Saturday, March 30, 2013
Here are some of my photos from last Saturday's match between UVA Men's Lacrosse and Maryland Men's Lacrosse:
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Posted by Peter Carey at 7:00 PM
from the Baltimore Sun:
Maryland at Virginia: Three things to watch
No. 5 Terps own narrow 45-43 lead in series with their Atlantic Coast Conference rivals, but No. 13 Cavaliers have dropped their last three contests and four of their last five
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun
8:00 a.m. EDT, March 30, 2013
No. 5 Maryland maintains a 45-43 lead in the series with its Atlantic Coast Conference rival, but No. 13 Virginia has won seven of the past eight meetings. The Terps (6-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference) entered the week ranked second in Division I in scoring (14.0 goals per game), but have averaged just nine goals in their past two contests. The Cavaliers (5-4) have lost three straight games for the first time since 2004 and four of the past five. This is Virginia’s first game in the ACC this season. Here are a few factors that could influence the outcome at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday.
1) Containing Virginia’s offense. The Cavaliers defense is in the middle of the pack in the country after surrendering an average of 10.1 goals thus far, but there is little that is pedestrian about the offense. That unit is ranked eighth, scoring 12.3 goals per game. No. 12 Johns Hopkins may have provided a blueprint for future opponents in Saturday’s 15-8 rout by attacking Virginia’s first midfield of senior Matt White, junior Rob Emery and sophomore Ryan Tucker (a combined one goal on 21 shots and zero assists). Maryland coach John Tillman said every member of the offense deserves a certain amount of attention. “If you key too much on their midfield, their attack is certainly capable of hurting you,” Tillman said. “We’ve got to be careful not to focus too much on one area and make ourselves susceptible in the others. We’ve really got to know their personnel, and we’ve got to play really good team defense, knowing that any six guys they have on the field are talented players. They have excellent dodgers, and they’re very skilled. So we need to make sure that we play really good team defense.”
2) Diversifying Maryland’s shot selection. The Terps’ 10-8 loss to then-No. 10 North Carolina last Saturday was due to several factors, but one troubling issue was the players’ dogged (some would say stubborn) determination to beat freshman goalkeeper Kieran Burke high even though the scouting report did not suggest that tactic. The Cavaliers will likely start sophomore goalie Rhody Heller, who has made the past two starts, but freshman Dan Marino has started six games this year. Tillman said the offensive players will have to realize that opposing goalkeepers are studying their tendencies. “I think as the season goes along, people are scouting you,” Tillman said. “I think goalies get a little better handle on the shots you’re taking, and they try to get a book on your shooters. I think that’s why you’ve got to constantly – as a shooter – have some different shots that you can take and change up the level of your shots and the locations.”
3) Turning faceoffs into scoring chances. Three of Johns Hopkins’ goals last Saturday occurred right after faceoff wins (one goal each by senior Mike Poppleton and sophomore Drew Kennedy and one goal by sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick after sophomore long-stick midfielder Michael Pellegrino picked up a ground ball off a draw). Maryland sophomore Charlie Raffa has registered four goals and one assist as the team’s primary faceoff specialist. The Terps will try to capitalize on those opportunities, but Tillman said he wouldn’t be shocked if Virginia tweaked its wing play to shut down those chances. “I think a lot of times, when you’re on the other end and you see that happen, you tweak some things,” he said. “So we’ll just do what we do. We had one on Saturday that we didn’t can, and we’ll practice those things. But when you see that you gave up a break or two, you’ll probably tweak some things. So those might be a little harder for us to come by.”
Copyright © 2013, The Baltimore Sun
Posted by Peter Carey at 6:17 AM
Friday, March 29, 2013
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From VirginiaSports.com :
No. 17 UVa Opens ACC Play on Saturday With No. 2 Maryland
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia Cavaliers (5-4, 0-0 ACC) open up ACC play on Saturday when they entertain the Maryland Terrapins (6-1, 1-1 ACC) inside Klöckner Stadium. UVa is ranked No. 17 this week in the USILA coaches and No. 15 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media polls, while the Terrapins are ranked No. 2 in the nation by both the USILA coaches and Nike/Inside Lacrosse media polls. Faceoff is set for 2 p.m. and live stats will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
Gates open at 12 p.m. and free parking will be available at University Hall and John Paul Jones parking lots. The Emmet/Ivy Garage will also be available for free to fans attending the men’s lacrosse game at 2 p.m. and the UVa baseball game against Miami at 1 p.m.
There will be a live radio broadcast in the Charlottesville area on WINA 1070 AM, which will be simulcast as an audio webcast for a subscription cost on VirginiaSports.com through Cavaliers Live. John Freeman will bring the play-by-play, Doug Tarring will provide the game analysis and Jack Bird will roam the sidelines. ESPNU will televise the game live in HD with Eamon McAnaney bringing the play-by-play, Quint Kessenich adding color analysis and Paul Carcaterra reporting from the sideline. There will be a web simulcast on ESPN3.
Saturday’s contest will be the Cavaliers and Terrapins first meeting inside Klöckner Stadium since the historic 2009 seven overtime game, the longest DI game ever and at the time the longest collegiate lacrosse game regardless of Division. 2013 marks the 65th-straight season the Cavaliers and the Terrapins have clashed in a series that began in 1926. Maryland holds the all-time advantage with a 45-43 mark, however Virginia has won 11 of the last 13 meetings, including the 2011 NCAA title game, 9-7, at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium. Virginia’s 88 previous meetings against Maryland equal the most games the Cavaliers have played against in their history. The 86 all-time meetings with Johns Hopkins is the only series for UVa that is even close to the frequency of the Maryland series.
Nick O'Reilly leads UVa with 18 assists and 33 points, while Mark Cockerton is No. 3 in the nation with 27 goals. Matt White and Rob Emery round out UVa's top goal scorers with 15 and 14, respectively. Scott McWilliams is No. 1 in the nation with 25 caused turnovers and has 30 ground balls. UVa has two options in goal with Rhody Heller and Dan Marino. Heller, who started the last two games, is saving 47.8 percent of shots against him and has a 12.38 goals against average. Marino has posted a 9.12 goals against average and has saved 45.0 percent of shots in between the pipes.
Maryland head coach John Tillman is in his third season after a successful three-year run at Harvard and returns 38 letterwinners and five starters off last season’s national runner-up squad. The Terrapins sit at No. 2 in the media poll and coaches poll. Kevin Cooper leads Maryland with 14 goals and 12 assists for 26 points. Five other Terrapins are registering double figures in goals, with Jake Bernhardt, Jay Carlson and Owen Blye all tallying 12 goals so far on the season. Charlie Raffa is winning 58.5 percent (72-of-123) of his faceoffs and Niko Amato is saving 58.7 percent of shots inside the cage and posting a 7.10 goals against average.
Posted by Peter Carey at 3:58 PM
photo by Peter Carey (careylax)
From The Cavalier Daily:
Failure to finish
Cavaliers show enormous effort despite disappointing stretch
For the first time in years, the No. 17 Virginia men’s lacrosse team began its season as an underdog. Ranked No. 7 in the preseason, there was no question that the team was talented, but after losing so much offensive firepower and leadership from last year’s squad, the Cavaliers were picked to finish last in the ACC by both the media and the coaches.
Fast forward four games, and Virginia (5-4) stood at 4-0, including an overtime win against a tough Drexel team. Undefeated and hungry to prove themselves, the Cavaliers traveled to the Carrier Dome to take on longtime rival Syracuse. However, the Orange came out on top of the back-and-forth game in overtime, sneaking a low-angle shot from the left wing by freshman goaltender Dan Marino.
The next weekend the team welcomed then-No. 3 Cornell to Charlottesville. Even after dropping a close one to Syracuse, coach Dom Starsia was quick to downplay the importance of any individual contest.
“We’re about to play a part of the schedule in which we’re playing a top-five or -six team every weekend,” Starsia said. “We have to get a couple of these. Next week, it’s not life or death, but it’s an important game and we want to continue to step forward. We’re going to have to play our best game in order to come out on top.”
After taking a four-goal lead midway through the third quarter against the Big Red, Cornell outscored Virginia 7-2 in the final 20 minutes, capped off by the game-winner with 13 seconds left to play. One week later the team would again fall late in the fourth quarter, this time done in by an Ohio State goal in transition, which was generated by a turnover off a faceoff won by Virginia. When junior attackman Nick O’Reilly’s potential game-tying shot hit the left pipe and bounced out of bounds with four seconds to play, many started to wonder when the Cavaliers might catch a break.
“We talked about the fact that … there’s no ‘deserve’ in sports, there’s only ‘do,’” Starsia said. “You either make the play that wins the game or you don’t … sports can be kind of unforgiving and we just have to make sure that we get it done when the opportunity presents itself next time.”
Posted by Peter Carey at 12:52 PM
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
from The Maryland Lacrosse Blog In this week's Maryland men's lacrosse blog we will look ahead to this week's game at Virginia, as a the Terps finish up their ACC slate, as well as take a look at why the season isn't over after the first loss. There will also be some information on the upcoming Men's Lacrosse Alumni Reunion, as well as how you can help support the program as a member of the Face Off Club. Let's get to it ... Preview: Virginia This is the ACC opener for the Wahoos (and on the flip side, the final ACC game of the year for the Terps), who are sitting at 5-4 overall on the season after a 15-8 loss to Johns Hopkins at the Face-Off Classic in Baltimore this past Saturday. Virginia started the season out on a tear with four straight wins and was averaging 15.5 goals per game in those four contests. Since the calendar flipped to March the Cavaliers have won only once in their past five games and averaged just 9.8 goals per game in the past five. The Cavaliers' offense is led by its attack of Nick O'Reilly, Mark Cockerton and Owen Van Arsdale. That trio has combined for 50 goals and 36 assists for 86 points. That's an average of 9.6 points per game. O'Reilly is the main distributor for the Wahoos with 18 assists, but Van Arsdale isn't far behind with 14. Cockerton has been the scorer of the group and leads the team with 27 goals, including a team-best four extra-man tallies. The first midfield line of Ryan Tucker, Matt White and Rob Emery was limited to just one goal on 21 shots in the loss to Hopkins, but for the season that group has pumped in 39 goals and added 14 assists. The Virginia defense allowed just 8.5 goals per game in its first four games, but that average has jumped to 11.4 in the past five games. Sophomore Rhody Heller has started three of the past four games, including the past two and made 13 saves in the loss to the Blue Jays. One player to keep an eye on is close defender Greg Danseglio. The sophomore, who is a former teammate of Terp Charlie Raffa, not only in high school, but also on the U-19 U.S. National Team that won a gold medal at the 2012 FIL World Championships, isn't afraid to get into the offensive end of the field as evidenced by his two goals and two assists so far this season. Virginia has won 53.9 percent of its faceoffs on the season, but the Cavaliers' main faceoff man Mick Parks is winning at a .565 clip and leads the team in groundballs with 45. The sophomore was the team's second faceoff man last year behind Ryan Benincasa, but still won 71-of-135 draws for a .526 winning percentage with 26 groundballs. One player the Terps will not have to account for will be Virginia captain Chris LaPierre, who was shut down by the Cavaliers earlier this season due to injury after playing in just three games. Terps' History In Charlottesville This will be Maryland's first time playing Virginia at Klockner Stadium since 2009, which many Terp fans will remember as the 7-overtime "phantom timeout" game that ended in a 10-9 loss. The only current Terp who saw action in that game is fifth-year senior Jake Bernhardt, who had two shots and went 0-for-1 at the faceoff X. Owen Blye, another fifth-year senior, was on the team that season, but was redshirting. Current volunteer coach Brian Farrell was also on the 2009 team, but was injured in the team's second game of the season and eventually took a medical redshirt season. This isn't Maryland's first game in Charlottesville since then however. The last time the Terps played the Cavaliers in Charlottesville was in 2011, but that game was played in Scott Stadium as part of a lacrosse/football double-header with the Wahoos' spring football game following the lacrosse game. Maryland trailed Virginia, 5-4, at the half in that one, but the Terps scored six unanswered goals in the second half to break the game open en route to a 12-7 victory. John Haus and Joe Cummings each had four goals in that win, while Ryan Young led all scorers with six points on two goals and four assists. The last game Maryland played in Klockner Stadium was just last season, but the opponent wasn't the Cavaliers. The Terps played Duke in the semifinals of the 2012 ACC tournament, but it was the Blue Devils who pulled out a 6-5 win to advance to the title game. This year's Terrapin squad will be looking to reverse the recent history for Maryland teams as Klokner Stadium. Since the stadium was first used for lacrosse in 1993, Maryland has played 10 regular season games vs. the Cavaliers at Klokner, but has only managed one victory (an 8-7 win in 2003 that saw Joe Walters lead the offense with three goals and an assist and a defensive effort in which the Terps held the Cavaliers scoreless for a span of 33:06). Four of the nine losses have come by one goal, including three straight from 1993 to 1997. Three of the defeats have come in overtime with two of those going multiple extra periods. The last time the Terps won consecutive games vs. the Cavaliers in Charlottesville was the 1987 and 1989 seasons. Maryland won 12-5 in 1987 before returning two years later to defeat the Wahoos, 13-9. After The First Defeat The Terps dropped their first game of the season last Saturday in a 10-8 loss to North Carolina and earlier in the week Cornell and Marist lost their first games of the season, which means there are no more undefeated teams in Division I men's lacrosse. That shouldn't come as a shock considering that in the past 20 seasons there have only been two undefeated national champions (2006 Virginia and 2005 Johns Hopkins). Prior to that there were 11 undefeated national champions since the inception of the NCAA tournament in 1971. That brings the grand total to 13 undefeated national champions in the 42-year history of the NCAA holding a men's lacrosse tournament. Using that time frame, it begs the question - How has Maryland responded following its first loss of the season? Maryland is 27-11 since 1971 following its first defeat of the year. But that doesn't add up to 42 some math majors would point out and they would be correct. Three times during that period Maryland's first loss of the season occurred in the NCAA tournament. The Terps didn't lose a game until the NCAA semifinals in 1987 and 1972 and lost for the first time in 1976 in the NCAA title game. Of course the 1973 NCAA title squad didn't lose and was a perfect 11-0. Seven times in Maryland's 27 victories following the first defeat saw the Terps win a game on the road after dropping a home game. Take a look: 2009: Lost to Georgetown, 13-10, then won vs. Duke, 11-8 in Baltimore 2006: Lost to Bucknell, 7-6 (2OT), then won at UMBC, 9-4 2005: Lost to Duke, 10-8, then won at Towson, 9-5 2003: Lost to UNC 10-6, then won vs. Butler, 18-9 in Boca Raton, Fla. 1997: Lost to Duke, 11-10, then won at Towson, 17-9 1993: Lost to Duke, 9-5, then won at Cornell, 10-4 1983: Lost to Syracuse, 16-13, then won at Duke, 25-7 And for those wondering, the scenario of Maryland losing its first game at home and then playing on the road (or neutral as two of the games were above) only happened 11 times. Even in the 11 times the Terps lost again after suffering their first loss of the season, the season itself wasn't necessarily lost. In eight of those 11 seasons Maryland made it into the NCAA tournament and three times advanced to the final four, including the 1975 team that went on to claim Maryland's second NCAA championship. The last time Maryland lost its first game of the season at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium was 2004 (when a No. 4 Navy team beat a No. 1 Maryland squad, 9-6). The Terps then lost at Johns Hopkins, 14-10, in their next outing. After that the Terrapins would go on to defeat Duke and Virginia to claim the school's first ACC title since 1998. That ACC tournament was held in Chapel Hill, N.C., which coincidentally is where this season's ACC tournament will be held.
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