March 27, 2004
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Freshman Mike Brown (West Hartford, Conn.) scored two fourth-quarter goals including the game-tying goal and eventual game-winner to lift the No. 2 Terps to a 10-9 win at No. 4 North Carolina on Saturday. Sophomore Joe Walters (Rochester, N.Y.) continued his torrid scoring stretch with four more goals in the huge conference road win, keeping Maryland perfect at 7-0, 2-0 in the ACC. North Carolina is now 5-2 overall, 1-1 in the league.
The Terps will move to No. 1 in the nation on Monday after Hopkins was beaten in overtime by Virginia, 9-8, on Saturday. The Terps play those Cavaliers on Saturday, April 3 at 1 p.m., at Byrd Stadium. The game will be a rematch of the NCAA Semifinals from last season.
"What a team effort by Maryland this afternoon," said head coach Dave Cottle. "You have to give credit to the seniors for outstanding play in a tough game. Also the freshman like Mike Brown and Michael Phipps each came up big, scoring twice in the game."
Trailing 8-7 heading into the fourth quarter, Brown scored the game-tying goal on a fast-break off a pass from Chris Passavia (Stony Brook, N.Y.), just 30 seconds into the fourth.
Walters netted the go-ahead goal with a blistering shot that beat UNC goalie Paul Spellman off a pass from Justin Smith (University Park, Md.) with 9:23 left in regulation to make it 9-8.
The Terps scored the game-winner with 6:48 left in the fourth on one of the prettiest plays of the season. Senior midfielder Paul Gillette (Millersville, Md.) began a transition running up the right side of the field, he then fed Xander Ritz (Wayne, Pa.), who quickly dished it off the Brown, who beat Spellman. That put the Terps up 10-8.
UNC got to within one as Mike McCall picked up a loose ball in the crease off his own shot and scored with 1:37 left. But Maryland gained possession on a turnover with just over one minute left and was able to use the clock down to the final seconds not allowing the Tar Heels a chance to tie the game.
Maryland controlled the first half, building a 7-3 halftime lead. After a UNC's Jed Prossner scored the game's first goal 1:57 into the game. The Terps scored seven of the game's next eight goals with Walters netting three straight Maryland goals over a span of 4:34 from the late first quarter to early second quarter, making it 4-2.
Andrew Schwartzman (Owings Mills, Md.) scored an unassisted goal on a rifle shot for a 5-2 lead. Then freshman Michael Phipps (Severna Park, Md.) netted back-to-back goals 59 seconds apart for a 7-2 lead with 2:43 left in the first half.
The Tar Heels opened up their offense in the third quarter, outscoring the Terps 5-0 to take that 8-7 lead. Four different Tar Heels scored in the run: Bryant Will (with two), Andrew McElduff, Mike McCall and Ryan Blair.
Prossner finished with three goals in the game - all of UNC's goals in the first half.
Maryland outshot the Tar Heels, 31-26 while UNC had a 32-27 groundball advantage. In goal, Maryland's Tim McGinnis (Ellicott City, Md.) made 13 saves including four in each of the final three quarters. Spellman also had 13 stops for the Tar Heels.
The Terps have now won three straight games at Fetzer Field vs. UNC and eight of the late nine in the series.
The Terps look to close out a perfect 3-0 ACC slate as they host No. 17 Virginia at Byrd Stadium at 1 p.m. The game will be televised live on CSTV nationally (DirecTV Channel 610).