May 15, 2005
College Park, Md. - The No. 3 seed Maryland Terrapins got four points each from All-American Joe Walters and Xander Ritz and rallied from a 6-5 halftime deficit to defeat Penn State, 14-10, at Byrd Stadium Saturday night and advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.
The Terps dominated the opening quarter, scoring four straight goals from Andrew Schwartzman, Bill McGlone, Mike Hartofilis and Ian Healy. But the Nittany Lions roared back in the second quarter with five goals of their own to take a 6-5 lead into the break.
Maryland responded by dominating the third quarter, scoring seven times and limiting the Penn State offense to just two goals. Xander Ritz scored a man-up goal at 12:58 to tie the game at the 12:58 mark, but PSU's Patrick Heim scored an unassisted goal a little more than a minute later to give Penn State the lead back at 7-6.
Xander Ritz answered right back for the Terps at the 10:09 mark and tied the game at 7-7. Walters then gave Maryland an 8-7 advantage at 6:57 on a brilliant assist from Schwartzman. The Nittany Lions tied the game again, the fourth time the score was tied, on a goal by Gil Pearsall at 5:55.
The Maryland offense, which was sparked in the third quarter by face-off specialist David Tamberrino who won 7-9 draws in the quarter, started to exert control of the game. Beginning at the 3:38 mark, the Terps went on another 4-0 run with four different goal scorers. Midfielder Ryan Lang scored his second goal of the season to begin the run at 3:38. All-American midfielder Brendan Healy followed with his first of the game just 31 seconds later. McGlone scored his second of the game at 1:24 and Xander Ritz capped off the run with his third goal of the quarter to give Maryland a 12-8 lead going into the fourth.
Penn State started the fourth quarter with a three-minute non-releasable penalty, but the Nittany Lion defense responded to the challenge, holding the Terps scoreless for the duration of the penalty. Penn State tried to rally off a goal by Will Jones at the 10:59 mark, but Maryland fired back with back-to-back goals by Joe Walters for a 14-9 lead to seal the game.
Nittany Lion midfielder Mike Jacober, who has been the cornerstone of this Nittany Lion team since his parents and brother were killed in a March 26 plane crash, capped off his season with Penn State's final goal with 25 seconds left in the game.
The game was delayed for more than two and a half hours due to a thunder storm.
Maryland advances to the NCAA Quarterfinals next Sunday at Princeton Stadium in Princeton, N.J., against Georgetown. The Hoyas defeated Army 16-6 in Washington D.C., Sunday afternoon, May 22, to advance to face the Terps. The game will be a rematch of the season opener, which saw Maryland defeat Georgetown, 13-6, in College Park. The only previous meeting between the two schools in the NCAA Tournament came in 1997 when the Terps beat the Hoyas 14-10 in the first round. Face-off is scheduled for 12 noon.
With today's 14-10 win Maryland is 30-0 all-time vs. Penn State.
With the win over Penn State, the Terps are now 36-25 in NCAA Tournament play, including an 8-2 record in first-round games.
With three goals and an assist Joe Walters extended his point scoring streak to 31 games.
Xander Ritz tied his career-long point scoring streak at 15 games with three goals and an assist.
For Walters it was his 23rd career hat trick, while Xander Ritz now has five career hat tricks.
Brendan and Ian Healy scored in the same game for the tenth time in their careers.
When McGlone and Walters score goals in the same game the Terps are now 23-8.