- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 24, 2002

As season openers and debuts go, first-year Maryland lacrosse coach Dave Cottle was pleased with the Terrapins' 13-6 victory over Hobart yesterday in College Park.
Cottle, hired in September after Dick Edell retired because of health reasons, added Hobart to the schedule to have a more challenging opener. He said he got what he expected.
"I don't think we would have learned anything about ourselves if we didn't add this game," said Cottle, whose Terps play host to Mount St. Mary's Tuesday before visiting Duke Saturday. "I'm glad I added it. Opening games are system games hopefully you get your system in, and make adjustments."
Indeed, Cottle's system was on display yesterday, with nine Terps scoring, including eight goals from the midfielders, led by former attackman Mike Mollot's three. Senior midfielder Nate Watkins, one of the most beneficial players in Cottle's offense, recorded two goals and one assist. He played the defensive midfield for much of his three previous seasons, but Cottle has said he wants to take advantage of Watkins' size and speed advantage.
"That's the thing going into the season," Cottle said, "can the University of Maryland score from the midfield?"
Yesterday before 2,347 at Maryland's artificial turf field, the Terps answered that question with a resounding yes and also received help from their attack. Sophomore attackman Dan LaMonica scored two goals and notched three assists, playing very unselfishly around the cage.
The offensive tone was set by Brian Carroll, who finished 12-for-18 in the faceoff circle. In the first quarter, he lost just one draw, and the Terps controlled 13 of the 15 minutes on offense. Maryland outshot the Statesmen 19-2 in the quarter but managed just three goals. The Terps took a 6-0 lead into halftime and a 9-0 advantage entering the final quarter.
"Everybody can score," LaMonica said. "People are doing different things than were asked of them last year, and it is for the betterment of the team. People are buying into it. We're just sticking to what we were taught. It's knowing where we're supposed to be and supposed to look."
When Terps junior goalie Danny McCormick was peppered with shots later in the game, he did not falter. McCormick, who was excellent in scrimmages against Georgetown and Syracuse, continued his consistent play, stopping 14 shots, before giving way to backup T.C. Behm for the final four minutes. Behm allowed three goals, as Hobart (0-1) made the score respectable against many second and third-string Terps.
It looked as if McCormick might record a shutout after he stopped two shots from point-blank range early in the final quarter. But on the second, McCormick misfired on his clearing pass, throwing directly to Hobart attackman Scott Harvey, who took the ball and ran straight to the net before finishing high. Harvey got on a roll after that, finishing with four goals to lead Hobart.
"I made a stupid mental mistake," McCormick said of the failed clear. "I was going for the interference [in front of the net] and hit the guy. I don't know what the ref was thinking but I guess he [thought] I was just trying to hit someone."

No. 7 Georgetown 10, No. 22 Ohio State 8
Attackman Neal Goldman had three goals and an assist to lead the Hoyas (1-0) over the Buckeyes (0-2) at Harbin Field.
Midfielder Curtis Smith led Ohio State in scoring with four goals and four assists.

No. 14 Navy 11, UMBC 4
Ben Bailey scored three goals and Dave Pittard and Eddie McKinnon added two goals each to lead the Midshipmen (2-0, 1-0 ECAC) over the Retrievers (0-1, 0-1).
Bailey put the Mids on top 1:40 into the game on an unassisted goal, while McKinnon and Joe Bossi added unassisted goals later in the quarter to give Navy a 3-0 lead.

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