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Something to Read if You're Interested in: MLAX,WLAX, Baseball or Softball

Saturday was a good news, good news, good news, good news, bad news, bad news day for men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, softball, baseball, softball and baseball. So I should get started.

The men’s lacrosse team celebrated senior day a Byrd Stadium with a heart stopping electrifying 8-7 win over the fifteenth ranked Bulldogs from Yale University. After an earlu Terrapin turnover, Niko Amato registered the first of his mind boggling 24 saves on Yale’s initial shot. The Terps received a 30 second warning on the ensuing possession and again turned the ball over. Yale got a quick clear and beat the Terps down field for a quick shot attempt but Amato again stood strong and kept the contest scoreless. The teams exchanged turnovers before Mike Chanenchuk made a strong dodge from the left wing and ripped one in to give Maryland a 1-0 lead. However, the Bulldogs took advantage of an interference penalty on the Terps and score with the man advantage to even things up at one. With a minute and a half left, Amato picked up his fifth save of the period and after Bobby Gribbins’s shot sailed wide, Kevin Cooper found Owen Blye cutting across the crease with 19 seconds left and Maryland took a 2-1 lead into the break.

At the start of the second period, Yale was called for a non-releasable three minute illegal stick penalty and the Terps took quick advantage. First Chanenchuk then Jesse Bernhardt each found Blye to give the senior a pure hat trick. Yale bounced back fairly quickly to cut the lead to 4-2 and Maryland missed an opportunity to get the lead back to three when a shot from John Haus hit the post. The goalies and defenses ruled the middle of the period but Jo LoCasio’s dodge down the right alley with just under seven minutes before the half did extend the Terrapin lead back to three at 5-2. The visitors needed less than a minute to again close the gap to two and the 5-3 score held until halftime.

Just before the end of the first half, Maryland was assessed a one minute stalling penalty and a 30 second offside penalty that both carried over into the third period and Yale took advantage of being two men up scoring just 16 seconds into the third period. Another Yale face off win led to another Bulldog goal and a tie score before the period was a minute and a half old. This time, it was the Terps time to respond. After winning the face off, Chanenchuk took a pass from Blye and flicked in a low shot for the goal. Maryland successfully killed of a 30 second penalty but just after returning to equal strength, Yale scored to even things up at six. Over the last nine and a half minutes, each team withstood man advantage situations (the Terps 2 and the Bulldogs 1) while Amato tallied up five more saves (and the post one) for Maryland and Yale had a goal taken off the board for a crease violation.

The fourth quarter started with the teams in the same position as in the first – tied. Unlike the first quarter when Maryland took the lead, Yale registered the first goal of the period just under three minutes in. The Elis held the Terps scoreless for nearly eight minutes before Kevin Cooper flashed a pass to Jay Carlson on the right wing and Carlson ripped the one timer past the Yale goalie to knot the score at seven. Yale controlled much of the remaining play getting off a good shot with 51 seconds to go that found Amato’s stick for the twenty-third time in the game. A Bulldog holding penalty with twenty five seconds to go gave Maryalnd a man advantage and the Terps capitalized when Gribbin found Chanenchuk on the right alley for the go ahead goal with just 13 seconds to go. But Yale won the ensuing face off got off a quick pass and shot that Amato pinned against the post with his foot to secure the win. The Terps will take the top seed into the ACC Tournament facing off against Virginia in Chapel Hill on Friday.

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Meanwhile, down in Blacksburg, the top ranked women’s lacrosse team spent the afternoon finishing off a perfect regular season thrashing the Virginia Tech Hokies by a final score of 15-7. The Terps scored the first five goals with Halle Majorana leading things off scoring just 26 seconds into the match on a free position shot. It took nearly nine minutes before Katie Schwarzmann followed with an unassisted score of her own to put the Terrapins in front by two. The Terps then needed less than two minutes to double the lead to four with Alex Aust assisting on goals from Kristen Lamon and Erin Collins. Aust notched the first of her two goals with just over 15 minutes to go in the half. The Hokies sandwiched two goals around a Majorana score to make it 6-2 before Maryland went all Maryland and scored three time in less than a minute with Aust and Beth Glaros (free position) recording unassisted goals and Collins hitting Kelly McPartland for a score. Brooke Griffin added one more before the end of the half to give the Terps a 10-3 edge at the break.

The second half was a bit more of a defensive affair with McPartland leading off the scoring with an unassisted goal for Maryland.Tech cut the lead back to seven before Glaros, Taylor Cummings, and Schwarzmann scored three in a row to provide a ten goal cushion. Brooke Griffin finished up the scoring for the Terps and the Hokies scored twice late to make the margin a bit more respectable. The Terps had exceptionally balanced scoring with nine players sharing the 15 goals. Leading scorer Alex Aust notched two goals and four assists to give the senior 101 points (55 goals and 46 assists) for the season. As with the men, the Terps will travel to North Carolina for the ACC Tournament beginning Thursday. (Wish I had better details but I (obviously) wasn't in Blacksburg and couldn't talk with anyone who was there.)

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Just down the road from Byrd, the baseball team took on the Virginia Tech Hokies in a double header to make up for Friday night’s rain out. Let me get the bad news out of the way in the only sentence I plan to write about the nightcap. Virginia Tech took the second game by a final of 11-0. Since baseball was part of the good news bad news summation, the Terps obviously won the opener 10-9. Like the lacrosse game, this one was a thriller with Maryland running out to a big lead, falling behind before rallying to win it in the bottom of the ninth.

The Terps jumped on top scoring three times in the bottom of the first. Centerfielder Charlie White started the inning with a single up the middle. Jordan Hagel walked and one batter later, LaMonte Wade doubled down the left field line scoring White and putting runners on second and third. Kevin Matir laced a two RBI grounder up the middle. Maryland loaded the bases with one out when Anthony Papio singled and Jack Clear was hit by a pitch but they failed to push another run across. When they added two more runs in the second, it looked as though the three left on in the first wouldn’t be significant. Once again, White got things started spanking a double to left center. When the Hokie pitcher threw Hagel’s bunt past first, White came around to score and Hagel replaced him on second. He moved to third on Kyle Convissar’s bunt and scored on Wade’s grounder to second. With a 5-0 lead at the end of two and Jimmy Reed on the mound the game felt fairly comfortable for Terp fans. Even when the Hokies nicked Reed for there seemed to be little cause for worry and when the Terps got another one back in the bottom of the third on Cleary’s double and bunts from Jose Cuas and Blake Schmit, the feeling of comfort returned.

Reed settled down and tossed a scoreless fourth and fifth but the Virginia Tech bats woke up in the sixth as they picked up five runs to overtake Maryland and move ahead 7-6. The score was 8-6 when the Terps came to bat in the bottom of the seventh. Convissar got things started with a lead off single. After Wade skied to left, Convissar moved to second on Martir’s ground out to first. Redshirt freshman Anthony Papio stepped in and pulled the first pitch over the fence in right for a two run homer to knot the game at eight. When the Hokies scored in the top of the eighth to retake the lead, it looked as though Papio’s heroics might go for naught. But, as Yogi Berra once said, “Baseball ain’t over til it’s over.” And the bottom of the ninth proved the truth of that axiom. Pinch hitter Andrew Amaro led off the inning with a walk. Wade singled in the hole at short. Martir laid down a bunt that the Hokie pitcher booted and all hand were safe. Up stepped Papio and for the second time in three innings, he notched a clutch hit driving a single to right scoring Amaro and Wade and giving the Terps a much needed 10-9 win. The Rubber game of the series is set for Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

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Across campus at Taylor Stadium, the softball team was also earning a split taking on the Boston College Eagles. Like their baseball counterparts, they won the opener (6-0) but fell short in the nightcap (8-6). Also like their baseball mates, the softball team got the scoring started early with two in the first. Leadoff hitter Amanda McCann walked and moved to second on a sac bunt by center fielder Sara Acosta. She moved up another base on a passed ball and after a strike out, scored on an error by the BC shortstop that allowed Bustillos to reach second. Red hot DH Candice Beards lined a single to right and the Terps led 2-0 at the end of one. Maryland doubled their lead to four in the second. Corey Schwartz lined a double to right center. Sophomore left fielder Bridget Hawvermale reached on an infield single to short with Schwartz taking third. Hawvermale stole second and Schwartz scored when the throw went into center field. She then stole third and scored on Acosta’s bunt single. Juli Strange drew a one out walk in the bottom of the third and Melissa Mancuso followed with a bunt single. The runners moved up on a wild pitch and Strange scored on Schwatrz’s infield single. The Terps failed to score in the fourth for the first time in the game but they made up for it by scoring in the fifth. Strange led off with a double to left center and after Mancuso flied out to left Schwartz pickedup her second RBI of the game lining a single to center. Meanwhile, Kaitlyn Schmeiser completely shut down the BC bats giving up only two hits (one on a questionable decision by the official scorer), walking one while striking out a season high 12 in the complete game shutout.

The second game played out quite differently from the first with the Eagles exploding for six runs in the top of the first putting the Terps in a deep hole from which they fell just short of escaping. Maryland got one back in the bottom of the second when the Eagles center fielder misplayed catcher Shannon Bustillos’s deep fly to center for a two base error. Bustillos stole third. Lexi Carroll hit a grounder to short that went under the fielder’s glove. Carroll reached on the error and Bustillos scored. Maryland got another run back in the fourth and Bustillos was again the catalyst singling to left to start the inning. Bria Taylor came in to run for Bustillos and moved to second on Carroll’s ground ball single up the middle. Both runners advanced on Strange’s sac bunt. Manccuso grounded out to short but the ball was deep enough for Taylor to score and the Terps had cut the lead in half to 6-3. With Brenna Nation still sidelined by illness, Carroll, who had come on in the first in relief of starter Maddie Martin and given the Terps four solid innings tired a bit and gave up two runs to move BC’s lead back to six at 8-2. The Terps weren’t done yet, though, getting both runs back in the bottom of the fifth. Acosta laced a one out single down the right field line and tagged up to move to second on Lindsey Schmeiser’s deep fly to left. Candice Beards was hit by a pitch and then Bustillos who seemed to be in the middle of everything for the Terps lined a double to the fence in left center driving in Acosta and Beards to make the score BC 8 Maryland 4. With tow outs in the bottom of the sixth, in one of those odd substitution / reentry plays allowed in softball, Corey Schwartz pinch hit for Hawvermale and lined a single to right. Hawvermale came back in the game to run for Schwartz and stole second. Amanda McCann ground a single to right scoring Hawvermale and the Terps would trail by three going into the bottom of the seventh. Lindsey Schmeiser led off the inning with a line shot over the left field fence to pull Maryland within two. Beards followed with a ground ball up the middle for a base hit. After Bustillos skied to right, Carroll was hit by a pitch. Pinch hitter Liana Newton lined out softly to short but Mancuso hit a ground ball through the left side to load the bases. After a long at bat in which she fouled off several pitches to stay alive, Hawvermale popped out to the catcher for the final out as the Terps fell 8-6. The rubber match of the series is scheduled for Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Todd Carton (AKA FHFAN)

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