April 24, 2011

Maryland Seizes First ACC Title Since 2005

from staff reports

A week after losing his mother to pancreatic cancer, Maryland senior attackman Ryan Young scored what proved to be the game-winning goal Sunday in the Terps' 11-9 victory over Duke in the ACC championship game.

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Senior Ryan Young capped an emotional week by scoring the game-winning goal for the No. 6 University of Maryland men's lacrosse team as it captured the ACC championship Sunday with an 11-9 victory over No. 7 Duke at Koskinen Stadium. Young's mother, Maria, passed away Sunday, April 17 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. His twin brother, Kevin, is a senior midfielder for Duke.

It is the first ACC championship for the Terps since 2005 and their fourth overall.

Senior Grant Catalino was named the tournament MVP after scoring three goals in the title game after netting the game-winner against North Carolina on Friday in the semifinals.

The opening minutes of the first saw the Blue Devils (11-5) open up a 2-0 lead on two goals from Zach Howell.

But Maryland (10-3) responded on the face-off following Howell's second goal with some slick ball movement that eventually saw Catalino dodge from the left wing and beat Duke's Dan Wigrizer to the upper right corner.

The Blue Devil offense continued to click early as Robert Rotanz and David Lawson scored two minutes apart to give Duke a 4-1 lead with 7:07 left.

Sophomore Curtis Holmes continued to dominate the face-off X and his fifth win of the day gave Maryland another possession and senior Scott LaRue made it count, hitting on a shot from the right alley to make it a two-goal game at the 5:50 mark of the first.

An unforced turnover gave Duke the ball with less than two minutes to go and the Blue Devils turned it into a goal when Rotanz scored his second of the day with 1:39 left in the first.

Duke's Justin Turri got his hands free in the left alley and ripped a 12 yards shot, but redshirt freshman Niko Amato made the save and quickly sent an outlet pass to senior Brett Schmidt. Amato's pass to midfield looked to be too high, but Schmidt jumped and used every inch of his six-foot stick to corral the pass. Schmidt then raced into the Duke box, but no Blue Devil defender slid off of a Terp attackman to stop the ball. So, Schmidt reared back and laced a low shot from 12 yards out to make it a 5-3 game at the 12:11 mark of the second.

Lawson answered for Duke with his second of the game to give Duke back its three-goal cushion, but that would quickly evaporate as the Terps went on a 3-0 run over a two-minute span to tie things at 6-6.

First, junior Joe Cummings flipped a cross-crease pass to sophomore John Haus that Haus one-timed into the net to cut the Blue Devil lead to two at 6:54.

The second goal of the run was made possible by a tough groundball picked up by junior Drew Snider to keep possession for the Terps. He moved the ball on to Young, who found sophomore Kevin Cooper with time and room at the top of the box. Cooper took two steps in and rocketed a high to low shot past Wigrizer to make it a 6-5 game.

The man-up unit got things back to even for the Terps. Sophomore Owen Blye had the first look of the EMO for Maryland, but his shot was blocked and went wide right of the cage. That's where senior Travis Reed scooped it up and moved it along to Catalino, who scored low-to-low from the right alley at the 4:54 mark.

The Terps took their first lead of the game, 7-6, at the 13:05 mark of the third when junior Jake Bernhardt ripped a shot from the left alley inside the far pipe.

But Duke used two extra-man chances to regain the lead, 8-7, on goals by Howell and Josh Dionne with 7:34 to go in the third.

The back-and-forth game continued as Maryland responded less than two minutes later to tie things up again at 8-8. Cooper cut hard to the crease and he finished a great feed from Blye at the 6:02 mark.

The extra-man unit struck again for the Terps to give them back the lead, 9-8, with 3:03 to go in the third. Snider slipped a slick pass to Reed on the crease and Reed finished it with a quick shot past Wigrizer.

Maryland's lead grew to two when Young elevated high on the crease to pick off a pass from Haus and swat it into the Duke goal with 12:08 to go in the fourth.

Lawson scored his third of the day two minutes later to make it a one-goal game, 10-9.

Catalino's third of day was unorthodox, but it counts and it gave Maryland an 11-9 lead with 6:33 to go in the game. Blye got the ball to Catalino in the right alley and his shot came off of his stick oddly. The ball took a weird hop, but still found the back of the net.

Holmes was the catalyst for the Terps all afternoon, winning 18-of-24 fac-offs and picking up a game-high six ground balls.

Maryland's group of senior close defenders - Ryder Bohlander, Brett Schmidt and Max Schmidt - anchored the defense, especially in the second half as they allowed Duke's vaunted attack group just one second-half goal.

The Terps are off until May 7 when they host Colgate. "Senior Day" is set for a 3 p.m. fac-off at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

Game Notes

With the 11-9 win Maryland is now 57-19 all-time vs. Duke... Maryland is 5-5 all-time vs. the Blue Devils in ACC tournament play and is 4-7 all-time in conference title games overall... The Blue Devils are now 6-6 in championship games and 1-2 against Maryland in those contests ... Duke is 7-3 as the top seed in the ACC Tournament and is now 5-2 in tournament games played in Durham, N.C. ... The title game loss is the first for Duke head coach John Danowski after he won the title in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and lost in the semifinal in 2010 ... The Duke senior class is 5-2 in the ACC postseason and owns two ACC titles.

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