SHU Falls to the #4 Terps, 18-2
April 18, 2006
A dozen Terps scored goals in the fourth-ranked University of Maryland men's lacrosse team's 18-2 victory over Sacred Heart Tuesday afternoon in Byrd Stadium.
Leading the way for the Terrapins was senior Tewaaraton Trophy nominee Joe Walters, who is closing in on the school's all-time points and goals scored records. The three- time All-American scored three goals and added an assist to bring his career totals to 145 goals and 211 points, leaving him five goals and nine points away from the school records.
All seven of Maryland's offensive starters scored at least one goal. Seniors Bill McGlone and Xander Ritz and sophomore Max Ritz each scored twice and added assists, while junior Michael Phipps had a goal and an assist. Senior All-American Brendan Healy also chipped in a goal.
The Terrapins' starting defense unit, which dominated Johns Hopkins last Saturday, turned in a workman-like performance. Junior All-America goalie Harry Alford had to make only three saves in 30 minutes of work. The starting defense of Joe Cinosky, Ray Megill and Steve Whittenberg held the Pioneers scoreless for the first two quarters and allowed only five Sacred Heart shots.
The catalyst for Maryland was an outstanding effort by its face-off men, who won 15 of 24 at the X. Senior face-off specialist David Tamberrino won 10 of 13 draws in a little over a half of work. He is now just 10 wins away from 250 for his career. Sophomore Will Dalton also had a good day facing-off, winning three out of five.
For the game, Maryland outshot the Pioneers 53-21 and was just as dominating on the ground, picking up 36 groundballs to Sacred Heart's 25. McGlone led the groundball-effort with four, while sophomore long-pole Charlier Wiggins and Tamberrino each had three.
SHU will host Towson this Saturday in the Colonial Athletic Association finale, needing a win to stay alive in the hunt for the playoffs.