For Terps' Huggins, walking away would be easier after a title run Army first obstacle as playoffs open LACROSSE

May 15, 1993|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- The playoffs may be the "second season" for a lot of players, but it's also the farewell tour for Maryland senior midfielder Bob Huggins.

And Huggins, from Sykesville, would like nothing better than to go out a winner for the Terps (6-5), who travel to Army (11-3) today for a first-round game in the NCAA Division I lacrosse playoffs.

"It was sort of a relief to finally get into the playoffs because we struggled early in the season," said Huggins, a team captain. "This is a new start, the second season, but I don't think we'll let up.

"Personally, I can't because this is the last time for me. I'd like to see us put it all together in this stretch."

It has been a great career for Huggins, one that started in the ninth grade at South Carroll High and has been highlighted by All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors the past two seasons.

"The first time was a real honor," said Huggins. "I had no idea. The second time was just as special because I didn't feel I played well the first two games into the ACC schedule. With North Carolina playing well, I thought they would get all the honors."

Huggins has been instrumental in Maryland winning three of its past four games. His penetration, passing and quick shot have rejuvenated Maryland's offense. Huggins has 17 goals and six assists.

He knows he might have to carry the Terps on offense today.

"We've had games where the offense played well and the defense didn't," said Huggins. "We've had games where the defense played well and the offense didn't. We haven't had that total effort against a ranked team yet. But the way we're playing now, it might happen tomorrow [today]."

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