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.

Start How End How Time Total
15:00 (Q1)   
Holmes FO win
11:57 Catalino TO
3:03 3:03
10:23 Amato save
7:56 Cooper saved
2:27 5:30
6:14 Gilbert TO
4:11 Bernhardt TO
2:03 7:33
3:03 Holmes FO win
2:01 Catalino saved
1:02 8:35
0:32 Amato save
0:06 Young TO
0:26 9:01
15:00 (Q2)
Holmes FO win
13:33 Bernhardt saved   
1:27   
10:28  
13:23 Amato save
13:04 Bernhardt TO
0:19 10:47
12:19 Amato save
10:23 Young TO
1:56 12:43
8:35 Marasco TO
7:38 Blye TO
0:57 13:40
6:34 Palasek TO
5:56 Cummings TO
0:38 14:18
4:45 Holmes FO win
3:58 Snider goal
0:47 15:05
3:58 Holmes FO win
2:03 LaRue goal
1:55 17:00
2:03 Holmes FO win
1:34 Cummings TO
0:29 17:29
0:27 Amato save
0:04 Catalino saved
0:23 17:52
13:59 (Q3)
Amato covers
13:19 Bernhardt TO
0:40 18:32
12:49 SU fail/advance
11:28 Young saved
1:21 19:53
11:04 Ianzito TO
9:37 Bernhardt goal
1:27 21:20
9:37 Holmes FO win
7:42 Reed goal
1:55 23:15
7:03 Amato save
5:36 Catalino saved
1:27 24:42
4:35 White TO
3:29 Cooper TO
1:06 25:48
1:46 Holmes FO win
1:35 Holmes saved
0:11 25:59
0:19 Palasek TO
0:01 LaRue goal
0:18 26:17
15:00 (Q4)
Holmes FO win
12:55   
Catalino saved
2:05 28:22
10:53 Holmes FO win
7:37 Young TO
3:16 31:38
7:06 Drew TO
7:01 Bernhardt TO
0:05 31:43
5:38 Amidon TO
2:08 Blye saved
3:30 35:13
0:19 Amato save
0:00 End Q4
0:19 35:32
4:00 (OT)
Holmes FO win
1:57 Bernhardt TO
2:03 37:35
1:47 Amato covered    
0:32 Catalino goal
1:15 38:50

Patrick Stevens