No. 2 Maryland muscles past Towson State, 7-5 Terps beat Tigers at home for first time since '88

March 13, 1996|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

COLLEGE PARK - Coaches and players call it a war. It's the annual grudge match between Maryland and Towson State where rankings are meaningless and the penalties, cuts and bruises outnumber the goals scored.

In one of the most physical rivalries in lacrosse, No. 2 Maryland (3-0) wrestled out a 7-5 victory over No. 17 Towson State (0-2) before 672 at Byrd Stadium the Terps' first win over the Tigers at home since 1988.

Attackman Matt Hahn slapped in a rebound 2: 07 into the fourth quarter to put Maryland ahead for good, 5-4.

"I think the reason why we have so much trouble with them is because Towson is just like us," Terps goalkeeper Brian Dougherty said. "We're both blue-collar teams. We both get athletes who run around the field and knock people down."

Knocking people down seemed to be the priority. Through the third quarter, there were more unnecessary roughness penalties than goals.

In a fight for a loose ball, Dougherty came out of the goal, knocking Towson attackman Matt Clune off his feet and sending him briefly to the sidelines. Other ground-ball skirmishes carried into the scorers' table.

"It's a war every year," Maryland defenseman Dave LaChapelle said. "We knew we haven't beaten them here for a while, and there's bragging rights at stake."

Besides a total of 3 1/2 minutes in the fourth quarter, neither team led by more than one goal, as Dougherty (14 saves) and Towson goalkeeper Brian Whalen (24) slowed down both offenses.

Dougherty's four-quarter shutout streak that extended over two games came to an end with 3: 25 left in the second quarter when Todd Paradise scored an extra-man goal to tie the game at 1-1.

After Towson attackman Kevin Travis scored on a point-blank shot 21 seconds before halftime to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead, the teams traded goals over the next quarter.

That trend ended when Maryland scored three straight goals. Todd Evans capped the run, powering in a 10-yard shot with 9: 27 left in the game to increase the Terps' lead to 6-4.

Twenty-six seconds later, Michael Strohman intercepted Dougherty's clearing pass and scored one-on-one to cut the deficit to 6-5. Maryland pushed the lead back to two goals when Hahn stepped around Towson defenseman Michael Graebner and scored uncontested with 3: 11 left in the game.

"I don't think we shot enough out there," Whalen said. "Any time you hold a team to seven goals, you should win. But this will give us confidence for the rest of the season."

Defense dictated the game. And in a battle of defenses, Maryland usually wins.

Dougherty, LaChapelle, Paal Elfstrum and Mike Bonanni form a tough-nosed close defense that has yielded only 17 goals in three games.

Pub Date: 3/13/96

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