COLLEGE PARK -- The Maryland-Towson State lacrosse rivalry has taken a new twist.
The series once was ruled by the Terps, who won the first nine meetings. But Towson State has won three of the past four, including a surprisingly easy 13-9 decision yesterday before 1,537 at Byrd Stadium.
"Easy?" Towson coach Carl Runk asked incredulously. "I was having a coronary."
The No. 8 Tigers (2-0) and No. 5 Terps (3-1) were tied 3-3 after the first quarter, but Towson scored the first three goals of the second period and never surrendered the advantage, leading on two occasions by five.
The series began to turn two years ago when Towson won in an 8-7 upset. Maryland took a one-goal decision during the regular season last year only to lose to the Tigers in the NCAA semifinals, 15-11.
It was a difficult week for Runk, but not because of anything his team did. A former Towson player, Danny Nolan, who was on Runk's teams in the mid- 1970s, died after a bout with Lou Gehrig's disease.
"It was hard to practice," Runk said. "But the kids picked me up. These kids, they can do that."
John Blatchley had three goals and an assist, Lindsay Dixon had two and two, Joe Genovese had two and three and Steve Carcaterra contributed three goals. Maryland's Bob Huggins and Craig Bullen each scored twice.
The loss underscored how badly Maryland misses Mark Douglas and Rob Wurzburger, who combined for 96 goals last season.
"I know we're short a lot of goals," coach Dick Edell said. "The kids have to step up, but they weren't able to do it.
"We got behind by three or four goals and the defense started to press. They figured they had to start doing it themselves and wound up forcing things. We have to play intelligent as well as hard. We played hard but not very smart.
"There were periods where we controlled the ball and nothing came of it. We've got a lot of holes, and we're making a lot of mistaKes."
Edell said he thinks the schedule will allow the Terps "to play ourselves back into it." After C.W. Post here Saturday, Maryland has North Carolina, Virginia, Navy and Johns Hopkins before the ACC tournament. Towson will entertain Villanova Saturday.
Towson State 3 3 3 4 -- 13
Maryland 3 1 2 3 -- 9
Goals: TS--Carcaterra 3, Barger, Blatchley 3, Dixon 2, Genovese 2, Cesarski, Doherty; M--Wynot, Bullen 2, Elfstrum, Dail, Huggins 2, Crawford, Schoenweitz. Assists: TS--Blatchley, Genovese 3, McDermott, Dixon 2; M--Dail 3, Chomo 2. Saves: TS--DeLorenzo 18; M--Kavovit 9, Burlace 1.