Maryland came to Towson State angry and with an agenda.
The Terps pushed, shoved and bullied the Tigers all over the field, outplaying them in every aspect. But No. 10 Maryland still needed a deflected shot from freshman Matt Hahn to slowly roll into the goal with 10 seconds remaining to capture a 6-5 victory over No. 6 Towson State before 2,851 at Minnegan Stadium.
The Terps, who are undefeated at Minnegan, are 3-0 for the first time since 1992 and avenged last year's seven-goal loss to the Tigers (1-1).
"We just took the air out of them," said Maryland senior defenseman Dan Radebaugh, who held Tigers' leading scorer David Quinn to one assist. "We watched films all week on how they came down to our place and beat us last year. It was our plan to beat them around a little bit."
While the rest of the Terps blanketed Towson State with their roughhouse tactics, Hahn scored five goals, finessing his way around the crease. Senior Rob Chomo paced a patient attack and fed Hahn on three of his goals.
Maryland pinned the ball on its offensive end by grabbing ground balls and intercepting the Tigers' clearing passes. With the game tied at five, Maryland never relinquished possession in the final minute, taking three shots on goal.
Then on a broken play, Chomo found a cutting Hahn on the right side of the crease. Hahn delivered a shot that hit stunned goalkeeper Brian Whalen in the chest and dribbled slowly past Whalen into the goal for the game-winning score.
"I've never seen a bunch of pansies so afraid of picking up a ground ball out there," Whalen said. "We went down there last year and beat them at their place because we out-ground-balled them. But they came out and outplayed us today.
"Coming into the season, I think we have the attitude that we're one of the best teams out there. I think we have to realize after today that a team of the same level can come in and beat us."
Maryland never trailed, but also never led by more than two goals. Besides Hahn, the Terps had trouble finishing their shots against the hockey-style goaltending of Whalen.
In its first 22 shots, Maryland hit the pipe five times. The Terps also did not score in five extra-man opportunities.
The Terps appeared to be pulling away after Hahn scored diving in front of the goal to put them ahead 5-3 with 7:26 left.
Towson State freshman Matt Clune then converted a two-on-none fast break against goalkeeper Brian Dougherty at 5:06 to make it 5-4. Two minutes later, Tigers senior David Spencer beat Kip Fulks on a roll to the inside and scored to tie the game at 5.
When the Tigers started to run, Dougherty stopped Towson State with three stick saves in the final quarter. Dougherty received strong support from his defensemen -- Radebaugh, Paal Elfstrum and Dave LaChapelle -- who overmatched the Towson State attackmen physically.
"We're not going to play preppy-style games," Terps coach Dick Edell said. "Our guys played with enlarged hearts. There wasn't any doubt when they tied the game because they felt they deserved the victory."