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I Broadcast Maryland Women's Lacrosse for WMUCSports.com during the Spring. I hope to provide everyone with quality information on the Terps and post game analysis.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

2010 USILA D-1 All-Americans

The USILA just realeased its 2010 Division 1 All-American teams. No player from the University of Maryland made the first team, although there were 5 players from the same conference made the cut. One odd sight is that Max Quinzanni, the favorite to win the Tewaaraton Award for Player of the Year, was left off the 1st team.

John Galloway, the keeper from Syracuse, who put up some staggering numbers, was the top goalie this year. Brian Farrell and Joel White, the top two long pole hybrid defenders-middies, had to be split up. Farrell was the only Terp to make the 2nd team, also a significant honor. Maryland will be happy to see their junior captain return for his senior season, after missing all of 2009 with a lung injury. His return to health was a key part of the Terrapin's success this year.

Grant Catalino, who led the Terps in scoring, earned 3rd team honors as part of the Attack unit. Defender Brett Schmidt joins Catalino as the only other Terps to make an All-American team.

The Honorable Mention list was quite lengthy but there are a few notable players from College Park. Ryan Young was part of the Attack group. Maxwell Schmidt was the defender from Maryland's backline. Brian Phipps, the anchor for Cottle's defense was one of 6 goalies to garner Honorable Mention honors.

Congratulations to all the players, especially the Terps, who made the All-American list. Go Terps!

The Final Four should be a great weekend. If you are in the area, make sure you catch the games on Saturday and Monday at M&T Bank Stadium. Cornell vs. Notre Dame at 4pm Saturday and Duke vs. Virginia at 6:30pm. The ACC will have a shot at another national championship.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Phipps Stars in Classroom

Congratulations to Senior Goalie, Brian Phipps. The USILA just released its 2010 Scholar All-American list which consists of 70 players from all 3 levels of NCAA competition.

40 D-1 athletes were on the list, as well as 2 from D-2 and 23 from D3. Phipps is the only representative from the University of Maryland on the list. Just another reason why it will be very difficult to replace such a complete player and person in the net next year. Go Terps!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

End of an Era

Dave Cottle will no longer be the head coach at the University of Maryland. The Men's Lacrosse program will have to find a new coach for the 2011 season.

After 9 seasons and a 99-45 (.688) record, Cottle will not resume his coaching duties, after his contract ended this year...in disappointing fashion, losing in the NCAA Quarterfinals to Notre Dame, 7-5 as the #3 seed. He led the Terrapins to a 12-4 record this year, including an 1-2 mark in ACC play with an appearance in the conference championship game (where they lost to UVA for the 2nd time this year).

Taken from umterps.com:
"I have decided to step down as head coach at the University of Maryland," said Cottle. "I would like to thank Dr. Mote and Dr. Yow for the opportunity to coach at Maryland and in the Atlantic Coast Conference. I have enjoyed my nine years at Maryland. This season, I enjoyed coaching this team as much as any team I have ever been around. I have developed tremendous relationships with many Terp alumni, former coaches and have had some of the finest parents any lacrosse program has had."

Coming into the season, there was a ton of pressure on Cottle. It was widely assumed that if he didn't make it back to the Final Four, he would not have his contract renewed. The road to Baltimore looked really good after an 11-8 win over Hofstra in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but Maryland couldn't find the offense to get past the Fighting Irish. Just another example for the critics of how Cottle couldn't win the big one.

Ironically, Notre Dame's head coach, Kevin Corrigan, is on the long list of potential replacements. The other top candidates according to reporting done by the Washington Post include:
Mike Pressler - U.S. national team head coach; coached at Duke as well, but was forced to resign after the 2006 rape allegations of 3 players...which was proven false.
Gary Gait - finalist for the job after Dick Edell left (when Cottel was hired in 2001); primarily coached women's lacrosse including a stint with the Maryland's Women Program in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

I think Cottle has done a great job during the 2 years that I have covered the Men's Lacroose team. He really cares about his players and I think they care about him as well. It was definitely a positive relationship and his team always played with the most heart. Effort as never an issue.

However, with the kind of talent that Maryland gets through recruiting in the middle of the hotbed for lacrosse, it is quite shocking that the 2010 seniors are just the 2nd class in Maryland history to not make at least 1 Final Four in their time in College Park.

I wish him the best of luck in the future. I hope the new coach is ready for the kind of pressure that will be over his head constantly at UMD. And if all the pieces fall into place, the new coach will be able to take a talented group, and lead them back to the promised land. Go Terps!

Monday, May 24, 2010

No Luck As Maryland Falls to Fighting Irish in Quarterfinals

The Maryland Terrapins will not play at M&T Bank Stadium for the 3rd time in 2010. They will not play in the Final Four in 2010. The #3 Terps (12-4) lost to Notre Dame (9-6) 7-5 in the NCAA Quarterfinals in Princeton, New Jersey on Saturday.

For just the 2nd time since the NCAA Tournament began in 1971, a group of Maryland seniors will not have the chance to play in the final weekend for just the second time. Brian Phipps made 13 saves for the Terps as they held the Irish to just 7 goals in a rematch of last year's first round game, but it was not enough to overcome a terrible day offensively against a team that barely made it in to the tournament.

Travis Reed scored 1 goal on the day...the only goal that came from a member of the Terrapin's vaunted attack unit. No goals from Grant Catalino who put up 34 goals prior to this game. No goals from Will Yeatman who was playing against his alma matter. No goals for Ryan Young, who led the offense the entire season from behind the net with much bravado.

Notre Dame's stifling defense never allowed Maryland to get into a rhythm on offense and goalie Scott Rodgers made some sensational saves from point blank range to take down another seeded opponent. The Irish came off an 8-5 win over #6 Princeton in the first round and were the unanimous underdog coming into this game as well.

The defense sagged in and forced the Terps to shoot from the outside for the most part. However, even when Maryland was able to find gaps, they could not connect on passes or simply dropped balls right in front of the crease. Coach Dave Cottle said that his team needed to get to 10 goals to beat Notre Dame, and they only managed to score half that total, well below their season average of 11.7.

The difference maker in the game for Notre Dame was Trever Sipperly who dominated the faceoff battle, winning 10 of the 15 50/50 balls in the middle of the field. Andrew Irving, a long stick middie for Notre Dame was exceptional and coach Kevin Corrigan praised his unhearalded midfielder for his effort as he won 7 ground balls.

The Terps needed to come out strong against a team that relies on defense...at the very least, they could not fall behind early. But Sean Rogers (3G) scored the first goal of the game. Scott LaRue answered for Maryland to tie the game at 1-1, but Notre Dame scored the next 3 goals to take a commanding lead after the 1st quarter.

Sophomore Jake Bernhardt seemed to ignite the Terps with an athletic play in the 2nd, after the Terps fell behind 5-1. Running to his left, after dodging an opponent, he ripped a shot into the low right corner. He showed the sense of urgency that the rest of the team appeared to lack. That snapped a scoreless stretch of 16:24, by far one of the longest droughts the Terrapins underwent all year long. Freshman John Haus scored a few minutes later on a beautiful 1v1 move, getting his shot past the shoulder of the 2010 All-Big East 2nd Team keeper.

However, Notre Dame would extend its lead to 7-3 after halftime and Maryland could not muster enough offense towards the end of the game. As the clock continued to dwindle, the pressure began to mount and UMD just couldn't find a way to score.

It was their first loss to Notre Dame ever and overall, the team falls to 19-11 in quarterfinal games with a 13-7 record as the #3 seed.

Maryland was outhustled on the day. They lost the ground ball battle 31-24 and couldn't even convert on the one man-up opportunity they got. The teams strength all year long had been their EMO unit, #2 in the nation, and their gritty play. But at the end of the day, they didn't find the right combination of players to score enough and you can't win an NCAA Quarterfinal game scoring 5 goals.

Notre Dame will advance to the Final Four where it will play Cornell, who thrashed Army 14-5, after Army upset #2 Syracuse in the first round. #5 Duke rolled past #4 UNC 17-9 and #1 Virginia scraped out a win over #8 Stony Brook, 10-9 to advance to the Final Four on the other side of the bracket. Coach Corrigan said his team was pulling for Duke...it was in the first game of the season for Notre Dame against then #2 Duke, an 11-7 win, that got them into the tournament in the first place.

Unfortunately for the Terps, their season comes to an end much earlier than anticipated. As sad as the team is to not make it the final weekend, they had a tremendous season. For the first time since 2001, 3 players (Catalino, Young, and Reed) scored at least 37 points and ALL of them return next season.

The key losses as the team looks to 2011 will be:
#17 Bryn Holmes, who is the toughest player that Coach Cottle has ever coached in his career. You will not find a player who puts his body on the line more often than Holmes did for UMD, winning 61 ground balls, causing 18 turnovers. But he is most known for taking faceoffs. He won 145 faceoffs on the year for a .553%.
#23 Will Yeatman, who battled injuries all year long but still managed to 22 points (15G, 7A) as he switched from attack to midfield.
#30 Brian Phipps was the anchor for this defense and played incredible lacrosse down the stretch. He made 158 saves in 2010 and had a 7.75 goals against average.
Adam Sear, who was the star of Maryland's #2 EMO attack group. He scored 8 goals after Maryland drew a penalty with his 100+ mph shot. You will not find a goalie who wanted to see #12 rip a shot.
#7 Dan Halayko, who played in all 16 games this year as the 4th long pole on defense. He played admirably with the Terps man-down unit and picked up 20 ground balls.
#16 Dean Hart played with more heart than anyone. He scored just 3 goals and added 2 assists as a defensive minded middie who did all the little things for the team.
#35 Fran Gormley came back after two years away from the team, walking on in 2010. He earned all the playing time he got and scored 2 goals and had an assist as well.

If you were keeping track, every senior of the 2010 class will be missed next year. Thanks for a great season. I had a blast covering the team and they have a bright future. Can't say the same for Cottle as he might have stood on the Maryland sideline for the last time.

For the rest of the 2010 Men's Lacrosse crew please keep supporting us at wmucsports.com. We look forward to next season and I will keep posting big news about the team throughout the off-season. Congratulations to the team once again for a great season. Go Terps!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

NCAA Quarterfinals - Notre Dame Preview

The Maryland Terrapins (12-3) will wrap up their scholastic year on Wednesday and head up to Princeton, New Jersey on Thursday after practice according to Patrick Fischer's blog. They will play Notre Dame (8-6) in the NCAA Quarterfinals in a rematch of last year's only first round upset. The Terps won 7-3 over the Irish who were undefeated coming into the game and earned the #7 seed in the 16-team field in 2009.

The strength of this year's Notre Dame team is in the cage. Senior goal Keeper, Scott Rodgers (a pre-season All-American pick), has a 7.99GAA on the year and was HUGE in their victory over #6 Princeton. His 58.4 save percentage will make it very difficult for the Terps to put points on the board...but they have faced top goalies all year. In fact, they get to play Brian Phipps in practice everyday. Phipps has an 8.27GAA and a 54.9 save percentage. Over the last seven games, Phipps has stepped up his game even more with a 7.45GAA.

Scoring wise, Notre Dame gets most of their production in the midfield. #33 David Early scored 5 goals against the Tigers, as many goals as Princeton had as a team. #12 Grant Krebs (22G, 4 A) also has more than 20 goals this year, and their points leader is #28 Zach Brenneman, who has scored 35 points this year (23G, 12 A). Their fourth best scorer is #11 Neal Hicks (19G, 13A), second on the team in points.

#7 Trever Sipperly is a true FOGO. He has won 153 of his 274 face-offs (and only missed out on 14 total face-offs). His win percentage is 55.8 while Bryn Holmes is on a tear, winning 64.1% of his face-offs in the last 7 games.

The Irish have actually been out-ground-balled on the year, 397-379. Maryland dominated Hofstra in that category, 41-21, in the first round.

The other thing that is always a factor are the penalties. Maryland sports the 2nd best EMO unit in the country while Notre Dame is phenomenal on defense when playing with a man-down. Because they only commit 2.2 penalties per game, they give up goals 25.8% of the time in those situations.

Marlyand's well-balanced attack is a strength in this game. 40% of the Terps that played against the Pride scored (10 out of 25). This way, the defense can't focus on just Grant Catalino who leads the team in goals, or Travis Reed, or even Ryan Young. One last note for the game, this should be an emotional one for Will Yeatman who transferred from Notre Dame last year.

Listen to wmucsports.com for all the action! Go Terps!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

1st Weekend Wrap-Up

So after the first weekend in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, the University of Maryland's road to the Final Four in Baltimore just got a bit easier....on paper. Notre Dame traveled to Princeton, New Jersey and beat the Ivy League Champs 8-5 in a defensive battle.

Senior goalie Scott Rodgers made 14 saves for the Irish, Will Yeatman's former school, while the long poles in front of him held the #6 Tigers to just 1 second-half goal. They earned their 6th win in the NCAA Tournament and will now face your Maryland Terrapins on Saturday @ 12PM in Princeton.

In the bottom portion of the Terp's bracket, Army pulled off a monumental upset over 2-time defending champ, Syracuse. The Black Nights won in double overtime by a final score of 9-8 as the final seconds of the 2nd OT ticked away.

They will play Cornell who held off Loyola after blowing a 8-2 lead. The Big Red avoided another heartbreaking overtime loss...lasting 3OTs in their first post season game since losing to the Orange in last year's title game. The winner of that game will play the winner of UMD-ND in the national semi-final.

UNC took down the University of Delaware 14-13 after a rain/lightning delay. Billy Bitter (2010 ACC Player of the Year) and Curtis Dickson (2010 Tewaaraton Finalist) were shut down in the contest; the focal points of the opposition for sure. They will play fellow ACC power house Duke who put up 18 goals in a dominating 1st round win. That game should take a bit out of both schools before the winner of that quarterfinal will play the survivor of UVA-Stony Brook.

With Army taking down Syracuse and Notre Dame pulling the other 1st round upset, Maryland's road appears easier. With their upcoming potential games, they could be the favorite to make it out of their bracket and get to the Championship game.

Later in the week, I will take a look at Notre Dame's season. From their game today, I saw a suffocating defense and a big, physical team; one that won't back down to Maryland's imposing size on both sides of the ball.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

1st Round NCAA Tournament

It was an upset-special on paper. Hofstra came into the game scoring more than 13 goals per game, with an offense that was held to single digit goals just once this season (they scored 9 in that contest). Maryland has been ridiculed for not performing to its ability in the NCAA Tournament. In the second half, Hofstra scored the first two goals to take a 5-4 advantage. Then the Terps woke up.

All season long the motto has been to finish strong. Coach Dave Cottle was proud of the way his team fought back in the game, "We fight for sixty minutes, and we know that there are going to be peaks and valleys. We're in the process of climbing a mountain."

The other thing that epitomizes the team is that they don't rely on any one player for offense. Although Grant Catalino came into the game with 33 goals, definitely the team leader in that category, 10 Terrapins scored in the 11-8 victory over Hofstra.

The game started off pretty slow on the scoreboard, although both teams sport high-octane offenses. Each goalie made 3 saves in the opening minutes to help stifle both attack units. Brian Farrell got the scoring going as he scored his 6th goal of the season. All year long teams try to game-plan for the long pole as if he was on the midfield or attack. Jay Card responded next with the first of his 4 goals on the day. He along with fellow Canadian, Jamie Lincoln (53 points before the game), were the focal point of Maryland's defensive plan. Lincoln didn't record a point thanks to #34 Ryder Bohlander. Bohlander gets overshadowed by 2009 All-American Max Schmidt and Brett Schmidt who made Laxpower.com's first team All-American list this year, but because of his stellar play, there is truly no weakness in front of Brian Phipps.

Freshman John Haus scored his first post-season goal to give the Terps a 3-1 lead with a beautiful low-high shot. It seemed like the Terps finally figured out Andrew Gvozden, brother of Hopkin's keeper, the 2009 All-CAA Freshman goalie.

But both goalies played exceptionally in the first half, stone-walling both teams. Phipps had 7 saves by halftime and Gvozden already made 10 saves as Maryland went into halftime with a 4-3 lead. Ground balls were key for Cottle's team as they had a 19-8 advantage in the first half and 41-21 difference by the end of the contest.

After Tim Holman scored his first goal of the year for the Pride, Maryland was in a familiar position...trailing. Coming back from a 4-1 deficit to Johns Hopkins, and a 6-0 hole to UVA earlier this year, Maryland kept playing well and never got discouraged. Joe Cummings, who started in place of Will Yeatman, scored with 7:36 left in the 3rd to tie things up on a fancy switch.

Jesse Bernhardt ignited the transition game yet again and found his brother, sophomore Jake Bernhardt who raced past midfield, lost the ball, but Dan Burns was there to pick it up, flip it back to Jake who almost lost his jersey on the follow through of his low line drive. Senior Dean Hart's curled around the back of the goal to give Maryland a 7-5 lead. All the momentum was in Maryland's favor and it stemmed from Bryn Holmes solid play. He dominated the face-off battle and he laid out one of the Hofstra players in front of the Maryland crowd. He proceeded to stand over the fallen player intimidatingly...kind of like Pippen's look after he dunked on Patrick Ewing in the playoffs almost 20 years back.

Later Hofstra stopped the momentum with a big defensive play, not allowing the Terps to score on their first man-up opportunity of the game. Hofstra face-off man John Antoniades got into a scuffle with Ryan Young. Antoniades hit Young up-front, jarring Young's stick loose. Young didn't back down, had a few choice words for his nemesis. A very aggressive team, Maryland did not let their emotions get the better of them after Antoniades got two-minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct. Young received 1-minute in the penalty zone for the altercation which seemed to energize the Terps.

Maryland then went on a 4-0 run. Adam Sear connected on his 8th EMG of the year, which leads the team. Ryan Young scored 2 relatively easy bounce shots as quick ball-movement by the Terps got Hofstra out of position. Yeatman's empty-netter with about 3 minutes left iced the game and made the score 11-6. Hofstra scored two late goals, but the result was not in doubt at that point.

Owen Blye, also scored in the game for the Terps. Tim Holman scored 2 goals and had 2 assists to tie Jay Card for the points lead for Hofstra in this 1st round game.

Player of the game has to be Bryn Holmes. He won a majority of the 23 face-offs, 15 of them for Maryland. The defense also needs to get a ton of credit. They basically held one of the best offenses in the nation to 6 goals during the competitive portion of the game. Phipps made one HUGE mistake, Cottle called it an assist in the postgame press conference, as his errant pass led to a goal for Hofstra, but for the most part, his 14 saves were spectacular. Maryland's defense played at a championship level and if Catalino or another player can get hot offensively, watch out. Travis Reed didn't even score a goal. Will Yeatman picked up 2 assists in the game.

Maryland will play the winner of the Notre Dame/Princeton game which will be played tomorrow. The Quarterfinal game is in Princeton on Saturday the 22nd. Wmucsports will be there for the call. It should be a great game as Maryland tries to get to their 4th Final Four under Dave Cottle, and first since 2006. Go Terps!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

NCAA 1st Round Preview

The Maryland Men's Lacrosse team (11-3, ACC at-large) will get a visit from Hofstra University (9-4, CAA at-large) this Saturday at noon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Interestingly, the Pride did not even make their own conference tournament, but got an at-large bid. Between Notre Dame (7-6) and Hofstra, local rival Georgetown was left out of the tourney, but the Terps should not take this team lightly.

Seth Tierney, head coach of the Pride, said that "There are 16 teams playing and we couldn’t be happier," according to an article in The Chronicle. The Pride finished the year with wins over three top 20 teams (Army, Brown and Towson) as well as a top 10 win over Johns Hopkins. They were on the bubble with a 2-3 conference record.

Hofstra's offense is extremely potent. They put up 13.3 goals per game. Hofstra has 3 players who have scored at least 40 points this season, more than the Terps can say. The top scorer, #8 Jamie Lincoln, hails from Canada and has 33 goals with 20 assists. 53 points on the season just like Grant Catalino. Right behind Lincoln is another Canadian, #20 Jay Card (27G, 22A = 49 points). #14 Stephen Bentz (28G, 12A) rounds out the starters who have at least 40 total points.

Maryland's defense will surely be tested. Brian Phipps needs to step up and play like he has the last month. Laxpower.com just released it's All-American team and defender Brett Schmidt made the 1st team. Ken Clausen of UVA and Ryan Flanagan from UNC also made the team with a long pole from Syracuse, John Lade. Brett and Max will have to play like the All-Americans they have been in their careers to stifle Hofstra's offense.

#42 John Antoniades has taken a majority of the face-offs for the Pride. He is 73-135 for a .562 win percentage on face-offs. #7 Steve DeNapoli has scooped up 47 ground balls to lead the team. Overall, they have a 429-345 advantage.

Defensively they have given up 8.84 goals per game to opponents. There hasn't been 1 goalie to start more than 7 games for the season, but it seems as though Andrew Gvozden has secured the starting position with a 4-1 record with a 9.06 GAA. The last four games, 42 balls have found the back of the net while he has stopped just 30 shots.

Their man0up offense is 23-70 on the year, so as usual, Maryland will have the advantage if they can draw some yellow flags. The midfield will be important as they need to control the tempo of the game. Dan Burns, Jake Bernhardt, and Ryan Young need to keep the pace in favor of the Terps. Coach Cottle regularly uses around 30 players off his bench and that depth will come in handy against such a high octane offense. Look for the Terps to try and get on the board early. When Maryland gets off to a quick start, they gain a mental advantage as their opposition feels like they need to play catch-up.

Coach Cottle thinks very highly of the Pride, "they have Final Four talent." Catch all the action on wmucsports.com starting with pre-game analysis at 11:45 AM! Go Terps!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Selection Sunday - Running Diary

8:30 - A bit of a late start, thanks to UC Irvine vs. Cal Poly and the 18-8 drubbing. I'm so happy ESPNU is showing this instead of the Selection Show on time.

8:37 - Yup, still 18-8 in the 9th inning...is it just me? Or do the Ant Eaters have the WORST nickname in all of sports?

8:39 - Make that 18-10 with Cal Poly after 2 runs...put those rally caps on!

8:40 - Go Red Sox! Hermida doubles to deep left as J.D. Drew scores the first run. 1-0 Red Sox against the Yankees.

8:47 - 18-13 win by UC Irvine! Comeback just short. Worst 9th inning ever.

8:48 - Time for Selection Sunday to really begin! One 'Cuse and Blue Jay to analyze the picks. And no surprise, a bit of a tribute to Yeardley Love. It was a shock to everyone and my heart and prayers go out to Love's family and friends. Bob Holtzman says that the majority of the work on the case is done.

8:52 - Virginia gets the #1 overall seed. They open up on Saturday @ 7:30pm against Mount Saint Mary's (MAC Automatic Qualifier). The MAC Champion will try and get the first win in the NCAA Tournament for their conference which 0-8 all-time in the Big Dance.

8:57 - Stony Brook (America East Champion) is the #8 seed and will open @ 5pm on Saturday against Denver (ECAC Champion). Denver already beat Stony Brook by one goal earlier in the season. 71 points for Midfielder Kevin Crowley, leads the nation in goals per game.

8:59 - Duke is the #5 seed and will host Johns Hopkins @ Noon this Saturday. I can't believe they actually made the tournament. 7-7! I know they had a tough schedule but if they didn't make the previous 38 tournaments in a row, would they have made it? That's like giving Coach K the easiest path to the Final Four....oh wait. Duke has beaten UVA this year, the only team to do so, and should win this game.

9:01 - Alright! UNC gets the #4 seed and will host the CAA Champion, Delaware @ 5pm on Sunday. The Tar Heels get screwed over and get the dreaded #4 spot. They will have to play the Blue Devils if both take care of business in the first round. Great news for Maryland.

Billy Bitter was just described as unguardable. I recall a certain ACC Semi-final when Brett Schmidt held Bitter scoreless.

The top half of the bracket is set. I see a UVA-Duke final in that portion. Duke seems to be rolling right now. They hit a speed bump in the conference tourney against the Cavaliers. I just think they have the weapons to get past North Carolina's dominating defense.

9:06 - YOUR MARYLAND TERRAPINS!!!! #3 seed and Cottle's Crew will open up against Hofstra @ 12pm on Saturday. Quint is giving Young, Catalino, Yeatman, and Farrell some good props. Hard workers in some ugly wins. Hofstra is 3rd nationally in scoring margin although they appear to give up lots of goals.

9:08 - Princeton in at #6 and will host Notre Dame @ 2:30pm on Sunday. The Tigers have 6 national titles, yet haven't won since 2001. They are coming off a last-second win in the Ivy League tournament final over Cornell (down 7-3 in the game at one point). If the Irish advance, it could be an interesting game for Will Yeatman and his old school. Go Terps!

9:09 - Cornell in at #7 and will host Loyola (MD) up in Ithica, NY at 2:30 on Saturday. A little bit of a shock to see Loyola in the NCAA Tournament after blowing their championship game to Hopkins.

9:11 - Syracuse gets to play Army (Patriot League Champions) as they are the #2 overall seed and tops in the lower half of the bracket. The Orange is going after its 3rd straight NCAA Title. Quint thinks that their goalie deserves goalie of the year. A defense-oriented team will try to upend the Patriot League Champs.

That was awfully quick. Not terribly pleased with the show. But really happy that Maryland got the #3 seed. I never truly thought the Terps were going to jump over Syracuse for that #2 spot just because of the toughest schedule in the nation and such a high RPI. An 11-3 season is nothing to shake a stick at. Time to get ready for Hofstra. Be sure to tune in to wmucsports.com! Go Terps!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Maryland Finishes On High-Note

The University of Maryland defeated Colgate University in their final regular season game. The Terps beat the Raiders 18-10 to improve to 11-3 on the season, while Colgate drops to 3-10 on the year...two teams going in opposite directions in 2010.

Just a day away from Selection Sunday, it will air on ESPNU at 8:30pm on Mother's Day, Travis Reed and the Terrapin offense put on a clinic through the first 3 periods. They built an 18-6 lead before senior Goalie Brian Phipps was sent to the bench as back up goaltenders Mark White and MJ Leonard played the final 17:24 getting 2 and 3 saves on the day.

Junior Travis Reed scored 5 goals and had 2 assists to score a career high 7 points. Ryan Young had 4 points on 2 goals and 2 helpers in his relative homecoming. Grant Catalino and Will Yeatman scored 3 points apiece with identical stat lines (2G, 1A).

Dan Burns, Scott LaRue, Jake Bernhardt, and Warren Hansen also scored goals in the game. Bryn Holmes and Max Schmidt scored their first goals of the season in the contest as well. Holmes was a beast on face-off duty winning 10 of his 17 face-offs taken. Maryland was 1-1 on man-up chances. Sophomore Joe Cummings scored the EMO goal for the top-ranked unit in the nation.

Brian Farrell, Jesse Bernhardt, and Dean Hart had 3 ground balls each. Maryland played with energy and they seem to be clicking at just the right time. Less than 24 hours before Selection Sunday, Coach Cottle and his team should be looking at a top 4 seed and will host a first round game this upcoming Saturday at Byrd Stadium.

Avoiding the #4 position will be critical for everyone not named UVA because there are 5 teams above the rest....all four from the ACC and Syracuse. That means whoever gets the 4 seed will have to play another powerhouse in the second round, instead of waiting to see such a difficult match-up in Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Final Four.

Regardless of what happens, it was a great regular season, one that everyone should be proud of. Grant Catalino is now 21st on Maryland's all-time scoring list after his 53 points during 14 games before the NCAA Tournament. Ryan Young scored over 40 points and is the first player to score over 100 career points while getting more assists than goals under Cottle. And Brian Phipps (6 saves against the Raiders) has proven to be one of the best keepers in Maryland history.

Be sure to listen in to wmucsports.com for all the action! Go Terps!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Maryland Heads North to Finish Regular Season

The Maryland Terrapins (10-3, 1-2 ACC) are going to Manhasset, NY to take on Colgate University (3-9, 2-4 Patriot League) for their final regular season game...the home town of All-American Ryan Young.

On paper, this match-up should favor the Terps in almost every facet of the game. The Raiders' offense puts up 8.75 goals a game. #26 Ben McCabe leads the Raiders with 32 points on the season (24G, 8A). #15 Peter Baum has scored 27 goals this season, a team-high, and has just a single assist for 28 points. All in all, there are 5 players on Colgate who have double digit point values. #13 Patrick Campbell leads the team in assists with 12 helpers, along with his 11 goals.

Conversely, Maryland's trio of juniors on attack all have at least 14 assists this season, including Young's 26 feeds. 10 Terps have 10 or more points on the season. Even defender and team captain Brian Farrell has put up double digit points in 2010. That has propelled Maryland's offense to new heights. The Terrapins put up 11.31 goals per game.

On defense, Colgate allows 9 goals a game, one of the reasons for their losing record. #1 Jared Madison has started 9 of the games in goal for the Raiders. He has made 95 saves and sports a 8.57 GAA. #38 Tim Harrington has started the other 3 games and seen action in 6 on the season. He has made 32 saves in 2010 and gives up 10.54 goals per game.

Despite the struggles, #43 Jim Carroll has won almost 60% of his face-offs this year. Carroll has won 121 of his 205 face-offs, better than Bryn Holmes or Jake Bernhardt. We might even see Curtis Holmes take some face-offs in this contest. Curtis played a fair amount in the rout against Fairfield last Saturday...the 17-4 drubbing propelled Maryland into the #2 spot in the RPI rankings.

The Raiders take care of the ball, giving up the ball fewer times a game than their opponent. For ground balls, they have a 319-282 advantage. Their Man-Up unit has converted on just 10 of 30 chances this year. That number does look much lower than Maryland's .548 conversion rate, which still leads the nation, but most teams are in the same position.

I would expect to see Coach Dave Cottle go to his bench fairly early, similar to last week. Maryland shouldn't overlook their Patriot League opponent. If they can handle their business, there is a chance they earn the #2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Maryland has an extremely deep team and there is no point in risking any unnecessary injury the week before UMD makes another run at the national championship.

Again, wmucsports.com won't be able to travel up to New York for the game, but the first round game, which will be at home in Byrd Stadium, your #1 Maryland Student Radio Station will be on the call. We will be following the team for each post season game. Go Terps!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Maryland Remains #3 in Polls

After dismantling a Fairfield team 17-4, after a grueling weekend filled with ACC Tournament action, the Terps are still considered the 3rd best team in the country. At 10-3, Maryland just earned its 8th straight season winning at least 10 games.

In the Nike Division 1 Top 20 Poll, UMD was 30 points behind #1 Virginia, who picked up 14 of the possible 16 first place votes. The second to last poll had the same Top-5 as last week, with UNC and Duke rounding out the creme de la creme with Syracuse still #2 in the country.

The top 5 teams were the same in the USILA Dvision 1 Coaches Poll, although UVA only got 4 of the possible 7 first place votes. The other 3 went to the Orange...which are separated from the #1 overall spot by a single point.

Army joined the rankings after winning the Patriot League Championship, beating their arch-rival, Navy. Denver upset former #6 Loyola in the ECAC Championship over the weekend to cap a perfect conference record. They are just the second team in history to win their conference tournament, thus receiving the automatic qualifying bid, in their first season. The other team to accomplish that feat was Georgetown in 2001.

Cornell, Stony Brook, Princeton, Loyola, and Hofstra are in the top 10 for Nike's Poll. Stony Brook, Cornell, Princeton, and Drexel fill out the top 10 in the Coaches Poll.

Georgetown is ranked #14 in both polls as they continue to fight for a NCAA Tournament bid.

Maryland finishes out their regular season at Colgate on Saturday. If they win that game, they should be able to avoid the #4 overall seed...and a potential second-round match-up with Duke. Go Terps!

In an unrelated story, wmucsports.com sends out its condolences to the friends and family of UVA women's lacrosse player, 22-year old Yeardley Love. In an article from the Charlottesville Daily Progress, her body showed physical trauma and fellow UVA athlete, 22-year old George Huguely, is being charged with first-degree murder. On the field, Huguely has played in every game for the Cavaliers this season, a member of their second-midfield. Love has started 9 games as a junior and 3 games this season on defense.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Terrapin Faithful Bid Seniors Farewell

For the last regular season game of their careers, seniors Fran Gormley, Dan Halayko, Dean Hart, Bryn Holmes, Brian Phipps, Chris Ready, Adam Sear, and Will Yeatman suited up in Terrapin red and took the field at Byrd Stadium. On a picture-perfect day, with a couple clouds in the sky and temperatures reaching the mid-80s, Maryland didn't leave anything to chance.

A 6-0 start in the first period propelled Maryland (10-3, 1-2) to a 17-4 victory over Fairfield University (8-5). By the end of the 3rd, it was 15-1 as Coach Dave Cottle pulled Phipps, 4th on the all-time saves list in school history. Although Will Yeatman was not in the game as he recovers from a concussion sustained over a week ago, UMD's attack unit tallied 13 points. Grant Catalino scored 4 goals and had 1 assist to reach 50 total points on the season (31G, 19A) while teammate and fellow 2010 All-ACC member Ryan Young scored 2 goals and had 3 helpers to get his 5 points on the day. Young now has 40 points in his junior season (14G, 26A). Travis Reed found teammates for goals twice on the day and scored once himself.

In the first half the Terps appeared as though they were going to be in an unexpected battle with Fairfield, but a would-be goal was taken off the board when the stick check showed an illegal head on the Stags. The game would have been tied at 1-1 and served as a wake-up call for Maryland's offense. Sophomore Joe Cummings had a hat trick in the first half as the sophomore stole the show in the first 2 periods making the most of his starting minutes in Yeatman's absence.

At halftime it was 10-1 in favor of UMD and the Stags, led by former Maryland assistant coach and offensive coordinator, Andrew Copelan. Brent Adams led his team with 2 goals and Max Trunz now has the most assists on his team after 2 in today's game (he has 13).

But Sam Snow, the super-star freshman Stag, was held scoreless on the day. Brett Schmidt and Max Schmidt had close to 100000 caused turnovers. Coming into the game the Terps were #2 in the nation in that category. Along with Ryder Bohlander and Halayko and Farrell who acted as the 4th long pole, Maryland's stingy defense harassed Fairfield all day and made things very difficult. Maryland out-shot their opponent 51-23, with 45 shots coming in the first 3 periods before Cottle took the foot off the gas pedal. Ground balls were dominated by UMD, a 39-24 advantage in favor of the home team.

Bryn Holmes did well on face-offs before giving way to his younger brother, freshman Curtis Holmes, for much of the second half. 15 of the 24 face offs were won by the Terps. Steve Golmont won 9 and now is just the 4th player who has played at Fairfield to win more than 100 in a season.

Even Maryland's attack worked their butts off on defense. Not allowing the Stag's defense to clear the ball easily...7 of the 20 chances were broken up, including a play late in the game when Catalino picked off a pass from the keeper and launched a 45 yard shot into an empty net.

Charlie Cipriano played the last 30 minutes after the nation's best goalie, statistically speaking at least, Joseph Marra, let in 10 goals in the first half. A shot off of Eric Boyle's stick landed on the goal line and Marra poked it into his own net as he tried to pick it up.

Freshman Mike Poiter scored his first goal of his career. We will definitely be hearing his name in the years to come. Owne Blye had 2 assists, his first of 2010 as well. Gormley scored in his final home game. But it was a day for the senior class. They have a 40-22 record in their careers and have 3 NCAA tournament bids to their names. A 4th is likely coming when the 16 team field is announced. If they can wrap things up at Colgate next week, the Terps are looking at a possible top-4 seed and could be #2. A strong RPI helps and with the country's hardest schedule, their resume is as impressive as any other team...aside from UVA which everyone is chasing.

Unfortunately, wmucsports.com will not be able to make the trip to New York for the next game, but we will resume coverage of the Terps for the home game against TBA in the first round of the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament. Go Terps!