- The Washington Times - Monday, November 28, 2005

Maryland showed yesterday it doesn’t always need to rely on leading goal scorer Jason Garey to win big games.

Terps midfielder Stephen King scored two goals, goalie Chris Seitz made three big saves, forward Marc Burch had two assists and midfielder Robbie Rogers notched a late goal as the Terrapins downed St. John’s 3-1 in the third round of the NCAA men’s tournament before 2,173 at Ludwig Field.

“We showed that we had a lot more in our tank than just getting goals from Jason Garey,” Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski said.

This was the second consecutive game in which Garey, the nation’s leading scorer with 20 goals, failed to add to his total.

While Garey was marked tightly by the Red Storm defense, Burch — who scored the game-winner in Maryland’s 1-0 win over Brown last week — had a brilliant game and worked hard to set up both goals for King.

“Marc has been gaining confidence in training and today had two great assists,” Cirovski said.

The top-seeded Terrapins (17-4-1) advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals Saturday, when they will play host to ninth-seeded Akron, which beat Connecticut in a penalty shootout after a 3-3 tie.

Maryland’s first goal came in the 12th minute. Rogers dribbled the down the left flank and got off a fine cross into the box. Burch, with his back to the goal, laid the ball off to King, who shot from just inside the 18-yard box past Red Storm goalie Jason Landers for the lead.

Seitz, who matched his career high with six saves, made a big one in the 18th minute, stopping a close-range effort from Andre Schmid. But St. John’s (11-6-5) broke through two minutes later when Swedish striker Sebastian Alvarado-Ralph tied the game 1-1.

Burch assisted on his second goal when he collected the ball on the left flank, hugged the end line and crossed to King, who side-footed a shot from 10 yards out to make it 2-1. King injured his nose in the game and was later taken for treatment.

With nine minutes left, the Red Storm almost tied the game when Schmid bounced a header off the bar.

“We caught a break then,” Cirovski said. “We made more big plays than St. John’s.”

The Terps added the final goal with eight seconds left when Rogers floated a 16-yard shot into the net on a counter attack.

As for Garey, he came close with a header off a nice cross from Maurice Edu in the 27th minute. He missed another chance five minutes into the second half when he breezed through the middle of the Red Storm defense but shot wide.

The game marked the third consecutive season in which Maryland and St John’s met in the NCAA tournament. The Terps lost to the Red Storm in the College Cup in 2003 but won 1-0 in last year’s quarterfinals.

Maryland has made the past three semifinals but is seeking its first title since 1968.

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