Men's NCAA Tournament

No. 3 seed Maryland falls to Notre Dame, 7-5, in 2010 NCAA men's lacrosse quarterfinals

Fran Gormley (35) and No. 3 seed Maryland have trouble stomaching a quarterfinal loss to Notre Dame.
Fran Gormley (35) and No. 3 seed Maryland have trouble stomaching a quarterfinal loss to Notre Dame. (Karl Merton Ferron/baltimore Sun)
By Christian Swezey
Sunday, May 23, 2010

PRINCETON, N.J. -- In the final minute of his team's 7-5 loss to Notre Dame in an NCAA men's lacrosse quarterfinal on Saturday before 8,260 at Princeton Stadium, Maryland junior Ryan Young raced to the sideline, picked up a new lacrosse stick from a pile, then re-entered the game.

At that point, anything was worth a try. Young promptly got the ball. And with his new stick, his shot hit the goal post and bounced away.

Third-seeded Maryland (12-4) tried just about every trick possible to defeat the Fighting Irish (9-6) and reach the Final Four at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore next weekend.

Instead, Maryland was left with another season that ended short of its first NCAA lacrosse title since 1975.

"As a coach, I've never been more disappointed," Maryland Coach Dave Cottle said. "But I'm lucky I got to be around these guys. . . . I'm just disappointed I couldn't find a way to get us where we wanted to go."

Maryland's frustrating day could be summed up this way: Its third midfield scored more goals than its starting attack.

Junior Scott LaRue, a member of the third midfield who entered with three goals, finished with one goal. The starting attack -- senior Will Yeatman and juniors Ryan Young and Grant Catalino -- entered having scored 67 goals.

They finished with none.

Notre Dame junior Kevin Ridgway held Young to one assist and two turnovers; senior Mike Creighton held Catalino to 0-for-6 shooting, with five turnovers. Sophomore Kevin Randall held Yeatman to 0-for-5 shooting.

"I thought we matched up well with them," Ridgway said. "Our game plan was to limit them to low-angle shots. And we executed pretty well."

The Terrapins put only 13 of 33 shots on goal, and Notre Dame's senior goalie, Scott Rodgers, finished with eight saves.

Late in the third quarter, Rodgers made a save on a shot by sophomore Jake Bernhardt. As soon as the Fighting Irish cleared the ball, Rodgers instinctively looked up at the scoreboard to see how much time was left.

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