- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 18, 2004

Maryland’s first midweek test of the season didn’t prove very difficult.

The second-ranked Terrapins had little trouble continuing their hot start yesterday, brushing off Bucknell 14-7 before 412 at Maryland’s Lacrosse and Field Hockey Complex. Sophomore attackman Joe Walters set a career-high with seven points (three goals, four assists), and sophomore midfielder Brendan Healy added his first career hat trick.

The Terps improved to 4-0 by suffocating the undermanned Bison (2-3), the first of three consecutive non-top 15 opponents for the Terps before a visit to No.7 North Carolina on March27.

Maryland, though, seemed disappointed with its performance, which included 24 turnovers. The Terps committed 28 turnovers in their last game, an 8-6 defeat of Towson.

“I’d like to see us cleaner,” said Maryland coach Dave Cottle, whose team visits No.18 Maryland-Baltimore County on Saturday. “That’s the main thing. I’d like to see less mistakes. That’s two games in a row with over 20 turnovers. We have to fix that.”

Maryland defenseman Chris Passavia contained Bucknell junior Chris Cara, who averaged 6.25 points entering the game, for much of the afternoon. Cara had a goal and a two assists but was a nonfactor until the game was well out of reach.

The rest of the Terps’ defense simply made it difficult for the Bison to create quality possessions. Bucknell converted 11 of its 22 clears and managed only 25 shots, making it a relatively stress-free day for goalie Tim McGinnis (four saves).

The Terps, who improved to 6-0 all-time against Bucknell, quickly seized the lead when Walters deposited freshman Michael Phipps’ feed 21 seconds into the game. Justin Smith added a goal a little more than a minute later to extend the lead to 2-0 before Phipps scored off a groundball in front of the crease.

Maryland led 4-1 for much of the second quarter before Ian Healy took the rebound of Walters’ shot and put it past Bucknell goalie Matt Baran (15 saves) with 3:08 left in the half. Dave Matz and Smith then added goals before the break to blow open the game.

Still, the Terps were morose after the easy victory.

“We’re not there yet,” Walters said. “We were playing a lot better three weeks ago. We’re trying to get back to that spot right now.”

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