Grant Catalino is mostly unstoppable as Maryland lacrosse tops Georgetown

Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, February 27, 2011; 12:24 AM

Maryland senior attackman Grant Catalino is considered one of the top shooters in college lacrosse. And in a 20-8 victory over Georgetown before 3,966 at Byrd Stadium on Saturday, he was paid quite a compliment.

The Hoyas tried several defensemen on Catalino, to little effect. Catalino finished with five goals on seven shots.

Georgetown's plan was for fifth-year senior Barney Ehrmann to guard Catalino. Ehrmann is one of the top defensemen in the nation and was the first selection by the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the Major League Lacrosse draft earlier this winter.

Ehrmann is so good the Hoyas (1-1) use him as a wing on faceoffs. During faceoffs, other Hoyas had to guard Catalino until Georgetown could make a switch.

Catalino's first goal came after senior Ryan Young floated an entry pass perfectly over Ehrmann. Catalino turned and scored to give No. 4 Maryland a 6-4 lead with 20 seconds left in the first half. His other goals came before Ehrmann could defend him following faceoffs.

After Catalino scored against sophomore Brennan Bicknese to give Maryland an 8-5 lead, the No. 14 Hoyas replaced Bicknese with junior Robert Koger. But Catalino scored against Koger for a 9-6 lead, and he scored again after the Hoyas left him alone following a miscommunication to make it 11-6 Maryland.

The Hoyas then moved sophomore Patrick Murray to defend Catalino on faceoffs. Catalino broke free against him, too, and scored his final goal for a 15-7 lead for the Terrapins (2-0).

"He's every bit the player we thought he was," Georgetown Coach Dave Urick said. "He shoots the heck out of the ball. He puts it in great spots."

Said Maryland Coach John Tillman of Catalino: "He was spraying his shots. One of the things you see, he stays late, he is prepared. When he gets going, he's pretty tough to stop, especially when he gets room and time."

Georgetown's other problem was that Ehrmann hardly had a chance to affect the faceoffs. Senior Brian Tabb opened the game by winning three straight faceoffs against Maryland sophomore Curtis Holmes.

To that point, the Hoyas led, 2-1, following a goal by sophomore Davey Emala late in the first quarter. Holmes adjusted his faceoff move, and won 20 of his final 28 faceoffs.

"It's such a mind game," Holmes said. "It's getting really hard to time the whistle [to start the faceoff]. And I think that plays better into my hand."

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