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Zack80

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Next up for the Terps is Duke down in Durham.

Duke's back is against the wall after a 7-3 loss to UPenn this weekend and a loss to Notre Dame the previous weekend.

 

I think we can expect Duke to go all out in this situation. You really get two sort of thoughts:

1) Is Duke really a good team that is struggling from fitting in a lot of new players?

2) Duke just isn't that good this year.

If 1) is the choice, Duke could give the Terps a tough game. If 2) is the answer the Terps might win easily.

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I am a traditionalist; therefore the DEFENDING CHAMPION in any sport remains the champion until someone takes it away from them. Duke has struggled early and has many new faces in key roles, the Terps have been a dominant force. We will find out on Saturday at 1PM, at this level of D1 lax anything can happen. But the team that wants it more and executes better usually comes out with the W. If it is one thing that I have learned it is take nothing for granted and I don't think that Coach Tillman is going to allow for complacency. GO TERPS!

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The more the Terps can think of Duke as "The Defending National Champions" and not a team with 2 losses already, the better.

 

I think one of the questionmarks for the Terps was midfield scoring. In a quantitative way, the Terps probably need to have a few guys over 20 with maybe one midfielder breaking 30. The early returns are pretty good:

Haus 1g-6a 7pts

O.Blye 3g-3a 6pts

Cummings 5g-0a 5pts

Snider 5g-0a 5pts

J.Bernhardt 2g-1a 3pts

Of course, Curtis Holmes' FO pct of .712 sort of jumps off the stat page.

:)

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A nice article in laxmagazine about how the Terps have to keep their focus on Duke:

http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_men/DI/2010-11/news/030211_lambrecht_tillman_wont_let_terps_rest_on_laurels

 

"[Duke] is still trying to figure out who they are as an offense, but they are not dummies," Tillman added. "It seems like they've been to the final four a million years in a row. You know they are very athletic, and they're going to be very good. Our guys got to celebrate Georgetown for a day, but those 20 goals mean nothing now. This is going to be a test that tells us more about who we are."

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This game seems to be drawing little interest, despite being the #3 team in the nation versus last year's national champion, due mainly to Duke having 2 losses already. The game seems to be a minor game behind UVa-Syracuse and Princeton-Hopkins. Many are assuming the Terps will win, but games have to be won on the field of play.

 

Diamondback article:

Duke men's lacrosse struggling after year on top

 

"Maybe some of the parts haven't settled quite in because of the transition from last year to this year," Terp coach John Tillman said. "They've lost guys, but I think other guys have been waiting for their opportunity. Like anybody else — and we're going to be in a similar position next year — there will be some guys with talent; they just don't have as much experience. All [coaches] groom players to be ready to step in after the departure of seniors, so they certainly have some guys that are capable."

 

I think the one thing that you do have to worry about with teams with lots of young, inexperienced players like Duke is that their level of play can really fluctuate from week-to-week. This weekend, on their home field, a totally different team could show up from last weekend.

 

Terps-Duke does get a video preview on Inside Lacrosse with Mark Dixon:

http://video.insidelacrosse.com/video/view/68583441/maryland-duke-preview

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Bad loss to Duke today in Durham, 9-8 in ot. No good reason the Terps should have lost this game. Maryland's attack got shut out as far as scoring goals. :(

 

Tillman has gone with the upper classmen on offense in these early games, and most of them are very talented. But one can see that Duke could shutdown UMd's offense, much as Notre Dame did in the NCAAs. UMd needs something more, someone who can really break down defenses. I don't know whether Saylor or R.Bryant can but I'd be seeing if they can in the next 4 games.

 

Big game for Amato, 19 saves. Seems like a shame to waste such an effort.

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The Terps (and their fans) have to put the Duke game behind them and get ready for Bellarmine on monday afternoon.Bellarmine isn't a strong team, but doesn't appear to be one of the really weak ones either. They lost at Loyola only 9-6 on saturday, and took Delaware to overtime, losing 12-11 at Delaware the weekend before. Previously, they beat Mercer 20-6, and Detroit 9-6.

 

This game almost seems to be a bit of a tournament practice game for the Terps, 1 day break in between with little special preparation for Bellarmine.

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Felt like I was watching the 2011 version of the 2010 team. Interesting to see how Tillman, Warne & Moran react to the loss. Do they shake things up with the attack unit? Catalino needs to be on the field (back to middie in certain match-ups?), but when he gets locked down the attack unit lumbers around and is obviously ineffective. Bryant, McGuire or Saylor could provide a fresh look in some combination on attack. Amato was superb! Looks like he is the real deal. Haus is becoming a reliable scoring option game after game. Close d was OK, the goal with 3 seconds left was obviously a killer and the winner in OT looked like an illegal pick was set. Looking to see how the coaching staff proceeds from this point forward. Should be an easy win tomorrow and would like to see some of the freshmen step up. GO TERPS!

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Maybe none of UMd's offensive freshmen are good enough, but still over the next four games (Bellarmine, Towson, UMBC, St.Joe's) it would be nice to give them a look over. See if one or two of them can add something when the attack gets stalled.

Maryland could win the title without anything more, but it seems likely over the four games of the NCAAs, some team will do what Duke did. Can the Terps find something to spice things up and turn the tables on the opposing coach's plans.

Further, there is just the general need in terms of back-ups, and considerations for next spring for playing the freshmen attackmen.

 

I am trying to get up the energy to go to the Bellarmine game. I imagine I will crawl over there. The parking thing seems like a hassle.

http://www.umterps.com/sports/m-lacros/spec-rel/030611aaa.html

You sit just outside the garage, until you hear the national anthem being played, rush in and park, run from your car to the game - run back out at halftime and move your car to lot 1 - hopefully only getting charged $2 - or do you accept paying the $4 for 2 hours and arrive 10 minutes early and move the car leisurely at half time . The first option seems so sporting. :confused:

 

My mom did have one of those motherly thoughts about winning big: "Should have saved some of those runs (baseball) for the next game". It sort of seems to be true of the Terps. We're plus 23 goals on our opponents and just 2-1. :rolleyes:

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The Terps ran out to a 9-2 halftime lead and went with the reserve attackmen halfway into the 3rd quarter. Gormley and McGuire had already played in the 1st half. Young, Catalino and Reed probably played about a half each. The regular midfield rotation and defense played till maybe the end of the 3rd quarter.

McGuire show some nice speed and carried the ball well, and had a nice goal (his first ever) in the 3rd quarter. Amato continued to play well in goal with 8 saves to 3 goal allowed.

 

Overall, a nice outing for the Terps. I think everyone dressed played for the Terps.

 

To their credit, Bellarmine played hard the whole way.

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Don't know what to take away from this game, the Terps ran away early and emptied the bench early. Looked like Travis Reed was out for half the 1st quarter. McGuire was in early and scored a nice goal, the more I see of him the more I like. Saylor played a lot as well. Very concerned about the prolonged absence of Burns who at this rate I hope is back for UNC on March 26th. Know nothing about Towson but the Terps are 0-1 on the road so let's see what shakes out. Byrd is a cold, windy, empty place for major D1 lax...

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I thought Saylor played alright. Showed some nice quickness and carried the ball well. One thing you worry about with these smallish, freshmen attackmen is that they will get pushed around too much by the big defensemen. Quinn Haley was also in quite a bit, also carried well. Rustin Bryant seemed to be on the third midfield, which didn't get on the field to the 4th quarter. None of the offensive freshmen seemed to be forcing the action too much - maybe they were told to run a little clock. I thought the freshman midfielder D'Arienzo had a nice clear, you could see him finding the open lanes as he went up field like the high school running back he was.

 

Kevin Cooper had a nice assist to Ryan Young. Cooper is the least experienced of the six midfielders on the first two lines. He seems to be getting more comfortable. It will be interesting to see exactly what Tillman does when Burns returns - 1st midfield, 2nd midfield, or defensive/wing midfielder. There is no doubt that where Burns really shines is at defensive/wing midfielder.

 

I don't know much about Towson either. There have been many years where I expected UMd to blow Towson out, only to find the games were pretty ugly and Towson hung on till the end. So I expect an ugly game this saturday, with the Terps winning by a few in the end.

 

It would be nice, if the Terps' starters could get a bit of a lead, and give the youngsters some more experience. Maybe, instead of putting them all in at once, one could be fit in for some minutes here or there. But in the end, winning most important.

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Starsia's quote in face-off:

"I think we just need the confidence and experience that comes with doing things,” he said Tuesday. “We play a schedule that you hope will help you grow up in the process. You just look at the two teams in comparison, and – this is not a criticism in any shape or form – they have three first-team All Americans in their defensive half, and I’ve got a midfielder playing defense in his first year and a freshman starting on close defense and two new short-stick D-middies. I can tell them everything I want, but they need to see it and live through it. Those are the most valuable lessons of all. And I think we will be better off because of this in the long haul. I don’t come away from the game discouraged at all. We simply made too many mistakes against a veteran offensive team in situations that I think if there’s another opportunity, we’ll be better at it.”

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/lacrosse/blog/2011/03/defensive_youth_hasnt_crippled.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sports_lacrosse_blog+%28Faceoff%29

 

Is very much in-line with how I feel about getting UMd's freshmen attackmen on the field. They could help us out this season, but certainly any on-field experience will be beneficial for next spring. The same pretty much goes for the defensemen too, like Erhardt and Cahill.

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The Terps pulled it out in the usual slow ugly way against Towson 8-4. A win is a win.

 

Looking at the Terps' schedule, it doesn't look like the Terps are going to have many highly ranked opponents this year. The local rivals: Towson, UMBC, and Navy don't look too strong. Hopkins will probably have a good RPI, 4-1 already with a strong SOS. Despite playing Syracuse close today, Georgetown lost its 3rd game already. Of course, the Terps lost to Duke. So when you start talking about quality wins the Terps really have 4 such games remaining on the schedule: UNC (h), Virginia(a), Hopkins(h), and the ACC tmt. in Durham. So the UNC game at home looms big for the Terps. Of course, the Terps need to get by UMBC and St.Joseph's this coming weekend first.

 

Even though the Terps will be in a rebuilding season next year, I think coach Tillman, in the offseason, should try and decide whether the local rivals are really going to be much stronger next year - and if not he should try to add another good opponent to UMd's schedule next season. 4-5 top 20 opponents, depending on whether Georgetown is top 20, and the ACC tmt just doesn't seem to be enough opportunity for quality wins.

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Good points as usual and I concur 100%. What did you think of the offense today? Did not have many shots in the 2nd half. Offense seems to stall when Catalino stays in front of the cage, long poles slide to the dodger and no quality shots seem to open up. I wonder if the new staff is working on a new look versus a tougher opponent. Amato was very good in goal...

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As you know, I was sort of hoping one of the freshmen might turn out to be a spark for the offense - in terms of beating short-sticks.

In UMd's first two games, O.Blye seemed to perform that role well, and UMd scored a lot, since then he has gotten the collar. Jk.Bernhardt also seems like someone that the opponents can gamble on with a short sticks.

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I think that in the end, Tillman needs to go with Cummings and Haus on the same midfield, perhaps Snider would be the 3rd. It's nice to have 2 good midfields, but in the end UMd needs to put its best 6 offensive players on the field at once. The more opponents worry about handling the midfielders, the more open the attack will get.

 

The Terps definitely have to find a way to get more shots for Catalino.

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Looking at this week's blog:

http://www.umterps.com/blog/2011/03/terps-look-to-continue-hot-shooting.html

 

It is interesting reading about the point total that Catalino, Reed, and Young are putting together. That being said, attackmen score more than midfielders, and it is rather rare that a team starts 3 attackmen as freshmen. Only Reed has missed much time of the 3: with an injury and competing with Yeatman.

 

When one looks back to the mid-90s, UMd had a pretty good trio in Hahn, Whipple and Hochstadt - but Hochstadt was one year behing the other two. These three are well above Catalino, Young and Reed in point total. Whipple is 9th on UMd's list. Catalino might reach Whipple, but it is unlikely that Young can reach Hahn, and Reed reach Hochstadt. Of course, one might prefer to compare them: Whipple to Young, Hahn to Reed, and Hochstadt to Catalino, with respect to where they played on the attack.

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The Sun is reporting that Travis Reed will probably miss friday night's game due to injury. I imagine that also puts his playing on Sunday verses St.Joseph's in limbo.

 

My guess is that given the level of opponent, that Tillman will probably try to go with Gormley abd McGuire at the position, and leave his midfield lines (Cummings) intact.

 

On the otherhand, if it did turn out that the doctor's report for Reed was that he would miss a few weeks, making the switch of Cummings this weekend would seem wise with UNC being Maryland's foe the next weekend.

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Is Cummings predominantly lefty? Reed will be missed but it can provide the opportunity to tinker with the attack. Gormley is a gamer; however would like to see McGuire or Saylor get some runs. As for the middies with Haus & Cummings (if he stays here and for this year I think he should) you would go with Snider over Bernhardt as the 3rd or do I have the lines mixed up? Keep on waiting for Cooper #41 to break out, love the size needs to get free more.

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Cummings is predominately a lefty. Saylor is a righty. I haven't seen enough of McGuire's shooting to be sure yet. Gormley seems like more of a feeder than a finisher.

 

Snider seems a little bit better at beating DI goalies than Jk.Bernhardt. Bernhardt seems like a better all-around midfielder. I've been waiting for Bernhardt to break out. Bernhardt has 4g, 1a in 5 games. Snider is not doing too much better with 6 goals. Snider seems a little more threatening. Which do you prefer? Which ever it is, he needs to make the other team pay when they leave him open.

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Maryland's loss to Duke isn't looking so bad with Duke beating UNC 14-9.

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