Maryland Tops Towson, 15-11 in Men's Lacrosse

May 6, 1999

TOWSON, Md. - Junior midfielder Brian Zeller tied his career high with five goals, including two in a big third quarter, to help 9th-ranked Maryland pull away from a 6-6 halftime tie and go on to beat Towson 15-11 Wednesday night in Minnegan Stadium as the two teams played in a makeup from a March 14th date that was postponed because of snow.

The Terrapins, who go to 9-4 on the year, continued their dominance over the Tigers, beating Towson at home for the 8th time and the 16th time in 20 meetings. The loss dropped Towson to 4-8 on the year. The Tigers, who broke from the gate with a 3-0 start, have now lost 8 of their last nine.

Maryland, needing a victory to stay in the hunt for a NCAA playoff spot, broke away from the Tigers in the third quarter to go ahead 10-6. A Marc Sullivan extra man goal with 13:47 left to play upped Maryland's lead to 11-6 before two quick Towson goals by Dannie Ross and Kevin Sturm cut the lead to 11-8 at the 9:50 mark. But the Terrapins got hot again with Zeller scoring two more goals and Scott Hochstadt adding one to give Maryland a 14-8 margin with 5:00 to play.

The Tigers hit a dry spell after Spencer Ford's goal knotted the score 6-6 with 5:51 remaining in the second quarter. Maryland held Towson scoreless for the next 25:44 while building to the 11-6 lead.

Zeller got scoring help from Hochstadt who finished with 4 goals. Hochstadt now has 14 goals in his last 3 games and has 121 in his career to rank 5th in Maryland's all-time list.

Sturm, who ranks second on the Tigers' all-time scoring list with 115 goals, showed the way for Towson with four goals. Ford, the national assist leader, had 3 goals and two assists.

Both teams close out their seasons this Saturday at home with Towson hosting Gannon at 1:00 p.m. and Maryland entertaining UMBC at 1:00 p.m.

1 2 3 4 Final MARYLAND (9-4) 4 2 4 5 -15 TOWSON (4-8) 3 3 0 5 -11 GOALS: UM - Brian Zeller 5, Scott Hochstadt 4, Erik Osberg 2, John Kemeris, Alex Poole, Marc Sullivan, Buggs Combs. Towson - Kevin Sturm 4, Spencer Ford 3, Dannie Ross 2, Mike Murray, Todd Paradise.

ASSISTS: UM - Marcus LaChapelle 3, Alex Poole 2, Scott Hochstadt, Erik Osberg, John Kemeris, Nate Watkins, Chris Malone. Towson - Spencer Ford 2, Todd Paradise 2, Dannie Ross, Keith Smith, Kevin Sturm, Steve Wohltmann.

SAVES: UM - Kevin Healy 14 (11 goals, 60:00). Towson - Sam Hudson 11 (15 goals,58:00), Kevin Meyran (0 goals, 2:00).

SHOTS: UM 51, Towson 28 GROUND BALLS: UM 44, Towson 49 FACEOFFS: UM 15/27, Towson 12/27 PENALTIES: UM 5 for 3:30, Towson 8 for 7:00 EXTRA MAN GOALS: UM 5/8, Towson 1/5 CLEARS/FAILED: UM 20/3, Towson 15/12 ATTENDANCE: 1,536