Carolina outruns Maryland, 17-16 Wade shreds Terps defense for school-record 8 goals

March 24, 1996|By Tom Schaller | Tom Schaller,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Even Ebenezer Scrooge couldn't remain stingy forever.

No. 3 Maryland, which brought the nation's top-rated defense to Fetzer Field, surrendered to the persistent offensive attacks of Jason Wade and No. 6 North Carolina, losing 17-16 in a critical Atlantic Coast Conference game yesterday.

Wade, the senior midfielder from Severn, scored a career-high and school-record eight goals including seven in the first half to lead North Carolina.

"We settled down our offense a little more than usual," Wade said. "I think we wore their defense down by lulling them to sleep."

None of the 2,200 spectators, however, dozed off. What they witnessed was a wide-open, nail-biting affair in which both squads scored in bunches.

Carolina led for the final three quarters, but could never quite pull away. Only in the waning seconds, with Maryland down a goal and enjoying a man advantage, did the Tar Heels seal the victory when defenseman Mike Shortino deflected a last-gasp Terps shot.

The loss was particularly disappointing for Maryland (5-1, 1-1), which had allowed an average of just five goals in its first five games.

"I don't think this will happen again," Maryland coach Dick Edell said. "If you had told me a guy and I don't care who he is would score seven goals against us in one half, I would have argued the point."

But the Terps' heralded defense, led by All-America goalkeeper Brian Dougherty, yielded five goals in the first period alone.

Dougherty, often left alone in the goal mouth by Maryland's risk-taking defense, managed just 12 saves. His counterpart, Brooks Brown, had 18 saves.

With the win, the Tar Heels (6-2, 1-1) broke a two-game losing streak and forced a three-way tie for first in the ACC standings with Maryland and Duke.

Maryland took an early 3-1 lead on the strength of two goals by sophomore attackman Andrew Whipple, and it looked as if the Terps' defense would continue its frugality.

xTC Then came the Wade wake-up call as he scored three goals in less than four minutes at the end of the first quarter to help Carolina to build a 5-3 lead it never relinquished.

Ahead 11-8 at halftime, North Carolina scored twice in the first 39 seconds of the second half.

But the Terps hung around, and when midfielder Chris Farmer scored on a pass from Mike Crawford with just 2: 49 to play, Maryland was again within one goal.

But Maryland couldn't convert in the free-for-all waning moments to force overtime. Wade's eighth and final goal with 5: 07 left proved to be the game-winner.

"It was one of those games where neither of coaches had anything to do with the outcome," Tar Heels coach Dave Klarmann said. "I know my guys did what they wanted to do and I don't think Coach Edell's guys did everything he wanted them to do."

Whipple and sophomore attackman Matt Hahn each scored four goals for the Terps. Maryland junior attackman Peter Hilgartner chipped in with a goal and five assists.

Though Maryland owns a 23-17 advantage in the series, the Terps have lost 12 of the past 13 meetings with North Carolina, dating to the 1990 season.

Maryland's only win during that stretch was a one-goal, regular-season victory last year in College Park.

Pub Date: 3/24/96

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