TUKWILA, Wash. — In the first ever NCAA Division I lacrosse game to be played in Washington state, high-flying Maryland, the runner-up in the 2012 NCAA championship game, fell behind in the second quarter and was never able to catch-up as the Terrapins dropped their west coast fall-ball exhibition to the Pioneers 12 – 9 before 3,589, Saturday afternoon at the Starfire Sports Complex Stadium just south of Seattle.
Maryland’s Landon Carr, a 2009 graduate of Curtis High School in University Place, Wash. scored his only goal of the afternoon at 11:30 of the third. He took a clearing pass at midfield and marched in for the score to bring the Terps within one at 7 – 6. Carr, a high school All American, making his collegiate debut in Washington state, finished the game with a one goal and a ground ball. He was the only local player to figure in the scoring.
Denver goaltender Ryan Laplante, standing in for injured Pioneer keeper Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn. / Salisbury School), out with a torn Achilles suffered in a March 18 matchup with Notre Dame, was named Denver’s Wimmer Solutions Player of the Game after finishing 44 minutes, 46 seconds of play over three quarter with one goal, and nine saves.
Laplante’s goal, a rarity in lacrosse, came after the sophomore from Fort Collins, Colo. (Fort Collins HS) stopped a rocket by Maryland midfielder Jake Bernhard than tore down the field and fired a shot past Niko Amato to knot the game at a goal apiece with 9:10 remaining in the first.
Maryland midfielder Kevin Cooper ignited a three-goal Terp run with a score at 12:16 of the third against backup Joe Gigantiello (Shamong, N.J. / St. Augustine Prep). The score came immediately after Denver’s Laplante was flagged for a slash and replaced for the duration of the penalty.
Cooper was named the Terrapins player of the game. He finished the afternoon with three goals and two assists for five points and two ground balls.
In the third, Denver went ahead at 5:17 and never looked back as attackman Gordie Koerber (Baltimore, Md. / Gilman HS) took advantage of a man-advantage situation to make it 8 – 7.
Maryland 3 1 4 1 — 9
Denver 3 4 3 2 — 12
Scoring Detail: Kevin Cooper, M. 3 goals, 2 assists; Owen Blye, M, 2 goals; Jack Bernhardt, M, 1 goal, 1 assist; James Carlson, M, 1 goal; Bradlee Lord, M, 1 goal; Landon Carr, M, 1 goal; Matthew Dunn, M, 1 assist; David Solomon, M, 1 assist; Eric Law, D, 3 goals, 2 assists; Gordie Koeber, D, 2 goals; Mike Pirone, D, 2 goals; Tyler Simmons, D, 1 goal, 1 assist; Wes Berg, D, 1 goal; Tyler Ekeroth, D, 1 goal; Cameron Flint, D, 1 goal; Ryan LaPlante, D, 1 goal; Taylor Young, D, 2 assists; Chase Carraro, D, 1 assist.
Goaltending: Niko Amato, M, 6 saves; Kyle Bernlohr, M, 3 saves; Thomas Guarino, M, 1 save; Ryan LaPlante, D, 9 saves; Joe Gigantiello, D, 5 saves; Erik Carter, D, 0 saves.
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~ Mike McQuaid, Sports Information Director, US Lacrosse – Washington State Chapter