Terps stun Brown, 16-13, to gain NCAA semifinals Stingy defense stops undefeated Bears

May 20, 1991|By Kevin McNamara | Kevin McNamara,Special to The Sun

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- At the beginning of this season, Maryland lacrosse coach Dick Edell thought his team might be too young and inexperienced to reach the heights of the lacrosse world.

This morning, that idea still remains, but Edell will be leading his team to the sport's Final Four Saturday in Syracuse, N.Y.

The Terps advanced to that round with a 16-13 upset victory over a Brown University team that had entered the National Collegiate Athletic Association playoffs with a 13-0 record.

With the win, Maryland plays in the semifinals against Towson State. Defending champion Syracuse will play North Carolina in the other semifinal.

Maryland (10-4) entered the game before 3,650 fans at Stevenson Field seeded seventh and Brown second.

The Terps jumped on the Bears from the start and rode a stingy defense and a superb goaltending effort from Steve Kavovit to the win.

"Maryland played terrific at both ends," Brown coach Dom Starsia said. "It wasn't unexpected. They were alert from the start and really played good defense. The goalie makes all the difference in the world, and that kid [Kavovit] was super."

Although they were putting plenty of pressure on the Maryland net, Brown managed one first-quarter goal and trailed 7-4 at the half.

The Terps won the game with a seven-goal third period, three by Mark Douglas. Brown rallied with seven goals in the final quarter, but never threatened the Maryland lead.

From the start, Brown's usually potent offense was coralled by Maryland. Edell said his team's defensive effort came as no surprise.

"I thought we had a solid defensive season," Edell said. "We knew that we had to have a good defensive effort to win. [Jay] McMahon and [Andrew] Towers are two of the better midfielders in the game. We had our strength on the defensive end of the field, and I thought on offense we were very opportunistic."

Brown had plenty of opportunities to score, especially when it out-shot Maryland, 30-13, in the first half. However, Kavovit set the tone for the game.

"You can't scout a goalie," Brown's Jay McMahon said. "We hit him with a lot of shots, and we hit a few [goal] pipes. Some of the plays we made in the first half had been goals all year for us."

Maryland's 7-4 halftime lead quickly grew in the third quarter. After the teams scored two goals apiece to open the quarter, Maryland scored six straight goals. Douglas dominated that stretch with three goals.

"I thought I could take them to the goal," Douglas said. "[With an early lead] you get on a roll and pull the trigger a lot easier."

Maryland .. 3 .. 4 .. 7 .. 2 -- 16

Brown .. .. 1 .. 3 .. 2 .. 7 -- 13

Goals: M--Douglas 5, Butler 3, Wurzburger 2, Burlace, Dail, Elfstrum, McMahon, Reading, Schoenwitz; B--Towers 5, Marti 4, Lowe 2, McMahon 2. Assists: M--Douglass 2, Dail, Schoenwitz, Ritter; B--Lowe 4, Munro 2, McMahon, Towers. Saves: M--Kavovit 30; B--Flynn 11.

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