Terps' NCAA chances looking up with 18-11 win

May 07, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

The ninth-ranked Maryland Terrapins came to UMBC last night needing a convincing win over the Retrievers to ensure themselves of a spot in the coming NCAA tournament.

It took a little help from attackman Matt Parks, but after struggling early the Terps got just that.

Parks, a former Gilman standout, scored a career-high six goals to help the quick-striking Terrapins put away the feisty Retrievers in the second half en route to an 18-11 victory in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Now Maryland's fate lies with the NCAA Selection Committee, which announces its bids tomorrow at 6 p.m. If the Terps (7-5) receive the invitation, it will mark their fourth straight tournament.

Last night's win should be enough to give coach Dick Edell's squad one of the 12 bids.

"It was do or die," said Parks. "We had to win this game or we were done for the season, but I'd rather stick around a couple more weeks and finish up my career."

But for 2 1/2 quarters, a tournament bid looked to be in jeopardy.

Paced by attackman Jason Smith (seven goals), UMBC (7-7) took an early 2-1 lead and trailed Maryland 7-6 five minutes into the second half.

That's when the Terrapins took over.

Parks led an offensive charge that netted Maryland eight of the next nine goals to blow the game wide open.

"That's what he gets paid to do," said Edell of Parks, at 6-1, 238 pounds, the largest player on the team. "He certainly doesn't get paid to win the Mr. America contest. He knew he had to produce now. The hour glass is running down."

Midfielder Kip Fulks started the fireworks with an unassisted goal with 9:33 left in the third quarter to extend the Terps lead to 8-6. Parks followed in short order with a pair of goals, and attackman Robert Chomo then extended the lead to 11-6, scoring off a pass from Todd Evans.

Smith broke the run with an unassisted goal with 52 seconds left in the third, but the Terrapins then scored four more goals in the next 2:00 to give them a 15-7 lead and complete control of the game.

UMBC coach Don Zimmerman said the shift in momentum was a result of his team's lack of depth.

"We don't play a lot of players, so when you've got a squad like ours you tend to tire by about the third quarter," said Zimmerman. "I'm just really proud that we never quit."

Parks' big-game performance was nothing new for Maryland.

Last year, in a season-ending must-win situation at Towson, the attackman scored a then-career high four goals as the Terps won, 11-8, to clinch a post-season berth.

The senior said yesterday's performance was largely a result of UMBC's defense.

"They kept sliding off me and leaving me open," said Parks. "My teammates did a good job finding me."

Maryland will likely move on to the NCAA Tournament, where they have gone 3-3 in the past four years.

For UMBC, despite finishing with a .500 or better record for the third time in four years, the season is over, though hardly forgotten.

The Retrievers suffered all seven of their losses to teams that, at some point during the season, were nationally ranked.

"I think it's something to build on," said Zimmerman.

Maryland 6 1 4 7 -- 18

UMBC 4 0 3 4 -- 11

TODAY'S GAMES

C. W. Post (6-4)

at Towson State (6-4)

Site: Minnegan Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WITH (1230 AM)

Outlook: Towson State needs a win to keep its playoff hopes alive, and must not overlook the Pioneers, runners up in Division II last year and one of the top teams on that level this year. The Tigers hold an 8-0 series edge, but have won by only three goals in two of the past three meetings. In its 13-9 loss to Johns Hopkins last Saturday, Towson State dropped its first game by more than a goal and was held below double digits in scoring for the first time this season. Tigers leading scorer David Quinn (25 goals, 12 assists) did not score a goal against the Blue Jays. C. W. Post is led by attackmen Dan Riordan and Greg Brosokas.

Johns Hopkins (8-3)

at Loyola (10-1)

Site: Curley Field

Time: 2 p.m.

Radio: WOLB (1010 AM)

Outlook: The winner of this matchup of the top two area teams will most likely gain a first-round bye in the NCAA tournament. Johns Hopkins has won all 30 games in the series, which was renewed last year after a 24-year absence. The nation's best attack tandem, Hopkins' Terry Riordan (36, 10) and Brian Piccola (32, 9), face a Loyola defense that allows only 8.3 goals per game. Dave Marr, Hopkins other starting attackman, leads the team with 27 assists. The Greyhounds feature a balanced attack, which is paced by A Sean Heffernan (15, 34). Loyola is 7-0 at Curley Field, defeating opponents by an average of nine goals.

SUNY Farmingdale (10-2)

at Anne Arundel CC (13-2)

Site: Anne Arundel CC

Time: 3 p.m.

Outlook: The second-seeded Pioneers play host to the third-seeded Rams of Farmingdale, N.Y., in the semifinals of the National Junior College Athletic Association Lacrosse Tournament. The winner will meet the winner of today's noon matchup between No. 1 Herkimer (N.Y.) and No. 4 Nassau (N.Y.) in tomorrow's 2 p.m. final at Siegert Field. Anne Arundel is led by Steve Phipps (54, 15), Jamison Miller (33, 22) and Andy Goeller (28, 9). Todd Kearney (48 goals) and Jeff Rysnaek (41 goals) are Farmingdale's top scorers. The Pioneers defeated Farmingdale during their regular season matchup at home, 15-11.

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