- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The Maryland lacrosse team wanted no part of another midweek meltdown.

It didn’t take long for the Terrapins to prove it.

The fourth-ranked Terps ripped visiting Dartmouth 14-2 yesterday at Ludwig Field, scoring seven goals in the first quarter on their way to a remarkably easy victory over an opponent that has spent much of this season in the top 20.

Joe Walters scored four goals and added three assists and Xander Ritz added three goals and two assists as Maryland (5-1) avenged a midweek loss to the Big Green (3-3) in Florida a season ago. That setback precipitated a 1-4 slide that left the Terps at 5-5 before a late-season push.

Maryland also lost to unranked Bucknell last week in double overtime, an embarrassing setback that cost the Terps their No.1 ranking.

“We try to take the games we lost last year and avenge those losses,” said Walters, who moved past Frank Urso and Pete Worstell for third on Maryland’s career goals list with 129. “We were focused all week on trying to get this one back. We came out firing.”

Maryland scored twice in the first four minutes and never permitted Dartmouth to recover. Defenseman Joe Cinosky fired a 14-yard dart in transition past goalie Pat Marshall to make it 4-0, and Walters delivered a goal with a second remaining in the quarter to bump the lead to 7-0.

The Terps began to substitute liberally in the second quarter, but the Big Green still couldn’t generate many looks beyond Brian Koch’s point-blank shot that Maryland goalie Harry Alford (two saves) stuffed.

Maryland held overwhelming advantages in shots (26-3), faceoffs (13-0) and groundballs (21-9) in the first half. The Big Green didn’t score until Brad Heritage’s transition goal with 6:30 remaining.

“We have to make sure we measure ourselves,” Maryland coach Dave Cottle said. “That’s what we’ve talked about since Bucknell. Now we can measure ourselves with what happened last year. If you start measuring your opponent, you get caught up in who you’re playing rather than what you have to do. That’s what we’re in the process of changing.”

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