Terps, Fulks rout Navy, 11-4

April 10, 1994|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Sun Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- As if Navy's 11-4 loss to Maryland yesterday wasn't bad enough, the Terps' top point-getter was a kid who has taken orders from a Marine colonel and an admiral in the Navy.

A crowd of 2,100 at Byrd Stadium watched Dick Edell become the fifth active coach to reach the 200-victory plateau and the Terps, No. 8 in the USILA rankings, tighten their grip on a berth in next month's 12-team NCAA tournament.

Maryland (5-3) celebrated thanks in part to improved efficiency from its extra-man unit, a group that Kip Fulks joined recently.

He didn't know much about the subtleties of the game when he landed at Essex Community College two years ago. Fulks' father is a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. His stepfather is a two-star admiral who's stationed at the Pentagon, so Kip was able to play two years at H. D. Woodson High in Fairfax, Va. Before that, however, life as a military brat took him to Hawaii.

Many folks playing the old Indian game on the islands?

"Only me, throwing the ball against a wall," Fulks said. "I really had to improve my skills when I went to Essex. Basically, I was a defensive midfielder. I just kept practicing my shot, and hoping I could find a place to play."

All Fulks did at Essex last spring was help the Knights reach the national championship game and become a junior-college first-team All-America. He runs on the gold midfield, along with Tony D'Andraia and face-off specialist Greg Nelin, who sparked the Terps' 14-3 domination of the draws yesterday.

Fulks' two goals and two assists matched Navy's point total, and gave him eight and four, respectively, for the season. His two ground balls left him tied for second at Maryland, behind Nelin's 32 and alongside Sean Crawford's 27.

Navy (5-3) took a 3-2 lead after one quarter, but Maryland outscored the Mids 9-1 the rest of the way, the visitors' lone goal in the final 45 minutes coming when a double-team on Matt Long that included sophomore goalie Brian Dougherty backfired and Long shot into an open goal.

That cut the Terps' lead to 5-4 with 3:32 gone in the second half, but Maryland pulled away on successive goals by Fulks in 40 seconds, the first with eight seconds left in the third quarter and the second getting the cushion to 8-4 with 36 seconds elapsed in the fourth quarter.

Both of Fulks' assists came in extra-man situations during the pivotal second quarter, when Maryland owned the faceoffs and a 3-0 edge on the scoreboard. Extra-man opportunities had been a sore spot for Edell and company, but yesterday they converted three of their last seven. Navy was 0-for-6.

"That's just a confidence factor," said Edell, whose team had lost its past two, to ACC rivals North Carolina and Virginia. "We did everything we wanted to do against Virginia [a 9-7 loss] except shoot the ball by their goalie. I feel we're in the [NCAA] tournament. Now we have to work ourselves into a home game."


Name .. .. ... ..School . .Yrs. ..W .. ...L .. ..Pct.

Richie Moran .. .Cornell ...27 ..242 .. .90.. .. .729

Roy Simmons Jr. .Syracuse ..25 ..239 .. .83.. .. .742

Carl Runk .. .Towson State .28 ..234 .. 135.. .. .634

Jack Emmer .. .. .Army .. ..26 ..227 ...113.. .. .668

Dick Edell .. ..Maryland ...22 ..200 .. .92.. .. .685

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