Posted 25 February 2011 - 12:03 AM
"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."
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.
Posted 26 February 2011 - 04:01 PM
Posted 26 February 2011 - 07:24 PM
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.
Posted 26 February 2011 - 07:31 PM
Posted 26 February 2011 - 07:56 PM
Posted 26 February 2011 - 09:00 PM
Posted 26 February 2011 - 10:00 PM
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.
Posted 26 February 2011 - 11:33 PM
Posted 27 February 2011 - 12:00 AM
Posted 27 February 2011 - 01:46 PM
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.
Posted 28 February 2011 - 02:28 PM
Posted 28 February 2011 - 03:00 PM
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.
Posted 28 February 2011 - 03:06 PM
In ‘Battle of the Beltway,’ men's lacrosse zooms by Hoyas, 20-8
A new blog is up for the Terps:
Edited by Zack80, 01 March 2011 - 08:02 PM.
Posted 02 March 2011 - 12:04 PM
"[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."
Posted 04 March 2011 - 10:53 AM
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:
Edited by Zack80, 04 March 2011 - 11:08 AM.
Posted 05 March 2011 - 05:32 PM
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.
Posted 06 March 2011 - 12:12 PM
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.
Posted 06 March 2011 - 04:24 PM