The Maryland/Georgetown men’s lacrosse rivalry had taken an odd turn in recent years. Before Saturday, the home team had lost the five previous contests.
All that changed with Maryland’s dismantling of the Hoyas on Feb. 26 in College Park, which was the epicenter of the lacrosse universe this weekend. The Terrapin men’s and women’s teams could not have represented a state where lacrosse is religion any better, combining for 38 goals on campus in six hours. First, #1 Maryland women’s lax beat #3 Duke 18-11 at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex in a game that started at noon. Then, at 3 p.m., Maryland men’s lax squared off with Georgetown at Byrd Stadium and won 20-8. The Terps outscored the 14th ranked Hoyas by the same margin as they did lowly Detroit Mercy.
Last year’s incredible comeback victory at Georgetown featured a 7-0 run by the Terps. This year, they didn’t need that kind of scoring streak in order to win, but they went on an 8-0 run anyway and flat out embarrassed the Hoyas by outscoring them 14-4 in the second half.
In a game that began with the first Terp goal ripping the net and causing a 10 minute delay, Maryland could not be stopped. They poured on the goals in what was expected to be another thriller, like the last two meetings between the D.C. area schools.
Grant Catalino put together yet another performance that will surely go down in Terrapin lore. He scored five goals and added an assist, evoking memories of his unforgettable six-goal game against UNC in last year’s ACC semi-finals.
Fans at Byrd were also happy when the score of the Duke men’s lax game appeared on the scoreboard. #10 Duke surprisingly fell to Penn 7-3. The defending national champion Blue Devils are now 1-2, while the Terps improved to 2-0.
Maryland has opened eyes by outscoring opponents 36-12 in the first two games of the 2011 regular season. However, perhaps the biggest attention grabber early on has been the Terps’ attire. They have been wearing gold jerseys, something very unfamiliar to those who have been following Maryland lax over the past few decades. According to the Maryland Men’s Lacrosse blog on umterps.com the team has not worn gold jerseys for “30 or so years.” After today’s performance, look for the Terps to continue wearing the jerseys.
Maryland travels to play Duke in their next game Saturday, March 5. The game is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. ET.