- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 20, 2005

Joe Walters spent some of his own time Friday shooting on a goalie, determined to rediscover the open spots and finally break out of a season-long shooting slump.

The extra work paid off for the Maryland attackman, who matched his career-high with six goals yesterday as the fourth-ranked Terrapins rolled past Maryland-Baltimore County 16-10 before 1,482 at Byrd Stadium.

Midfielder Bill McGlone had a career-best five goals and David Tamberrino won 14 of 18 faceoffs for Maryland (4-1).

Walters emerged as one of the nation’s most efficient finishers last season, scoring 46 goals while shooting 41 percent. However, he struggled in the first four games this year and entered yesterday with eight goals while shooting 25 percent.

After the Terps’ victory at Bucknell Tuesday, Maryland coach Dave Cottle helped Walters identify a flaw in his game — one the junior quickly corrected. His six goals came on 14 shots against the Retrievers (1-4), who lost to Maryland for the sixth straight season.

“I’d been shooting sidearm a little bit and Coach was getting on me for that because goalies can see it more when you’re coming across your body,” said Walters, who also scored six goals in the Terps’ ACC tournament final defeat of Virginia last season. “I tried to just shoot underhand more so the goalie can’t really see it. I focused on hiding my stick today and it worked.”

So did the Maryland offense, which thrived in the up-tempo game against UMBC. McGlone scored twice in the first three minutes as the Terps raced to a 3-0 lead. The junior added two more goals before the end of the quarter as Maryland pushed its edge to 6-2 and seemed well on its way to a laugher.

UMBC scored three straight goals to open the second quarter before Walters answered off a feed from Brendan Healy with 2:55 left in the half. The Retrievers got a goal from Brendan Mundorf to pull within 7-6, but Walters scored nine seconds before the break to quash the Retrievers’ momentum. The Terps then reeled off five straight goals to start the second half to secure the victory.

“Those were really big goals,” Cottle said. “When you have a really good player [like Walters], he makes plays for you. There was no coaching at all. That was just a good player who made plays and made unbelievable shots.”

Tamberrino also made plays, as did Maryland’s wing tandem of Jimmy Borell and Ryan Clarke. The Terps won 20 of the 29 faceoffs, and the three combined for 17 groundballs to prevent the Retrievers from establishing a slower tempo.

“Most of the balls [UMBC faceoff man Corey Warner] flicked out to his wing guys and his wing guys didn’t pick it up,” Tamberrino said. “The difference was my wing guys actually got the ball for us.”

Added UMBC coach Don Zimmerman, whose team fell to 1-4 for the first time since 1985: “You have to give their faceoff guy credit, but I thought our wings were outplayed by their wings. That’s a three-man fight until somebody gets possession and I thought their guys outfought us.”

No. 2 Virginia 14, No. 15 Towson 3

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Matt Ward scored five goals as the Cavaliers used a seven-goal outburst in the second quarter to put away the Tigers (4-2). Kip Turner made 15 saves for Virginia, which is 6-0 for the first time since 1996.

No. 5 Georgetown 11, No. 16 Hobart 9

GENEVA, N.Y. — Trevor Casey scored two goals as the Hoyas (4-1, 2-0 ECAC) rallied from a four-goal deficit in the first half for the second straight game en route to defeating the Statesmen (4-1, 0-1).

No. 7 Navy 11, Colgate 6

ORLANDO, Fla. — Jon Birsner recorded eight assists as the Midshipmen (5-1, 2-1 Patriot League) upended the Raiders (3-2, 0-1). Birsner fell one assist shy of Navy’s record, which was set by Jeff Long against Hofstra in 1976.

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