Terps deliver 10-9 hit to JHU

Four straight goals in 4th drive UM to upset of No. 2 Jays

April 15, 2001|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - When Maryland meets Virginia in the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals Friday, the Terps will be stoked by revenge and a shot at a league championship.

Those emotions will pale next to the ones that were stirred last night when coach Dick Edell's team ruled the rivalry that means the most to Maryland.

No. 5 Maryland stepped up and out of an offensive slump as the Terps ran off four unanswered goals in the fourth quarter and recorded a 10-9 upset of No. 2 Johns Hopkins in front of 7,219 at Byrd Stadium.

Through three quarters, Maryland was headed to another ignominious night against the Blue Jays, but the Terps erased a two-goal deficit with scores from four different players.

Coach Dick Edell's first regular-season win over the Blue Jays since 1996 was particularly sweet revenge for goalie Pat McGinnis, whose 21 saves made amends for last year's performance at Homewood Field, where Hopkins rolled to a 20-11 victory.

"It's a 180. I'm experiencing completely different emotions than I did a year ago," said McGinnis, a senior out of Loyola High.

"I left Hopkins last year feeling as bad as I ever have over a game. They smoked us. I'm going to go to the tailgate and enjoy myself. I'm not afraid to admit that this is the biggest game on our schedule, the one I circle. Growing up in Baltimore, this means so much to me."

Statistically, McGinnis and Maryland (9-1) have the best defense in the nation, but the Terps have struggled at the offensive end, as they totaled 16 goals in their three previous games.

The offense clicked yesterday when it had to, however, as Chris Malone scored a goal that confounded Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala, Andrew "Buggs" Combs drew Maryland even with 11:27 left, and then the LaMonica brothers took over.

Mike, a junior out of Calvert Hall who had 20 goals last season but just six through Maryland's first nine games, got the go-ahead score at 9-8 with 6:20 left on a nifty spin move from the right side. Dan, a freshman out of Boys' Latin, notched what proved to be the game-winner with 4:59 left from nearly the same spot.

"We've been getting our shots, but struggling to put the ball in the goal," said Dan LaMonica, who had a team-high three goals.

"We moved the ball better in practice this week than we have in a long time. We scored goals in practice, and when we can do that against our defense, that's going to give us some confidence. Sometimes it beats us down, because we face them all the time."

Hopkins (5-3), which had a three-game win streak ended, never led in the first half, but crammed goals from freshman midfielder Corey Harned, multi-purpose midfielder Eric Wedin and sophomore attackman Bobby Benson into a 70-second spurt to take a 7-5 lead with 7:15 left in the third quarter.

Another Benson goal gave the Blue Jays an 8-6 cushion heading into the fourth, but McGinnis wasn't worried.

"Our offense was the key," McGinnis said. "Dan [LaMonica] scored after their run and ended their momentum. I just knew we weren't going to give up another run like that in the fourth quarter. Nobody gets two runs a game against our defense."

Hopkins went nearly 17 minutes without a goal before Benson's fourth closed the scoring with 1:39 left. Wedin, who had three goals, but did not dominate the faceoffs at his customary rate, had a chance to tie with 55 seconds left snuffed by McGinnis.

Pietramala said that Maryland simply made a few more plays.

"The difference in the second half, and the game, is that we had opportunities to put exclamations on possessions and didn't," Pietramala said. "Someone gets a takeaway at the defensive end, but we don't come up with the loose ball. We get the guy we want a shot, and he doesn't finish."

Combs, the nation's top goal-getter, was limited to two, but branched out with three assists, his first multiple-feed game of the season.

Malone had two goals and two assists, and McGinnis and defenseman Michael Howley weathered nine man-down situations. The Blue Jays converted three, as the Terps recorded their seventh straight victory in a one-goal game over the last two seasons.

It wasn't close calls that weighed on Edell as he prepared for Hopkins, which had won the last two meetings by a combined score of 33-14.

"We've had a wonderful series, but the last two games were debacles," Edell said. "When we were here two years ago, we were scoreless at the half.

"Last year, one of my favorite teams gave up 20 goals, and no one else had more than 12 against us all season. We wanted to erase the memories of those two games. That wasn't Maryland lacrosse. Tonight was."

NOTES: The first half had a controversial conclusion. The Terps thought they had stopped play with 32 seconds left, but the officials called them for offsides, and Edell's ire escalated when Wedin knotted it at 4 five seconds before the break. ... The third quarter marked only the second period this season in which the Terps were torched for four goals.

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