Blue Ends Season Saturday vs. Terps

Blue Ends Season Saturday vs. Terps

April 28, 2009

The Yale men's lacrosse team concludes its 2009 season by hosting perennial national power Maryland at Reese Stadium this Saturday at 1 p.m. Both squads are coming off losses to league rivals last weekend and look to end the regular season on a high note. However, there's more than a good feeling on the line. The No. 14 Terrapins need to win this game to retain hope of an at-large berth in the 2009 NCAA Tournament.


The Blue won the first meeting in 1925 but UM, which has outscored Yale 104-49, has taken the last seven. The closest the Elis have come in those seven contests is 12-9 at College Park in 2000. This is the third straight year the Bulldogs have closed their season against the Terps. There have only been two meetings at Yale.


Grant Catalino, who leads the 2009 Terps with 22 goals and 42 points, had four goals and three assists as No. 7 Maryland handed Yale a 16-10 loss in the season finale for the Bulldogs before 1,309 at College Park last May. Four other Terrapins hit the net twice as the home team broke open a 3-2 game with seven straight goals before taking an 11-4 lead into intermission. Brendan Gibson had three goals, Tyler Casertano had a goal and three assists and Davis Lindsey chipped in a pair of goals. Gregory DuBoff, who won 13 of 28 faceoffs, also had a career-best, two-goal day. Matt Fuchs and Kyle Washabaugh had the other Bulldog scores.


Matt Gibson, Gregory Mahony and Michael Karwoski each scored twice but Yale (5-7 overall) couldn't hold off No. 17 Harvard in a 13-8 Crimson victory at Harvard Stadium last Saturday. The Crimson broke open a 5-4 game early in the third quarter with three consecutive goals. Brendan Gibson and Brian Douglass had the other Yale goals. Matt Miller chipped in with an assist. Jonathan Falcone made 12 saves in the Elis' last Ivy League game of 2009 and the team's last road contest. Harvard had the advantage in shots (40-37), ground balls (25-19) and faceoffs (16 of 25) while hitting the net four times each in the last three quarters.


Joe Cummings had three goals last Friday at Chapel Hill, N.C., but the Terps (8-6 overall) fell to No. 8 North Carolina 16-10 in the Atlantic Coast Conference Semifinal. UNC had the edge in shots (39-34) and ground balls (42-34) but the ACC rivals were even on faceoffs on a night the Terps got goals from seven different players but never had a lead. Jason Carter (7.54, .491, 5-2) got the start in goal and made four saves while giving up 10 goals before Brian Phipps (6 goals, 4 saves) came on for the last 26 minutes.


The Yale-Maryland game marks the last collegiate contest for 12 senior Bulldogs: Michael Barry, Kevin Discepolo, Colin Ford, Will Gano, Francis Johnson, Michael Karwoski, Devon Kelley, Gabe Nadel, Bryce Pyle, James Ryan III, Mark Schlam and captain Matt Aronson. A brief senior day ceremony that includes their families will take place prior to the opening faceoff.


Brothers Brendan and Matt Gibson each have a point in every game and goals in 11 of 12... Michael Karwoski, who leads the team with 27 goals and 35 points, has points in 11 and goals in 10 outings this spring. He ranks 21st in the country in goals per game with 2.25... Kevin Discepolo ranks 16th in Division I and second in the Ivy League with a .555 faceoff percentage while leading the Blue with 74 ground balls... Discepolo is eighth in the country with 6.2 GB per game. His counterpart at UM, Bryn Holmes (.604), is fourth in the nation in faceoff percentage... Maryland, 15th in the country in scoring, and Yale (21st) both average over 10 goals per game.

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Release filed by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director