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#41 Zack80

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Posted 25 February 2011 - 12:03 AM

Quint Kessinich in his W2W4 columns says just the opposite:
"The Hoyas' upset hopes hinge on goaltending and faceoffs. Ground balls will determine tempo. Maryland would prefer to play this game in conventional fashion, while Georgetown wants to create frenetic transition."

http://www.baltimore...0,3521631.story

My opinion is that playing 'reckless on defense' might be a decent strategy against Jacksonville, but against a team with the experience and talent on offense that the Terps have, it would probably be a death knell.

#42 Zack80

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Posted 25 February 2011 - 11:32 AM

A diamondback preview for the Georgetown game:
http://www.diamondba...llman-1.2018066

#43 2005Terp

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 04:01 PM

Awesome uniforms today! Love the gold jerseys with white helmets. Watching the game on ESPNU...

#44 Zack80

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 07:24 PM

It was nice watching this game from the stands too!
One of the more interesting things about this game was that Curtis Holmes just took over that face-off battle in the 2nd half. Holmes won 15 of 19 in the 2nd half.

Catalino was named Player-of-the-game, but there were many deserving Terps. Catalino was like a machine with his shot, sort of a 'Babe Ruth' of lacrosse shooting.

UMd's close defense held Georgetown's attack to just 1 goal and 1 assist. Georgetown was without their main feeder, Zac Guy.

Brian Farrell was outstanding, one-timing ground balls and catching tough passes, along with a goal and an assist.

Young, of course, was outstanding making big plays, 2g-3a on the day.

Terps offensive midfield came through big, 5 of the first 6 Terp goals were scored from the midfield. O.Blye had a couple nice ones to go with 2 assists, Cummings tossed in a couple, Snider scored 3, and Haus had a goal and 2 assists. Jk. Bernhardt had a goal, and K.Cooper contributed 2 assists. Landon Carr had a goal in transition.

Amato was solid in goal.
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Posted 26 February 2011 - 07:31 PM

It looked like a fun game to attend, a lot of points. Catalino had a pretty insane 3rd quarter with the 3 goals in a span of a few minutes. The new keeper looks solid as well, along with the rest of the defense. What a way for Tillman to get his first win, too.

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 07:56 PM

2nd win for Tillman, the Terps beat Detroit last saturday. First big win though.

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 09:00 PM

Detroit has a lax team? Learn something new everyday...

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 10:00 PM

Yep, Detroit Mercy.
Michigan added lacrosse in a couple years.

Lacrosse is spreading. Terps have two regulars from Washington State, who each scored goals today: Drew Snider 3 goals, Landon Carr 1 goal.

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 11:33 PM

Watched this one on TV with no sound, have it on the DVR anxious to study it more closely. Nice to see continued production out of the middies; Snider's blast through the net was awesome. Haus & Cummings continue to impress, nice to see Byle join the party as well. Catalino is a dangerous sniper and his ride was incredible after he put the ball on the ground, Young was all over the field as usual, Travis was rather quiet. Nice to see big #37 back out there! Scmidht & Bolander very physical. I thought Amato was OK, solid on clears, will get better with more playing time. I thought that Curtis Holmes was the player of the game, he took the game over at one point and was spectacular! Hoping to make the trek down to Duke have never been there and after they lost to UPenn this should be interesting. Tillman looked annoyed at the end of the game, after telling them "no more goals" he looked pretty ticked that someone took another shot in the closing seconds? Have NOT been impressed with Georetown for awhile now, with all due respect the Urick era needs to end. GO TERPS!

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 12:00 AM

The interesting thing with Holmes is in the 3rd quarter, he seemed to know he would win the face-offs. All of a sudden, he knew he had Tabb's number.

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 01:46 PM

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.

Edited by Zack80, 28 February 2011 - 02:48 PM.


#52 LFDlaxer

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 02:28 PM

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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Posted 28 February 2011 - 03:00 PM

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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Posted 28 February 2011 - 03:06 PM

Diamondback article on the Georgetown game:
In ‘Battle of the Beltway,’ men's lacrosse zooms by Hoyas, 20-8

A new blog is up for the Terps:
http://www.umterps.c.../hangin-20.html

Edited by Zack80, 01 March 2011 - 08:02 PM.


#55 Zack80

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 12:04 PM

A nice article in laxmagazine about how the Terps have to keep their focus on Duke:
http://www.laxmagazi...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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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:09 PM

Curtis Holmes named ACC defensive player of the week for his facing-off against Georgetown - and also gets his own article in the Diamondback:

http://www.diamondba...ement-1.2042054

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#57 Zack80

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 10:53 AM

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.insidel...nd-duke-preview

Edited by Zack80, 04 March 2011 - 11:08 AM.


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Posted 05 March 2011 - 05:32 PM

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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Posted 06 March 2011 - 12:12 PM

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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Posted 06 March 2011 - 04:24 PM

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!