Dec. 11, 2005
CARY, N.C. - Marc Burch scored in the 31st minute and the goal stood up the rest of the way as the Maryland Terrapins claimed the 2005 NCAA championship, 1-0, Sunday afternoon over New Mexico. The Terps claimed their first national championship since 1968.
Jason Garey was named the tournament's offensive MVP, and Chris Seitz was the defensive MVP. Maryland is the first team since 1992 to win the tournament as the No. 1 seed and Seitz is the first freshman goalkeeper to lead his team to the championship since 1990.
"I was proud of the way we played," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "The national championship game is not always going to be the most artistic game, and yet we tried to attack, we tried to get chances, we tried to play the right way. I'm really proud of that. I need to congratulate New Mexico on a great season and a great ascension into the elite ranks of college soccer because they're going to be a program that's going to be around for a long time. They have great fans, they have great coaches and they have great players. We look forward to playing them in the future."
The Lobos had the first good chance of the game early on a long throw-in and shot that was saved by Chris Seitz. The Terps then controlled the game and put pressure on the New Mexico defense getting several opportunities inside the 18-yard box. The Terps did not break through, though, until Burch's free kick put Maryland up 1-0 in the game's 31st minute. He took the free kick from 25 yards after Chris Lancos dribbled through the Lobo defense and was pulled down by a defender. Burch's free kick made it through the wall and rolled into the lower left corner of the net.
The Lobos countered with a pair of chances on a free kick of their own just outside the box. Seitz made a save on the shot and Josh Brown's rebound missed just right. New Mexico had another scoring opportunity several minutes later on a corner kick, but Andrew Boyens' header just sailed over the crossbar and the Terrapins took a 1-0 lead into halftime. Maryland held a sizeable 11-5 advantage in shots in the first 45 minutes.
New Mexico came out strong in the second half pushing forward and earned a penalty kick in the 50th minute after a Terp defender was called for a handball inside the box. Seitz got a beat on the shot and dove to his right and stopped the shot by Boyens.
Maryland had a chance to push it to 2-0 with a flurry of activity in the 61st minute. Burch drew the goalkeeper off his line and in a scramble, the ball shot out to Stephen King, but a Lobo defender cleared the ball off the line. The rebound went to Jason Garey, but his shot missed high.
The Terps held off the Lobos the rest of the way, limiting any chances for New Mexico. For the game Maryland out-shot New Mexico, 19-11.
For Burch, it was his second game-winner of the 2005 NCAA Tournament. He also had the game-winning assist against St. John's.
Jason Garey, Maryland
Chris Seitz, Maryland
Robbie Rogers, Maryland
A.J. Godbolt, Maryland
Michael Dello-Russo, Maryland
Andrew Boyens, New Mexico
Lance Watson, New Mexico
Mike Graczyk, New Mexico
Dane Richards, Clemson
Justin Moore, Clemson
Paulo da Silva, SMU