LaMonica Brothers Lead Terps To Denver Pioneer Face-Off Classic Title, 10-7

Feb. 25, 2001

DENVER - Led by the brother combination of junior Mike LaMonica (Parkton, Md.) and freshman Dan LaMonica (Parkton, Md.), he No. 8 Terp men's lacrosse team captured the 2001 Denver Pioneer Face-Off Classic championship with a 10-7 win over host No. 25 Denver on a beautiful sun-filled Sunday afternoon at Pioneer Field.

Both LaMonicas, who were named to the all-tournament team, each recorded four points in the win. Mike had three goals and an assist, while Dan had two goals and two points. Also named to the all-tournament team were senior attacker Andrew Combs (Baltimore, Md.), who had eight goals the classic, senior goalie Pat McGinnis (Ellicott City, Md.), who made 15 saves in two games and sophomore defenseman Michael Howley (Wantagh, N.Y.). Senior captain Chris Malone (Timonium, Md.) was named the most valuable player after scoring twice in Saturday's 16-3 win over Air Force and handing out three assists in Sunday's win.

After Denver jumped out to a 1-0 lead, Maryland reeled off four goals including two from Andrew Combs and one each from Mike LaMonica andDan LaMonica to take a 4-1 lead with 3:17 left in the first half. Denver stopped the run with a goal by Alex Stanton, but Combs added his second of the quarter on the extra-man with 2:33 left in the period to give the Terps a 5-2 halftime lead.

Senior Jon Kemezis (Crofton, Md.) opened the second half with a goal 2:30 into the half and Mike LaMonica added his second goal off an assist from Malone. Denver closed the third with two more goals to make it 7-4 heading to the fourth quarter.

The LaMonicas struck again as Mike and Dan scored back-to-back unassisted goals just 46 second apart to put Maryland up 9-4 with 10:29 left in regulation. Denver made it close with two goals to make it 9-6 with 2:46 left. But Mike Mollot (Holbrook, N.Y.) scored off a pass from Malone to seal it with 2:28 left. Denver's Travis Taylor added a goal with 2:00 left to make it 10-7.

Maryland defense behind Howley and McGinnis was solid all day limiting Denver to just 23 shots and 25 groundballs. Maryland kept the Pioneers at bay on the exrtra-man holding them to just one goal on seven chance including a three-minute penalty to start the fourth quarter to an illegal Maryland stick.

On face-offs Ryan Moran (Setauket, N.Y.) was solid winning seven of 13 draws.

Maryland returns to action for its ACC and home opener against No. 7 Duke on Sunday, March 4. The game will be televised live on WMAR (Channel 2) in the Baltimore area.

GAME SCORING No. 8 MARYLAND (2-0) 2 3 2 3 -- 10 No. 25 DENVER (1-1) 1 1 2 3 -- 7

Half-Time Team, Goal (Assist) UM-DU 1-10:03 DU, George Bishop (un) 0-1 1-3:29 UM, Andrew Combs (Dan LaMonica) 1-1 1-2:48 UM, Mike LaMonica (Dan LaMonica) 2-1

2-14:02 UM, Dan LaMonica (un) 3-1 2-3:17 UM, Andrew Combs (Chris Malone) 4-1 2-3:07 DU, Alex Stanton (Mike Law) 4-2 2-2:33 UM, Andrew Combs (Mike LaMonica) EMG 5-2

3-12:30 UM, Jon Kemezis (un) 6-2 3-10:40 UM, Mike LaMonica (Chris Malone) 7-2 3-3:00 DU, Chad Wittman (un) 7-3 3-1:11 DU, Mike Law (un) 7-4

4-11:15 UM, Mike LaMonica (un) 8-4 4-10:29 UM, Dan LaMonica (un) 9-4 4-5:04 DU, MacAdory Lipscomb (Mike Kenlay) 9-5 4-2:46 DU, Mike Law (Alex Stanton) EMG 9-6 4-2:28 UM, Mike Mollot (Chris Malone) 10-6 4-2:00 DU, Travis Taylor (Chad Wittman) 10-7

INDIVIDUAL SCORING Maryland Scorers Goals-Asst.-Pts. Mike LaMonica 3-1-4 Dan LaMonica 2-2-4 Andrew Combs 3-0-3 Chris Malone 0-3-3 Mike Mollot 1-0-1 Jon Kemezis 1-0-1

Denver Scorers Goals-Asst.-Pts. Mike Law 2-1-3 Chad Wittman 1-1-2 Alex Stanton 1-1-2 George Bishop 1-0-1 McAdory Lipscomb1-0-1 Travis Taylor 1-0-1 Mike Kenaly 0-1-1

GOALIES Maryland Saves GA Min. Pat McGinnis 10 7 60:00

Denver Goalies Saves GA Min. Brian Berger 14 10 57:52 Jeff Nunziato 0 0 2:08

TEAM STATS Category Maryland Denver Shots 9-9-13-7=38 7-6-4-6=23 Saves 2-4-1-3=10 3-4-4-3=14 Groundballs 12-12-10-8=42 5-8-6-6=25 Face-Offs 10/20 10/20 Clears 14/16 8/16 Penalties 8-8:30 3-2:30 EMO 1-3 1-7