Towson pulls away from Maryland

March 13, 1994|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- Towson State lost some recognition when it succumbed after holding large leads to Johns Hopkins and Navy last year.

But the No. 12 Tigers are looking to be noticed again.

After blowing a five-goal halftime lead yesterday, Towson State (2-0) revived its offense to pound No. 13 Maryland, 14-7, before 1,025 at AstroTurf Field. It was the Tigers third straight victory in College Park.

"We lost a lot of respect when we lost those games last year, but that will never happen again," said Towson State sophomore midfielder Mark Goers. "This team has a different mentality than last year. We are a team now and not just individuals."

Goers (three goals, two assists) and freshman attackman Dudley Dixon (four goals, two assists) were the winning connection. Besides producing half of the Tigers' goals, each assisted the other on four goals.

Goers, who broke the single-game school record by winning 21 faceoffs last week, teamed with Tim Lucky (North Harford) to take 19 of 25 faceoffs. They combined to win all four faceoffs in the first and third quarters.

Dixon surpassed his season-opening performance against Villanova and now has eight goals and three assists in his first two games.

"The defensemen think they can rattle me because I am a freshman," said Dixon, a product of Severn. "They do [rattle me], but I am still able to play."

Maryland (2-1), coming off a 13-12 overtime upset of No. 9 Duke last week, never displayed a consistent offensive attack. Terps senior attackman Matt Parks (Gilman) scored with 5:32 left in the first, and Maryland would not score for the next 17:15.

The Goers-Dixon duo connected on the first two of five straight goals as the Tigers staked a 6-1 lead. Terps sophomore attackman Mike Crawford (Severna Park) scored as he flipped ** the ball over his left shoulder to cut the lead to 7-3 with 1:41 left before halftime.

Junior attackman David Quinn scored between Terps Pat McGuire and Matt Back with two seconds remaining before intermission to hold an 8-3 lead. But then the Tigers, reminiscent of last year, failed to score for 15:37.

"I was extremely concerned at that point," said Towson State coach Carl Runk. "We couldn't get the ball past midfield and we were playing too much defense."

The Tigers managed only seven shots and watched Maryland score three unanswered goals to come within 8-6.

"We got all the calls in the first half, so we knew it wouldn't stay that way," said Tigers senior midfielder Stewart Crotty (St. Paul's), who contributed three goals and an assist. "We just told everyone to stay positive and it worked."

Crotty's score 35 seconds into the fourth ignited a 6-1 run as the Tigers pulled away for the victory.

Towson State maintained the tempo by winning the faceoffs and almost doubling the Terps in ground balls with a 79-40 margin.

"When you don't shoot well, don't have good play in goal and don't play very good defense, you are going to lose," said Maryland coach Dick Edell. "And that's what happened."

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