April 15, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - Joe Walters was determined to beat Johns Hopkins before his time at the University of Maryland was finished. The Tewaaraton Trophy nominee put the No. 7 Terrapin men's lacrosse team on his shoulders by scoring six goals and dishing out two assists to lead the Terps to an impressive 11-4 victory over the sixth-ranked Blue Jays in front of 9,778 fans at Homewood Field on Saturday night.
Walters showed why he was selected to be on Team USA this summer at the ILF World Games by dominating the Blue Jay defense. The senior from Rochester, N.Y., scored in every quarter, including two man-up goals. The eight-point game set a new career-best for Walters and is the first eight-point game by a Terp since 2002 when Mike LaMonica scored six goals and added two assists at UMBC.
The win ended a 10 years of frustration for Maryland at Homewood Field and is Maryland's first in the series since 2001. The victory also marked the first time the Terps have defeated Hopkins since Dave Cottle took over as head coach in 2002.
The first quarter was a good one for the Terps and it began with an unlikely source. Just over five minutes into the game junior midfielder Travis Holmes took a pass from Walters on the right wing and bounced a shot past Hopkins goalie Jesse Schwartzman for a 1-0 Terp lead. Walters stretched that advantage to 2-0 with his first goal of the evening, converting a man-up opportunity by lacing as shot past Schwartzman to the top left corner of the goal.
The Terps essentially put the game away in the second quarter with four goals, two from Walters and one each for senior midfielders Xander Ritz and Bill McGlone. Hopkins started the quarter with a man-up goal by Tom Duerr to cut the lead to 2-1. The Blue Jays got the man-advantage when Walters was assessed a 30-second illegal procedure penalty for throwing teammate David Tamberrino's stick to the sidelines after Tamberrino lost his stick in a pile-up.
That may have been the spark that got Walters to another level as he returned to the game after Duerr's goal and scored his second goal of the game 50 seconds later. He isolated his defender behind the Hopkins goal and raced around the cage and fired a low shot from the right side of the net.
Ritz got Walters his second assist of the game and gave the Terps a 4-1 lead with 7:06 left in the second quarter by ripping a shot into the top left corner of the net from the lower right wing.
Walters picked up the game winner with 6:05 in the second quarter on his second man-up goal of the game. Max Ritz picked up his eighth assist of the season by sending a pass to Walters 14 yards out in front of the Hopkins goal. The three-time All-American wound up and ripped a shot past Schwartzman for a 5-1 Maryland lead.
The Blue Jays scored their second goal of the game with 2:21 in the second and seemed to be building some momentum heading into halftime, but McGlone scored his first of two goals with 15 seconds left before the break to shift the advantage back to the Terps and send them into the locker room with a 6-2 lead.
McGlone, a first team All-American in 2005, started the third quarter the way he finished the second, scoring a goal for the Terps and helping keep Hopkins on its heels. The Ridley, Pa., native, took a pass from junior attackman Michael Phipps on the right wing and sent a low shot from around his ankles that beat Schwartzman for a 7-2 lead.
Hopkins got a glimmer of hope when midfielder Stephen Pyser returned from injury to score his first goal of the season at the 11:04 mark of the third. But that glimmer was short -lived as Walters scored his fourth goal of the game to extend Maryland's lead back to five at 8-3.
The fourth quarter was all Maryland and the Terps jumped out quick again as senior All-American Brendan Healy scored his first goal in five games for a 9-3 Terrapin lead. The Great Falls, Va., native, scored unassisted on a bounce-shot when he dodged past his defender on the left wing and fired a shot from seven yards out.
Hopkins tried to make something happen and pulled Schwartzman out of the net to double the ball on Maryland's next possession. But that plan back-fired when the ball got into Walters' hands. He fought through four defenders and slipped an easy empty-net goal for his fifth of the game.
Walters capped the scoring for the Terps by tying his career-high with his sixth goal of the game at the 6:24 mark. Sophomore midfielder Drew Evans picked up his second assist of the game by passing the ball to Walters in front of the Hopkins net and in a shot very similar to his third goal of the game, Walters ripped a shot from 14 yards for an 1--3 Terrapin lead.
Junior All-American Harry Alford rebounded from a pair of disappointing performances the past two weeks to have a tremendous showing vs. the Blue Jays. Alford made nine saves, picked up two groundballs and allowed only four goals in more than 57 minutes of action.
Other defensive standouts for the Terps include junior All-American Ray Megill who caused three Hopkins' turnovers and picked up a career-high five groundballs. Schmeisser Cup candidate Steve Whittenberg caused two turnovers and picked up four groundballs. Maryland's third starting defenseman, sophomore Joe Cinosky, finished the game with a career-best four groundballs.
Maryland has a short turn-around as it hosts Sacred Heart on Tuesday, April 18, at Byrd Stadium. Face-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.
With today's 11-4 win Maryland is now 37-55-1 all-time vs. Johns Hopkins.
The win is Maryland's first in the series since 2001 and marks the first time the Terps have defeated Hopkins since Dave Cottle took over as head coach in 2002.
The victory is also the first for the Terrapins at Homewood Field since April 13, 1996, a 12-9 Maryland win.
With six goals and two assists, Joe Walters extended his point scoring streak to 43 games.
Walters now has 30 hat tricks, 38 multi-goal games and 48 multi-point games in his career.
With his assist on Travis Holmes' first quarter goal, Walters became just the fourth Terrapin to reach 200 points in his career joining Bob Boniello (219), Ray Altman (214) and Frank Urso (208). Walters now has 207 career points.
Walter's is now in second on Maryland's all-time goal scoring list with 142 goals and now needs just eight goals to pass Matt Hahn as the school's career leader.
Xander Ritz extended his point scoring streak scoring to 27 games with a second-quarter goal.
Bill McGlone's two-goal game gives him 17 multi-goal games and 20 multi-point games in his career.
McGlone also extended his goal-scoring streak to 10 games.
When Walters and McGlone score goals in the same game Maryland is now 29-11.
The Maryland defense held the Blue Jays scoreless in the first quarter, marking the 11th time this season the Terps have held an opponent scoreless in a quarter.