Reed Hat Trick Gives Terps 13-5 Victory Over Providence
#27 Colin Reposa is caught looking while #28 Jeff Reynolds fires a shot during Maryland's 13-5 victory over Providence at Ludwig Field in College Park MD on March 3, 2008. Christopher Blunck/DC Sports Box
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Freshman Cockeysville native Travis Reed is on a tear this season, having ripped three hat tricks in as many games as the No. 6 Maryland men's lacrosse team powered past Providence this afternoon at Ludwig Field.  679 fans came out and enjoyed the unseasonably warm 62 degree sunny weather that welcomed the Terrapins to their home opener of the 2008 season.

Maryland controlled the pace of the game from the outset and outmuscled Providence at the face-off, winning a majority 15 of 20. The Terps were also relentless on the attack, outshooting Providence 49-14 in the game.  Maryland managed 10 or more shots in all 4 quarters of play.

Dan Groot, the Junior from Canandaigua High School in NY, got the Terps on the board first with an unassisted goal with 6 minutes remaining in the first period.  He then helped out Max Ritz with an assist 48 seconds later on a 1 man advantage.  Ryan Young's goal from Grant Catalino was the final tally the Terps needed before Reed started his crusade.

Reed's first goal (the 4th of the game) was the eventual gamewinner for the Terps and it came from Drew Evans with 2:21 remaining in the first quarter.  Young then found Reed on the wing for his second goal with 14 seconds remaining in the first.  A quick unassisted goal 8 seconds into the second period gave Reed his hat trick.

Maryland extended the run to 8-0 off goals by Jeremy Sieverts and Scott Tompkins.  Tompkins whipped his shot from the left side following a pass from Rony Mendes.

The pace of the match slowed down and Devic McBride from Providence found the back of the net with 5:30 remaining in the second quarter after Mark Dillon found him alone in the center.  His shot beat Brian Phipps, who up to that point was only called upon to make 1 save in the half.

Dan Halayko opened up the scoring in the second half with an unassisted goal.  Providence goalie Robert Bryan was drawn out in an attempt to clear and was forced into a turnover situation at midfield. Reed stripped him and Halayko picked up the loose ball, rushing it upfield towards the open-netter.  The freshman cut his teeth as a Terrapin scoring his first goal in Terrapin garb with 10:52 remaining in the third period.

Ryan Young rounded out the Terrapin scoring in the third quarter with an unassisted goal and Maryland entered the final frame up a confident 10-3, having outshot the Friars 36-8.  Tony Mendes, Jeff Reynolds, and Scott Tompkins all scored in the fourth quarter to give the Terrapins a solid 13-5 victory.

Maryland (3-1) now rests for 5 days until taking on the regional rival Towson Tigers on Saturday at 1pm at Ludwig Field.