Tar Heels use manpower edge to top Terps

March 27, 1994|By Brad Snyder | Brad Snyder,Special to The Sun

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- When looking back at yesterday's lacrosse game against North Carolina, Maryland coach Dick Edell will be thinking about the eight first-half extra-man opportunities.

Four that No. 8 North Carolina converted into goals and four that No. 7 Maryland did not as the Tar Heels defeated the Terrapins, 12-7, before 2,000 at Fetzer Field.

"They hurt a lot," Edell said. "Four for four. So much of playing a man down is heart and desire; we did it in the second half."

Trailing 8-2 at halftime, the Terrapins outscored the Tar Heels, 4-1, in the third quarter. Twelve seconds into the quarter, senior Rob Chomo passed to fellow attackman Matt Parks (Gilman) for the first of four Terps goals. Chomo and Kip Fulks (Essex Community College) also scored on one-on-one moves.

After a goal by North Carolina, Charles Bullen (Annapolis) bounced one in from 14 feet out. Edell felt good about his team's third-quarter effort, which catapulted Maryland back into the game at 9-6.

"I liked our character, I liked the way the kids responded under pressure," Edell said. "Eight to two, we could have folded up our tents, and the kids didn't do that."

In the final quarter, North Carolina regained control with three straight goals. Brenden Carey scored two and Jason Wade (Severn) added the other. Wade (two goals) and his older brother Ryan (two goals, two assists), led the Tar Heels offensively.

The key to North Carolina's success in the final quarter was goalie Rocco D'Andraia, who finished with 16 saves, many at close range. D'Andraia refused to let up even when his younger brother Anthony, a freshman midfielder for the Terps, tried to score from behind the net in the beginning of the last quarter.

"That was a good shot," Rocco said. "I'm glad it didn't go in."

Sibling rivalry aside, North Carolina (4-3, 2-0 in the ACC) pretty much finished off Maryland (4-2, 1-1) in the first half when the Terrapins failed to convert on their extra-man opportunities. Maryland's final one, a two-man advantage with 48 seconds left in the half, was particularly demoralizing.

"I think sometimes where you're two-up you try too hard, 'God, I've got to score now,' " Edell said. "I don't want that mentality. Just play it like a normal situation and relax a little bit."

The Terrapins came out ready to play in the second half. Fulks, a junior midfielder, laid a clean hit on Jason Wade in the beginning of the third quarter and then later scored a pretty goal by cutting sharply to the middle of the field.

"They have better stick skills, but we have athletes, I thought," Fulks said. "We thought we could come out and play a better game. We did. We outscored them [in the second half]."

Despite his team's loss, Edell vowed that Maryland will face North Carolina again in the final of the ACC tournament in Charlottesville, Va. He said the outcome will be different.

"Can we get better? Sure," Edell said. "We've got to get about five goals better."

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