Edell, Terps do number on Delaware in 13-4 win

UM coach ties Runk with victory No. 262

March 16, 2000|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland lacrosse coach Dick Edell let his emotions flow yesterday after he joined Carl Runk in fourth place on the all-time collegiate win list with 262.

No. 262 was a 13-4 victory for the eighth-ranked Terps over No. 15 Delaware at Byrd Stadium, and the mere mention of Runk's name set Edell in motion.

"If they're going to compare me to Carl Runk, I want to be compared to him as a person, not a number. He's a great man," Edell said of his close friend and former Towson University coach.

"Right now, I'm embarrassed by all this coaching stuff. I don't put the ball in the back of the net. My players do. They're the heroes. It's a fetish of mine down here, but I think we talk about the coaches too much. Kids win games. I don't want to talk about it right now."

Edell said he would have plenty of time to talk about the wins "when it's all over."

"Then I'll sit back and talk about it," said the 56 year-old veteran of 17 seasons at Maryland. "Maybe you know something I don't. Maybe it will be over soon."

When asked if he felt his job might be in jeopardy even though he has taken the Terps (4-1) to the NCAA championship game three of the past five years and to six Final Fours, Edell avoided the question by saying, "I might drop dead soon, you never know."

It's obvious Edell feels a heavy burden on his shoulders to bring a national championship to Maryland and optimism is running high again around the school.

The sight of junior attackman Buggs Combs breaking out of a three-game scoring slump yesterday, with three goals, was just another reason for Edell to feel positive about the year 2000.

"When we play hard and smart, we're a pretty good team," Edell said. "I just don't like seeing us doing something like my captain [senior faceoff specialist Jeff Shirk] did on the opening faceoff of the third quarter. He chases down a guy and draws a penalty. I had to get all over his butt for that. You know, I have to nit-pick about something when we win like this."

The Terps were never in trou- ble yesterday against Delaware (2-3), a team that was expected to give the home team a test. Combs began the assault with an extra-man goal a little more than a minute into the game and the Terps went on to a 4-1 first-quarter lead and a 9-2 halftime advantage.

Combs (three goals), Mike LaMonica (two) and Mike Mollot (two) led the Maryland scoring, and goalkeeper Pat McGinnis was sharp with 15 saves. Brian Zeller chipped in with three assists.

Now it's off to 13th-ranked Cornell on Saturday for another test.

"Cornell is laying there waiting for us with a 3-0 record," Edell said. "I'm happy that we were able to get every able-bodied person in this game for us today. That means a lot when injuries pop up on you."

And guess what?

Edell was not all gloom and doom. He did say jokingly, "If I was getting $1,000 for each win, I'd talk about every one of them."

For a flat Delaware team, it was a long afternoon, and Blue Hens coach Bob Shillinglaw could see it developing quickly at the end of the first quarter when junior defenseman Keevin Galbraith "thought it was the end of the third quarter."

Said Shillinglaw: "Keevin had a virus or the flu and he just wore out. I tried putting him on [Mike] Mollot [Maryland's leading point-producer], but Keevin just couldn't do it."

It was the first meeting in lacrosse between Maryland and Delaware since 1988, when the two teams played the first night lacrosse game in the history of Byrd Stadium on May 4, 1988.

Delaware 1 1 1 1 -- 4

Maryland 4 5 0 4 -- 13

Goals: D--Wortheimer 2, Christopher. Thearle; M--Combs 3, LaMonica 2, Mollot 2, Burnham, Edwards, LaChapelle, Hochstadt, Morsell, Passavia. Assists: D--Lavey 2, Carrington, Motta; M--Zeller 3, LaChapelle, Malone, Watkins. Saves: D--Mullen 8, Schmidt 0; M--McGinnis 15, McCormick 3.

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