Maryland remains composed, thumps Georgetown, 13-6

Hoyas' physical play a test of stamina as Terps win opener 12th year in row

College Lacrosse

February 27, 2005|By David Selig | David Selig,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - Trailing by three goals at the half yesterday, No. 5 Georgetown tried to slow the Maryland offense with punishing checks and slashes above the Terps' shoulders.

Instead of retaliating on the Hoyas (0-1), the No. 4 Terps (1-0) decided to punish the back of the Georgetown net, scoring seven goals in the third period, and cruising to a 13-6 win before 1,320 at the Maryland Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex.

Terps junior midfielder Bill McGlone led the assault with three goals, and junior attacker Joe Walters added a goal and four assists, as the Terps won their season opener for the 12th consecutive year.

"They came out headhunting a little bit and that just fired us up," McGlone said. "We wanted to be just as physical as they were, but they got a little out of hand with it. We were trying to do the legal things and them being out of control like that just crawled under our skin a little bit."

McGlone scored the Terps' first goal of the season with 2:16 remaining in the first period to tie the score at 1. Walters gave Maryland a 2-1 lead with 9:45 left in the second, and the Hoyas never pulled even again.

Sophomore goalie Harry Alford was unfazed in his first career start. After coming off the bench in only six games last season, he made 25 saves and, in the process, raised expectations for the rest of the year.

"I guess it puts pressure on me," Alford said with a chuckle upon hearing his career-high save total. "I guess it feels good."

Terps coach Dave Cottle credited Alford for saving the game after the Hoyas scored three fourth-quarter goals to pull within six and pick up momentum.

"Things got unsettled, but when your goalie makes saves, it doesn't matter," Cottle said. "We knew we had something special [in Alford]."

Sophomore attacker Michael Phipps capped the game with a goal with just less than two minutes remaining.

Cottle acknowledged that the team's first game of the season, against a gritty opponent, in cold and windy conditions, wasn't pretty. But he was proud that the Terps finished their opportunities and beat Georgetown for the third straight year.

"[The Hoyas] do a tremendous job of going over the head and stripping [the ball]. We knew it was going to be one of those ugly games where you'd lose the ball three times and then you'd have a good opportunity.

"The thing we did was we shot pretty well. The most important stat in lacrosse, by far, is shooting percentage. Even if you're ugly clearing, like we were, if you shoot the ball at a high percentage, you can win games."

Thirteen of the Terps' 30 shots found the goal, while Georgetown converted on only six of 48 shots. The Terps also won a statistical category they aren't accustomed to in recent years, securing 12 of the game's 21 faceoffs.

The physical play reached a peak late in the third period when Hoyas midfielder Andy Corno retaliated on Travis Holmes after the Terps defensive midfielder was called for a foul.

Holmes kept his hands at his sides and watched as the referee came over and ejected Corno. The Terps' bench erupted in celebration of its player's maturity, an embodiment of the way the team played throughout the afternoon.

"That kid gave [Holmes] three pops right in the face and he just stood there and took it," McGlone said. "I thought that was remarkable by him to keep his composure. Watching him do that does nothing but fire us up."

Georgetown 1 1 1 3 - 6

Maryland 1 4 7 1 - 13

Goals: G-Deniham 2, Casey 2, Cannon, Queener; M-McGlone 3, Borrell, Dalton, Hartofilis, B. Healy, I. Healy, Matz, Phipps, Ritz, Schwartzman, Walters. Assists: G-Boynton, Brodie; M-Walters 4, Healy, Matz, Phipps. Saves: G-D'Andrea 2, Kass 3; M-Alford 25.

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