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

A violation on the ensuing face-off gave Maryland the ball right back and Farrell made the Tar Heels pay immediately. Holmes took the free possession and raced into the Carolina box. The Tar Heels stopped his progression, but Holmes found Farrell in the left alley, where he ripped a shot from 15 yards into the upper far corner to give the Terps an eight goal lead.

Carolina tried to claw back into the game with goals by Marcus Holman, Wood and Petracca, but the Terps would not be denied on this night.

Catalino scored back-to-back goals midway through the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach for good. Catalino's six goals marks the first time a Terp has scored that many since Joe Walters put up six goals at Johns Hopkins in 2006.

Senior attackman Fran Gormley closed out the scoring with his fist goal since 2007 off an assist from Young at the 2:58 mark.

The offense wasn't the only key to the victory as the Terrapin defense was tremendous, playing its best complete game of the season. Junior Brett Schmidt took center stage for the Terps' "D" with his match-up against UNC All-American Billy Bitter. Schmidt was dominating in his performance, holding Bitter without a point for the first time in 30 games. Schmidt, along with help from the rest of the Maryland defense that supported him whenever he needed it, allowed Bitter only one shot in the game and helped four Bitter into committing six turnovers. Schmidt finished the game with two groundballs and a game-high four caused turnovers.

Junior All-American Max Schmidt and junior Ryder Bohlander were also terrific for the Terps at close defense with four groundballs and a caused turnover each. Farrell finished with two groundballs and two caused turnovers, while freshman Jesse Bernhardt had three goundballs and one caused turnover. Phipps was solid in cage for the Terps, stopping 13 shots.

Maryland won the groundball battle over the Tar Heels, 42-33, thanks in large part to winning groundballs in its offensive end of the field. Young finished with five groundballs, while Catalino had four. Gormley and sophomore Joe Cummings each had three groundballs.

The ACC championship game will be televised live by Raycom Sports on Live on Comcast Sports Net Mid-Atlantic and Fox Sports South. The game will be shown on a tape delay on NESN (4/26, 3:00 p.m.) and Sun Sports (4/26 at 9:00 p.m.).

Game Notes

With today's 13-5 win Maryland is now 38-20 all-time vs. North Carolina.

Junior Grant Catalino's six goals set a career high and gives him 34 multi-point and 27 multi-goal games for his career.

Catalino also vaulted into 23rd place on the all-time scoring list at Maryland with 132 points, passing Pat O'Meally (1971-74, 129) and C. Rennie Smith (1952-55, 128). He is just two points away from tying Dave Dempsey (1970-74, 134) for 22nd all-time.

With a goal and three assists junior Ryan Young now has 34 multi-point and 18 multi-assist games for his career.

Young became the first player since Dave Cottle took over as head coach in 2002 to reach the 100-point plateau with more assists than goals. Young now has 102 career points on 40 goals and 62 assists.

Freshman John Haus recorded his first collegiate hat trick and the second multi-goal game of his career.

Redshirt junior long pole Brian Farrell scored two goals for the fourth time in his career.

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