March 25, 2003
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The No. 7 Maryland men's lacrosse team outscored Butler 9-0 in the third quarter on the way to an 18-9 victory over the Bulldogs in a game played the St. Andrew's School in Boca Raton, Fla., on a beautiful Tuesday night.
Fourteen different Terps had points led by junior attacker Dan LaMonica (Parkton, Md.), who had five on two goals and three assists including his 100th career point. Fellow attackmen Brian Hunt (West Chester, Pa.) and Joe Walters (Rochester, N.Y.) each had three goals and one assist for four points in the win.
Trailing 6-5 at halftime, the Terps (5-1 overall) scored all nine goals in the third quarter and built a 14-6 lead heading to the final period. In that run, Tewaaraton Trophy player to watch Brian Hunt scored all three of his goals on the night.
LaMonica scored the go-ahead goal -- off a Hunt helper -- to make it 7-6 Terps 2:29 into the second half. LaMonica also added two assists late in the quarter including an assist on Walters' third goal of the game to make it 12-6. That assist marked the 100th career point of LaMonica's career in just 34 career game. LaMonica is the 31st player in Maryland's storied history to hit the century plateau in points. He finished the game with five points (two goals and three assists) and now has 102 career points.
The other Terp goals came from J.R. Bordley (Vienna, Va.), Ian Healy (Great Falls, Va.), Michael Howley (Wantagh, N.Y.), Sean Leary (Troy, Mich.), Mike Mollot (Holbrook, N.Y.) and Willy Passavia (Stony Brook, N.Y.). For All-American defenseman Howley, the goal was his first of the year and fourth in his career.
Junior Drew Virk (Ross, Calif.) was a key to the Terps success all night as he won a career-high 11 face-offs in 17 attempts.
Maryland dominated in all catergories as they outshot the Bulldogs 53-33 and scooped up 34 more groudballs than Butler, 58-24. Junior Paul Gillette (Severna Park, Md.) corraled a career-high nine groundballs, whiole Virk also posted a personal best with eight GB's. Gillette also added an assist.
Butler, fell to 3-4 overall. Ryan Ward scored three goals in the defeat and Kyle Tietjen added three assists.
Maryland returns to action on Saturday as they travel to ACC foe No. 2 Virginia for a 2 p.m. game at Klockner Stadium.