April 3, 2009

Courtesy of Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 3, 2009) – The eighth-ranked University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team dropped a 10-4 decision at No. 14 Navy in front of 15,109 fans at a blustery Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Friday night.

On their “Senior Night” the Mids (8-3) came out firing and took an early 1-0 lead with Brendan Connors converting on Navy’s first extra-man opportunity at the 12:49 mark.

But it would be the Terps (6-4, 2-1 ACC) who had the lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to near identical goals by sophomore Ryan Young and junior Will Yeatman. Young tied the game with 4:23 on the clock after dodging from behind the net, separating from Navy defender Geoff Leone and beating goalie Tommy Phelan to the top right corner. Yeatman’s score came three minutes later when he got a step on Matt Vernam and fired a shot over his left shoulder to give the Terps a 2-1 lead.

The second quarter was a battle of attrition, with the two teams combining for 13 turnovers, that only saw two goals scored, but they were both by the Mids, who took a 3-2 lead into the half. Navy took advantage of a Maryland turnover that ended with long pole Zack Schroeder scoring at the 4:05 mark. Lennon gave the Midshipmen the lead with five seconds left in the quarter.

Navy’s fortunes took a turn for the worse when attackman Tim Paul left the game at the 12:09 mark of the third quarter with an apparent ankle knee. But the Mids outscored the Terps 4-0 in the third to take a 7-2 lead heading into the fourth. Bruce Nechanicky scored the first and last goals of the quarter for the Mids. His goals were sandwiched around goals by Andy Warner and Michael Beggins.

Maryland came out and won the opening face-off of the fourth and immediately converted it into a goal. Sophomore Grant Catalino’s shot was saved by Phelan, who finished with 17 stops, but Young scooped up the rebound and put it in for the Terps first score in 32 minutes of play.

The Terps continued to claw back into the game. After junior Dean Hart caused a Navy turnover, Yeatman turned it into a goal at the 10:17 mark. Sophomore Travis Reed found Yeatman on the right wing and skipped the ball quickly to him where he put a bounce pass past Phelan.

But Navy had a bit of luck on its side. Senior goalie Jason Carter made a tough save, one of his seven on the night, on a Ryan O’Leary shot, but in the scrum for the rebound, Warner picked up the ball and found a way to twist around and get enough on the shot to get it into the Terrapin net. The Mids built the lead back to five on Nechanicky’s third goal of the game at the 6:23 mark. Brian Striffler closed the scoring for Navy with his lone goal with 4:12 left in the fourth.

Maryland’s defense got a solid showing from sophomore close defenders Max Schmidt, who set career-highs with five groundballs and four caused turnovers, and Brett Schmidt, who had a career-best five groundballs in addition to three caused turnovers.

Junior Bryn Holmes had another terrific performance at the face-off X, winning seven-of-11 draws to go along with three groundballs.

Maryland returns to actions next Saturday, April 11, in the Smartlink Day of Rivals at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The Terps will renew college lacrosse’s greatest rivalry against Johns Hopkins in the second game of the double-header that features the annual Army-Navy game in the opener. The Terrapins and the Blue Jays are slated for a 2:00 p.m. start in a game that will also be televised nationally on ESPNU.

Game Notes:
• With today’s 10-4 loss Maryland is now 50-33-1 all-time vs. Navy.

• Sophomore Ryan Young, with two goals, now has 17 multi-point and nine multi-goal games in his career.

• Junior Will Yeatman, with two goals, now has 21 multi-point and 11 multi-goal games in his career.

• Sophomore Grant Catalino had his point-scoring streak ended at 22 games. It started on March 3, 2008 against Providence.

• Senior Dan Groot had his point-scoring streak snapped at nine games.

• Maryland held Carolina scoreless for 24:44 spanning the first and second quarters, marking the fifth time this season that the Terps have held an opponent scoreless for 20 minutes or more.