April 25, 1998
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Despite outshooting No. 1 Maryland by a 39-34 margin and winning 18 of 31 faceoffs, the 16th-ranked Rutgers men's lacrosse team dropped a 16-11 decision in front of 1,812 fans in its home finale at Yurcak Field.
Rutgers (7-6) jumped out to a 3-1 lead midway through the first quarter on a pair of goals from freshman Keith Cromwell (Hicksville, N.Y.) and one from junior Brody Bush (Media, Pa.). But Maryland ripped off six straight goals over a 12:15 span to take the lead for good. The Terps outscored Rutgers 7-2 over the final 20 minutes of the first half to take an 8-5 lead into halftime.
Maryland (11-1) scored seven of the first nine goals in the second half to widen the margin to 15-7 with just over nine minutes remaining in the game. Rutgers fought back with four straight goals in a 4:03 span to cut the lead to 15-11, but Maryland answered to close the scoring at 16-11.
Maryland's Scott Hochstadt led all acoring in the game with four goals and four assists. For the Scarlet Knights Bush grabbed the most points with one goal and four assists. Cromwell finished the game with four goals, senior Matt Kopley (Skaneateles, N.Y.) scored two goals and two assists and junior David Schaller (Westfield, N.J.) notched a goal and an assist.
Rutgers' senior goalie Mike Zoanetti (Camillus, N.Y.) made nine saves between the pipes. Maryland starter Kevin Healy turned away 12 shots and backup Sean Kennan made three saves.
Maryland converted two of four extra-man opportunities, while the Scarlet Knights were succesful on one of four. In addition to shots and faceoffs, Rutgers held the advantage in ground balls with a 62-53 margin.