Hoyas' attack takes it to Terps; UM unit falters

The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK -The No. 3 Maryland men's lacrosse team's attack got a lot of ink in the preseason.

Some of that attention should shift to No. 17 Georgetown's unit, which accounted for seven goals in the team's 13-10 upset of the Terps at Ludwig Field yesterday.

Sophomores Ricky Mirabito and Ryan Schuler each recorded three goals and an assist, and junior Craig Dowd posted a goal and three assists for the Hoyas (1-0), who missed the NCAA tournament last spring for the first time in 12 years.

Meanwhile, Maryland's precocious attack was limited to three goals and an assist. Celebrated junior transfer Will Yeatman failed to record a goal or assist for the first time in 18 games.

Although Dowd is a two-year starter, Mirabito started just once last season and Schuler earned his first career start yesterday. Still, Dowd was diplomatic about Georgetown's unit being overlooked, saying: "The way we finished last year, I don't think anybody should be looking at us. But we're trying to make our point on the map and keep on going from there."

The Hoyas broke open a tight game in the second half. After Maryland midfielder Jeff Reynolds (Calvert Hall) beat goalkeeper Jack Davis (seven saves) with a shot down the right alley to give the Terps (2-1) a 7-6 lead with 11:47 left in the third quarter, Georgetown scored six unanswered goals.

Mirabito sandwiched a goal by Schuler with two of his own to begin the run, and attackman Brett Weiss (Boys' Latin) assisted midfielder Dan D'Agnes as the Hoyas took a five-goal advantage with 9:42 left in the game.

Midfielder Dan Groot broke Maryland's 18-minute scoring drought by converting a feed from Reynolds with 8:47 left, and attackman Ryan Young scored off a rebound 53 seconds later to narrow the gap to three.

But Mirabito finished his hat trick with 3:29 left to put the game out of reach.

The other factor was Georgetown's ability to limit the Terps' attack. Young had a goal and an assist, and Grant Catalino scored twice, but his last second came with 13 seconds left in the game. Sophomore Travis Reed (Boys' Latin) was limited as he is still recovering from knee surgery and shinsplints.

Yeatman took five shots, but only one was on net, and the 6-foot-6, 260-pound transfer from Notre Dame was blanketed by 6-6, 220-pound defenseman Barney Ehrmann (Gilman).

"It was just a physical battle," Ehrmann said. "Not throwing many checks. Just trying to body him. He's a huge guy with really great feet for how big he is, too. He's a really good player. Just tried to be physical and stay in front of him."

Yeatman complimented Ehrmann, saying: "I think he's a great player. ... He definitely got the better of me."

While Maryland's attack labored, the midfield shined. The trio of seniors Jeremy Sieverts (McDonogh), Reynolds and Groot combined for seven goals and two assists.

"I just felt like we didn't get away from them," Terps coach Dave Cottle said. "We weren't playing that well, but we were hanging in there, and we kept hoping at halftime that if we started playing a little better on attack, things could go for the better for us. It just never happened."

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