Maryland attack trounces Towson Hahn scores 6 goals in easy 17-9 victory

March 09, 1997|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Expect the unexpected.

That's what the early season has been for Maryland lacrosse coach Dick Edell with injuries to key players and a subpar performance from a veteran offensive unit a week ago.

Yesterday, he thought his team would have to claw out a close game with Towson State, but attackman Matt Hahn scored a career-best six goals and added two assists as the No. 7 Terps defeated the No. 14 Tigers, 17-9, before 1,759 at Minnegan Stadium.

The Terps (2-1) broke a 3-3 first-quarter tie with a devastating 11-0 run over a 38-minute stretch. It was the biggest margin of victory by any team in this series since Maryland beat the Tigers by nine in 1982.

"I like this team; I like their personality," Edell said. "I have had more things happen to this team than any other in

my 14 years here. This is a resilient group. They're not about excuses."

Hahn was key to the outburst, scoring four goals in the first 17 1/2 minutes. He has scored 13 goals in three career games against Towson (0-2).

After three ties, Hahn put Maryland ahead for good at 4-3, taking a pass from Peter Hilgartner on a cut to the goal with 15 seconds left in the first quarter.

Tigers goalkeeper Wyatt Shiflett deflected Hahn's next shot, but the ball bounced off the heel of Towson midfielder Mason Ray and ricocheted back into the goal 2: 40 into the second quarter. That put the Terps ahead, 5-3.

"It was totally different this week," said Hahn, referring to the Terps' lackluster offensive effort in a one-goal loss to Duke last week. "We did everything we talked about: passing, moving, setting picks inside. Everything clicked. Our attack played nearly perfect. And it was pretty amazing how open we were."

With 3: 15 before halftime, Hahn buried his fifth goal of the game to increase Maryland's lead to 8-3.

A minute later, Maryland attackman Scott Hochstadt converted a pass from Andrew Whipple. Thirty-two seconds later, John Miller walked in uncontested through the middle of the Tigers' defense to give the Terps a 10-3 halftime advantage.

"The second quarter was tough," said coach Carl Runk, whose Tigers have lost eight of their past 11 games in March. "We threw the ball away a lot and played too much defense. Maryland plays 60 minutes of lacrosse and we never could get into the game. His kids are hungry."

Hungry and with something to prove.

Maryland's top faceoff specialist, Chris Nohe, has been sidelined since the preseason with a perforated ulcer. No problem: sophomore Brian Haggerty dominated faceoffs against Towson, winning eight straight during the run midway through the game.

Three days ago, Terps starting defenseman and captain Mike Bonanni broke his leg. No problem: freshman Casey Connor stepped in and held Kevin Sturm, the Tigers' leading scorer from last year, to one goal.

But the Terps' offense took most of the pressure off Maryland and kept it on the Tigers' defense. The entire starting attack pitched in as Hochstadt scored three goals and Hilgartner contributed a goal and three assists. Whipple, who has shifted to midfield after starting the past two seasons on attack, posted three goals and an assist.

"This is exactly what we needed," Hahn said. "We came in with our offense needing to help out our defense. We pushed it up and let loose."

Pub Date: 3/09/97

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