The only player who could score on Brian Phipps yesterday was Brian Phipps.
The sophomore goalie made a career-best 17 saves to lead the No. 11 Maryland men's lacrosse team to a 9-4 win over visiting Penn. Phipps, the 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year, was spectacular in the cage, stopping everything from a simple stab to a sensational diving save in the second quarter when he left the crease to go after a loose ball.
The only goal Phipps allowed came at the 9:05 mark of the first quarter. Phipps (Severn) made his fourth save of the game, stopping a shot by Corey Winkoff, but the ball was knocked out of his stick and bounced into the Terps' goal.
That was the last time the Quakers (5-6) would score for the next 51:12. The Terps defense was solid all afternoon and though Penn outshot Maryland 43-32, the Terps held the Quakers to less than 10 percent shooting. The defensive effort was spearheaded by senior All-America candidate Joe Cinosky, who set a career best with six ground balls to go along with two caused turnovers. Grant Catalino scored a game-high two goals and Travis Reed had four assists.
Maryland (8-4) will face No. 4 Virginia in the ACC quarterfinals Friday at 7:30 p.m.
No. 12 Loyola 13, Fairfield 4 -- Collin Finnerty scored twice in the first two minutes of play, and the Greyhounds (7-4, 6-0 Eastern College Athletic Conference) never looked back in their win over the Stags (3-8, 1-4). The win sealed the conference title for Loyola and clinched an NCAA tournament berth with the league's automatic bid. Finnerty, Joe Landry, Shane Koppens and Jimmy Daly each scored twice.
Marist 6, Mount St. Mary's 5, 2 OT -- The Mountaineers scored twice in the final 41 seconds to force overtime, but it was not enough to beat the host Red Foxes. Geery Grant scored on a pass from Joe Derwent with 41 seconds left to cut the Marist lead to 5-4. Derwent then scored an unassisted goal with six seconds left to force the extra periods. Mount St. Mary's (1-10, 1-5 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) did not have a shot on goal in either overtime period as Marist was able to earn the victory on Paul Santavicca's extra-man goal 14 seconds into the second overtime. Freshman Dan Mohr scored three times in the loss.
Drew 11, Goucher 10 -- The Gophers (9-4, 4-1 Landmark Conference) fell from sole possession of first place in the conference into a three-way tie for the top spot after losing to the Rangers (6-6, 4-1).
No. 1 Duke 10, No. 9 Army 6 -- Ned Crotty netted three goals, and the Blue Devils (13-1) defeated the Black Knights (9-4) at the Lacrosse Day of Champions, an event held to pay homage to former Blue Devil and Army Ranger Jimmy Regan, who was killed in Iraq last year. The Blue Devils will travel to Charlottesville, Va., on Thursday to face North Carolina in the ACC semifinals at 5 p.m. Duke earned the top seed for the league tournament for the third time in four seasons after finishing the regular season with a 3-0 mark.
No. 4 Virginia 11, Dartmouth 7 -- Senior Ben Rubeor (Loyola) scored a season-high four goals and Danny Glading (Georgetown Prep) notched three to lead the host Cavaliers (11-2) past the Big Green (5-7) to end their regular season.