February 18, 2012

Holmes Dominates as Terps Beat Hawks

from staff reports

Curtis Holmes won an astounding 19 of 20 face-offs Saturday against Hartford.
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior All-American Curtis Holmes dominated face-offs, winning 19-of-20 with a career-best nine groundballs to lead the No. 8 University of Maryland men's lacrosse team to a 12-6 victory over Hartford on Saturday in the 2012 season opener at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

The scoring was evenly distributed for Maryland (1-0) with nine Terps tallying goals. Junior All-American John Haus led the offensive attack, tying his career high with four points on two goals and two assists.

Hartford (0-1) held a 2-0 lead after the first quarter on goals by Aidan Genik and Martin Bowes. Maryland broke a 16:03 scoring drought when senior Drew Snider finished a pass from redshirt sophomore Mike Channechuk with 13:57 remaining in the second quarter.

Junior Billy Gribbin scored his first goal as a Terp to tie the game at 2-2 on a transition goal with the assist coming from senior Michael Shakespeare with 5:57 left in the second.

Harford regained the lead with sophomore Tate Klidonas finishing a pass from Carter Bender at the 3:21 mark.

The Terps scored the next two to take a 4-3 lead into the half. First, Channechuk connected on a low to high shot from the left wing with 1:03 remaining in the first half. Junior Curtis Holmes won the ensuing face-off and laced a shot from the right alley to give the Maryland its first lead of the game with 57 seconds remaining in the half.

The Hawks regained the lead on back-to-back goals by Kevin O'Shea, making it a 5-4 game at the 10:51 mark of the third.

From there the Terps went on a four-goal run to close out the third and take an 8-5 lead into the fourth quarter. Haus got things rolling, stepping-into a shot and finishing from 10 yards out off of an assist from Snider with 6:19 remaining in the third.

The Terps extra-man unit upped their lead to two goals 17 seconds later when Haus added his second goal of the day. Snider dumped the ball to Haus on the crease for the goal.

Senior All-American Joe Cummings scored his first goal of the 2012 campaign to put the Terps up 6-5 with 4:09 remaining in the third. The play started with a save by sophomore Niko Amato that led to Cummings' transition goal off an assist by sophomore defender Michael Ehrhardt.

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The defense in front of Amato was solid with Ehrhardt, sophomore Brian Cooper and freshman Goran Murray all making their first career starts. In addition to his assist, Ehrhardt finished with four groundballs and a caused turnover, while Cooper and Murray each had three groundballs and two caused turnovers.

Maryland dominated groundballs 53-21. In addition to Holmes tying his career high with nine groundballs, Bernhardt and Snider set career highs with eight and seven groundballs, respectively. Bernhardt also caused three Hawk turnovers.

The Terps have a short week to prepare for their first road game of the 2012 season, which is on Friday night, Feb. 24 at Georgetown. That game is set for a 7 p.m. start at the Hoyas' Multi-Sport Field.

Game Notes:
• With today's 12-6 win Maryland is now 1-0 all-time vs. Hartford.
• Maryland has won 19 straight season openers and is 83-3-1 all-time to start the season.
• With four points on two goals and two assists, junior John Haus now has 12 multi-point, six multi-goal and four multi-assist games for his career.
• With three points on a goal and two assists, senior Drew Snider now has nine multi-point and three multi-assist games for his career.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, senior Joe Cummings now has 21 multi-point games for his career.
• Jay Carlson, Mike Chanenchuk and Billy Gribbin each had their first multi-point games as Terps.


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