This time, Terps men rout Dartmouth, 14-2

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March 22, 2006|By GARY LAMBRECHT | GARY LAMBRECHT,SUN REPORTER

No. 4 Maryland refused to take unranked Dartmouth lightly this time, and the Big Green went down with a thud.

Yesterday at Ludwig Field in College Park, the Terps overwhelmed Dartmouth from the opening faceoff, shut it out for three quarters and rolled to a 14-2 victory.

Senior attackman Joe Walters scored a season-high four goals and had three assists, and senior midfielder/attackman Xander Ritz added three goals and two assists to lead the Terps (5-1).

A year ago, Maryland took a spring-break trip to Florida, where, as the nation's fourth-ranked team, it dropped a 7-6 decision to the unranked Big Green.

It was a vastly different story this time.

The Terps, who also lost to unranked Bucknell last week while ranked No. 1, sprinted to a 7-0 lead after one quarter. Maryland extended the lead to 11-0 at halftime and scored the game's first 13 goals. In the first half, Maryland outshot Dartmouth 26-3, winning all 13 faceoff attempts.

Walters and Ritz had combined for all 12 of their points by halftime.

"I thought we'd be ready to play. I don't remember, in the last four or five years, having many of these," said Dave Cottle, Maryland's fifth-year coach. "We've got to make sure we measure ourselves. If you start measuring your opponent, you get caught up in who you're playing rather than what you've got to do. That's what we're in the process of changing."

No. 2 Cornell 11, No. 2 Duke 7 -- David Mitchell and Eric Pittard scored three goals apiece as the Big Red (5-0) outscored the host Blue Devils (6-2) by 5-1 in the final period to earn the win.

No. 20 Towson 13, Robert Morris 5 -- The Tigers (3-3, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) jumped to a 4-0 lead on goals by Brian Vetter, Phil Grillo, Todd MacMullan and Oliver Bacon in the opening 10 minutes and never looked back as they defeated the Colonials (1-6, 0-3).

Women

No. 6 Maryland 13, No. 9 Dartmouth 8 -- Delia Cox scored three goals for the sixth straight game in helping the host Terps (6-3) come back from a 5-1 deficit to defeat the Big Green (3-2). Maryland's Kelly Kasper contributed two goals, one assist, three ground balls and two draw controls. She also caused three turnovers.

UMBC 13, Canisius 8 -- With the game tied at halftime, the host Retrievers (4-4) outscored the Golden Griffins (5-3) by 7-2 in the second half en route to victory. Jen Kasper led UMBC with two goals and two assists.gary.lambrecht@baltsun.com

Staff reports contributed to this article.

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