Postscript from Virginia at Maryland
For the second time in as many years, Maryland may have an argument about getting robbed by an official.
By now, many people remember the seven-overtime thriller that the Terps and Virginia engaged in last April with the Cavaliers winning, 11-10. Nine seconds into the first overtime, Maryland appeared to be the victor after then-sophomore attackman Grant Catalino buried a shot behind then-sophomore goalkeeper Adam Ghitelman.
But an inadvertent whistle by an official negated the goal, the rest is history.
On Saturday night, the No. 5 Terps trailed No. 1 Virginia by as many as six goals in the third quarter. They appeared to mount a comeback that was capped when junior attackman Ryan Young slapped a rebound of a Catalino shot over Ghitelman’s prone body and into the empty net with 2:11 left in regulation.
But an official ruled that Young was in the crease prior to the shot, thereby wiping out the goal. Consequently, the Cavaliers carried the ball downfield and junior midfielder Shamel Bratton scored 20 seconds later to give Virginia an 11-9 lead. A video replay seemed to show that Young was standing outside the crease and that the goal should have counted.
Senior attackman Will Yeatman said he had a good view of the play, but bit his tongue when asked to explain what he saw.
"I won’t say," he said. "The ref made the call. Everyone saw the play on the replay. We’ll leave it at that."
Yeatman’s coach was not nearly as shy. After responding to the first question about the call with your standard "You’ll have to ask him that" reply, Dave Cottle opened up a little bit.
"We had a different view," said Cottle, who could be seen ripping into the official during and after the game. "We thought we saw something different. But again, that may not have been – at the time – the best we felt, but there are some things that we can fix on our own to where that maybe doesn’t become something inconsequential. That man’s got to live with that. He’s got to live with that. And I think he saw the replay, too."
*Speaking of Yeatman, some of his performances have occurred against the Cavaliers. After registering five points on two goals and three assists last season, he posted five points on four goals and one assist Saturday night. Yeatman said he owes his production to Virginia’s defensive philosophy. "They don’t slide often," he said. "A lot of teams slide. But I don’t know. Sometimes, games go one way, and sometimes, games go the other. Tonight, they called my number to go to the cage, and I was fortunate to take advantage of that match-up." Yeatman also said he would welcome a re-match – either in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament or the NCAA Tournament. "Hopefully, we can see them down the road," he said. "That’s all I can say. But we’ve got to worry about our game [against No. 20 Navy] next week."
*Maryland pledged not to get beaten by Virginia’s twin duo of Shamel and Rhamel Bratton, and for the most part, that strategy worked against the junior midfielders. Shamel Bratton registered a goal and an assist, but Rhamel Bratton got nothing as the pair was hawked by a combination of junior defenseman Brett Schmidt and long-stick midfielders Brian Farrell, Jesse Bernhardt and Dan Halyko. Of course, sophomore attackmen Steele Stanwick (Loyola) and Chris Bocklet combined for eight goals and one assist, but the Terps made sure that the Brattons were limited. "They put two or three long poles up top and put poles on Rhamel and Shamel," Virginia coach Dom Starsia said. "They have athletic defensemen, and they just did a really good job. Now, when you do that, you create space for our attackmen, and going into the season, the question was whether or not we were going to be able to capitalize on those kinds of opportunities, and tonight, it was kind of Steele and Bocklet. We need for all those different things to happen in order for us to be the team we want to be."
*The Terps tinkered with their midfield personnel, moving Yeatman to the attack, shifting sophomore Joe Cummings and junior Dan Burns to the first line with sophomore Jake Bernhardt, and dropping senior Adam Sear to the third line with junior Scott LaRue and freshman Landon Carr. The dividends were decent. Cummings scored twice, and Sear scored once, but Cottle said the moves were made to support the attack. "The way we played the game, it was going to be an attack-driven game," he said. "We decided to go at them from behind. No one’s tried it. Everyone’s tried to do it from up top, and the problem with doing it up top is, if you lose it, it’s a break the other way. So we knew what it was going to be like. … This was a game where if we were going to play well, we were going to have to score goals by our attack."