The Washington Times - May 23, 2011, 01:50PM

Possession was the name of the game for Maryland in Sunday’s 6-5 quarterfinal defeat of Syracuse.

Regardless of whether that was the plan – and there was certainly a hint throughout that neither team wanted to let the other get out in transition – it turned out to be one of the most plodding postseason games in recent memory.

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Early on, it was difficult to watch. The pace didn’t exactly pick up in the end-game, but at least then there seemed to be some intent by the Terrapins to draw things out rather than just an inability to make things happen.

In any case, the first possession of the game – all three minutes and change of it – made it clear possession time would be worth tracking. And based on in-game scribblings (which, admittedly, isn’t perfect but does provide a decent ballpark) and the NCAA’s play by play, a full list of Maryland’s possessions is possible.

One thing worth noting is it is possible to delete some possession time simply from loose ball scrums. It’s a little easier to get everything to add up to a full game’s worth of time, so whoever wins a faceoff is credited with the possession time of the entire chase for a groundball. Again, it’s not perfect, but still somewhat instructive.

The numbers come out to 29 possessions covering 38:50 – less time than originally calculated, partially because of some timing tweaks but mainly because of shot/save combo not factored in on the fly yesterday afternoon. Still, the Terps’ average possession lasted 80 seconds yesterday, a figure shot clock advocates are sure to latch onto.

StartHowEndHowTimeTotal
15:00 (Q1)   
Holmes FO win
11:57Catalino TO
3:033:03
10:23Amato save
7:56Cooper saved
2:275:30
6:14Gilbert TO
4:11Bernhardt TO
2:037:33
3:03Holmes FO win
2:01Catalino saved
1:028:35
0:32Amato save
0:06Young TO
0:269:01
15:00 (Q2)
Holmes FO win
13:33Bernhardt saved   
1:27   
10:28  
13:23Amato save
13:04Bernhardt TO
0:1910:47
12:19Amato save
10:23Young TO
1:5612:43
8:35Marasco TO
7:38Blye TO
0:5713:40
6:34Palasek TO
5:56Cummings TO
0:3814:18
4:45Holmes FO win
3:58Snider goal
0:4715:05
3:58Holmes FO win
2:03LaRue goal
1:5517:00
2:03Holmes FO win
1:34Cummings TO
0:2917:29
0:27Amato save
0:04Catalino saved
0:2317:52
13:59 (Q3)
Amato covers
13:19Bernhardt TO
0:4018:32
12:49SU fail/advance
11:28Young saved
1:2119:53
11:04Ianzito TO
9:37Bernhardt goal
1:2721:20
9:37Holmes FO win
7:42Reed goal
1:5523:15
7:03Amato save
5:36Catalino saved
1:2724:42
4:35White TO
3:29Cooper TO
1:0625:48
1:46Holmes FO win
1:35Holmes saved
0:1125:59
0:19Palasek TO
0:01LaRue goal
0:1826:17
15:00 (Q4)
Holmes FO win
12:55   
Catalino saved
2:0528:22
10:53Holmes FO win
7:37Young TO
3:1631:38
7:06Drew TO
7:01Bernhardt TO
0:0531:43
5:38Amidon TO
2:08Blye saved
3:3035:13
0:19Amato save
0:00End Q4
0:1935:32
4:00 (OT)
Holmes FO win
1:57Bernhardt TO
2:0337:35
1:47Amato covered    
0:32Catalino goal
1:1538:50

Patrick Stevens