Youth was served in the Maryland men's lacrosse season opener as four freshmen combined for nine goals in the No. 5 Terps' 11-6 victory over seventh-ranked Georgetown at the Hoyas' Multi-Sport Field yesterday.
Grant Catalino, who scored a game-high four goals, got the Terps started with an unassisted goal at the 9:35 mark. The freshman picked up a ground ball off a shot by freshman Travis Reed that hit the right post. Catalino scooped up the ball and quickly put it past Hoyas goalkeeper Miles Kass for a 1-0 lead.
Georgetown and Maryland traded goals over the next two minutes. Andrew Brancaccio scored to tie the game at 8:50. Will Dalton used the NCAA's new faceoff rule to give the Terps a 2-1 lead on the ensuing faceoff.
Georgetown's Brian Taubb was whistled for moving early on the draw, giving Maryland a fast-break opportunity. Dalton took advantage by racing down the middle of the field and scoring from 10 yards out. Brendan Cannon scored his only goal of the game off a rebound off the post to tie the score at 2.
But that's as close as the Hoyas would get to taking a lead in the game as Maryland scored the next five goals.
Only one goal was scored in the fourth quarter, a man-up score by Georgetown's Craig Dowd off an assist by Cannon at the 6:45 mark. The Terps used a controlled, patient offense to run out the clock and take home the victory.
Defensively, Maryland was led by Brian Farrell, who led the Terps with three caused turnovers and three ground balls. Joe Cinosky also had three ground balls and caused one Hoyas turnover.
Maryland 5 3 3 0 - 11
Georgetown 2 2 1 1 - 6
Goals: M-Catalino 4, Reed 2, Young 2, Dalton, Mendes, Reynolds; G-Brancaccio, Cannon, Dowd, Ehrmann, Gahan, Samperton. Assists: M-Sieverts 2, Farrell, Groot, Young; G-Cannon. Saves: M-Carter 7, Phipps 3; G-Kass 10. A: 3,500.