Terps rock Buckeyes, tune up for Tar Heels

March 23, 1994|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland has collected itself at the right time.

Heading into their showdown at North Carolina on Saturday, the No. 7 Terps shut down Ohio State, 16-2, before 750 at Byrd Stadium yesterday. It was the lowest goal total for any Terps opponent since 1987, when Maryland allowed one goal against Hofstra.

"It was a great game because we got everyone in and it puts us in great position heading down to North Carolina," said Maryland coach Dick Edell as he made his players run wind sprints and lift weights five minutes after the game.

Maryland (4-1) ran its unscored-upon quarter streak to three, which includes the final quarter of the Terps' 18-8 win over Cornell last Saturday. Maryland had held its opponents scoreless for 49:10 before Buckeyes sophomore attackman Keith Paradine scored 1:15 into the third quarter.

"It wasn't really tough, because our offense really controlled the ball for most of the game," said Maryland sophomore goalie Brian Dougherty, who made five saves in just under three quarters of action. "It did get kind of lonely back there."

The Terps, who outshot the Buckeyes 64-22, scored the game's first eight goals and eight of the last nine.

The Terps allowed Ohio State (0-2) two shots on the same possession only twice in the first half.

In the first quarter, the Terps held the Buckeyes to four shots, but none came within 2:33 of each other. After Ohio State opened the second quarter with four shots in the opening 1:30, it was unable to get another shot off during the next 12 minutes.

While the defense closed down Ohio State, the Terps struggled with their offense early. Maryland wasted several opportunities, connecting on only two of 20 shots in the first quarter to take a 2-0 lead.

"We came out flat because it really was just a scrimmage for North Carolina," said Terps junior midfielder Brian McElhenny, who scored three goals. "We were a little overconfident and made their goalkeeper look really good by missing all those shots."

The Terps ended that drought by scoring five times in 3:30 midway in the second quarter to build an 8-0 advantage.

That scoring balance included several making their first significant scoring outputs this season. McElhenny (South River), freshman attackman Pete Hilgartner (Calvert Hall), junior midfielder Kip Fulks (Essex CC) and freshman midfielder Todd Evans, all of whom had accounted for three goals in four games, contributed eight goals yesterday.

"This is North Carolina week, and this game was only a touch-up," McElhenny said. "Our transition game on offense is finally meshing, and Brian [Dougherty] is putting things back together. Our big test, though, is Saturday against North Carolina."

The Terps have dropped eight straight to the Tar Heels over the past four years. However, North Carolina, which had lost three games in the previous five years, already has three defeats this season.

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