Feb. 24, 2001
DENVER - The No. 8 Maryland men's lacrosse team began its 2001 season in style with a dominating 16-3 win in the first game of the Denver Pioneer Face-Off Classic on Saturday afternoon in the team's first-ever trip out of the Eastern time zone. The Terps' superior play began less than a minute into the game as sophomore defensive midfielder Brett Harper (Upper Arlington, Ohio) laid a bone-crushing hit on Air Force's Alex DeManss, knocking the Falcons' midfielder into the ground. Then the scoring got underway as sophomore Mike Mollot (Holbrook, N.Y.)) scored the first of his hat trick, 2:59 into the game. After Air Force evened the game at 1-1 on a goal by John Agnew, Maryland scored 11 consecutive goals, building the 12-1 lead in the third quarter.
The 11-goal run featured the first two career goals by both freshman Dan LaMonica (Parkton, Md.) and sophomore Jamie Daue (Lutherville, Md.), two more by Mollot and four of the five goals Andrew "Buggs" Combs (Baltimore, Md.) scored. Combs equaled his career high for goals with five (his sixth career hat trick), originally set at UMBC on May 6, 2000. Mollot added four assists in the contest to finish with seven points, which also ties his career high for points, originally set against Hofstra in the NCAA Quarterfinals on May 14, 2000.
LaMonica, the Baltimore area's top play as a senior at Boys' Latin in 2000, finished with five points (two goals and three assists) in his collegiate debut.
Chris Malone (Timonium, Md.) also scored in the 11-0 run to extend his consecutive point-scoring streak to 21 games, dating back to 1999. Malone finished with two goals, his 14th career multi-goal game.
Freshmen J.R. Bordley (Vienna, Va.) and Ian Healy (Great Falls, Va.), both of the Landon School, also posted their first college points as Bordley assisted two goals and Healy added a helper on LaMonica's second goal. Sophomores Matt Brock (Manakin-Sabot, Va.) and Nate Rullman (Earlysville, Va.) also scored for the Terps. The goal for Rullman was his first after sitting out the last two years.
With the win, Maryland improved to 72-3-1 all-time in season openers, dating to 1924, winning the last eight. The Terps also improved to 4-0 all-time against Air Force.
In goal, Pat McGinnis (Ellicott City, Md.) and Dan McCormick (McLean, Va.) split time in goal, making five and two saves, respectively. Maryland outshot the Falcons, 48-18, including 33-7 in the first half.
"We were just happy to get every healthy player on the roster into the game," said head coach Dick Edell, now in his 18th year at Maryland. "It was good to see the attack start to click after a slow start in the first quarter and the defense really did the job limiting Air Force throughout the game."
The Terps return to action on Sunday afternoon as they take on host Denver at 1:30 p.m. MT.
AIR FORCE (0-1) 1 0 2 0 -- 3 No. 8 MARYLAND (1-0) 3 7 4 2 -- 16
Half-Time Team, Goal (Assist) UM-AFA 1-12:01 Maryland, Mike Mollot (un) 1-0 1-5:02 Air Force, John Agnew (un) 1-1 1-3:07 Maryland, Mike Mollot (Dan LaMonica) 2-1 1-1:35 Maryland, Jamie Daue (Mike Mollot) 3-1
2-10:54 Maryland, Mike Mollot (un) 4-1 2-9:49 Maryland, Andrew Combs (un) EMG 5-1 2-8:56 Maryland, Jamie Daue (un) 6-1 2-7:10 Maryland, Andrew Combs (Mike Mollot) 7-1 2-6:57 Maryland, Dan LaMonica (Mike Mollot) 8-1 2-6:03 Maryland, Chris Malone (un) 9-1 2-4:01 Maryland, Dan LaMonica (Ian Healy) 10-1
3-12:41 Maryland, Andrew Combs (D. LaMonica) EMG 11-1 3-9:26 Maryland, Andrew Combs (Dan LaMonica) 12-1 3-8:18 Air Force, Kyle Warf (un) 12-2 3-6:45 Maryland, Andrew Combs (Mike Mollot) 13-2 3-4:15 Maryland, Chris Malone (J.R. Bordley) 14-2 3-0:12 Air Force, Adam Gaudinski (un) 14-3
INDIVIDUAL SCORING Maryland Goals-Asst.-Pts. Mike Mollot 3-4-7 Andrew Combs 5-0-5 Dan LaMonica 2-3-5 Jamie Daue 2-0-2 Chris Malone 2-0-2 J.R. Bordley 0-2-2 Matt Brock 1-0-1 Nate Rullman 1-0-1 Ian Healy 0-1-1 Sean Leary 0-1-1
Air Force Goals-Asst.-Pts. John Agnew 1-0-1 Adam Gaudinski 1-0-1 Kyle Warf 1-0-1
Air Force Saves GA Min. Bill Arnold 10 10 30:00 Jeff Moss 4 6 30:00
TEAM STATS Category Maryland Air Force Shots 19-14-7-8=48 4-3-5-6=18 Saves 2-2-1-2=7 8-2-1-3=14 Groundballs 12-21-10-9=52 5-9-10-10=34 Face-Offs 8/23 15/23 Clears 14/20 8/18 Penalties 6-4:30 4-4:00 EMO 2-4 0-6