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UM freshman Catalino gets notice with 4-goal debut

Grant Catalino figures he won't be able to fly under the radar anymore.

That's what happens when you are a freshman attackman for a No. 5 Maryland men's lacrosse team that thumped then-No. 7 Georgetown by five goals Saturday and you scored a game-high four goals in your college debut.

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"I guess they [defenses] are going to have a little more respect for me now," said Catalino, who earned the Atlantic Coast Conference Co-Players of the Week honors with North Carolina goalie Grant Zimmerman. "But I don't know. We'll see. I don't really know what to expect."

Then again, Catalino, a native of Webster, N.Y., isn't exactly hard to miss. At 6 feet 5 and 240 pounds, Catalino is the second-tallest player on the Terps behind 6-7 junior defenseman Anthony Costanzo.

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Drawing comparisons to 6-4, 260-pound former Navy attackman Ian Dingman, Catalino uses his size to create mismatch problems for defenders.

But Catalino, who had three goals and an assist in yesterday's 17-7 victory over Mount St. Mary's, is no ordinary wallflower. Maryland coach Dave Cottle said he was impressed that Catalino scored his goals off an array of moves.

"He got one off a rebound, he dodged once left-handed and scored, he dodged right-handed and scored, and another one was off an outside shot," Cottle said. "The great thing was that he found different ways to score."

Still, even Catalino was shocked at his performance against the Hoyas, who surrendered double-digit goals just twice last season. His four goals were the most by a Terps freshman in his first game since Rob Wurzburger scored four in 1988.

"I kind of expected to play a small role and let the leaders take control," Catalino said. "I was just going to do all of the grunt work. I was hoping for a goal or so, but definitely not four."

Back on track

Villa Julie sophomore attackman Steve Kazimer's five-goal, two-assist effort in the Mustangs' season-opening, 13-10 win over St. Mary's on Saturday was a vindication of sorts for the Syracuse, N.Y., native.

Kazimer tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during his first season at Onondaga Community College in 2005 and missed the 2006 campaign. He transferred to Villa Julie last year and sprained the medial collateral ligament in the same knee three months ago.

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"I'm finally healthy," he said. "I've been playing lacrosse my whole life, and it feels good to be part of a team and get back into the swing of things."

On the road again

No. 20 Denver apparently doesn't mind playing on the road - even if that means back-to-back games.

For the third time in the past four years, the Pioneers will play two straight road games this weekend - against UMBC on Saturday and No. 15 Towson on Sunday.

"We were scheduled to play at UMBC," coach Jamie Munro wrote in an e-mail. "[Towson coach] Tony Seaman said he'd come out to Denver in 2009 if I played him that weekend, so we scheduled him, too."

The Pioneers are 0-4 in back-to-back road games. Last season, Denver fell to North Carolina and Duke on consecutive days. In 2005, the team lost to Yale and Virginia.edward.lee@baltsun.com



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