COLLEGE PARK -- Coach Dick Edell got about what he wanted from his Maryland lacrosse team. No more than he expected, no less.
In their first regular-season contest at renovated Byrd Stadium, after a 22-month absence from the facility, the Terps routed Division III Franklin & Marshall, 14-5, yesterday before 1,150 in the first game of the year for an area team.
"We've had three scrimmages, one at Byrd last week against Delaware, and we needed another game before Duke," Edell said, referring to Maryland's visit to Duke next Saturday.
"This gave us a lower-pressure game," he said. "But we're nowhere near the quality team we have to be to play our schedule. Duke may be the most improved team in lacrosse. But you don't know on Feb. 28 if you're playing your best lacrosse. We'll need to be a step better against Duke."
Edell used all 33 players for at least five minutes. He regarded the game as a learning experience for the entire squad, especially the freshmen.
Sophomore attackman Matt Parks, who scored three goals in the opener against Franklin & Marshall last year -- but only two more thereafter -- had four yesterday. Still, Edell didn't see the second coming of the departed Mark Douglas and Rob Wurzburger, attackmen who accounted for 96 of Maryland's 186 goals last season.
"We won't have 52- and 44-goal scorers this year," Edell said. "Only by spreading it out will we succeed."
Aside from Parks, the only Terp with more than one goal was Brian Burlace, better known as a defenseman -- perhaps, Edell believes, the best one in the college game. Burlace scored twice, both times unassisted after long dashes.
"Brian's a complete player," Edell said. "If he had denied others the ball, no, I wouldn't have liked it. But he didn't force it. The fact a goalie isn't used to seeing the ball come out of a defenseman's stick adds to the effectiveness of it."
Maryland raced to a 5-0 lead before Sean Reilly found the net for Franklin & Marshall with 11 minutes left in the second quarter. The sophomore midfielder finished with four goals.
Clearly, Franklin & Marshall was no more than a tuneup for Maryland. The Terps have opened the season the last three years against the Diplomats and compiled a 45-20 victory margin.
Franklin & Marshall 0 1 2 2 -- 5
Maryland .. .. .. ..4 2 5 3 -- 14
Goals: F&M--Reilly 4, Deyermond; M--Parks 4, Reading, Burlace 2, Willard, Pasko, Claxton, Brothers, Schoenweitz, Bullen, Chomo. Assists: F&M--Maloy, Clark, Henderson; M--Dail 4, Chomo, Wynot, McMahon, Crawford. Saves--F&M 10 (Button 19); 7 (Kavovit 5, Back 2).