarmine made it a 3-2 game with a goal by Mitch McLaren late in the opening quarter, but that was as close as the Knights would get, mostly thanks to a great second quarter by Reed.

The senior from Baltimore, Md., had three goals and an assist in the second, which put him over the 100-point mark for his career. He got his 99th point right off of the opening face-off in the second quarter, assisting on Farrell's lone goal of the day.

From there it took him less than two minutes to get point number 100 and it was vintage Reed. He took a feed from behind the cage by Catalino and ripped a low-to-low shot from the right wing past Bellarmine goalie Dillon Ward, who made 16 saves in just 30:00 of action.

Reed wasn't done as he scored the next Maryland goal; an almost exact replay of the previous score except that this time the assist came from Young at the 11:55 mark.

Young and Bernhardt went back-to-back again to make it an 8-2 Maryland lead with 5:39 remaining in the half.

It looked like the game would go to the break that way, but Reed had other ideas. Ward made his 16th save on a shot by junior Joe Cummings, but the ball rebounded right to Reed on the right side of the crease and he deftly one-timed it into the goal with just one second remaining on the clock.

Bellarmine scored on an unsettled situation on the opening face-off of the third to end a scoreless drought of 18:18, but that's all Maryland allowed the Knights to score in the third.

Young pushed the lead up to 10-3 with 13:48 remaining in the third, finishing a nice skip pass from Catalino.

With the Terps up by seven and coming off of another game less than 48 hours previous, Maryland coach John Tillman got his reserves some well-deserved playing time. Freshman Sean McGuire took full advantage and upped the Terrapin lead to 11-3 with his first career goal at the 4:34 mark of the third.

The Knights scored the first three goals of the fourth to trim the lead back to 11-6, but Redshirt junior Bob Kercher tallied his first career goal with 4:20 left off of the first career assist by freshman Brendan Saylor.

Bellarmine scored out the game with two goals in the final minute to make it a 12-8 final.

Maryland dominated when the ball was on the ground, scooping up 61 groundballs to the Knights' 30. Leading the way was senior Brett Schmidt with a career-best seven GBs. Farrell finished the game with five, while Catalino, McGuire and Max Schmidt each had four.

Redshirt freshman goalie Niko Amato was solid in his 45:00 of action, making eight saves, while allowing just three goals. Redshirt junior Mark White made three stops in his 10:40, while junior M.J. Leonard played the final 4:20.

Maryland returns to action on Saturday, March 12 when it takes on local rival Towson at noon at Unitas Stadium. The game between the Terps and the Tigers will be shown live on WMAR in Baltimore and nationally on the web at ESPN3.com.

Game Notes:
• With today's 12-8 win Maryland is now 3-0 all-time vs. Bellarmine.
• With three points on one goal and two assists, senior Grant Catalino now has 40 multi-point and 13 multi-assist games for his career.
• Catalino's goal gives him 96 for his career and tying him with Ron Martinello (1997-81) for 12th on the school's all-time goals list.
• Catalino's three points give him 157 for his career, moving him into a tie with Mark Douglas (1988-91) for 16th place on the Terps' all-time points list.
• With four points on three goals and an assist, senior Ryan Young now had 39 multi-point and 19 multi-goal games for his career.
• Young's four points give him 128 for his career, moving him into a tie with C. Rennie Smith (1952-55) for 25th place on the Terps' all-time points list.
• Senior long pole Brian Farrell had a goal and an assist to record his sixth career multi-point game.
• With two points on two goals, junior Jake Bernhardt now has five career multi-goal games.
• Senior defender Brett Schmidt set a career best with seven groundballs.
• The Terps held Bellarmine scoreless in the second quarter. That marks the second time this season that Maryland has held an opponent without a goal for an entire quarter.


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