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!