Whipple's 4 goals lead Terps

March 05, 1995|By Brad Snyder | Brad Snyder,Sun Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- It happened as quick as a Whipple.

Trailing Duke by a goal, Maryland scored three straight to start the fourth quarter and avenged last season's NCAA tournament loss with an 8-6 victory before 2,300 frigid fans at the AstroTurf field.

Two of the three early fourth-quarter goals were scored by the Terps' freshman attackman, Andrew Whipple.

Whipple led the team with four goals, including three in the final period. With the Duke defense focused on seniors Kip Fulks (one assist) and Greg Nelin (three goals), the freshman was left open.

"The open man's got to finish it, and he did," Terps coach Dick Edell said.

Edell has brought in 15 freshmen this season, but Whipple is the prize. The Rochester, N.Y., native is Edell's only freshman starter and his only high school All-American.

The baby-faced, 5-foot-9, 170-pound Whipple doesn't look like a player.

"Does he have his helmet off?" Edell said. "I told him to keep his helmet on before the game. He looks like he's 12 years old."

With Maryland controlling the tempo against a stronger, faster Duke team, Whipple tied the score at 4 with 12:37 left in the fourth quarter. He took a pass from senior Rob Chomo (two assists) and whipped it into the lower left corner of the goal past Duke's Joe Kirmser.

A minute later, Whipple gave the Terps the lead on a turnaround shot from behind the net. He added an insurance goal with two minutes left, a 15-foot underhanded crank shot that bounced past Kirmser.

With that kind of play, his teammates have made the freshman feel welcome.

"We've only been here five months, but I feel like I've been here my life," Whipple said.

Edell, who also received fine play from freshmen Bill Ruhl, Matt Hahn (one goal) and Brian Reese, said he does not expect too much of Whipple or the other youngsters too soon.

"They did some great things out there at times, and they swallowed their tongues at times," Edell said.

Whipple's father, Joseph, who was his son's high school coach, is talking about the areas of his game that Whipple must improve.

"He's got to put a little more pressure on the goalie," said Joseph Whipple, who was at the game with his wife Anita and his son Craig. "I think he's only going to get better, and so is Maryland."

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