Boland's background was Terps red, but he wound up a Blue Jay

Ex-UM coach Edell didn't recruit star aggressively

Hopkins-Maryland notebook

College Lacrosse

April 18, 2004|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

Recruiting always seems a lot more obvious in hindsight.

When Kevin Boland was a senior at Gilman in 2000, Dick Edell, the Maryland lacrosse coach at the time, thought he was a nice player. Edell also thought Boland, who is 5 feet 9 and 155 pounds, was too small to be an elite player at the college level.

Edell didn't recruit Boland aggressively, and Boland (whose father, Kevin Sr., played for Maryland from 1973 to '77) ended up at Johns Hopkins.

Four years later, Edell - whose nickname at Maryland was "Big Man" - doesn't mind admitting he made a mistake.

"Without a doubt, I did," said Edell, who retired in 2001 with a 171-76 record as coach of the Terps. "I have a fetish about size. Obviously [it comes from] looking at myself in the mirror."

Boland said earlier this week: "Growing up, I was always a Maryland fan. My dad would have me at games, decked out in all red. There were times when I was a kid where I hoped I would be going to Maryland. It just so happened that during the recruiting process, Hopkins showed more interest in me."

The move couldn't have worked out better for Boland. He earned third-team All-America honors in 2002 and '03.

Boland assisted on two goals last night in Johns Hopkins' 14-10 victory over Maryland.

"The amazing thing about Kevin is that he understands his ability," said Edell.

"I've never seen a kid do that as well as he does. He knows what he's capable of, and he never tries to do more than that. He's an outstanding player, and you know what? He's an even better person."

Said Boland: "Coach Edell is a great person, and that means a lot to hear him say that."

Ritz not 100 percent

It was a scary week for Maryland sophomore attackman Xander Ritz. He started feeling under the weather Monday, and by Thursday, Ritz's throat was so swollen, he couldn't swallow.

His parents took him to a family friend, who is an oral surgeon, and Ritz was diagnosed with a peritonsillar abscess in his throat. The surgeon performed minor surgery to drain the infection around his tonsils.

But after being unable to eat or drink anything for two days, Ritz was exhausted.

Ritz didn't start last night, but he entered the game with 5:59 elapsed in the first quarter. Unfortunately for Maryland, he didn't have much to contribute beyond his experience.

Tough night

The night didn't start well for Maryland goalie Tim McGinnis.

The graduate student gave up 11 goals in the first half, and the Blue Jays were ahead 5-0 five minutes into the game.

"It was tough," McGinnis said. "They won some faceoffs, and those goals gave them a boost."

McGinnis played better in the second half, holding Johns Hopkins to just three goals.

Honorary captains

Before the game, Edell was one of four honorary captains to be presented with a framed jersey at midfield, recognizing their contributions to the Maryland-Hopkins rivalry.

Edell was joined by former Maryland coach Buddy Beardmore (1970-80), former Hopkins coach Bob Scott (1955-74), and Henry Ciccarone Jr., son of the late Hopkins coach, Henry Ciccarone (1975-83).

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