The Terps celebrate the game-winner goal by Grant Catalino in overtime. The Maryland Terrapins held off the Duke Blue Devils and took the first game of the Face-Off Classic in overtime with a score of 11-10 at M&T Bank Stadium on March 6, 2010. Yuchen Nie/DC Sports box
BALTIMORE, M.D. - This was clearly not the week for Duke in the Maryland-Duke matchups; in the prior week, Maryland Women’s Lacrosse crushed the Blue Devils on their home turf while the Maryland men’s basketball team pulled off their riot-inducing win of the year. This time, the Maryland men’s lacrosse took it upon themselves to continue the streak by beating the Duke Blue Devils in overtime at M&T Bank Stadium (the site of this year’s Championship Weekend) with a score of 11 to 10. The game featured both teams scoring in runs to that eventually the game ended in a tie at the end of regulation then Grant Catalino, who was on fire throughout the day, ripped a shot on a fast break past Duke Keeper Dan Wigrizer.
The Blue Devils struck first when Ned Crotty, the reigning ACC Player of the Year, took the ball and hooked around the left side and fired a shot past Brian Phipps. However, Maryland quickly answered and went on a 3-goal run highlighted by two goals from Catalino. In the first half, each team fired 17 shots but Duke dominated the face-offs, winning 10 of 13 allowing them to gain possessions and go on a run late in the half to pull within one goal of Maryland.
In the 2nd half, Will Yeatman, the converted midfielder, continued his scoring with another goal a minute into the half for a two-goal lead. Duke would answer back with goals by Mike Catalino (Grant’s older brother) and Max Quinzani. But the rest of the half would go to Maryland as they went on another run to go up 10-7. Keeper Brian Phipps stepped up in a big way for the Terps during this quarter by stopping 5 shots leading to instant fast breaks and easy shots for the Terp attack.
As the fourth quarter rolled through, Maryland had changed their style of play from attacking to holding back and letting the clock run. However, the Terps did just enough so that they would not get a keep-it-in called on them. This strategy against the Blue Devils did not work as Maryland made errors, both forced and unforced, that led to turnovers and possessions for the Blue Devils. Zach Howell, the Duke attackman, would score 4 goals in the game including 2 goals in the final 5 minutes to pull closer. Finally, with just 13 seconds remaining, the Blue Devils caught a lucky break with a forced turnover in the final minute, and scored in the ensuing possessions with only 13 seconds left on the clock.
In the overtime period, the Terps found themselves in a hole as they fell in the opening face-offs and had to contend with the fast-paced Duke offense. However, as he did all game, Brian Phipps made a crucial save by diving across the goal as Will McKee, the player that scored the game-tying goal, let loose a shot while being taken to the ground. Phipp’s stick tapped the ball and kept it from going out of bounds. The Terps would pick up the ground ball and speedy Dean Hart took it down before the Duke players had a chance to set. Immediately, Grant Catalino, Maryland’s best shooter, found himself at the corner of the box alone and called for the ball. Hart passed it off, and Catalino fired a riser to score the game winner giving a total of 5 goals in the game and the MVP of the first game.