UM's Daue difference vs. Towson

Rare scorer, his 2 goals lift quiet Maryland, 9-7

March 11, 2001|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

Towson coach Tony Seaman lamented his team's inability to produce a big play. Maryland's Dick Edell got some from an unlikely source.

The third-ranked Terps posted a 9-7 victory over No. 20 Towson before 2,173 at Minnegan Stadium yesterday. Maryland's vaunted attack was silenced for most of the final 38 minutes, but midfielder Jamie Daue doubled his collegiate goal total with a pair that kept the Tigers at bay and gave the Terps their seventh straight victory in the series.

"I haven't been a goal-scorer," Daue said. "I guess it was my time to step up."

A sophomore out of Boys' Latin, Daue has a skimpy resume with good reason. He missed two-thirds of the 2000 season with a heart condition, which was corrected through surgery.

"The doctor said it was never life-threatening," Edell said, "but ... we're gratified that he's well."

Daue's goals were needed, because Maryland (4-0) abandoned the ball movement it had firmly in command for much of the game. Tigers defensemen Adam Baxter and Wesley Speaks limited Terps attackmen Mike Mollot and Dan Lamonica to a combined no goals and three assists.

"I look up there and see nine on the board, and we should have 19," Edell said. "So many times they double-teamed us, and there was an open net there. A bit of `me'-ism creeped into our play. `I needed my goal today.' We fell back a little bit in the team concept. I didn't like that.

"One more pass, to the open man - it was there a number of times. The heroes who got the credit last week didn't play very well. We had some new heroes today."

Daue gave Maryland a 7-4 lead midway through the third quarter. With 5:27 left in the game, he dodged and delivered what proved to be the decisive goal, which extended the Maryland lead to 8-6, but a first-quarter sequence was Towson's doom.

Maryland never trailed, and enjoyed an early 3-0 bulge, thanks to a botched extra-man situation by Towson (2-2). An unnecessary-roughness penalty gave the Tigers the advantage for a minute, but Terps defenseman Michael Howley created a turnover, and in rapid order, Mollot fed Andrew "Buggs" Combs for a man-down goal with 2:06 left in the opening period.

It was the second of four first-half goals for Combs, who leads Division I with 17.

"That was huge," said Seaman, whose frustration was manifested in an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty in the fourth period. "We had three naked [open] shots right before that, and [Maryland goalie Pat] McGinnis made some great saves. Then, they got the one at the other end. It happens."

Even though it failed to convert its first six extra-man opportunities, Towson climbed to within a goal on three occasions, and Edell and McGinnis, a senior out of Loyola High, acknowledged that Maryland dodged a bullet at the end.

Three times in the final four minutes, when they were a shot away from forcing overtime, the Tigers rode hard and gained possession, only to see the ball trickle out of some of their slickest sticks.

Midfielder Hunter Lochte, who had a goal and two assists, dropped a pass. Kyle Campbell, who scored twice despite the hounding of Howley, was stripped as he wound up to shoot. Maryland failed to clear, but attackman Brad Reppert, who had drawn Towson within 8-7 with 4:20 left, couldn't control it, either.

That final turnover came with less than a minute left. Mike Lamonica scored into an open goal with 16 seconds left, as Towson stomached another disagreeable loss to Maryland. Last year, the Terps won, 13-12, on a last-minute goal.

"We had three unbelievable opportunities at the end," Seaman said. "You've just got to make plays. That's what it's all about, making the plays."

Maryland 3 2 2 2 - 9 Towson 0 3 1 3 - 7

Goals: M-Combs 4. M.LaMonica 2, Daue 2, Hochstadt; T-Tankersley 2, Campbell 2, Lochte, Monaco, Reppert. Assists: M-Mollot 2, M.LaMonica, D.LaMonica, Malone, Poole; T-Monaco 2, Lochte 2, Myers. Saves: M-McGinnis 15; T-Horrigan 11.

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