Maryland lacrosse earns 11-8 win over Hofstra in NCAA tournament

By Christian Swezey
Sunday, May 16, 2010; D07

Hofstra did what it could to get some open looks for junior Jamie Lincoln, the team's leading goal scorer, against Maryland in an NCAA men's lacrosse tournament first-round game Saturday at Byrd Stadium.

Lincoln even moved to midfield early in the fourth quarter to try and escape junior defenseman Ryder Bohlander. None of it worked. Bohlander held Lincoln went without a shot for the first 57 minutes in Maryland's 11-8 victory before 1,641.

The third-seeded Terrapins (12-3) advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals on Saturday in Princeton, N.J. They will play the winner of Sunday's game between sixth-seeded Princeton and Notre Dame.

The defense was a big reason why Maryland outlasted the Pride (9-5). Hofstra's three leading scorers -- by far -- were its trio of junior attackmen: Lincoln, Jay Card and Stephen Bentz.

Lincoln and Card presented an even more unique challenge in that each is Canadian, and Canadian attackmen have become a precious commodity in lacrosse. Two of the five finalists for the Tewaaraton Trophy, given to the top player in college lacrosse, are offensive players from Canada (Stony Brook's Kevin Crowley and Delaware's Curtis Dickson).

Bentz finished with one goal while being guarded by junior Max Schmidt. Card finished with four goals against junior Brett Schmidt, though two came on extra-man situations and another came with 1 minute 11 seconds to play, after the outcome had been decided.

Lincoln finished with no points and only one shot on goal. It was the second time in the NCAA tournament that Lincoln had come to Byrd Stadium with gaudy statistics and left frustrated.

As a freshman at Denver in 2008, he entered with 47 goals but was held to 1-for-7 shooting in a 10-7 loss.

"Card has that explosive hitch when you ran at him with a bad angle," Maryland Coach Dave Cottle said. "He's much quicker than I gave him credit for. . . . We had played Jamie when he was younger, so we had an idea. I thought Ryder Bohlander did a really good job on him and stayed on him."

Said Card: "Maryland did a great job. They got on our hands and pressured the ball. It was hard to operate."

The score was tied at 4 midway through the third quarter when Pride junior Tim Holman intercepted a lazy clearing pass by senior goalie Brian Phipps at midfield, then scored on a breakaway for a 5-4 lead.

It was Hofstra's last lead. The Terrapins answered with a goal from sophomore Joe Cummings, a transition goal from sophomore Jake Bernhardt and a goal from senior Dean Hart in an unsettled situation -- it was essentially a one on four against the Pride defense -- for a 7-5 lead with 2:43 left in the third quarter.

The Terrapins put away the game with another 3-0 run midway through the fourth quarter. Junior Ryan Young scored two of the goals, the second of which gave Maryland a 10-6 lead with 5:15 to play. Young finished with a team-high two goals. Nine other players had one goal each.

"Look at who scores for us: We have one guy with two and the rest have one," Cottle said. "That's kind of who we are."

The game-within-the-game featured a battle of ultra-competitive faceoff men in Maryland senior Bryn Holmes and Hofstra freshman John Antoniades. Holmes won 15 of 22 and also knocked two Pride players to the ground with legal hits.

"John is a fierce competitor," Hofstra Coach Seth Tierney said. "I had the opportunity to recruit Bryn Holmes [as an assistant at Johns Hopkins]. And they are wired the same. They don't give up a blade of grass."

Women's tournament

Ten players scored for Maryland in the top-seeded Terrapins' 20-5 win over visiting Marist in the first round of the NCAA women's tournament.

Sophomore attack Karri Ellen Johnson (Broadneck) scored five goals to pace Maryland (19-1). She has scored in all 42 games she has appeared as a Terrapin, which is the third-longest streak in Division I.

The Terrapins took 46 shots, the fourth-highest total in NCAA tournament history, while Marist (10-8) only took 11, which is the fifth fewest in NCAA tournament history.

Maryland will host eighth-seeded Pennsylvania next weekend in the quarterfinals.

-- SYRACUSE 15, GEORGETOWN 8: Freshman Tegan Brown scored seven goals and Christina Dove added four to lead the Orange (14-6) to an upset of the fourth-seeded Hoyas (13-6) in Northwest. Senior attack Molly Ford scored four goals for Georgetown.

-- NORTH CAROLINA 18, NAVY 5: The No. 3 Tar Heels (16-2) jumped out to a 5-0 lead and never looked back against the Midshipmen. Erin Rawlick scored three goals to pace Navy.

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