Terps climb Chapel Hill, 12-11 Whipple, Zeller catalysts as No. 3 UM holds on for 1st win at UNC since '86

March 22, 1998|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,SUN STAFF

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Maryland lacrosse coach Dick Edell didn't stress his team's losing history here to his team last week, but it did cross his mind several times. The Terps had not beaten North Carolina in Chapel Hill since 1986.

And then came yesterday.

Midfielder Frank Radin scored with 4: 15 left to put Maryland ahead by two goals, and the No. 3 Terps hung on to remain unbeaten with a 12-11 victory over No. 12 North Carolina.

It was a big win for Maryland (6-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), not just because it shakes some ghosts from their past, but also because the Terps may have found some new stars in what could evolve into a special season.

Radin's goal was the game-winner, but it was attackman Andrew Whipple and midfielder Brian Zeller who combined for most of Maryland's offense.

Zeller, a sophomore, had three goals for the second time in his college career and assisted on Radin's goal. Whipple finished with two goals and two assists and provided a big spark for the Terps at the end of the second quarter, when they rallied from a 6-3 deficit to a 7-6 halftime lead.

The Terps also got solid efforts from goalie Kevin Healy, who had 16 saves, including four clutch ones in the fourth period, and faceoff specialist Kevin Pasqualina, a third-teamer who broke the Terps out of a slump by winning 13 of 17 faceoffs after the first period.

"I didn't want to bring up the past because some of these guys weren't around the last time we won a game here and they had nothing to do with past failures, but I did mention it to one of my assistants," Edell said. "I didn't want to dwell on it, but it was important for our team to come here and win.

"We were down 6-3, it's raining and the calls weren't particularly going our way. We didn't panic and we held together. Over the course of a long season, there are a number of defining moments, and that may have been one of them."

The Tar Heels (2-4, 0-2) didn't play badly. For the most part, they ran their deliberate offense to perfection. They had a few lapses, though, and that's when Maryland burned them.

North Carolina had a 6-3 lead on a goal by midfielder Brett Kohart with 5: 40 left in the half, but Edell went to Pasqualina on faceoff and he won the next four.

Whipple scored into a vacated net with 4: 06 left in the second quarter, and Radin scored off the rebound of Whipple's shot 63 seconds later. Whipple scored seven seconds later, and midfielder Bob Hanna closed out the first-half scoring with an extra-man goal with 1: 37 left.

"The key person was Pasqualina," Edell said. "If we gave out game balls, he certainly would get one today. To me, he defines what this program is all about."

Pasqualina is No. 3 behind faceoff regulars Brian Haggerty and Chris Nohe. Before yesterday, he was only 2-for-4 in faceoffs.

"I was just glad to go out there and do my part," Pasqualina said. "He put me out there in some critical situations, which showed he had some confidence in me."

The Tar Heels scored the first two goals of the third quarter for an 8-7 lead, but Maryland attackman Scott Hochstadt scored consecutive goals during a four-minute stretch midway through the period to put Maryland ahead 10-8 with six minutes left.

The Terps maintained a two-goal lead for most of the final 22 minutes, although North Carolina cut its deficit to one three different times, the last with 1: 27 to play on a score by freshman Jeff Sonke.

North Carolina got the ball back on the ensuing faceoff, but Healey, one of the team's question marks at the beginning of the season, stopped Bowman's shot with 59 seconds left.

"It feels great to win games like this," Zeller said. "We're not a team of superstars, but we have a lot of guys who play their roles, step up and become great fill-in players."

Pub Date: 3/22/98

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