March 13, 2004
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland rode a stalwart defense through three quarters and held off a late Towson surge to upend its in-state rivals 8-6 in the home opener Saturday before 2,495 at Byrd Stadium.
Senior midfielder Justin Smith (University Park, Md.) registered his first hat trick as a Terrapin - his fifth overall -- and graduate student Tim McGinnis (Ellicott City, Md.) had a solid effort in goal with 15 saves to keep the Terps undefeated through three games.
McGinnis held the Tigers (1-2 overall) scoreless until the final minute of the first half as Maryland took a 4-1 lead into the break. Smith found the back of the net twice, and Brendan Healy (Great Falls, Va.) and Joe Walters (Rochester, N.Y.) provided the remainder of the first-half scoring.
The second half was a tale of two quarters as Maryland exploded for four third-quarter scores and McGinnis kept the Towson attack at bay.
After the Terps had built the 8-1 lead, the Tigers (1-2) began their comeback on Keith Obloj's first goal of the season with 10:23 remaining. They would score four more times, and narrowed the margin to 8-6 with 3:09 remaining, but Maryland's defense turned away the Tigers in the game's waning moments - including a key strip by senior Chris Passavia (Stony Brook, N.Y.) on Obloj deep in Maryland territory with under two minutes remaining.
Maryland has now won the last nine regular-season games against Towson, dating to 1995.
Maryland will hit the road for two straight contests at Bucknell (March 16) and UMBC (March 20) next week, before returning home to face Butler on March 23 at 7 p.m.