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posted 03.06.2012 at 11.59 p.m. by Corey McLaughlin

Takedown Tuesday: Maryland, UNC, Yale Fall

UMBC sophomore Phil Poe outdueled Curtis Holmes on faceoffs Tuesday night by a considerable margin.
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Just another regular Tuesday night, right?

Fourth-ranked Maryland went down to UMBC, 8-7, with Curtis Holmes being dominated on faceoffs, no less, paired with a fourth-quarter Retrievers comeback.

Eighth-ranked North Carolina was handed another loss, this time by Penn, 10-6, in a matchup of two teams upstart Lehigh has beaten.

And then Sacred Heart beat No. 15 Yale, 13-12.

Who had that trifecta?

UMBC sophomore faceoff specialist Phil Poe went 15 of 19 on draws against a Maryland team that entered the game at 61.4 percent and Holmes, who has the reputation as one of the best faceoff guys around. Holmes finished 4 of 17, and UMBC won the overall ground ball battle, 40-22.

"We hung tough. We got down 3-0 and didn't let them run away with it," UMBC coach Don Zimmerman said. "They had another run early in the second half. Our guys were just determined to do whatever it took to win this game. We've had some tough losses, but this is certainly a well-deserved win." 

In Philadelphia, Penn gave the Tar Heels a second straight loss heading into their matchup Saturday with Princeton. What's going on with North Carolina, is the general question that needs to asked. UNC had only four goal scorers and only three of the goals were assisted. The win was Penn's first of the season.

Sacred Heart's win over Yale was also its first win of the year. The Pioneers scored seven goals in the second quarter. Despite being outshot 42-27, they won and converted 3 of 6 man-up opportunities.

If you're trying to make sense of it all, it's hard.

At least Cornell beat Canisius, 19-4, with its top player, Rob Pannell, watching from the sideline on crutches, wearing a protective boot on his left foot.