- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 10, 2002

Towson is arguably the most prolific offensive team in college lacrosse this season.
However, seventh-ranked Maryland made the fifth-ranked Tigers look average at times yesterday while putting on its own offensive display during a 15-10 victory in a steady rain before 2,647 at Byrd Stadium.
Terrapins junior midfielder Mike Mollot scored a career-high five goals, and brothers Dan and Mike LaMonica added three apiece. Dan also had three assists for a career-high six points, while Mollot and Ryan Moran had two assists each.
Towson (2-1) was led by Kyle Campbell (four goals) and Josh Tankersly (three goals), but its offense was stifled by Maryland's quick, hard-hitting defense. The Tigers managed just 28 shots to the Terrapins' 61, 30 of which came from the LaMonicas.
The 15 goals were the most Maryland (2-1) has scored against a top-10 team since the Terps collected 19 against Loyola, then coached by current Maryland head man Dave Cottle, in the 1998 NCAA semifinals.
"I thought we did a good job controlling the tempo," Cottle said. "When we were on offense, we were dangerous and smart. We had to be at the top of our game."
Maryland's defense held Towson to single digits in shots in each quarter, and goalie Danny McCormick did not have to be sensational. He finished with eight saves but did not make a stop in the second or third quarters.
Terps sophomore defender Chris Passavia held Brad Reppert, one of the most balanced attackmen in the nation, to two goals and one assist. The only player finishing his chances was Campbell, who led the nation in goals a year ago.
"They're a good team we're not surprised [by being held to 10 goals]," said Campbell, whose Tigers defeated the Terps 12-11 in the 2001 NCAA quarterfinals. "We should have had a lot more. … [Their goalie] definitely wasn't seeing the ball that well. I wish we had more shots on goal. Defensively, they weren't doing anything special. I think we made a lot of mistakes. … We pretty much beat ourselves."
Maryland felt some carryover from its double-overtime loss to Duke last week. The first quarter saw the Terps shoot 14 times, including two that hit the post, but score just once.
"We hung in there," Cottle said. "You could tell on the sideline that we weren't going to let a few errant shots bother us."
He was right. The Terps broke open a 1-1 first-quarter tie, scored six second-quarter goals and took a 7-6 lead into halftime. Maryland controlled right off the whistle in the third quarter, mainly because of faceoff specialist Brian Carroll's effort. He won just five of the game's first 15 faceoffs before winning five of six in the decisive third quarter.
The Terps jumped out to a 9-6 lead a little more than five minutes into the second half. The Tigers cut the lead to 9-8 but never got any closer. Maryland led 11-8 after three and 14-8 a little more than five minutes into the fourth.
"As a defense, giving up 10 goals is something we try not to do," Passavia said. "Giving up the amount we did in that quarterfinal game was a real sentiment that we try to overcome this year. We know we have the talent. To stop things in transition get guys back on defense that was where we put our energy, and I think it paid off."

Virginia 13, Princeton 11
CHARLOTTESVILLE Tillman Johnson recorded 13 saves, including two on Princeton's final two possessions, to key the win for the Cavaliers (2-1) over the defending national champion Tigers (0-2) at Klockner Stadium.
The victory is Virginia's fourth straight in Charlottesville over Princeton.
Since the start of the 1996 season, Princeton is 4-5 against UVa and 76-6 against all other opponents.

Georgetown 11, Penn State 10
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. Mike Hammer scored four goals as the Hoyas (3-0) defeated the Nittany Lions (3-1) in the ECAC opener for both teams.
Will Driscoll scored his fourth and fifth goals of the game to pull Penn State even at 10-10 before Hammer's winner with 2:57 left.

Johns Hopkins 9, Hofstra 8
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. Adam Doneger's third goal of the quarter and the game with just 11 seconds to play gave the second-ranked Blue Jays (2-0) a come-from-behind victory over the No. 11 Pride (2-2).


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