Tar Heels' stall stops Terps, 8-7

April 23, 1994|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Sun Staff Writer

CHARLOTTSVILLE, VA. — CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- With a transfer goalie and two starters who redshirted last year, the North Carolina defense was supposed to be suspect this spring.

Tell that to Maryland.

The Tar Heels stopped the Terps for the second time in a month last night, holding on for an 8-7 victory in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament at Scott Stadium. It was North Carolina's 10th straight victory over Maryland, and ran the Tar Heels' record in the ACC tournament to 11-0.

North Carolina will try to stretch its dominance of the tournament to six straight titles in the championship game tomorrow (1 p.m.), when it faces Virginia, which beat Duke, 19-13, in the other semifinal.

North Carolina (8-4) held Maryland (5-5) without a goal for nearly 19 minutes in the second half.

Greg Nelin finally broke the Terps' drought, cutting into the Tar Heels' 8-6 lead with 35 seconds left. North Carolina was penalized on the faceoff, giving Maryland an extra-man opportunity. Neal Dupcak got off a good shot from the left side with 12 seconds left, but Rocco D'Andraia made the save and the Tar Heels ran out the clock.

D'Andraia, a transfer from Rutgers, had eight saves. Two of his starting defensemen, Jon Fox and Steve Schreiber, red-shirted last year because the unit included a pair of senior All-Americans, Alex Martin and Greg Paradine. Only Chuck Breschi, a senior from Loyola High, had ever started for the Tar Heels before this season.

"You can't replace what we lost in one year," North Carolina coach Dave Klarmann said. "That's why we get shellacked sometimes."

In North Carolina's losses to Syracuse, Princeton and Virginia, the combined margin of defeat was 24 goals. When transition is the topic, the Tar Heels have been the closest thing to Syracuse over the last decade and a half, but they resorted to a slowdown to hold off the Terps.

"It sounds like heresy," Klarmann said, "but we're not a run-and-gun team."

A 4-0 run in the second quarter staked North Carolina to a 5-3 lead. But D'Andraia was beaten by his brother Anthony, a freshman midfielder for Maryland, and Pete Hilgartner's goal got the Terps within 7-6 with 4:20 to go in the third quarter. After that, both attacks were frustrated, and the Tar Heels protected their lead by having Gregg Langhoff hold the ball for nearly two minutes.

Defenseman Dan Radebaugh finally checked the ball away from Langhoff, his former Loyola High teammate, but the Terps converged on Langhoff -- not the ball. Ousmane Greene scooped and fed Jude Collins for what turned out to be the game-winning goal with 1:34 left.

It was another crushing setback for Maryland, which in its last four games has lost to Virginia, Johns Hopkins and North Carolina by a total of four goals. The Terps have been hurt by injuries at midfield, but they kept the Tar Heels' considerable talent there in check.

"This team gives me as much effort as any I've ever had," coach Dick Edell said.

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.