- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 18, 2007

Since the Maryland lacrosse team lost its top four scorers from last season, it figures the Terrapins would spend their first few games finding reliable offensive options.

The No. 6 Terps received a balanced effort as well as a few creative sources for goals as they upended Bellarmine 11-6 yesterday in College Park despite a 23-turnover performance.

Drew Evans and freshman long pole Brian Farrell both scored twice for Maryland (1-0), which received goals from nine players against the Knights (0-1), a second-year Division I program.

Junior Max Ritz, the Terps’ leading returning scorer, had a career-high three assists as Maryland won after a limited set of practices because of a midweek winter storm.

“This is a week earlier than we ever opened before and I just didn’t feel we were very well-prepared,” Maryland coach Dave Cottle said. “We didn’t know who they were, but more importantly I don’t think we knew who we were. I just don’t think we got better as a team the last week and a half, so we have to get back to work a little bit.”

After falling behind 2-1, the Terps ripped off five straight goals, a stretch capped by Travis Holmes’ 15-yard dart early in the third quarter.

The Terps did show some intriguing options as well. Will Dalton won a faceoff and scampered downfield for a quick goal to offset a Bellarmine goal. Midfielder Jeremy Sieverts, who transferred after Butler discontinued its program last month, scored early while working on the second line.

Farrell scored off a scrum five yards from the goal in the first half and zipped in a shot in the closing minutes while displaying stick skills few poles possess.

Freshman goalie Brian Phipps, starting because of injuries to Harry Alford and Jason Carter, made nine saves and helped the Terps hold Bellarmine to a drought of 24:51. Collectively, it was enough to escape with a victory, but improvement is needed before No. 5 Georgetown visits on Saturday.

“It’s a very nerve-wracking week,” Ritz said. “We practiced all over the place, and then you have this team you’ve heard of but haven’t seen play a lot. It’s unnerving but I’m glad we got a win. It wasn’t the win we wanted in that fashion, but it was OK.”

No. 9 Navy 10, Saint Joseph’s 3

ANNAPOLIS Nick Mirabito scored three goals and Ian Dingman added two as the Midshipmen (1-0) defeated the Hawks (0-2).

Colin Finnegan made nine saves in his first start for Navy, which outshot Saint Joseph’s 47-18.

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