Sunshine Boys: No. 7 Terps Take On Butler In Boca Raton, Florida

March 25, 2003

Tuesday, March 25, 2003 * 7 p.m.
St. Andrew's School * Boca Raton, Fla.

The No. 7 Maryland men's lacrosse team will take on Butler tonight at 7 p.m., at The St. Andrew's School in Boca Raton, Fla. Both teams are in Florida as part of spring break.

The Terps stand at 4-1 after suffering their first loss of the season last Saturday, 10-6 to North Carolina, at Byrd Stadium. It was Maryland's first loss to the Tar Heels since 1996 and dropped the Terps to No. 7 in the newest USILA Poll, while the Heels jumped from No. 13 to No. 8.

Butler comes into the game with a 3-3 record. The Bulldogs have not played a game since March 15, when they lost at Sacred Heart, 15-12. Butler has defeated VMI (15-2), Canisius (19-14) and Quinnipiac (12-4) this season. In addition to the loss to Sacred Heart, they have also lost to Hobart (13-3) and Bucknell (10-2). The Bulldogs are led by Ryan Ward, who has 11 goals and nine assists for a team-high 20 points. He scored four goals in the loss to Sacred Heart in their most recent game.

Playing In The Sunshine State
The game in Boca Raton marks the second time i three seasons, the Terps have played in the Sunshine State. The 2001 ACC Men's Lacrosse Tournament was held at Disney's Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. Maryland lost the championship game to Duke, 10-6 after beating Virginia, 12-8 in the semifinal.

This year's trip -- which is also serving as a spring break for the team -- marks the first spring break trip to Florida since the early 1980s and late 1970s, when coaches Dino Mattesich and Bud Beardmore would take the Terps to Florida during the early season.

The Series with Butler
Maryland has played Butler just one previous time, the first round of the 1998 NCAA Tournament, when the No. 5 seeded Terps stopped the Bulldogs, 18-10 at Byrd Stadium on May 10, 1998. That game marked Butler's first NCAA appearance in men's lacrosse.

The teams have not played since and no one on either team has played a collegiate game against each other.

Up Next For The Terps
Maryland returns to College Park on Wednesday evening and will prepare for its final ACC regular-season game. The Terps travel to Charlottesville for a match-up with the No. 2 Cavaliers this Saturday at 2 p.m.

The Terps lost a heart-breaking 11-10 decision to the Cavaliers last March 30 at Byrd Stadium. Virginia beat Maryland, 7-2, in the last game between the teams at Klockner Stadium on March 31, 2001.

It will be the first of two trips to Klockner this year, as the ACC Men's Lacrosse Championships will be held their on April 18-20. Maryland won the last ACC's held at Virginia, beating the host Cavaliers, 14-11 for the 1998 title.

USILA Poll For March 24
No. Name Record Points Previous
1 Johns Hopkins (8) 4-1 196 4
2 Virginia (1) 5-1 190 1
3 Princeton 2-2 171 7
4 Georgetown (1) 5-0 169 5
5 Syracuse 3-2 163 3
6 Massachusetts 7-0 161 6
7 Maryland 4-1 138 2
8 North Carolina 5-2 125 13
9 Rutgers 7-0 113 10
10 Loyola 5-1 107 9
11 Duke 6-3 97 8
12 Navy 4-2 84 12
13 Notre Dame 4-3 70 11
14Tie Cornell 4-2 63 15T
14Tie Hofstra 3-3 63 15T
16 Yale 3-1 34 14
17 UMBC 4-1 31 20T
18Tie Towson 2-3 29 17
18Tie Villanova 5-3 29 18
20 Ohio State 3-2 21 20T
Others receiving votes (in order): Pennsylvania, Bucknell, Hobart, Dartmouth