Terps Top Tar Heels, Syracuse Up Next
By Barrett Neale
Maryland became the only unseeded team to advance to the NCAA men's lacrosse quarterfinals with a 13-6 victory against eighth-seeded North Carolina on Sunday.
The Terps (11-4) have now beaten the Tar Heels (10-6) twice, in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinals and the NCAA first round, since an 11-6 loss in College Park March 26.
Junior Drew Snider scored four goals, including one off a well-executed trick play, while senior attackman Ryan Young had a game-high five points (two goals, three assists). Senior midfielder Brian Farrell faked a pass to senior attackman Grant Catalino, who immediately drove toward the goal, while Farrell kept the ball and passed it to Snider, who scored his third goal of the day and gave Maryland a 9-5 lead.
In the battle between two talented local faceoff specialists, McDonogh alum and Maryland sophomore Curtis Holmes had the edge. He won 15 of 22 faceoffs taken, while Boys' Latin grad and North Carolina freshman R.G. Keenan won six of 18.
North Carolina senior attackman Billy Bitter had a hat trick by the end of the first half, as his team trailed 6-4. But during the second half, Bitter did not score and the Tar Heels got only two goals past Maryland's redshirt freshman goalkeeper, Niko Amato, who had eight second-half saves and 13 overall.
With the win, Maryland is now 40-21 all-time against North Carolina and 43-31 all-time in the NCAA tournament, with a 13-3 record during first-round games.
OTHER FIRST-ROUND SCORES
Saturday, May 14
(2) Cornell 12, Hartford 5
(3) Johns Hopkins 12, Hofstra 5
(4) Notre Dame 13, Penn 6
(5) Duke 15, Delaware 14
Sunday, May 15
(1) Syracuse 10, Siena 4
(6) Denver 13, Villanova 10
(7) Virginia 13, Bucknell 12 (OT)
Saturday, May 21
(2) Cornell vs. (7) Virginia -- 12 p.m. in Hempstead, N.Y.
(3) Johns Hopkins vs. (6) Denver -- 2:30 p.m. in Hempstead, N.Y.
Sunday, May 22
(1) Syracuse vs. Maryland -- 12 p.m. in Foxborough, Mass.
(4) Notre Dame vs. (5) Duke -- 2:30 p.m. in Foxborough, Mass.
Posted May 16, 2011