Hochstadt, Maryland rally past UNC, 13-12 Sophomore scores last 3 of game for overtime win

March 23, 1997|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- Just as Maryland thought it would be the next millennium, at the soonest, before it again beat North Carolina in lacrosse, onto the scene strode Scott Hochstadt.

The sophomore attackman out of Boys' Latin scored the last three goals of the game, including the winner 1: 59 into overtime, to lead No. 5 Maryland to a 13-12 victory over No. 10 North Carolina yesterday before 1,966 at Byrd Stadium.

"I remember when I was a young man," said Terps coach Dick Edell, now 53, "we used to win every other game or so from North Carolina."

Those indeed were the days. From the mid-1970s through the 1980s, the Terps did trade victories with the Tar Heels, but going into yesterday's game, they had lost 12 of 13 since 1989, some in the regular season, the others in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

"Coach told us we weren't around for all those losses, and every year was a new one," said Maryland goalie Sean Keenan (St. Paul's). "He said we had an opportunity to make a name for ourselves."

No one made more of a name for himself yesterday than Hochstadt. In a game that was tied eight times, he put Maryland (4-1) ahead 4-3 in the second quarter, then scored the two goals that knotted it at 12 and forced overtime before delivering the game-winner.

"There was no set play; we were just moving around to get someone open," Hochstadt said. "I happened to be open and took the shot."

Neither team led by more than two goals until early in the fourth quarter, when Ryan Kohart gave Carolina a 12-9 edge. Brian Zeller, a redshirt freshman out of Loyola, pulled Maryland within 12-10, and Hochstadt scored the next two, the tying goal with 1: 28 remaining.

"We came in looking for our identity, and maybe this was our defining moment," Edell said. "Down 12-9, clock working against us and the crowd screaming, 'Shoot! Shoot!' But we kept our poise and patience. There were moments when we could have bellied up."

Carolina (2-4), which has suffered four one-goal losses, had its moments, too, and it was the bad ones that stuck in coach Dave Klarmann's craw.

"Maryland out-ground-balled us and out-toughed us," he said. "We didn't show much patience or poise at the end when we were up by three.

"But that's my fault. I can't seem to get across to the players that that's not the time to attack the cage. I tell them to hold and possess, but someone always wants to steal the ball and make a big play. We made poor decisions at times."

As Edell noted, Maryland had many heroes. One was sophomore Brian Haggerty, who won 19 of 23 faceoffs.

"I happened to be a little quicker than the guys I faced," Haggerty said. "I used a move I use all the time, a reverse clamp."

Edell likened Haggerty's dominance to that of a towering basketball center in the long ago when his father was playing. In those days, there was a center jump after each basket.

"Haggerty is like one of those old tall centers who wins every jump ball," Edell said. "He can stop the other team's momentum or continue ours."

Pub Date: 3/23/97

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