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Too Many Games to Count (Baseball, WLax, Softball, MLax)

Well, it’s another busy day in the land of Terrapin sports. There was a heck of a basketball game down in Greensboro that I’m sure draws the lion’s share of attention from the moderators and commentors. I’m going to try to catch you up on some of the other action.

I’ll start with the Maryland baseball team who took on number 5 (12 or 7) Florida State in the second game of a three game series. Like their counterparts in Greensboro, the Terps gave a great effort but fell just short dropping a game at home for the first time this season by a final of 7-6. FSU jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a triple and a sacrifice fly. Maryland answered in the bottom of the second, however. Kevin Martir led off the inning with a single and Blake Schmit reached on an error. After a strikeout, freshman second baseman Jose Cuas singled to left to load the bases. A bunt single by another freshman, right fielder Anthony Papio led to the Terps first run. Charlie White’s sacrifice fly scored Schmit and Cuas came home on Lamonte Wade, Jr.’s single. The Terrapins extended their lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the third when Schmit reached on a two out infield single and scored on Mike Monteville’s triple to right center. Florida State scored two in the top of the fourth to chop Maryland’s lead to one but the Terps held the lead until the top of the sixth when the Seminoles broke out for four runs taking a 7-4 advantage. The Terps chipped back picking up a run in the bottom of the seventh when Schmit again reached on a two out infield single. Monteville followed with a double to left and Schmit scored on a Seminole error but the Terps left two on base and only closed the gap to 7-5. Kyle Convissar led off the bottom of the ninth with a single and Martir worked the count full before drawing a walk. A Schmit ground out forced Martir at second and left Maryland with runners on the corners. Monteville lined out to short but Greg Olenski, batting for Cuas reached on an error and Convissar scored. Anthony Papio worked a full count before grounding out to second leaving the Terps one run shy. The teams take the field at 1:00 pm for the rubber match.

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In Chestnut Hill, the Boston College Eagles slowed the Terrapin scoring machine but the top ranked women’s lacrosse team left Beantown on the long end of a 13-5 score. Maryland opened the scoring just under a minute into the game as freshman Taylor Cummings scored on a free position shot. Cummings controlled the subsequent draw and scored an unassisted goal just thirty seconds later. BC controlled the subsequent draw and scored on a free position of their own to cut Maryland’s lead in half at 2-1. Following a missed Terrapin shot the Eagles held the ball for nearly five minutes before the Terp defense caused a turnover. Maryland went on the attack and drew three successive free position shots. The third time proved to be the charm as freshman Halle Majorana scored with 17:34 remaining in the half. Beth Glaros helped control the subsequent draw and Cummings netted her third goal of the half less than 20 seconds later off an assist from Katie Schwarzmann. When the Eagles’ goalie stopped Cummings’s shot with just under 16 minutes left, Boston College again held the ball for nearly five minutes to cut the lead to 4-2. BC controlled the draw but sophomore midfielder Kelly McPartland went on the attack, forcing a turnover, picking up the ground ball and bursting down the field to score an unassisted goal and push the Maryland lead back to three. Cummings controlled the draw but BC forced a Terrapin turnover and again put the ball in the deep freeze for about three minutes before Maryland could turn the ball back over. Brooke Griffin’s shot hit the post and the Eagles picked up the ground ball. Boston College picked up a foul in the shooting error but Kasey Howard came up with one of her two saves on the free position and it took Maryland only twenty seconds or so to move the ball down field as Glaros scored with an assist from Kirsten Lamon. Another Maryland turnover led to a BC free position shot. This time it was successful and narrowed the gap to 6-3. Cummings controlled the draw and McPartland found Schwarzmann who scored with eleven seconds remaining providing the Terps a 7-3 halftime advantage.

The second half started slowly and Boston College would fail to get a shot off for over seven minutes. Maryland had two shots in that time span before McPartland drew a free position attempt. The Eagles goalie stopped the initial attempt but failed to secure the ball so McPartland picked up the grounder and found the back of the net. Following a Terrapin turnover, BC again held the ball for nearly five minutes and scored a goal similar to McPartland’s when Howard couldn’t secure the ball after an Eagles free position. With the Terps ahead 8-4, Cummings notched her fourth goal of the afternoon on another free position. At this point the red hot Alex Aust got into the act scoring back to back free position goals in the space of just over two minutes giving Maryland an 11-4 lead with just under seven minutes to go. Down seven, BC finally had to abandon the slowdown strategy and scored quickly to pull within six. The Terps had the answer, however, as Aust scored an unassisted goal with 5:43 remaining and Brooke Griffin closed out the scoring two minutes later. The Terrapins have little time to savor their eighth consecutive win as they travel to Long Island to face off against the 5-1 Stony Brook Seawolves Sunday at 1:00 pm.

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In Clearwater, the 9-15 Terrapin softball team started the day early matching up with the 6-10 Temple Owls. The Terps were the designated home team and got on the board in the bottom of the first when catcher Shannon Bustillos doubled to left knocking in Sara Acosta and Juli Strange who had reached on a bunt single and a hit by pitch respectively. The Owls loaded the bases with just one out in the top of the third but starter Kaitlyn Schmeiser got out of the jam racking up the fifth of her twelve strikeouts and einding the inning on a fly out to left. In the bottom half of the inning, Acosta got the Terps started again with a single to left. A sacrifice bunt advanced her to second and she scored easily of freshman Lindsey Schmeiser’s triple. Bustillos was hit by a pitch and free substitution pinch runner Bria Taylor stole second. Schmeiser and Taylor scored on Nikki Maier’s single up the middle. Maryland upped the lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the sixth when Bustillos walked and scored on Maier’s triple. Temple scored an unearned run in the top of the sixth but Schmeiser finished out the complete game 6-1 win for the Terps.

In their second game of the day, Maryland took on the 12-9 Valporaiso Crusaders. Freshman Maddie Martin took the circle for the Terps and tossed a complete game shutout leading the Terrapins to a 4-0 victory. The game stood scoreless through three before Lindsey Schmeiser led off the top of the third with an infield single. She moved to third on Candace Beards’s double and scored on Maier’s sacrifice fly to right as Beards also advanced. She would also score on a sac fly this one coming off the bat of Shannon Bustillos giving the Terps a 2-0 lead. The Terps added a run in the top of the sixth scoring fter a two out double by third baseman Corey Schwartz who came around on first baseman Lexi Carroll’s single to center. Maryland brought home their final tally of the day in the top of the seventh. Amanda McCann reached on an error leading off the inning. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Beards’s two out single. The two wins today assure the Terps of leaving Florida with their first winning record in a neutral site tournament this season. The Terps close out their trip with a game against Dartmouth at 11:45 am Sunday.

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Finally, in Philadelphia the number one ranked and undefeated Maryland men’s lacrosse team faced off with the 1-4 Villanova Wildcats. The Terps preserved their unbeaten record but not without a sweat as they hung on to top the Wildcats by a score of 10-7. Villanova scored first with twelve minutes to go in the first period and held that lead for nearly five minutes. Brian Cooper forced a Wildcat turnover and Jesse Bernhardt picked up the ground ball. He found Kevin Cooper who scored to even the game at one apiece. The teams traded turnovers and after a save by Villanova of an Owen Blye shot, the Wildcats scored to take a 2-1 lead that held up through the quarter.

The Terps hole grew deeper when the Cats scored in a man up situation just 29 seconds into the second period. Bernhardt ripped in an unassisted goal with 8:23 remaining in the half to bring Maryland back within one. Bernhardt assisted on the tying goal by Jake Carlson just over two minutes later. Maryland finally got the lead with just over a minute to go when Carlson found Blye for the go ahead goal.

The second half started with two turnovers by Maryland and one by Villanova. A penalty on Casey Ikeda gave the Cats a man up opportunity and they wasted little time taking advantage of it taking just 22 seconds to net the tying score. Charlie Raffa controlled the face off and Carlson scored his second of the night with an assist from Cooper to put the Terps back in front. The lead didn’t last as Villanova scored an unassisted goal after forcing a Maryland turnover. At this point, the Terps put together their first run of the game racking up three straight scores in the space of just over three minutes. Owe Blye got the ball rolling scoring off a pass from Cooper to propel Maryland back into the lead. John Haus followed quickly with an unassisted goal and Carlson found the net again with 1:12 to go in the quarter. Kevin Cooper got the assist. Villanova scored just nine seconds after the ensuing face off and the Terps found themselves clinging to an 8-6 lead at the end of three.

Neither team was able to penetrate the other’s defense until Villanova scored an unassisted goal with just under nine minutes to go to close to within one. Nova won the face off and got off a quick shot but goalie Niko Amato was up to the task and made a huge save. Carlson then banged in his fifth goal of the night again off an assist from Cooper. The Terrapin defense and Amato came up with several big plays over the remaining eight minutes and Mike Chanenchuk’s unassisted score with under a minute remaining iced the game and provided the final margin. The Terps have a week off before a home date on Saturday against sixth ranked North Carolina. Face off is scheduled for noon.

And as George Harrison once said, “I got blisters on my fingers!”

Todd Carton (AKA FHFAN)

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