Maryland smothers Hobart, 13-6

Cottle off, running

McCormick bulwark

February 24, 2002|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - Danny McCormick was on campus for about one day in September 1998 when a Maryland lacrosse teammate heard his first name, saw the map of Ireland on his face and tagged him with the nickname "Noonan."

Yes, he bears a likeness to the actor who played the young hero in "Caddyshack," that classic bit of sports cinema that skewered golf.

Danny Noonan made the big putt, but how McCormick stacks up under pressure in the Terps' goal remains unknown because the Dave Cottle era at Maryland opened yesterday with a 13-6 romp over Hobart at the Artificial Turf Field.

The Statesmen of the Patriot League were diplomatic visitors. Three of their goals came in the final 72 seconds, three minutes after McCormick and the starting close defense were pulled.

The Terps took a 9-0 lead into the fourth quarter - the first time they had blanked an opponent through three quarters in at least four years - as Hobart didn't find the net until its 17th shot.

"Shutting out anyone for three quarters is good," Cottle said. "We played good team defense in the first half and, in the third quarter, we got good goalkeeping.

"When I got the job, I asked the kids what they thought about our goalie situation. Every player, from the first to the last, said, `Oh, Coach, we've got a good one.' If he keeps putting zeroes on the scoreboard, he's going to be good."

Cottle spent 19 seasons at Loyola, which he turned into a perennial NCAA tournament team, before he was hired to replace Dick Edell, who retired because of health reasons.

Besides Edell, the Terps had to replace All-American goalie Pat McGinnis. McCormick came out of Landon, the D.C.-area power that is on a par with the best prep teams in Baltimore, and his skills were sharpened during a three-year apprenticeship with the Terps.

The redshirt junior didn't make a mistake until the 46th minute, when an ill-advised clearing pass led to Hobart's first goal. McCormick turned away every challenge he faced in the first three quarters, but there weren't that many.

Maryland's physical superiority was evident in the second minute when big Nate Watkins drove past a defender and scored. Faceoff specialist Brian Carroll won eight of the first 11 draws.

Hobart wasn't able to gain possession in the Maryland half until the eighth minute. Nine Terps scored, including Matt Brock off the third midfield moments after it entered late in the first quarter.

Brock's was only one of two conversions during a stretch of 17 Maryland shots.

"The good news is we got 19 shots in the first quarter," Cottle said. "The bad news is, we only got three goals out of that.

"Going into this season, the biggest question was, would the University of Maryland score in the midfield? Nine guys scoring, that's who we are. For us to be good, we need seven midfielders to get 10 goals or more."

The Terps' second goal featured great movement, as the ball went from Alex Poole to Dan LaMonica to J.R. Bordley to the net. Maryland also scored in transition and in isolation.

Mike Mollot had three goals and LaMonica collected two and three assists.

"When we stick to what we're supposed to do, everyone should be able to score," said LaMonica, a sophomore from Boys' Latin. "My teammates are good at getting into open spaces. It doesn't matter who's out there, it's where they are."

Maryland didn't take advantage of Hobart's first four penalties as Cottle ordered up a series of vanilla extra-man plays.

The Terps know they will need their "A" game when they play at Duke next Saturday, but before that McCormick gets his first start at Byrd Stadium on Tuesday against Mount St. Mary's.

Hobart 0 0 0 6 - 6

Maryland 3 3 3 4 - 13

Goals: H-Harvey 4, Bogosian, Cesere; M-Mollot 3, D.Lamonica 2, Watkins 2, Hochstadt, Passavia, Poole, Bordley, Brock, M.LaMonica. Assists: H-Shore, Bogosian; M-D.LaMonica 3, Mollot, Watkins, Morsell, Passavia. Saves: H-McCormick 14, Behm 1; M-Borsz 17.

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