- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 23, 2003

No. 13 North Carolina 10, No. 2 Maryland 6.College lacrosse's sleeping giant might have awakened this week.
No. 13 North Carolina used a deliberate approach on offense and dominance in the faceoff circle to stun No.2 Maryland yesterday at Byrd Stadium.
The Tar Heels (5-2), who defeated No.8 Duke Wednesday, are 2-0 in the ACC for the first time since 1994.
The two upsets could signal a re-emergence for North Carolina. The Tar Heels reached 17 straight NCAA tournaments and won four national titles between 1980 and 1996 but have had only two winning seasons and one postseason berth since.
"More than anything, this is just a big win for our outfit," said North Carolina coach John Haus, whose team snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Terrapins. "We haven't had back-to-back quality wins in a long time in our program."
Sophomore goalie Paul Spellman made a career-high 25 saves for the Tar Heels. It was an aggravating day for Maryland (4-1, 1-1 ACC), which had averaged almost 14 goals a game and won 59 percent of its faceoffs before yesterday. But instead of controlling the game's tempo, the Terps lost 15 of 21 draws and never established any consistency on offense.
"It felt like everything they did went right for them and went wrong for us," senior defenseman Michael Howley said.
North Carolina never trailed and began to pull away early in the second half. Senior Kyle Bell intercepted an errant clear from Maryland's Lee Zink and scored an open net goal to put the Tar Heels ahead 5-3. Minutes later, Mike McCall took Ryan Blair's pass from behind the net and quickly deposited it past Maryland's Danny McCormick (15 saves).
The teams swapped goals before the Tar Heels took advantage of several Maryland penalties. North Carolina scored on three straight extra-man chances to gain a 10-4 lead and put the game out of reach.
"Our defense is playing with a ton of confidence right now," Spellman said. "For us to get quick goals on their defense was really important. It gave us time to sit on the lead and we started running zone, which allowed us to take time off the clock."
The Tar Heels were content to milk the clock for almost the entire first quarter and quickly quashed the Terps' few possessions. Yet other than Austin Garrison's goal, North Carolina managed to do little more than frustrate the Terps. That changed early in the second quarter when Garrison added two more goals before the Terps scored twice.
"It wasn't so much the tempo as we didn't have the ball early," Maryland coach Dave Cottle said. "I thought they really controlled play and it started in the first quarter.
Besides not creating any offensive chances, the Terps' vaunted defense gradually wore down as well. Most of the first three quarters were played in Maryland's defensive zone.
Maryland's loss snapped a six-game winning streak that dated to last season. It was also a rare blowout defeat for the Terps, whose previous five losses were by one goal.
No. 4 Johns Hopkins 8, No. 1 Virginia 7
BALTIMORE Goalie Rob Scherr made a career-high 18 saves as the Blue Jays (4-1) held off the Cavaliers (5-1) and staked their claim to the No. 1 spot in the rankings at Homewood Field.
Hopkins, which led 5-0 at halftime, snapped a four-game losing streak to Virginia.
Joe Yevoli and Chris Rotelli both scored two goals for Virginia.
No. 7 Princeton 11, No. 3 Syracuse 10
SYRACUSE, N.Y. Julian Gould stopped Michael Springer's shot as time expired to help the Tigers hold off the Orangemen at Carrier Dome.
Jason Donegar scored five goals for Princeton (2-2). Syracuse fell to 3-2.
Princeton had possession with 25 seconds and a man-up advantage and tried to kill the rest of the clock. Instead, Princeton's Ryan Boyle lost possession, and Syracuse's Jarrett Park sent a pass from near his own crease to Brian Nee at midfield, and he passed to Springer in the Princeton defensive zone.
Princeton defenseman Damien Davis held Michael Powell without a point, the first time the Syracuse junior attackman was shut out in his career.
No. 12 Navy 10, Stony Brook 6
STONY BROOK, N.Y. Ian Dingman scored four goals and added two assists as the Midshipmen snapped a two-game losing streak.
Chris Pieczonka won 14 of 16 faceoffs for Navy (4-2).
No. 9 Loyola 16, Brown 8
BALTIMORE Chris Summers, Stephen Brundage and Gunnar Goettelmann scored two goals each as the Greyhounds (5-1) doubled up the Bears (2-2).
No. 15 Cornell 16, No. 14 Yale 8
NEW HAVEN, Conn. Sean Greenhalgh scored six goals and Andrew Collins added eight assists to help the Big Red (4-2) pummel the Bulldogs (3-1).
No. 20 UMBC 12, Penn State 10
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. Goalie Tim Flanagan made 16 saves and the Retrievers (4-1, 1-1 ECAC) overcame a 7-4 deficit to defeat the Nittany Lions (1-5, 0-2).

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