Edell measures years by wins and aches

Maryland coach needs three victories to move into fourth on career list

Notebook

March 08, 2000|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

Within two weeks, Maryland's Dick Edell should move into fourth place all-time among lacrosse coaches with 263 career victories. He might reach that milestone the day before his 56th birthday, when the Terps travel to play Cornell on March 18.

Not that Edell needs to look at those numbers to be reminded of how long he has been in this game.

"I don't need to look at that [career victory mark] to feel old. I feel old when I get out of my chair and things ache," said Edell, who is in his 28th year of coaching, including 17 at Maryland.

"I feel old when I'm walking over to practice, wondering why my legs hurt. When I'm coaching at a lacrosse camp and I run into the sons of people I've coached, that ages me pretty quick."

Edell's career record stands at 260-116, including 149-69 at Maryland. With three more victories, he will pass former Towson coach Carl Runk on the all-time list.

The top three are Dick Garber of Massachusetts (300), Roy Simmons Jr. of Syracuse (290) and Army's Jack Emmer (273). Emmer, the only active coach of the three, replaced Edell at Army in 1984.

"If we win [the next three], they'll be a party on Sunday, March 19," he said. "If anything else happens, then I'm putting it off until I turn 57."

The 2-1 Terps, who face visiting Towson on Saturday, are rebounding from a familiar sight -- a one-goal loss to Duke. Last week, the Blue Devils handed the visiting Terps a 9-8 defeat in overtime, marking the third time in the last five meetings between the two teams that Duke had escaped by one goal.

Edell liked the way the Terps erased a 4-1 deficit with five unanswered goals. He also liked the way they rallied from an 8-6 hole to tie the score and force the extra period, and the way goalkeeper Pat McGinnis responded in the first big game of the year.

McGinnis, who replaced Kevin Healy after he left school last fall, had barely been tested before the 2000 season. He had nine saves against Duke.

"I think Pat answered those questions," Edell said. "We're not asking him to be the next Kevin Healy. We're asking him to be the first Pat McGinnis."

Cavs under pressure

Virginia coach Dom Starsia could tell early in the Cavaliers' season-opening, 13-12 loss to Syracuse that the Cavs were new to the pressure of high expectations. For the first time in 27 years, Virginia began the season as defending NCAA champions.

"We looked like we were carrying the national championship trophy on our backs," said Starsia, who thought the Cavaliers came out lethargically before playing better in the second half.

"We don't have experience in this setting [as defending champs]. We seemed to be so excited before the game. Then, after the whistle blew, we went so flat. But this is a good group, and we've suffered through the film together."

The No. 2 Cavaliers, who traded spots with No. 1 Syracuse, will try to re-establish themselves with a victory over visiting No. 3 Princeton on Saturday. For starters, Virginia must navigate through the Princeton defense, which ruined the season opener for Hopkins in the Tigers' 15-11 victory last week.

"They look like a typical Princeton team, with nice balance on defense. They help each other," Starsia said.

Sleepless Seaman

There was no coach more tormented in the area last week than Towson's Tony Seaman. The Tigers lost to Lehigh for the first time, 10-9, and the statistics sheet still makes Seaman cringe.

Towson held the ball for 43 minutes, outshot Lehigh, 37-23, won 17 of 23 faceoffs -- including a 16-for-22 showing by Justin Berry -- and grabbed 56 ground balls to Lehigh's 26.

"And we hit seven pipes and had two goals taken away. Frustrating beyond belief," Seaman said. "That's the great game of lacrosse. It was a beautiful day and the coach hasn't slept for three."

Division I women's poll

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Records through Monday

Team ...............................Record ..............Points

1. Maryland ..........................1-1 ....................135

2. Duke ................................2-1 ....................127

3. James Madison ................1-0 ....................125

4. Virginia .............................2-0 ...................124

5. North Carolina ..................2-1 ....................116

6. Dartmouth ........................1-0 ....................106

7. Georgetown .....................1-0 .....................100

8. Princeton .........................1-0 .......................88

9. Loyola ..............................0-0 ......................84

10. Penn State .....................0-0 .....................79

11. Yale ...............................0-0 ......................62

12. Boston University ...........0-0 .....................58

13. George Mason ...............1-0 .....................56

14. Delaware ........................0-0 .....................49

15. Rutgers ...........................0-1 ....................48

16. Syracuse .........................0-1 .....................34

17. Vanderbilt .......................0-1 .....................28

18. William & Mary ................0-0 ......................26

19. Old Dominion ..................0-0 ......................16

20. Brown ..............................0-0 ........................5

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