Terps turn on power in 13-5 win

Penn on receiving end as No. 3 Maryland looks in top form for NCAAs

College Lacrosse

May 09, 2004|By Tommy Ventre | Tommy Ventre,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - Maryland's five-week hiatus from playing dominant lacrosse ended yesterday as the third-ranked Terrapins closed their regular season with a 13-5 win over No. 17 Pennsylvania at Byrd Stadium, solidifying their claim to a top-four seed in this week's NCAA tournament.

Maryland (12-2) entered the game having won three straight after back-to-back losses to Navy and Johns Hopkins last month, but it was a streak that left something to be desired.

The three victories were by a total of five goals, and none came against a top-10 team.

But yesterday, led by a combined 13 points from Joe Walters and Bill McGlone and a strong performance from goalie Tim McGinnis, the Terps put together their biggest victory since an 11-2 win at Virginia on April 3 and ensured they'll enter the tournament on a high note.

"I think it reminds us of just what we're capable of," said defenseman Chris Passavia, who led a defense that shut out the Quakers (7-6) for 23:24 to start the second half.

"It's good that we came out and did what we had to do ... It's good to see our team play a complete game right before the playoffs."

Penn entered the game looking for an impressive win to shake any doubts about its NCAA tournament credentials. What it found was a whole lot of McGlone and Walters.

McGlone finished with a career-high seven points on two goals and five assists, and Walters had three goals and three assists to become the first Maryland player to reach 60 points in a season since Scott Hochstadt in 1998.

The pair did most of its damage during an 8-1 Maryland run bridging the second and third quarters.

With the scored tied at 3 in the second, the Terps strung together goals from Ian Healy, Walters and Justin Smith to pull ahead. Healy added a goal that would have made it 7-3, but it was disallowed after the referees deemed his stick illegal.

Penn took advantage of the resulting extra-man chance when D.J. Andrzejewski tipped a pass from Alex Salihi past McGinnis, sending the Quakers into halftime down 6-4 and with the tide seemingly turning their way.

But the momentum shift didn't last past the break. Maryland outscored Penn 5-0 in the third quarter, with McGlone and Walters combining for two goals and five assists in the period.

Penn's best chance to quell the run came during a man-advantage with 12 minutes left in the period, but McGinnis (14 saves) made a point-blank stop of a shot by Andrzejewski to keep the Quakers off the board.

"[The third quarter] was very big," said McGlone, a sophomore who doubled his career assist total with yesterday's burst and moved past Xander Ritz as the team's second-leading scorer this season behind Walters.

"The first half, we were a little disappointed, but in the locker room we made some adjustments and we knew we had to come out strong. We really wanted to put the game away."

The loss left Penn in a precarious situation regarding the tournament, the field for which will be announced tomorrow. A win yesterday would have all but assured the Quakers a bid, but the loss left them in a large pack of teams battling for a limited number of spots.

"We're in the mix," said Penn coach Brian Voelker. "If you would have asked me at the beginning of the season, I'm not sure that I would have thought we'd be in the mix. We had a bad game today, but we're hoping."

Pennsylvania 1 3 0 1 -- 5

Maryland 2 4 5 2 -- 13

Goals: P-Dixson 2, Gilbert, Riordan, Andrzejewski; M-Walters 3, I. Healy 2, McGlone 2, Smith 2, Bordley, Matz, B. Healy, Caretsky. Assists: P-Andrzejewski, Salihi; M-McGlone 5, Walters 3, Clarke, Schwartzman, Smith, Dorsey. Saves: P-Kelly 15; M-McGinnis 14.

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