Midshipmen thwart Terps' comeback bid

The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK -- No. 8 Navy took a five-goal lead at the end of the first half and then held on for a 5-4 win over No. 6 Maryland last night at Byrd Stadium.

It was a tale of two halves for both teams. Maryland (7-3) had several chances to score late, but midfielder Dan Groot overthrew attackman Ryan Young near the back line with 56 seconds left, and the Terps' Jeff Reynolds missed on another shot with 12 seconds remaining.

Maryland had pulled within 5-4, scoring the first two goals of the fourth quarter. Senior midfielder Max Ritz scored on an underhand shot from 15 feet to cut Navy's lead to 5-3 with 9:30 remaining, then Terps freshman attackman Grant Catalino scored to finish off a fast break with 8:07 left.

Maryland was aided by numerous Navy turnovers in the second half as the Mids took only one shot. It was entirely different from the first half, when Navy was deliberate, but efficient. The Mids finished with 24 turnovers.

"You go in with a 5-0 lead, and then if you get the sixth goal when you come out, it's a real momentum switch," Navy coach Richie Meade said. "They got the first goal and, once you get within four goals, then it becomes doable."

The Terps were without their leading scorer, Travis Reed, the freshman attackman out of Boys' Latin who was suspended because of a violation of team rules. Reed leads the Terps in goals (18) and assists (five).

Maryland needed Reed last night. Navy dominated the first two quarters, and was ahead 5-0 at the half. The Mids controlled the pace of the game with a deliberate offense, but also ran when an opportunity presented itself.

Maryland had no answers for Navy as the Mids outshot the Terps 19-12 and held a 20-10 advantage on groundballs. Navy also won five of seven faceoffs in the first half.

It might have been worse, but Maryland's Brian Phipps was superb in goal with eight saves. But Phipps alone couldn't save the Terps. The Mids took a 1-0 lead with 8:09 left in the first quarter when sophomore midfielder Patrick Moran sent a high, 20-yard shot past Phipps.

Navy kept the pressure on the goalie in the second quarter with 15 shots. Mids midfielder Joe Lennon scored on a long, low bounce shot with 11:47 left to make it 2-0.


N 1 4 0 0 - 5

M 0 0 2 2 - 4

Goals: N-Paul 2, Moran, Lennon, Clement; M-Ritz, Catalino, Groot, Evans. Assists: N-Moran, Clement, Leone, Bitter; M-Young 2, Ritz, Groot. Saves: N-Phelan 10; M-Phipps 8, Carter 6.

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