Maryland rallies to beat Georgetown, 15-13, in men's lacrosse

By Gene Wang
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, February 28, 2010

For 30-plus minutes on Saturday, the seventh-ranked Maryland men's lacrosse team allowed Georgetown to set the agenda. The No. 13 Hoyas were the aggressors, especially on offense, and they forged what seemed a comfortable lead, much to the delight of the lively home fans at Georgetown's Multi-Sport Field.

Then with two sudden flicks of his wrist, Will Yeatman changed the Terrapins' fortunes for good.

The senior scored twice bridging the third and fourth quarters to tie the score and tilt momentum, and freshman Jesse Bernhardt followed with the go-ahead goal in a 15-13 victory before 2,532.

Yeatman finished with a game-high three goals, and sophomore Jake Bernhardt, Jesse's older brother, had two goals and an assist.

"I thought Will turned the game around for us," said Maryland Coach Dave Cottle, who as the final seconds wound down was leaping in celebration along the sideline with his players.

Yeatman's tying goal came with 13 minutes 56 seconds left in the game after he collected a pass from junior attackman Grant Catalino and beat goalie C.T. Fisher, a sophomore from Chevy Chase who played high school lacrosse at Landon. Maryland (2-0) was playing with a man advantage at that point after Hoyas midfielder Chris Schuville was sent off for slashing.

The goal triggered a considerable shift in energy for Maryland, which won the ensuing faceoff as the Hoyas bench looked on in disbelief. With the ball in Jesse Bernhardt's stick, the Terrapins charged toward the net, and Georgetown backed off a shade as the defenseman surveyed the field.

That was all the space Bernhardt needed to whistle a shot past Fisher and give Maryland the lead for good 11 seconds after the equalizer.

It was the fifth straight goal for the Terrapins, who began the rally after Georgetown junior attackman Ryan Shuler (Georgetown Prep) scored for an 11-7 lead midway through the third.

"On behalf of all the offensive players, everyone played their role to exactly what they needed to do," said Yeatman, who plays midfield and attack. "It really showed today, and everyone stepped up, and that's what happens when you have veteran leaders on your team, when you have older guys, guys who've been in these situations before."

Maryland continued its run when Yeatman scored from the right side with 12:46 to play, and freshman midfielder John Haus capped the flurry with a goal for a 14-11 lead.

Haus's goal was the Terrapins' fourth over 1:52 and left Georgetown reeling in its season opener, but the Hoyas were able to reorganize and mount their own comeback. It started with a goal from junior midfielder Stu Shannon, who gathered Shuler's feed from behind the goal and fired past Maryland senior goalie Brian Phipps (Severn) with 7:54 to play.

A little more than a minute later, senior midfielder Scott Kocis got Georgetown within one by drifting toward the right side of the goal and sending a shot past Phipps.

But Maryland got the insurance goal from Jake Bernhardt with 3:56 to play. Bernhardt beat Kocis one-on-one just enough to gain separation and a clear shooting lane, which he used to beat Fisher.

"It was a great lacrosse game, two teams playing pretty hard," Georgetown Coach Dave Urick said. "I just think we got ourselves into some self-inflicted wounds in the second half, some penalties that maybe came at an inopportune time. . . . At times we turned it over, and they took advantage of it, seemed to swing the momentum right around. We need to learn by this. We had a lot of young guys play their first minutes of college lacrosse, and we need to learn by this and learn quick."

-- VIRGINIA 13, STONY BROOK 8: Chris Bocklet and Steele Stanwick each had three goals and one assist as the second-ranked Cavaliers (3-0) won at home against the Seawolves (1-1).

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