The Washington Times - May 16, 2009, 02:11PM

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. —- Maryland’s season just wrapped up, a 11-6 loss to Syracuse at Shuart Stadium.

Yes, the Terps lost their starting goalie. But it was their inability to take advantage of Syracuse’s own goalie switch that really did them in.


It was truly a punchless performance for Maryland, which couldn’t decipher a Syracuse defense that is good but probably not close to great. There’s some interesting pieces there —- Sid Smith, certainly, and long pole Joel White had a stellar afternoon —- but Maryland didn’t do the job on offense.

And that’s basically the story of the season. A team loaded with seniors in the midfield and plenty of options on attack never quite figured things out. A previously untested close defense did as well as could have been hoped, but the offense was supposed to be this team’s engine. Some days it was, but not nearly enough.

More to come later in the afternoon, but for now I have to scamper down for postgame.

—- Patrick Stevens