No. 5 Maryland Knocks off No. 3 UNC in ACC Semifinal

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior attackman Grant Catalino scored a career-high six goals to lead the No. 4 University of Maryland men's lacrosse team to a decisive 13-5 victory over No. 3 North Carolina in the semifinals of the ACC tournament Friday night at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

Maryland (9-2) will compete for the ACC tournament championship for the first time since 2006 on Sunday, April 25, when it takes on No. 1 seed Virginia, which dispatched No. 4 seed Duke in the first semifinal by a score of 16-12. The Terps and Cavaliers are slated for a 3:30 p.m. start at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

The Terps never trailed in the game and jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on Catalino's first tally of the day, a simple dodge around his defender that he finished with a sneaky shot over Carolina goalie Chris Madalon's shoulder.

Photos Courtesy of Ben Mackey

Junior attackman Ryan Young, who finished with four points on a goal and a game-high three assists, gave Maryland a 2-0 lead going into the second quarter with a wrap-around goal at the 2:26 mark of the first.

Maryland was able to get off to such a good start thanks to senior Bryn Holmes, who dominated the face-off X. Holmes won all three first quarter face-offs and 4 of 6 in the second quarter to give Maryland an overwhelming advantage in possession time. He finished the day winning 13 of 20 face-offs.

Redshirt -junior Brian Farrell gave the Terps a 3-0 lead in early in the second quarter with a nice transition goal that started with a big save by senior Brian Phipps on a tough shot by UNC's Gavin Petracca. Phipps made the save and the rebound was picked up by senior Dean Hart, who got the ball ahead to Farrell. Carolina didn't pick Farrell up as he entered the attack zone and he made the Tar Heels pay by ripping a shot past Madalon.

Carolina finally got on the board, snapping a scoreless stretch of 22:44 with Jimmy Dunster's only goal of the evening at the 8:16 mark of the second.

But Maryland responded with Catalino's second goal of the night four minutes later. Redshirt junior Dan Burns dodged his defender and slipped a pass to Catalino, who curled into the right wing and buried a shot inside the near pipe.

After a Carolina goal by Thomas Wood cut the Maryland lead back to 4-2 freshman John Haus, who grew up playing lacrosse in North Carolina, scored his first of three on the night. It was again a save by Phipps that started the transition opportunity, but this time it was Hart pushing the ball up the field. He drifted into the left side of the UNC box and saw Haus coming in from the midfield line. Hart hit Haus with a good pass in stride and Haus stepped into a shot and laced a low 12-yarder past Madalon to give the Terps a three-goal cushion going into halftime.

The third quarter was all Maryland as the Terps outscored the Tar Heels 3-0. Haus scored his second of the game at the 10:30 mark to put the Terps up 6-2. Catlaino then scored back-to-back goals, the first coming on the extra-man unit off an assist from Young and the second off an assist from Burns, to up the Maryland lead to 8-2 at the end of the third.

Maryland's scoring barrage continued into the fourth quarter with Haus's third goal of the evening, just 40 seconds into the quarter. Haus came around from behind the left side of the Carolina goal on the invert and was knocked to the ground, falling away from the crease. But Hause somehow managed to flip the ball over his shoulder past Madalon for the 9-2 Terrapin lead.

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