- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 27, 2005

Plenty of preseason questions centered on how Maryland’s young defense would fare after the loss of nearly every starter.

Goalie Harry Alford helped the unit provide an emphatic answer yesterday.

Alford made 25 saves as the Terrapins turned their meeting with fellow Beltway behemoth Georgetown into a blowout for the second straight season, routing the Hoyas 13-6 at Maryland’s Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex.

“All of us are young except for [senior] Gavin Webb, our captain,” Alford said. “So we’re growing together. This is just the start. Ever since fall training, we knew that if we were going to try to be a good defense, we were going to have to jell well together. We’ve just learned together and progressed together.”

Bill McGlone scored three goals and Joe Walters added a goal and four assists for the Terps, who overcame sporadic sloppiness to deliver their 12th straight season-opening victory.

The game between two of the sport’s most defense-oriented teams was predictably physical, though it escalated beyond common chippy play after Maryland built a 10-2 lead in the third quarter. Senior Andy Corno, the Hoyas’ faceoff ace and defensive midfielder, was ejected after shoving Terps midfielder Travis Holmes.

“There’s no excuse for a player losing his cool like Andy Corno,” Georgetown coach Dave Urick said. “He’s the last guy I’d expect to do something like that. … There’s no real excuse for that. That’s not what we’re all about.”

The early departure probably made Corno a bit luckier than the rest of his teammates. The Hoyas, who were bludgeoned by Maryland 14-5 a year ago, were ambushed in much the same way this season. The Terps were efficient at the offensive end, scoring on 13 of their 30 shots and giving the Hoyas little hope after an early second-half surge.

Yet the Terps’ defense was equally stout. Despite the loss of All-America defensemen Chris Passavia and Lee Zink from a season ago, Maryland’s young defensemen looked just as athletic and physical as their rough-and-tumble predecessors.

Alford, who started for the under-19 national team in 2003 but backed up Tim McGinnis and played less than 45 minutes last season, had an especially impressive debut as a starter. He made several key saves in the first half, then added 10 in the fourth quarter to stifle the Hoyas.

“I thought our goalie was fabulous,” Maryland coach Dave Cottle said. “We thought we had something there.”

Added Urick: “I don’t want to take anything away from the kid. He played real well. I thought we hit him with a lot of shots, but they all count; they’re all saves. I think sometimes we were throwing the ball at the cage. We weren’t necessarily shooting it. But he definitely had some big saves.”

Both teams scored only once in the first quarter, but late first-half goals by Brendan Healy and McGlone, the latter with 3.1 seconds left, sent the Terps to the break with a 5-2 lead.

Maryland didn’t waste much time blowing it open in the third quarter. McGlone and Andrew Schwartzman scored 80 seconds apart early in the period, and midfielder Michael Hartofilis’ goal with 10:03 left in the quarter made it 8-2 and chased Georgetown senior goalie Rich D’Andrea (two saves).

The Terps treated freshman goalie Miles Kass just as rudely, adding scores by Xander Ritz and Ian Healy within two minutes of his entrance.

No. 7 Navy 11, No. 17 Ohio State 5

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Tommy Wallin scored three goals and Jon Birsner and Nick Mirabito two each as the Midshipmen (2-0) topped the Buckeyes (0-2).

No. 8 Virginia 18, Manhattan 2

CHARLOTTESVILLE — John Christmas and Matt Ward both had three goals as the Cavaliers (2-0) routed the Jaspers (0-1).

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