Maryland 2010

Maryland 2010

New postby PLB on Wed May 27, 2009 4:44 pm

Looking at the Defense:
Brian Farrell will be back from his injury.
Brett and Max Schmidt both played well this past year as sophomores.
Senior Dan Halayko should hold down the LSM position.
This gives the Terps a nice level of experience for their starting 4 long sticks - 2 seniors and 2 juniors.

The Terps will have to build some depth behind these starters though.
Chris Ready emerged as the #2 LSM behind Halayko this past season.
Then you have players like juniors: Ryder Bohlander, Shane Hall, Mike White, and sophomores Grant Oliver and Craig Sullivan looking for playing time.

The Terps had three long sticks in their fall signings
Mark Jutkowitz ( MD), Zack Johnson (N.H.), and Jesse Bernhardt (Fl).
Bernhardt is a UA AA.
Their are a number of other long pole recruits listed on laxpower:
Mike Scheeler (MD), John Paul Carlton (NJ), Zach Williams (NJ), Steven Gombos (Va)

As far as ssdms the Terps will have regulars: Bryn Holmes, Dan Burns, and Dean Hart back. Of course, Holmes will be called on to do some Facing off.
In goal, Phipps should return for his senior year when he recovers from his injury. I believe Mark White, red-shirted this past season. The Terps add UA AA Niko Amato as a freshman.

The starters look very solid, but the Terps need to develop some depth behind them.
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Re: Maryland 2010

New postby doug7779 on Wed May 27, 2009 5:29 pm

Thanks PLB...

Here is some additional info courtesy of umterps.com

http://www.umterps.com/sports/m-lacros/spec-rel/121208aab.html

Some nice numbers returning...in my opinion, the glass is more than half full...

Goals: 108 (returning)/170 (total) = 63.5% returning
Assists: 79/111 = 71.2%
Shots: 399/640 = 62.3%
Shots on Goal: 228/368 = 62.0%
Extra-Man Goals: 13/23 = 56.5%
Groundballs: 423/609 = 69.5%
Caused Turnovers: 131/181 = 72.4%
Face-Offs Taken: 299/366 = 81.7%
Face-Offs Won: 155/186 = 83.3%


And Phipps surgery is schedule for June 16th...get well young man...

The biggest item of news heading into the offseason is the left knee of Brian Phipps. After two season of splitting time with Jason Carter, Phipps cemented himself as the starter heading into this year's NCAA tournament and was looking forward to a full season as the starter as a senior. Those plans are still in tact. Phipps is scheduled for surgery on June 16 with the same doctor who repaired his right ACL following his junior year in high school. Right now Phipps is walking with a brace and is doing "pre-hab" with athletic trainer Sean O'Keefe to hopefully put him ahead of schedule following the surgery. Phipps will not be available in the fall, which will allow redshirt-sophomore Mark White an opportunity to start. He will be pushed by redshirt-freshman MJ Leonard and incoming freshman Niko Amato.


Byrd will be open next spring...the boys must be happy to get away from that silly little soccer venue with the singlewide dressing rooms...

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Re: Maryland 2010

New postby PLB on Thu May 28, 2009 11:23 am

Princeton75 wrote:what attackmen has Maryland recruited for next year?


Supposedly, Drew Coholan from Rochester was coming to UMd, but he wasn't a fall signee and there have been rumors on the section V High School thread that he has decided to go to Hofstra. I don't know for sure. :confusion-shrug:

I believe Quinn Haley listed on the laxpower recruit list is just a junior, and is in the next class.
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Re: Maryland 2010

New postby laxterp on Thu May 28, 2009 8:10 pm

I was looking forward to having another kid from Coach Whipple's program. If the rumors turn out to be true, it sounds like Hofstra is getting a real nice player. Too bad for the Terps.

I'm cautiously optimistic that this midfield class of Holmes, Cooper, Poiter, Marcelli, Carr, and Haus can exceed expectations and contribute meaningfully in short order.

I'm curious to see if Fontanesi and Shakespeare can take the next step. Also interested in seeing how Owen Blye ends up being employed. The Terps will need them next year.

At the end of this year, my starting attack would look include Young, Catalino, and Cummings. Reed would be my EMO guy. Yeatman would get some spot minutes every game just to create mismatches and cause defenses to have to adjust.

The midfield is a giant question mark. The defense will be solid.
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Re: Maryland 2010

New postby PLB on Thu May 28, 2009 8:52 pm

It would be nice to see Cummings at attack. The pairing of Cummings and Young seems pretty nice. That being said, I think a team needs to get its best offensive players on the field. In my mind, this would necessitate Cummings being a midfielder as he can play midfield better than Reed or Catalino.

I don't have much expectation of the incoming freshmen midfielders contributing much next spring, except possible for C.Holmes, if he plays like his brothers he could certainly be in the mix at ssdm. It is sort of rare for freshmen midfielders to do much offensively, and usually those that do are very highly rated ones, which the Terps' aren't - one never knows for sure though. Last year's group of freshmen midfielders didn't contribute much offensively. Hopefully, Shakespeare and/or Fontanesi can take a step forward.

At the momemt, I'd be going with a first midfield of Cummings, Bernhardt and Sear with Young, Reed and Catalino at attack. Spotting in Yeatman for mismatches. I haven't seen O.Blye play as yet. As for the 2nd midfield, who knows? My general feeling is that the current coach will run Yeatman a lot. :sleeping-blue:
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Re: Maryland 2010

New postby laxterp on Fri May 29, 2009 11:00 am

PLB, I am in total agreement with you. Freshman MF usually don't cut the mustard. Perhaps I'm being overly optimistic when it comes to this new class of MFs. I kinda think Holmes may spend next year being his brother's understudy. I wish Bryn would look for his shot more....a la Cornell's John Glynn.

I was impressed with Warren Hanson's play toward the end of the season. He's a pretty strong looking kid with a nice skill set. We might see him push for time on the first line also next year.

In my opinion, the Terps offense, as a whole, needs more mobility...more athleticism. Consequently, Yeatman, Catalino, and Reed can't be effectively employed together without seriously impacting the Terps ability to penetrate and create slides. I like Yeatman and I would find a way to use him but only in spot situations. Yes, I'm saying limit Yeatman's time to carefully thought out situations. Catalino's numbers don't lie. He needs to stay on the field and shoot. I love Travis Reed's game but, now that we have Cummings, I don't like Reed on the field with Catalino when both sides are even up. EMO situations however afford the shooting space that Travis cannot regularly create on his own. Reed would be my EMO specialist. Cummings is much more athletic than Travis and I think Joe, when paired with Young and Cat, gives the Terps the maximum firepower and mobility at attack. I understand why Cottle is trying to convert Joe into a MF but I would stick with what the kid does best.
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Re: Maryland 2010

New postby PLB on Fri May 29, 2009 12:27 pm

laxterp wrote:PLB, I am in total agreement with you. Freshman MF usually don't cut the mustard. Perhaps I'm being overly optimistic when it comes to this new class of MFs. I kinda think Holmes may spend next year being his brother's understudy. I wish Bryn would look for his shot more....a la Cornell's John Glynn.

I was impressed with Warren Hanson's play toward the end of the season. He's a pretty strong looking kid with a nice skill set. We might see him push for time on the first line also next year.

In my opinion, the Terps offense, as a whole, needs more mobility...more athleticism. Consequently, Yeatman, Catalino, and Reed can't be effectively employed together without seriously impacting the Terps ability to penetrate and create slides. I like Yeatman and I would find a way to use him but only in spot situations. Yes, I'm saying limit Yeatman's time to carefully thought out situations. Catalino's numbers don't lie. He needs to stay on the field and shoot. I love Travis Reed's game but, now that we have Cummings, I don't like Reed on the field with Catalino when both sides are even up. EMO situations however afford the shooting space that Travis cannot regularly create on his own. Reed would be my EMO specialist. Cummings is much more athletic than Travis and I think Joe, when paired with Young and Cat, gives the Terps the maximum firepower and mobility at attack. I understand why Cottle is trying to convert Joe into a MF but I would stick with what the kid does best.


I can't really see not playing Travis Reed. He is an outstanding shooter, a nice secondary passer, and has excellent stick skills. My general feeling is that if he is healthy and plays full-time, he will break 40pts next spring. If I weren't going to play Reed, then I would play Yeatman. Yeatman seems to need to carry the ball, which takes the ball out of Ryan Young's stick, but still I would have to go with as many proven DI scorers as I could, until some of these unproven midfielders show me that they can score. Thus I want to get Cummings, who did score 14pts, out on my midfield.
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Re: Maryland 2010

New postby laxterp on Fri May 29, 2009 2:30 pm

The weakness of our midfield necessitates the very situation you describe: Cummings at MF.

Reed is indeed an excellent player. I would even add that I think he is particularly effective when the ball is not in his stick. He seems to always find the right place on the field. Nevertheless, Reed is not hard to cover. Therefore, with limited athleticism, Reed catches and shoots but he cannot create.

If I had to boil the Terps offensive problems down to one thing, I'd say this: We have precious few players that can consistently get a step on their man.

Thus, because Yeatman, Catalino, and Reed can be easily blanketed by D1 defenses, when these three players start logging minutes together on the field, the lack of mobility compounds itself as 50 percent of the Terps offense presents almost no threat of beating a one-on-one match up. Under these circumstances, more firepower is irrelevant. Personally, I'd be willing to sacrifice some firepower for more mobility.

At present, there may be no other way around keeping Cummings at MF. And if Cummings stays at MF, then I certainly prefer Reed at attack.

I would have never guessed that a MF from Florida would have made the splash he did this year for the Terps. Maybe Landon Carr can be a repeat surprise?

Given the state of the Terps MF, is their a bigger issue than the off season development of Shakespeare and Fontanesi?
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Re: Maryland 2010

New postby wooden sticks on Fri May 29, 2009 4:58 pm

Obviously the midfield is the big question.

I think one way Cottle can spark some life into the offense is by using all of his poles in the transition game. Brian Farrell's stick skills would be wasted as a traditional half-field close defender, as would Brett Schmidt's speed.

So I think you take those guys, along with Ready and Halayko (I do believe Ready will pass Halayko at pole), and you open up the field to them. let them pick up ground balls and run.

The team would be more dynamic, the weak offensive midfield would be relied on less and the talent of the poles would be maximized.

In addition, I think they're going to have to figure out how to not wear Bryn Holmes down to the point of no return. He's probably going to be needed on the second midfield line. Luckily, Hart and Burns have come along quite a bit since the start of the season. They should aleviate much of teh ssdm duties.

The way I see it, these are the ideal lines:

Attack: Young, Catalino, Reed with Yeatman on extra man and rotating with Reed sometimes
Midfield 1: Jake Bernhardt, Cummings, Hanson
Midfield 2: Sear, Bryn Holmes, Shakespeare
Midfield 3: Fontanesi, Blye, Hart/Burns
Pole: Ready, Halayko
Close Defense: Farrell, Schmidt, Schmidt with younger Bernhardt helping out on man-down.
Goalie: Phipps. He can be one of the best if he's healthy.

Bernhardt and Hanson will have to take major strides, but I love their potential
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Re: Maryland 2010

New postby PLB on Fri May 29, 2009 5:38 pm

Coaches seem to like to go with experience on defense, especially on man-down defense, so I don't know about Jesse Bernhardt being the first long pole off the bench. I might guess Bohlander in that spot. If Bohlander or one of the other reserve long sticks could step his game up enough to start at close and let Brett Schmidt return to LSM, it could be real plus for the transition game.

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Terry Foy actually picked a Terp in his 2010 Preseason Tewaaraton Top 10 :o, picking Grant Catalino #8. My general feeling is that Ryan Young is probably the top choice from the Terps as coaches seem to appreciate his play more: 2nd team All-American and All-ACC. A darkhorse could be Brian Farrell with his outstanding transition play.
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Re: Maryland 2010

New postby DustyBottoms17 on Fri May 29, 2009 9:13 pm

I've been crying for Bohlander for the past year, so we know where I stand with that.......Hopefully 2010 is his year. I agree that B.Schmidt or Farrell would add a different aspect to the transition game.....Schmidt's a groundball machine and Farrell is well.....Farrell. Looking forward to a big year from him.

Travis Reed needs to be on the field. Period. Go back to what worked so well 2 years ago....Big Cat, Reed and Young...Let the young guys bolster the midfield, while Yeatman bides his time on the bench until he can learn how to throw and catch.

Finally Phipps gets the job to himself for the entire year......

Not a fan of Cottle...but it looks like he has a lifetime job here.....awful
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Re: Maryland 2010

New postby PLB on Fri May 29, 2009 10:48 pm

DustyBottoms17 wrote:Finally Phipps gets the job to himself for the entire year......

Perhaps, but Phipps is injured. Maybe he isn't ready to start at the beginning of next season, White or Amato gets a chance and plays well ... :happy-jumpyellow:
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Re: Maryland 2010

New postby DustyBottoms17 on Fri May 29, 2009 11:07 pm

Lord.....please don't let there be a goalie rotation....I will never trash cottle again...I promise.

Unless we lose to Navy,UMBC and Hopkins again...then it's fair game...
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Re: Maryland 2010

New postby unclax23 on Fri May 29, 2009 11:44 pm

Couple of things that I saw with MD his year (huge fan btw)

1. Defense needs some more speed/agility... Hopefully with Farrelll back our defense will be rejuvenized. But both Schmidt's are slow and I do not see any speed on defense. They need to jump rope or hit the ladders or something. Sooooooooo slow, it's terrible. But that sort of leads me to my nrxt point:

2. Why is Ryn Young not the catalyst of the offense. The kid is smooth and quick as hell. WHAT DEFENDER ON HIS OWN TEAM CAN STOP HIM? I don't think anyone, esp behind the goal. That is my main question. If someone on the team can keep up with and stop him, then they should be starting. Our defense is slow as hell. Need some speed.

3. The attack is a great ? I don't see Yeatman as a crucial contributor. But, in the college game I don't see Travis Reed contributing all that much either. Travis is so unathletic that it is crazy to me that he scored all those points in HS. Travis cannot create or get his own shot unless MD is playing Presbyterian or Bryant again. Start Yeatman so that at least he can create that size disdvanrage.

4. The midefield will be young but they will be athletic. Let them run and create. That is why Cottle recruited them...
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Re: Maryland 2010

New postby PLB on Sat May 30, 2009 12:15 am

unclax23 wrote:
1. Defense needs some more speed/agility... Hopefully with Farrelll back our defense will be rejuvenized. But both Schmidt's are slow and I do not see any speed on defense. They need to jump rope or hit the ladders or something. Sooooooooo slow, it's terrible. But that sort of leads me to my nrxt point:


You are mistaken, Brett Schmidt is very fast.
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Re: Maryland 2010

New postby unclax23 on Sat May 30, 2009 12:26 am

You canno be serious. The Brett Schmidt that I saw is slow as molassess and is terrible 1v1 O(which is suprising bc Ryan Young is one of best 1v1 players in the game). Just take Schmidt behind the net and he is toast. I expected better from you PLB. At least tell me how good our defense will be with Farrell in the lineup. Schimdt is not the answer at LSM. I shudder at the thought.
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Re: Maryland 2010

New postby PLB on Sat May 30, 2009 12:35 am

unclax23 wrote:You canno be serious. The Brett Schmidt that I saw is slow as molassess and is terrible 1v1 O(which is suprising bc Ryan Young is one of best 1v1 players in the game). Just take Schmidt behind the net and he is toast. I expected better from you PLB. At least tell me how good our defense will be with Farrell in the lineup. Schimdt is not the answer at LSM. I shudder at the thought.


What can I tell you, Brett Schmidt is very fast. You must have gotten players numbers mixed up or something.
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Re: Maryland 2010

New postby unclax23 on Sat May 30, 2009 12:59 am

Nope definitely positive that Brett Schmidt CANNOT PLAY LSM and if you think he can han u are crazy....
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Re: Maryland 2010

New postby Drexel06Dragon on Sat May 30, 2009 1:17 am

Maybe you all are getting Max and Brett confused??
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Re: Maryland 2010

New postby wooden sticks on Sat May 30, 2009 2:05 am

Yeah Brett Schmidt is one of the fastest close defenders in the country.

In addition, from the Hopkins game on, Young was the clear catalyst for the offense.

This fellow has no clue what he's talking about.
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