March 25, 2006
Chapel Hill, N.C. - Player of the Year candidate Joe Walters scored five goals to lead the fourth-ranked University of Maryland men's lacrosse team to a 9-6 win over North Carolina on a soggy Saturday afternoon at Fetzer Field.
With Carolina (2-7, 0-2 ACC) clinging to a 5-4 lead midway through the third quarter, the Terps (6-1, 2-0 ACC) scored five unanswered goals to pull out the victory.
The first quarter was played at a meticulous pace by both teams with Maryland scoring the lone goal of the period on Walters' 13th goal of the season at the 11:44 mark. The play started in the Carolina offensive zone when Joe Cinosky caused a UNC turnover that Ray Megill scooped up, starting the Maryland break. Junior long pole Ryan Clarke found Walters on the right wing, who rocketed a shot past Tar Heel goalie Grant Zimmerman.
Carolina tied the game at 1-1 with 10:11 remaining in the second quarter when attackman Ryan Blair scored an unassisted goal on a diving shot from the back left of the Maryland goal.
Walters put the Terps back on top with an unassisted goal midway through the second period. After Maryland settled the ball into its offensive zone after a successful clear, Walters scored on an iso play from the right side of the Tar Heel net and beat Zimmerman to the top left corner of the goal.
That lead was short-lived for the Terrapins because less than a minute later Carolina midfielder Rob Driscoll scored an unassisted goal to tie the game at 2-2.
The Tar Heels took their first lead of the game at the 2:56 mark when UNC's Ben Hunt took advantage of an extra-man opportunity.
It looked as if Carolina would take a 3-2 lead into halftime, but Maryland junior defensive middie Travis Holmes caused a Tar Heel turnover in the final minute to give the Terps a chance to tie the game. Walters made sure that chance would not be wasted by scoring his third goal of the game off an assist from senior All-American Brendan Healy.
Maryland took the lead again early in the third quarter on sophomore Max Ritz's fifth goal of the season. Junior attackman Michael Phipps took a swing pass behind the UNC goal and found a cutting Ritz in front of the crease where he one-timed a shot into the Tar Heel goal.
Carolina responded quickly, tying the game once again less than two minutes later when Hunt scored his second goal of the game, this time off an assist from Brian Connors. Connors would then give UNC a 5-4 lead when he scored an unassisted goal on a low shot from the right wing.
The back-and-forth contest swung in favor of Maryland less than a minute later when All-American midfielder Bill McGlone found Phipps open on the right side of the Tar Heel net. Phipps beat Zimmerman for his second goal of the season and a 5-5 tie with 6:26 remaining in the third.
Maryland took the lead again, 6-5, with 3:23 left in the third when Max Rtiz scored an unassisted goal on an iso play beginning on a restart from behind the left side of the Carolina goal.
Walters gave the Terps their biggest lead of the game at 7-6 when he laced a shot from about 12 yards in front of the crease to convert on an extra-man opportunity at the 1:08 mark of the third.
The fourth quarter started ominously for Maryland when senior face-off specialist David Tamberrino was assessed a one-minute non-releasable penalty for having an illegal stick. But the Terrapin man-down unit made the penalty moot by killing the penalty without allowing a goal.
The Terps responded with Walters' season-high fifth goal of the game at the 9:34 mark for an 8-5 Maryland lead. Walters started the play at the midfield stripe when he intercepted a Carolina pass on a clear attempt. The Rochester, N.Y., native then raced across the field to the left wing and slipped a low shot on the shot side past Zimmerman.
Maryland put the game out of reach with 5:10 left in the game when Xander Ritz found a cutting McGlone in front of the Tar Heel net for another Terrapin extra-man goal.
The Terps return home to face top-ranked Virginia next Saturday, April 1, at Byrd Stadium in College Park. Face-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
With today's 9-6 win Maryland is now 33-18 all-time vs. North Carolina.
With five goals, Joe Walters extended his point scoring streak to 40 games.
Walters now has 29 hat tricks, 36 multi-goal games and 46 multi-points games in his career.
Walters is now in sixth place on Maryland's all-time points scored list with 195. He now needs just 25 points to become the school's all-time leader.
McGlone's two-goal effort gives him 15 multi-goal games and 18 multi-point games in his career.
When Walters and McGlone score goals in the same game Maryland is now 28-10.