Terps beat UMBC at own game, riding possession to 16-10 win

Walters scores six goals, McGlone 5 for No. 4 team

College Lacrosse

March 20, 2005|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COLLEGE PARK - Maryland coach Dave Cottle yesterday found the perfect antidote to UMBC's ball-control offense:

Don't give up the ball.

The fourth-ranked Terrapins won 20 of 29 faceoffs, including nine straight by junior David Tamberrino to start the game, in a 16-10 win over the upset-minded Retrievers at Byrd Stadium.

Joe Walters tied a career high with six goals and teammate Bill McGlone set a career mark with five goals for the Terps, who took a 6-2 lead in the first quarter, then put the game out of reach by scoring five straight goals to start to the second half.

"We felt very confidently that if we had the ball ... we'd be able to get good shots," said Cottle. "When you control the ball and hold the ball ... it's no fun to play against a team like that."

Just 11 days after taking top-ranked Johns Hopkins to the brink by controlling the tempo with its slow-down attack, UMBC looked outmanned from the outset, losing the majority of ground balls and being outplayed on the wings in dropping to 1-4 for the first time in 20 years.

"In our first four games, we came out and played good, strong lacrosse. Today, I just felt we came out a little bit tentative," said UMBC coach Don Zimmerman. "Maryland is a good team and they jumped all over it. Their faceoff guy is very good, but it also came down to the wing play and I just thought their wings outplayed us."

Early on, the game shaped up to be a rout.

With Tamberrino winning each of the first nine faceoffs, the Terrapins (4-1) controlled the ball for much of the first quarter, taking the lead with three straight goals in the first three minutes.

It took less than five minutes for Terps sophomore McGlone to get on a roll, connecting on each of his first three shots.

"When you have the ball, the other team can't score, so that pretty much says it all," said McGlone, who scored on five of his seven shots. "They gave us great opportunities to get our offense flowing. That helps our offense a tremendous amount because it gives us a chance to get into a rhythm."

All told, Tamberrino won 14 of 18 faceoffs, mostly against Retrievers senior Corey Warner, who entered the game at a 50-percent clip.

After an unassisted goal by UMBC's Brendan Mundorf, the Terrapins extended their lead with back-to-back goals, including McGlone's fourth of the game in an extra-man situation.

However, UMBC (1-4) began to claw its way back, scoring three straight goals. When Drew Westervelt faked his defender left, then spun to his right and scored with 4:11 left in the second quarter, the Retrievers had cut the lead to 6-5.

"[At halftime], we just said, `Go back to getting the ball off the ground,'" said Cottle. "`If you get the ball off the ground, good things will happen.'"

The Terrapins responded by dominating the third quarter, outshooting UMBC, 14-5, and opening the half with five straight goals, including a pair of spectacular, unassisted efforts by Walters, to increase their lead to 13-6.

"I've kind of been slumping a little bit [on my shot], so I shot yesterday with our goalie," said Walters, who helped his team outshoot UMBC, 45-28. "I got some extra work, and I think today I located the goalie more. I felt it today."

Walters said he wasn't surprised UMBC was able to get back into the game. "They've lost close games to some good teams, so we new they had talent," he said. "We kept our composure, we kept our head and we just kept shooting."

UMBC 2 4 1 3 - 10

Maryland 6 2 5 3 - 16

Goals: UMBC - Fatseas 3, Westervelt 2, Mundorf 2, Cahill, Hyland, Solazzo; M - Walters 6, McGlone 5, Healy 2, Hartofilis, Healy, Schwartzman. Assists: UMBC - Mundorf 3, Westervelt 3, Haworth; M - Healy 2, Ritz 2, McGlone, Walter. Saves: UMBC - Cepelak 11, Coker 0; M - Alford 8, Murphy 0.

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