- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 14, 2006

The Maryland lacrosse team heard all week about Denver’s relentless 10-man ride, an unusual defense that frequently flusters opponents.

Turns out the Terrapins were ready to apply some pressure of their own in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Joe Walters established a new school scoring record, Max Ritz scored a career-high five goals and Brendan Healy had three goals and two assists as the second-seeded Terps bullied the Pioneers early and coasted to a 16-8 victory before 1,717 at Byrd Stadium.

“We just made a conscious decision to not run from them but to run at them,” Maryland coach Dave Cottle said. “We have some big, athletic kids out there. We didn’t want one hunter out there, we wanted two. We wanted to hunt them.”

Maryland (11-4) advanced to the quarterfinals for the sixth time in seven years and will meet seventh-seeded Princeton next Sunday at Towson.

Walters had a goal and a career-high five assists, giving him 223 career points and passing Bob Boneillo atop the school’s all-time list. The senior, who became Maryland’s career goals leader in the regular season finale against Penn, earned the points record on an assist to Ritz early in the third quarter.

By that point, the Terps led 10-2 and had long since escaped any danger from the Pioneers (12-5). Maryland capitalized on some early procedure calls on Denver faceoff man Geoff Snider and controlled play throughout the first quarter. Sophomore Will Dalton was 12-for-23 on the draws for the Terps in place of David Tamberrino, who sat out with a hamstring injury.

Armed with possession, the Terps deftly passed the ball around, ensuring the Pioneers could never establish frequent double teams. The quick movement eventually led to a five-goal flurry in the final 4:48 of the first quarter as Maryland built a 6-0 lead.

“The scout team gave us a great look,” Walters said. “The offense just got on a roll. It sort of came easy just because all week we prepared for it.”

While the Terps were crisp, Denver was unimpressive in its first tournament appearance. The Pioneers trailed by as many as 10 and were outshot 34-10 in the first three quarters.

No. 1 Virginia 14, Notre Dame 10

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Matt Ward scored four goals and Kyle Dixon added three as the Cavaliers (14-0) shook off the pesky Fighting Irish (10-5) at Klockner Stadium. Virginia will meet the winner of today’s Navy-Georgetown game at Towson next Sunday in the quarterfinals.

Massachusetts 10, No. 6 Cornell 9

ITHACA, N.Y. — Andrew Recchione scored with 2:34 left as the visiting Minutemen (11-4) upset the Big Red (11-3). Sean Morris had two goals and three assists for Massachusetts, which advanced to the quarterfinals for the fourth time in five years.

Note — Georgetown coach Dave Urick said he was uncertain whether sophomore goalie Miles Kass would return from a knee injury and start for the Hoyas today against Navy over Rich D’Andrea, who would return to defensive midfield if Kass starts. “Miles has probably played as well [in practice] as he has all year. It might be dictated by what we need in the midfield.”


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