May 5, 2001
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 6 Maryland lacrosse team made a strong statement for a first-round bye in the NCAA Tournament with a convincing 14-4 routing of state rival No. 20 UMBC on a hot and steamy afternoon at Ludwig Field on Saturday afternoon. The Terps move to 13-2 and set a school-record for regular-season wins and stand one short of the all-time single-season win record of 14 set in 1998. UMBC finishes at 5-7.
It was a wonderful senior day for the Terps with 14 different players recorded points as goals came from the sticks of nine players. Leading the way once against in his final regular season game was senior All-American candidate Andrew "Buggs" Combs (Baltimore, Md.), who scored five goals and added an assist for six points. With the big day, Combs surpassed the 100-point plateau for his career at Maryland and now has 104 entering the NCAA Tournament. With the five goals, Combs now has 48 on the season tying him with Scott Hochstadt (1998) for the fourth-best single season in Maryland's storied lacrosse history. He is now four short of the all-time Maryland single-season goal record of 52 set by Mark Douglas in 1991.
Also having a stellar day on the passing end was freshman Dan LaMonica (Parkton, Md.), who handed out a personal best five assists. Three of his five helpers came on Combs' goals in the first half. Also, LaMonica's five-assist day was the best by a Terp this season and the most assists by a Maryland players since Mike Mollot had five against Towson on March 11, 2000.
The rest of the scoring a spread over a good part of the Maryland roster as 12 others players posted points. Alex Poole (Hunt Valley, Md.) had his first career two-goal game, scoring both in the second half. The Terps' other goals came from Jamie Daue (Lutherville, Md.), Paul Gillette (Millersville, Md.), Michael Howley (Wantagh, N.Y.), Mike LaMonica (Parkton, Md.), Chris Malone (Timonium, Md.), Nate Rullman (Earlysville, Va.) and Nate Watkins (Horseheads, N.Y.)
The Terps, who came into the game allowing just over six goals per game, were awesome on defense again, allowing UMBC just four goals to lower its goals against average to 5.93. Maryland held the Retrievers to just two shots over the second and third quarters including a shotless third quarter. Senior goalie Pat McGinnis (Ellicott City, Md.) made four saves in his continuing quest for the Tewaaraton Trophy as college lacrosse top player. Dan McCormick (McLean, Va.) came on very late in the third quarter and posted six saves -- all in the fourth. The Terps outshot UMBC 34-16 in the game and scooped up more than 50 groundballs for the third straight game with 51.
Maryland will await its fate in the NCAA Tournament bracket which will be unveiled on Sunday, May 6 at 8 p.m. The selection show will be aired on Comcast Sports Net (formerly Home Team Sports) in the Washington/Baltimore area.
GAME SCORING #20 UMBC (5-7) 1 1 0 2 -- 4 #6 MARYLAND (13-2) 2 4 5 3 --14
Qtr.-Time Team, Goal (Assist) UMBC-UMd 1-11:20 Maryland, Andrew Combs (Dan LaMonica) 0-1 1-8:08 Maryland, Chris Malone (un) 0-2 1-2:24 UMBC, Charlie Gibson (un) 1-2 2-13:45 Maryland, Andrew Combs (Dan LaMonica) 1-3 2-8:29 Maryland, Mike LaMonica (Andrew Combs) 1-4 2-7:31 Maryland, Jamie Daue (Craig Hochstadt) 1-5 2-4:39 UMBC, Charlie Gibson (un) EMG 2-5 2-2:05 Maryland, Andrew Combs (Dan LaMonica) 2-6 3-12:58 Maryland, Nate Watkins (un) 2-7 3-11:10 Maryland, Michael Howley (un) 2-8 3-2:29 Maryland, Andrew Combs (Jamie Daue) 2-9 3-1:45 Maryland, Alex Poole (Dan LaMonica) 2-10 3-0:20 Maryland, Andrew Combs (Ian Healy) 2-11 4-12:10 Maryland, Paul Gillette (Dan LaMonica) 2-12 4-9:56 UMBC, Charlie Gibson (Franklin Berry) 3-12 4-9:18 Maryland, Alex Poole (Mike Morsell) 3-13 4-2:56 Maryland, Nate Rullman (Willy Passavia) 3-14 4-1:37 UMBC, Charlie Gibson (Josh Hahn) 4-14
TEAM STATS Category UMBC Maryland Shots 5-2-0-9=16 9-10-8-7=34 Saves 3-3-1-3=10 3-1-0-6=10 Face-Offs 11/22 11/22 Groundballs 11-6-5-11=33 12-10-15-14=51 Clears 13/22 16/17 Extra-Man Opp. 1/6 0/3 Penalties 3/3:00 6/4:00
INDIVIDUAL SCORING UMBC Scoring Goals-Asst.-Pts. Charlie Gibson 4-0-4 Franklin Berry 0-1-1 Josh Hahn 0-1-1
Maryland Scoring Goals-Asst.-Pts. Andrew Combs 5-1-6 Dan LaMonica 0-5-5 Alex Poole 2-0-2 Jamie Daue 1-1-2 Paul Gillette 1-0-1 Michael Howley 1-0-1 Mike LaMonica 1-0-1 Chris Malone 1-0-1 Nate Rullman 1-0-1 Nate Watkins 1-0-1 Ian Healy 0-1-1 Craig Hochstadt 0-1-1 Mike Morsell 0-1-1 Willy Passavia 0-1-1
GOALIES UMBC Goalies Saves GA Min. Steve Cusa 10 14 59:18 Ethan Harris 0 0 0:42
-- Jason Yellin Maryland Athletic Media Relations Publications Coordinator Assistant Director, Media Relations
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