Terps' man-down defense takes advantage from Jays Hopkins goes 0-for-8 in extra-player chances

April 14, 1996|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

It was a day when it appeared Maryland goalkeeper Brian Dougherty communicated better with the heckling Homewood fans than his own defensemen.

The Terps had allowed eight goals on 23 Johns Hopkins shots. The Blue Jays were beating Maryland defenders for open shots.

Then something changed midway through the third quarter. The Maryland defense slowly tightened its grip and secured the 12-9 victory with a stingy second-half performance.

The Terps surrendered just one goal in the fourth quarter and only two in the game's final 24 minutes. More importantly, Maryland shut down Hopkins on eight extra-man opportunities, including five in the second half.

"No goals on extra man doesn't happen often, especially in games like this," said Maryland assistant Dave Slafkosky, who primarily works on the Terps' man-down defense. "A lot of teams play a safe, compact zone. We like our zone to attack and makes things happen fast. Sometimes it works good and sometimes not. But it gets it over."

The man-down corps had been Maryland's weak area. North Carolina and Virginia scored more than a third of their goals against the Terps on extra-man situations.

But Maryland has stifled the Blue Jays recently. In their past two meetings, Hopkins has scored only once in its last 16 extra-man opportunities against Maryland.

As a result, the Blue Jays didn't break double figures in consecutive meetings against an opponent for only the fifth time nine years.

And the Blue Jays had their chances yesterday.

"Our man-up had 17 shots in those eight possessions, and I don't think any of them were more than from me to that wall over there," Hopkins coach Tony Seaman said. "Once again, Dougherty came up real big. He's an outstanding goalie. He's been the difference in a lot of games."

Dougherty was his typical animated self. Jumping around the crease, closing off angles and talking back to abusive fans.

Dougherty made five of his 18 saves in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter. He stopped two close-range shots when the Terps were down a man five minutes into the fourth quarter.

The Terps now have allowed 15 goals in 72 man-down situations (21 percent) this season.

"That's huge in a three-goal game," Terps defenseman Dave LaChapelle said. "That's one of the goals you set for yourself. We work on man-down everyday and work so hard on it. No goals is phenomenal."

Another point of attack for the Maryland defense was shutting down Blue Jays attackmen Dave Marr and Dan Denihan, who average four goals and three assists a game. They combined for two goals and three assists against the Terps, but accounted for just one goal in the second half.

LaChapelle pestered and poked Marr throughout the game. Sophomore defenseman Mike Binonni wore down Denihan.

"We were determined to put pressure on Dave Marr," Slafkosky said. "We didn't want him with the ball. [Milford] Marchant played a great game, but the key to shutting down Hopkins is Marr and Denihan."

Pub Date: 4/14/96

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