- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 9, 2004

Maryland might have a significant edge entering this month’s NCAA tournament: It has perfected the art of fending off desperate teams.

The third-ranked Terrapins pummeled Pennsylvania 13-5 yesterday before 2,570 at Byrd Stadium, placing the No.17 Quakers on the postseason bubble.

It was Maryland’s fourth straight victory, all against teams striving to get into the tournament. The Terps (12-2) eliminated Duke and Virginia from NCAA contention during last month’s ACC tournament before dealing blows to the postseason chances of Notre Dame and Penn the last two weekends.

The Quakers (7-6) played Maryland tough for more than a quarter, but the Terps appeared to take a 7-3 lead on Ian Healy’s goal late in the first half before a stick check on Healy nullified the goal. Penn then scored an extra-man goal to close within 6-4 at the break.

The Quakers never got any closer. J.R. Bordley and Dave Matz scored in the first three minutes of the third quarter to begin a 5-0 Maryland run that stretched almost halfway into the fourth. Graduate student Tim McGinnis helped shut down the Quakers, making several tough plays among his 14 saves.

Sophomores Joe Walters and Bill McGlone helped with the offensive surge. Walters recorded his 11th hat trick of the season and now has 42 goals this year, ninth most in Maryland history.

McGlone finished with a career-high seven points, including five assists. The midfielder had only five assists in his nearly two-year career before yesterday.

“Billy’s a guy who makes a lot of great plays, but this year he’s made some bad plays,” Maryland coach Dave Cottle said. “Today he made a lot of good plays and no bad plays. That’s what we’re trying to get from Billy. He’s so talented he takes the little things for granted. That’s the biggest thing we’ve tried to do, to just get him to concentrate on the things he can do. Rather than manufacturing beautiful plays, just try to make good plays.”

Penn, which had the country’s ninth-toughest schedule entering yesterday, anxiously awaits tomorrow’s tournament selection show. The Quakers have top-15 victories over Cornell and Villanova but are certain to be one of the last teams included — or left out.

“We had a bad game today, and a lot of that credit goes to Maryland,” Penn coach Brian Voelker said. “But we’re hoping to be in this thing and play one more week at least.”

Meanwhile, Maryland sewed up one of the top four seeds, though which one is uncertain. The Terps, Navy and Syracuse all will be in the mix for the No.2 seed behind Johns Hopkins.

“I just hope we get in the top four,” Maryland defenseman Chris Passavia said. “I’d like to see us get a No.3 seed, and if anything better happens, that’s great. If not, we’re going to take what they give us and do as best we can.”

No.1 Johns Hopkins 11, Loyola 7

BALTIMORE — Conor Ford had three goals and Kevin Boland added three assists as the visiting Blue Jays (11-1) dispatched the Greyhounds (4-8).

No.6 Princeton 9, No.15 Brown 6

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Peter Trombino scored four goals to lead the Tigers (9-3, 5-1) past the Bears (9-5, 2-4).

No.8 North Carolina 12, No.7 Ohio State 6

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Kevin Frew won 17 of 22 faceoffs to help the Tar Heels (9-4) cement an at-large bid in a defeat of the Buckeyes (12-3).

No. 10 Towson 12, No. 14 Villanova 7

TOWSON, Md. — Drew Pfarr scored three goals to lead the Tigers (11-4) past the Wildcats (12-3) to earn the CAA’s automatic postseason bid.

Massachusetts 9, No.11 Rutgers 6

AMHERST, Mass. — Sean Morris had four points as the Minutemen (7-7, 2-1 ECAC) upset the Scarlet Knights (8-5, 1-2).

Penn State 10, No.13 Virginia 8

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Chris Gannett scored twice for the Nittany Lions (6-7) as the Cavaliers (5-8) finished a miserable season.

No.16 Army 13, No.20 Duke 7

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Goalie Matt Darak stopped 18 shots to help the Black Knights (10-4) rally past the Blue Devils (5-8).

Albany 10, Binghamton 4

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Michael Solazzo and Merrick Thomson scored three goals each to help the Great Danes (10-5) upend the Bearcats (10-6) and win the America East tournament for the second straight season.

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