Virginia at Maryland: Halftime thoughts
Coaches usually say that the first quarters are good indicators of the level of play their teams execute. There was hardly anything positive about No. 5 Maryland’s opening against Virginia.
The No. 1 Cavaliers scored the game’s first six goals and won the first seven face-offs en route to enjoying a 7-2 advantage at Byrd Stadium here in College Park.
Sophomore attackman Chris Bocklet, Virginia’s leader in goals with 26, scored the team’s first three, registering his sixth hat trick of the season in a span of 4 minutes, 41 seconds.
Bocklet’s third tally occurred during an extra-man opportunity created when Terps junior attackman Grant Catalino tried to incite Cavaliers senior defenseman Ken Clausen. Instead, Catalino was assessed a one-minute penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct with 10:03 left in the first quarter, and Bocklet scored 51 seconds later.
Maryland (6-1) had just five offensive possessions, with three ending in turnovers. The Terps, who also had a failed clear, avoided a total collapse in the period when senior attackman Will Yeatman converted a feed from junior attackman Ryan Young with six seconds left in the period.
In fact, Yeatman and senior goalkeeper Brian Phipps appear to be the only Maryland players playing with a sense of urgency. Yeatman, who posted two goals and three assists in last year’s seven-overtime thriller in Charlottesville, Va., has scored both of the Terps’ goals in the first half.
Phipps turned away at least five Cavaliers shots in the first quarter and finished with 13 in the first half. He has played superbly considering the sniper fire he has been under.
*In addition to Bocklet, sophomore attackman Steele Stanwick (Loyola) has scored twice for Virginia (9-0), and senior midfielder Brian Carroll (Gilman) junior midfielder John Haldy have each recorded one goal and one assist. Surprisingly, junior midfielders Shamel and Rhamel Bratton have just one assist between them.
*Here are some numbers to digest. The Cavaliers have collected 20 groundballs to Maryland's 7 and won eight face-offs to the Terps' three. As mentioned before, Phipps has made 13 saves, while Virginia junior goalie Adam Ghitelman has had to make just one.
*If Maryland cannot rally and pull out a win, the Terps will have lost eight of the last nine meetings with the Cavaliers. If the difference remains unchanged, this would be Virginia’s most lopsided win in this series since 2006 when the Cavaliers won, 11-5.