Behind a strong performance from the midfield and rejuvenated face-off play, UMBC took down in-state rival Maryland, 9-7, for the third year in a row. Alex Hopmann and Kyle Wimer led the Retrievers with 2G and 1A each.
UMBC Coach Don Zimmerman
UMBC midfielder Alex Hopmann
How UMBC Won
UMBC went on a 5-1 run to start the game. For Maryland, the problem was that the 5-1 run ended at 8:49 of the third period. The Retrievers dominated the first half, using stifling defense on one end and exploiting Maryland’s defensive short sticks on the other. UMBC’s midfield scored and, when applicable, assisted on every goal in the first half.
Player of the Game
Though Alex Hopmann had his two goals and one assist in the first half, but I’m more impressed by freshman face-off specialist Justin Radebaugh, who won 10 of 20 on the day for the Retrievers. Normally that’s a rather average day at the office, but consider this: UMBC had won just 32.8% of their face-offs coming in. They only won 9 of 41 last week in two games. And Radebaugh won 50% against Bryn Holmes (7 of 12), one of the country’s best, and Jeff Reynolds (3 of 7 today).
— If I had to pick a unit of the game, it would be UMBC’s midfield. Wimer, Hopmann, Latham, Poillon and sophomore Bobby Stockton accounted for seven of the team’s nine goals. Hopmann, I noted above, had two and one and Wimer had two and one as well.
— UMBC coach Don Zimmerman said that Radebaugh knew that he was starting at the face-off X prior to today’s game. Coming into the game, J.D. Harkey had taken 64 of the team’s 84 draws.
— Goalie play was solid for UMBC, with Blevins playing steady in net and finishing with seven saves.
— For Maryland, junior Brian Phipps went almost the entire way, being pulled for Jason Carter at the end of the game to take advantage of Carter’s athleticism in doubling situations. Phipps finished with 11 saves. This is the third game in a row that Cottle has elected to keep his goalie in for the entire game. He’s been splitting time with Carter.
— Maryland had a tough day, shooting wise, thanks in part to the UMBC defense. The Terps’ had 33 shots, but only 14 of them were on cage. UMBC, on the other hand, took 32 and put 20 on net.
— Coach Cottle was harsh in evaluating his team’s performance after the game, saying that they “didn’t have the will” today and that he thought UMBC beat them “will vs. will.” He thought they had a good plan on defense and played well on man down, but had problems executing on offense.
— We saw a lot of different looks from the Maryland offense today, from running four attackman to Joe Cummings on the first midfield to Scott Tompkins qbing at X. It’s clear they’re still trying to find a way to get the pieces working together.
— One more Maryland lack of offensive diversity/productivity note: Brian Farrell has been out for three games and is still tied for ninth in team scoring with Dan Burns (hat tip: Maryland’s Patrick Fischer).
— Farrell, who has been out with an injury, is going to be re-evaluated by a doctor on Monday, according to the team.
UMBC: vs. Ohio State, 3/21 1 p.m.
Maryland: vs. Bryant, tomorrow, 1 p.m.
We are getting ready for some Maryland public university lacrosse today here in College Park, Md. It’s about 45 degrees and cloudy and the fans area slowly trickling into Ludwig Field as both teams head back to their dressing rooms to get ready.
What to Watch For:
Storyline so far:
After outscoring their first three opponents 44-28, the Retrievers were held in check by Hopkins and Princeton last week.
Offensive Player to Watch:
Peet Poillon, Sr., M — The Ohio State transfer has paid dividends this season for the Retrievers. He leads the team with 21 points (8G, 13A) and is eighth overall in the country at 4.40 points per game.
Defensive Player to Watch:
Jeremy Blevins, Sr., G — Blevins has been consistent again this season, coming into today’s game with a 56% save percentage. He had 11 saves and allowed just six goals against Princeton last Friday.
The face-off X has been the bane of UMBC’s existence this season. Junior J.D. Harkey is the leader on a unit that is winning only 32.8% of the face-offs. This is not a recipe for success and they’ll have stiff competition today against Maryland’s Bryn Holmes (42-64, 66%), the country’s third-ranked face-off man.
Storyline so far:
Since losing to Georgetown on February 21, the Terps have rattled off two straight wins, including an impressive victory over ACC rival Duke at the Face-Off Classic. But lest you think last week was a cakewalk, they went into the half with Towson knotted at two.
Offensive Player to Watch:
Grant Catalino, So., A — The Webster, N.Y. native is tops on the team with 21 points (11G, 10A), has two game winners on the season and has some crazy flow. He had four goals and one assist in the win against Towson last week.
Defensive Player to Watch:
Max Schmidt, So., D — Brian Farrell was out last game due to injury and if he stays off of the field, Schmidt will be called on as defensive leader. He’ll probably cover Ryan Smith today.
Goalie play. Coach Dave Cottle said that he’s going to continue splitting goalie time this season, but two weeks ago, junior Brian Phipps stayed in the second half. Last week, Carter played the whole game. Phipps will get the start today, but will we see the half-by-half platoon back in place or has Cottle moved to a game-by-game basis.
G Brian Phipps
A Grant Catalino
A Will Yeatman
A Ryan Young
M Dan Groot
M Joe Cummings
M Jeremy Sieverts
D Max Schmidt
D Mike Griswold
D Brett Schmidt
G Jeremy Blevins
A Ryan Smith
A Chris Jones
A Matt Latham
M Alex Hopmann
M Kyle Wimer
M Peet Poillon
D Kevin Goedeke
D Brian Schneider
D Steve Settembri
Quick pregame notes: MD is wearing white tops with red shorts and white helmets — it’s the second time this season they’ve worn the white helmets, which are reminiscent of the football team’s lids. UMBC is in their yellow unis with white letters and black shorts.
15:00 — Face-off time. The stands have filled up well, despite the fact that the game was changed from 1 p.m. to noon just a few weeks ago to accommodate T.V. I guess people got the memo.
13:25 — GOAL. Matt Latham who scores from 10 yards out off a pass from Kyle Wimer. MD throwing the pole on UMBC’s Peet Poillon — it’s Brett Schmidt on him. 1-0 UMBC
11:46 — MD on offense. UMBC’s Camardo is on Maryland’s Groot, Settembri on Young, Goedeke on Yeatman and Schneider is on Catalino.
9:43 — Good defense by UMBC early, denying Maryland a good shot in their last two minutes on offense. Particularly good job by Goedeke on Yeatman, who held the ball twice during the possession on far side GLE and didn’t get a shot off. Blevins has made two solid saves so far.
6:02 — GOAL. Ryan Young on a nice dodge from X to near side crease. Beat UMBC’s Matt Kresse on some nice stutter steps before shooting a low to low past Blevins. It’s Young’s 10th goal, which is one more than he had all of last year. 1-1
6:02 — Media timeout as well. It’s been a pretty even game, in terms of time of possession, chances and obv., goals. UMBC just did something interesting on their last trip on offense, getting Poillon to switch off the pole onto shorty Dan Burns and he ended up creating a good chance for the Retrievers on a pass to Ryan Smith at X. Look for this more often.
4:54 — UMBC is leading face-offs 2-1 so far.
3:50 — T.V. Timeout. Trying to get a read on MD’s defense right now, but it’s been tough b/c Cottle keeps throwing different looks out there. He’s been switching between man and a modified zone the whole day, with Griswold and Schmidt patrolling over the middle. I’ve had Brett Schmidt covering Poillon, Chris Jones and one other defender today. Now, MD comes out the timeout in a man-to-man d.
2:15 — GOAL. Alex Hopmann of UMBC fakes out a shorty at top of the box, runs right down the alley and beats Phipps on a bounce shot. 2-1 UMBC
1:00 — MD wins the F/O and has possession. Reed out there for MD on attack instead of Yeatman, along with Catalino and Young.
End of 1st Quarter: UMBC 2, Maryland 1
It’s been very even so far here at Ludwig. UMBC’s defense is impressing me. At the beginning of the season, we weren’t sure how they would fare without Bobby Atwell, but they’ve been denying Maryland good shots time and time again today. And the face-offs haven’t been bad for them, though I imagine Holmes should heat up soon. Back to action…
11:05 — Maryland has been on offense pretty much the whole quarter, save for an almost two-on-one for UMBC, but hasn’t really made any great shots yet. Seems that Yeatman and Catalino are still feeling out their matchups.
10:05 — UMBC on offense now, thanks to some stout short stick defense.
9:00 — Out of a media timeout right now, UMBC on offense. Phipps has played well so far here, but UMBC hasn’t had too many opps. Wonder if Cottle will keep him in for the whole game.
7:20 — After some back and forth, UMBC gets the ball back. BTW, Maryland freshman Joe Cummings (Loyola) was running first midfield on the last possession. He replaced Jeff Reynolds out there on that line.
5:23 — Timeout UMBC, but it’s Maryland ball when we restart. Two interesting notes: Senior Scott Tompkins is out on attack in place of Ryan Young. A different look here by Cottle, who is getting some guys experience in a close game. Freshman middie Jake Bernhardt is also out there. ASIDE: This has been a pretty poor shooting game — there have been 23 shots on goal between both teams, but only 10 have been on target…
4:46 — Media timeout. This has been the longest first half of my lacrosse watching experience. We’ve been playing the first half for close to 50 minutes right now. More personnel notes — Maryland has four attackmen out there right now, with Young and Catalino running close to the crease. Two middies - Bernhardt and Reynolds.
3:06 — GOAL. Poillon from Hopmann on a nice shot in the top left corner. First goal since the 2:15 mark of the 1st quarter. 3-1 UMBC
1:28 — GOAL. Hopmann unassisted. It’s his second of the game and the third point for him today. He ran right past Maryland’s D and buried a shot past Phipps. All this off of a UMBC timeout. 4-1 UMBC
Halftime: UMBC 4, Maryland 1
Phipps made a nice point blank save to deny Wimer with 8 or so seconds left. As far as this game goes, UMBC “exploded” with offense to finish up the half. Back with stats and impressions in a minute.
UMBC - 16
Maryland - 14
UMBC - 9
Maryland - 13
UMBC - 3/7
Maryland - 4/7
UMBC - 5/5
Maryland - 7/8
UMBC - 4
Maryland - 5
UMBC - 6
Maryland - 8
— The UMBC midfield has been an established threat all season and they’re showing why today. All of the UMBC goals have been scored by and, when applicable, assisted by middies. Maryland needs to shore up their short stick defense.
—Maryland’s offense has struggled to find open looks — the lone point for the Terps is from Ryan Young, who scored in the first quarter on a dodge from X.
— The Maryland goalies are warming up right now…Phipps is staying in the game, so this is the third game in a row that Cottle is sticking with one goalie. Phipps has 5 saves on one goal. Blevins back in for UMBC, obviously.
14:47 — First penalty of the game for MD. Catalino for a slash. UMBC has the country’s best EMO at 67%. They’re 12-18 on the season.
13:04 — Make it 12-19. Maryland has possession, too…
11:21 — Settembrino is back in the game on D for UMBC, covering Ryan Young. Lance Ophof was covering Young for a bulk of the second quarter.
9:50 — Lots of things happening here. First, TIMEOUT Maryland. Second, a penalty on Ryan Young for MD, a tripping call. Third, it will be UMBC ball in their offensive end after the trip. Maryland held the ball for over three minutes and had good chances to score, including a nice feed from Ryan Young, who was at X, to Yeatman in the left alley. Young drew the double and Yeatman was open, but at the last minute, UMBC shorty Michael Bryan stepped in and hit his stick as he shot. UMBC’s D has been very, very tight here, despite being on call for a bulk of the quarter so far.
9:16 — EMO for UMBC again. Remember, this is the best EMO team in the country this year.
8:55 — EMO GOAL. Freshman Rob Grimm (Carthage stand up) to freshman Rich May. 5-1 UMBC
8:49 — GOAL. Maryland’s Ryan Young on an assist from Catalino off the face-off win. Senior Jeff Reynolds was in at the X, won the ball forward, then pushed to Catalino who fed Young on the doorstep and beat Blevins off-hip. 5-2 UMBC
4:50 — :30 push penalty on UMBC’s Matt Kresse. Media timeout. Jeff Reynolds has been a burst of energy at the face-off X for Maryland in this quarter.
4:35 — GOAL. Maryland EMO goal by Grant Catalino on an assist from Sieverts. Maryland came into the game 53% on EMO. 5-3 UMBC
1:56 — GOAL. Rob Grimm for UMBC with a goal on an assist from Ryan Smith. Shot on the run off of a clear. 6-3 UMBC
End of 3rd Quarter: UMBC 6, Maryland 3
Well, an interesting quarter with both teams scoring two apiece. Maryland’s offense has had a bunch of chances so far in the second half, but has been unable to capitalize. Catalino missed two great looks in Maryland’s last trip into UMBC’s zone. Face-offs are even at 6-6 right now, so UMBC has been able to neutralize the threat. Also, with Ryan Smith’s assist to Grimm and the previous EMO goal, the attack has been getting into the game for UMBC.
13:42 — GOAL. UMBC won their seventh face-off of the game and then on possession, Wimer scored an unassisted goal on an open shot off a dodge in the right alley. 7-3 UMBC
12:46 — Maryland has been getting lots of open looks. Senior Rob Morrison just missed a wide open shot on the near side about 10 yards from Blevins. They just haven’t been able to finish them. UMBC’s defenders have done a good job recovering from miscues, too.
11:04 — GOAL. Stockton unassisted for UMBC. 8-3 UMBC
9:45 — UMBC with possession again here. Justin Radebaugh, a freshman, has done a good job on face-offs today to help UMBC reestablish their game at the X. He’s won 8 of 15 from the X today.
9:12 — After a media timeout, UMBC turns it over. It’s basically now or never for the Terps on offense, as they’ve been stymied here in the fourth…
8:27 — GOAL. Catalino wakes up with a bouncer from the far side alley. He backed down Kevin Goedeke, who was covering Catalino because Reed is out there for Yeatman, and fired it past Blevins. 8-4 UMBC
7:50 — GOAL. UMBC’s Kyle Wimer unassisted after a slide left him wide open. Just a rocket of a shot. 9-4 UMBC
7:37 — Timeout on the field. UMBC is pulling away here in the fourth. This would be their third win in a row over the Terps and it’s a much different game from the last few years, especially last year’s, which went to triple OT. Maryland’s D has been slow to catch the open man today and their short sticks have been burned today by UMBC.
7:02 — GOAL. Ryan Young from the X on an ankle breaker against Lance Ophof. He made Ophof trip over the net and put it top right corner past Blevins on a diving shot. 9-5, UMBC
5:56 — Timeout Maryland as they have possession off a Bryn Holmes face-off win.
5:50 — All the goals this quarter have been unassisted. All the goals in the third quarter were assisted. Just so you know.
5:18 — Penalty on UMBC’s Matt Kresse. 1 min for slashing. MD on EMO and looking to get back in the game. FYI, Freshman longpole Craig Sullivan warming up on the sideline for Maryland.
4:26 — EMO goal — Yeatman takes a pass from Groot on the near side and buries it low to high past Blevins. I think Yeatman’s release point is taller than Jeremy Blevins. 9-6 UMBC
4:26 — More goals this quarter than in the first half. Now we’re getting somewhere. Face-offs crucial here… Holmes vs. Radebaugh out there.
3:51 — An epic battle for the ground ball off the face-off ends in Matt Latham scooping it for UMBC. Everyone out there, esp. Maryland, is well aware that could have been the game.
2:31 — Grimm stopped on the doorstep by Phipps and a penalty is assessed to Maryland’s Jeff Reynolds — 30 sec push call. One more and this is over.
1:31 — Media timeout. Maryland just called for failure to advance and UMBC will have a chance to run the clock out. A huge win for the Retrievers, esp. coming off of last week’s losses. Maryland needs to reassess how their D is working. It was obvious against G’town and against the dynamic offense of UMBC today.
1:22 — Carter out in net, presumably to double the ball…
:49 — UMBC Timeout. They are on EMO thanks to a Brett Schmidt tripping penalty.
:17 — GOAL. Catalino unassisted. 9-7 UMBC
FINAL: UMBC 9 - MARYLAND 7
Down to the field…big win for UMBC.