Postscript from Duke vs. Maryland
Sophomore attackmen Grant Catalino and Ryan Young, senior midfielder Jeff Reynolds and junior attackman Will Yeatman played significant roles in No. 8 Maryland’s 11-8 victory over No. 14 Duke at the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium yesterday. Junior goalkeeper Brian Phipps deserves some credit, too.
Phipps, who splits time in the net with senior Jason Carter, became the first goalie to play an entire game as he registered 13 saves against the Blue Devils. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Phipps may not have the physical frame that the 6-1, 215-pound Carter possesses, but Phipps at times seems more flexible, has a quick stick and is very adept at passing the ball to his teammates to start the team’s transition offense.
While remaining committed to his rotation and confirming that Carter would start this Saturday against Towson, Terps coach Dave Cottle said Phipps’ play anchored a team eager to avenge last week’s upset loss to Georgetown. "I thought Brian helped us big-time early," Cottle said. "… Here’s a kid who thought it was his fault – and it wasn’t – that we didn’t win and then has enough confidence to come back and start off strong. I thought that was important for him, making saves early and then his confidence grew and grew and then we had ourselves a heck of a goalie."
Duke senior attackman Ned Crotty said he and his teammates didn’t test Phipps as they should have. "He’s a three-year starter at Maryland, so he’s a good goalie, a great goalie. But I think a lot of times, we helped boost his confidence," Crotty said. "We didn’t put all of our shots in the right spots. What did we have, 41 shots? A lot of those shots were good shots, but just not in the right spots. … Because of that, he got hot, got a lot of confidence, and that kind of made it hard on us."
*With junior defenseman Brian Farrell hospitalized Thursday with two cracked ribs and fluid in his lungs, sophomore Brett Schmidt was the most immediate beneficiary of Farrell’s absence and he played admirably against Crotty. Schmidt, who entered the season as the team’s top long-stick midfielder, was moved to close defense, and even though Crotty finished with two goals and three assists, Schmidt did enough to impress Cottle. "Our plan was to give him work when we played some really quick guys because we felt like we weren’t apt to cover really quick guys," Cottle said. "So we started about two weeks ago, trying to get Brett ready for that move eventually. On Thursday, we found out something was wrong [with Farrell], so Brett made the move, and I can’t tell you how hard he played, how tough he played, and how good a player he played [against]."
*With Schmidt moved to close defense, junior midfielder Dean Hart filled the long-stick midfielder role. Sophomore attackman Travis Reed played sparingly as he continues to deal with offseason knee surgery and shin splints.
*The Blue Devils are dealing with their first losing streak since the 2004 campaign, but Cottle said critics should pause before dismissing Duke for the remainder of the season. "I think you’re going to see this team get a lot better," he said. "I think they’re going to figure out who they are. I think they’re doing kind of what we’re doing, trying to figure out the best way for their team to play. But I’ll tell you one thing: they’ve got some big, aggressive kids on defense, I think their goalie [senior Rob Schroeder] is solid, and 22 [Crotty], 8 [junior attackman Max Quinzani], 10 [senior midfielder Brad Ross] and 20 [senior midfielder Steve Schoeffel] are outstanding players on offense. I think they’ll be better next week because of today."