Maryland senior attackman Travis Reed makes no secret of his early-season frustration.
While the Terrapins were blistering Georgetown, he shot 0-for-4. But there’s no arguing with a 20-8 victory, and his outing was generally overlooked.
Then came a matching 0-for-4 Saturday in a loss at Duke. That didn’t go over quite so well.
“The past two games, I’ve been pissed off at myself with the way I’ve been playing,” Reed said. “I’m a shooter/finisher, and when I get the shots I expect to make them. That’s how I’ve been my whole lacrosse career. When I don’t make them, I get upset with myself. I expect myself to make those type of shots. Hopefully, they’ll start falling again.”
They did in Monday’s 12-8 defeat of Bellarmine. Reed scored three times in the second quarter to secure his eighth career hat trick.
Reed, who added an assist, also surpassed the 100-point plateau for his career. But most importantly, he offered a glimpse of just how good the No. 8 Terps (3-1) can look on offense when their entire attack is functioning.
Ryan Young is the most elusive of Maryland’s three senior starters, while Grant Catalino is the top scoring threat. But when Reed can thrive as a lefty finisher, it makes both Catalino and Young substantially more dangerous.
“He’s a guy who gives us a lot of energy and has been around for a while,” coach John Tillman said. “I think that’s going to give him some confidence. I don’t think he’s started the year the way he wanted, but he’ll get on track. He’s been around for so long and he loves to play, so he’ll get it back.”
—- Patrick Stevens