Walters breaks scoring record as Terps trounce Quakers

Maryland 12 Pennsylvania 4

May 07, 2006|By KENT BAKER | KENT BAKER,SUN REPORTER

College park -- On a Senior Day when the most notable of 10 departing players became the school's all-time leading goal scorer, fourth-ranked Maryland enhanced its potential for a top-four seeding in the NCAA Division I tournament with a 12-4 mastery of No. 10 Pennsylvania yesterday at Byrd Stadium.

The rout - Maryland's third straight against the Quakers - was punctuated by Joe Walters' 150th career goal late in the third quarter, topping the record set by Matt Hahn from 1995 to 1998.

"It's amazing," Walters said, "just to have your name at the top of the list in this program. I can't believe I actually did it. It's a weight off my shoulders. I don't want to have to think about that going into the playoffs."

"This is an unbelievable accomplishment," Maryland coach Dave Cottle said. "I never really thought about it until the last couple of games. And if I was thinking about it, you know he was thinking about it."

The breakthrough came with the Terrapins (10-4) ahead by 8-4 after a Penn offensive flurry that had made a game of it. Penn's defense committed a crucial error, sliding off Walters toward Bill McGlone, who passed crossfield to his fellow senior. Walters easily beat Greg Klossner, the Penn goaltender.

After a sluggish opening quarter, Maryland took firm command with a five-goal second-period blitz featuring two scores each by Walters and Xander Ritz, the 1-2 senior punch.

Penn (10-3), which hadn't played since April 23, tried to come back after the break, but Walters' record-setter launched Maryland on a game-ending spree that ended all doubt.

"In my opinion, it's clear that we should be a top three seed," Cottle said. "We've got a tough schedule and play top teams week after week."

Maryland goalie Harry Alford, who played until the final four minutes, had a commendable game with the help of a rugged defense that Quakers coach Brian Voelker cited as the difference.

"They're a very good team. Everybody talks about their offense, but their defense and goalie bullied us around today," Voelker said. "We made too many errors, didn't get the ground balls. We had to have the ball a lot to win this game and we didn't do it."

Penn is one of a host of teams now sitting on the bubble for the 16-team tournament field. "You never want to put your fate in somebody else's hands and we did that today," Voelker said.

Brendan Healy, another senior, pitched in with three goals for the Terps, who were coming off an 11-5 loss to Virginia in the Atlantic Coast Conference final.

"We shot pretty well," Healy said. "I think the seniors stepped up on their day." kent.baker@baltsun.com

Penn 1 0 3 0 - 4

Maryland 2 5 2 3 - 12

Goals: P- Collins, Andrzejewski, Riordan, Gilbert; M-Walters 4, Healy 3, X. Ritz 2, McGlone, M. Ritz, Evans. Assists: P- Salihi; M- Phipps 2, Clarke, McGlone, Walters, X. Ritz, Groot. Saves: P- Klossner 11; M- Alford 9, Murray. A- 1,472.

Selection Shows

The NCAA selection announcements for the men's and women's lacrosse tournaments will be broadcast today and tomorrow. The schedule, with approximate times:

Div. I men: Tonight, 8:30, ESPNews

Div. II, III men, women: Tonight, 9, CSTV

Div. I women: Tomorrow, 8 p.m., CSTV

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