Maryland controls Butler, 18-10, gains berth against JHU Haggerty's faceoff work gives Terrapins an edge

May 11, 1998|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

When Butler made its second-half run, Maryland answered with Brian Haggerty.

The junior faceoff specialist triggered the game-breaking run by winning the first four draws of the fourth quarter -- three of which resulted in goals -- to propel No. 5 Maryland over the unseeded Bulldogs, 18-10, yesterday at Homewood Field.

The Terrapins (12-2) tied the school record for single-season victories and head into another intrastate grudge match against No. 4 Johns Hopkins in the NCAA quarterfinals at College Park on Sunday.

"Brian's the most valuable player today," Maryland coach Dick Edell said. "He's awfully good at what he does. He continues to get you possession. Without a doubt, he put the game away for us."

By the end of the third quarter, Butler (11-4) had closed a seven-goal deficit to 12-8. But thanks to Haggerty, the Bulldogs would touch the ball only once in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter as Maryland scored four straight goals.

Haggerty grabbed the opening draw of the fourth and set up Matt Hahn for a score 22 seconds into the period. After Frank Radin's goal put the Terps ahead 14-8, Haggerty won the next two faceoffs as Andrew Whipple assisted Hahn two times in a span of 27 seconds and Maryland coasted the rest of the way.

The Bulldogs tried to wear down Haggerty by using a four-player rotation on faceoffs. However, Haggerty never wavered, FTC controlling 18 of 25 faceoffs (.720) and a game-high 14 ground balls.

"When he plays well like today, it gives us such an advantage," Hahn said. "When we have the ball after we score, it's really tough for the other team to do anything."

Hahn also made his impression on the game with three goals in that early fourth-quarter spurt. But it was his goal with two seconds left in the first quarter that made school history.

Hahn, who has scored a point in all of his 59 collegiate games, surpassed Rob Wurzburger (1988-91) to became Maryland's all-time leading goal scorer when he put the Terps ahead 5-2. Three of his four goals yesterday were assisted by Whipple, who tied a career-best with eight points.

"It's something I'm proud of and I'm happy that it happened," said Hahn, who has 141 career goals. "Our offense is really geared to getting a lot of shots on the crease and when I'm open. This is really for the whole team."

The Bulldogs hung with the Terps early behind goalkeeper Kevin DeLury, who recored eight of his 24 saves in the first quarter. D'Arcy Sweet scored with 4 1/2 minutes left in the first to help Butler tie the game at 2.

From that point, the Terps started making their passes and hitting their shots to power an 8-1 run midway through the first half to give Maryland a 10-3 lead. Although Whipple had two goals and three assists in that stretch, Maryland relied on its scoring balance as six Terps scored.

The Bulldogs did chip down that margin to 12-8 late in the third quarter before Maryland pulled away for the final time. It's the most goals by the Terps in an NCAA first-round game and their largest margin of victory in the NCAA tournament since they upended Hopkins by eight goals in 1995.

"Maryland's a very impressive group," Butler coach Jon Hind said. "Every time someone's coming at you with the ball, you're terrified he's going to be the guy who is going to score. And when you stop him, he pushes the ball to someone else who's pretty darn good with the ball. So it's a relentless pressure."

Pub Date: 5/11/98

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