- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The Maryland lacrosse team was searching for offense less than a week ago.

Now the Terrapins are enjoying both scoring and balance as they enter the final stages of the regular season.

Joe Walters had three goals, added an assist and was one of 12 players to score as the No. 4 Terps pummeled Sacred Heart 18-2 yesterday at Byrd Stadium.

“For us, it’s not so much who scores but how we get them,” Maryland coach Dave Cottle said. “They’re almost starting to look better. At times it was a struggle today, but it was one of those games that was going to be kind of difficult. I felt we ran well and played a lot of guys and I was happy.”

The Terps (8-3), who were coming off an impressive victory at Johns Hopkins on Saturday, struggled to establish themselves offensively after having only a day to prepare for the Pioneers (2-10). Maryland scored only twice in the first 21 minutes, but rattled off five goals in just more than five minutes to finish off the Pioneers before halftime.

Max Ritz delivered two goals for the Terps, while second-line midfielders Dan Groot and Travis Holmes both scored as Maryland continues to look for offense beyond its four star seniors — Brendan Healy, Bill McGlone, Xander Ritz and Walters.

“We need it badly,” Walters said. “Today, guys scored and had big games. It’s good for us. We need to spread the ball around and get guys scoring. I think we’re starting to do a good job of that.”

Walters, who has 211 career points, passed Frank Urso (208) for third on the school’s career list. He needs only nine more points to pass Bob Boneillo as the school’s all-time leader.

The senior attackman, who scored his 145th career goal to complete his hat trick, is five goals from breaking Matt Hahn’s career goals record at Maryland.

Both marks could fall in next weekend’s ACC tournament at M&T; Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The Terps have a 10-day layoff before facing struggling North Carolina (3-9) in the April 28 semifinal. The winner will meet No. 1 Virginia (11-0), who beat the Terps 15-5 earlier this month.

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