Terps' attitude adjustment nets 18-8 win over Cornell

March 20, 1994|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- It was a day where every Maryland player left the field smiling, and it wasn't just because of coach Dick Edell's 50th birthday.

The Terps regrouped from last week's seven-goal loss to Towson State to topple Cornell, 18-8, before 1,250 in their first game at Byrd Stadium this season. Junior attackman Rob

Chomo (St. Mary's) had a career-high seven points and senior attackman Matt Parks (Gilman) added a career-best four goals as the Terps maintained a five-goal cushion for nearly the last three quarters.

"I'll celebrate the win, not the birthday," Edell said. "We scrimmaged the local Santa Fe club team on Wednesday, and it was good experience for us. If we had seven days to sit around and sulk, it could have been disastrous."

No. 13 Maryland (3-1) was outplayed in every aspect by Towson State in the 14-7 loss last week, and it seemed to overflow into practice this week.

"We really didn't have a good offensive practice all week," Chomo said. "We mainly practiced four-on-threes all week, and the defense was chewing us up.

"I think everyone from the coaching staff down was uptight with Towson. But we came into this game more relaxed."

The change in attitude showed as Maryland equaled its goal total against Towson State in the first quarter yesterday. Chomo led the charge, almost single-handedly forcing Cornell starting goalie Michael LaRocco out of the game after 23 minutes.

Chomo, who came into the game with three goals and five assists, scored a career-high five goals and had two assists. He contributed all five goals and an assist as Maryland built an 11-5 lead with 4:25 left in the first half, and he stopped Cornell from building a run by three times scoring directly after a Big Red goal.

Maryland, which played its first two home games at AstroTurf Field, patiently maneuvered its offense and scored a majority of its goals around the crease. With this point-blank shot selection, the Terps -- a 29 percent shooting team this season -- scored on 11 of its first 20 shots and was 18-for-40 overall.

"Our spacing was a little better than last week," Chomo said. "Towson's defense packs the middle and you have to shoot well outside. We spread out the field today. Our midfielders used their speed to move around them and found the open man around the goal."

While the starting attack line of Chomo, Parks and junior Mike Bordi (2 goals, 2 assists) had more than half the Terps' goals, seven others scored including junior defenseman Dan Radebaugh (Loyola), who supplied a goal and two assists.

"We had good scoring opportunities and shot the ball better and shared it," Edell said. "We don't have an individual superstar."

After a rough first half, the defense settled down and allowed only two goals in the second half and no goals for the final 17:55. Cornell (0-2), which had half of its eight goals off extra-man opportunities, scored six times in the opening half, including an empty-net score when sophomore goalie Brian Dougherty got caught upfield during transition.

"Personally, I didn't think the defense and I played well at all in the first half," said Dougherty, who is 6-2 in career starts, and made 10 of his 19 saves in the third quarter. "Then we started talking and I started saving some tough shots. Everything gelled."

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