May 8, 2004
The sophomore tandem played a part in 10 Terrapin goals, leading No. 3 Maryland to a 13-5 pasting of No. 13 Pennsylvania in front of 2,570 at a sun-splashed Byrd Stadium. McGlone (Swarthmore, Pa.) had a career-high seven points and Walters (Rochester, N.Y.) notched his 11th hat trick of the season as the Terps pulled away after halftime to collect their fourth straight victory heading into the NCAA Tournament on a roll. All four wins came against teams fighting for their NCAA Tourney lives.
"We've completed two of the three parts of the season," said Maryland Head Coach Dave Cottle. "We won the ACC Championship, we finished 12-2 after the regular season and now we're getting ready for the most challenging step."
Senior defensive captains Chris Passavia (Stony Brook, N.Y.), Dave Wagner (Severna Park, Md.) and Lee Zink (Rowayton, Conn.) turned in one of the best performances of the season, neutralizing the Quaker attack for nearly the entire second half after Penn had closed to 6-4 at the break. The backline trio, along with graduate student goalie Tim McGinnis (Ellicott City, Md.) allowed just one second half goal, midway through the fourth quarter.
The defense also held Penn senior sharpshooter Will Phillips pointless for the first time in 30 games.
Defense dictated the first quarter as Ian Healy's (Great Falls, Va.) rip from the right side with five seconds remaining gave Maryland a 2-1 lead after the opening quarter. Healy's second goal, which came midway through the second frame, gave Maryland a 4-3 lead it would not relinquish.
Walters assisted on the first three goals of the second half -- scored by senior J.R. Bordley (Vienna, Va.), Dave Matz (Woodstock, Vt.) and McGlone -- and followed that up by completing the hat-trick on a feed, appropriately, from McGlone. That goal, his 42nd of the season, moves the sophomore into ninth place for most goals in a single season by a Terp. He is the 14th Terrapin to crack the 40-goal mark in a single season and is the first Terp to reach 60 points in a season (42 goals, 18 assists) since Scott Hochstadt in 1998.
Senior Justin Smith (University Park, Md.) scored the fifth Maryland goal of the period, to give the home squad an 11-4 edge after three quarters. Cottle was able to turn to his reserves by the end of the game, and Bret Caretsky (Northport, N.Y.) delivered with his second goal of the season off a pretty feed at the goalmouth from Terence Dorsey (Baltimore, Md.) to cap the scoring.
It was an all-around effort for the Terps, who received superior play from its faceoff quintet of Drew Virk (Ross, Calif.), Thomas Alford (Washington, D.C.), Jeremy Pastula (Yorktown, N.Y.), David Tamberrino (Lutherville, Md.) and Chris Feifs (Durham, N.C.). Virk and Pastula, two of 12 seniors honored in pregame ceremonies, combined to win eight of 10 battles at the faceoff "X," where Maryland controlled 13 of 20 scrums -- its best performance of the season.
It is the 6th time in school history -- all in the last 17 years -- that Maryland has reached the 12-win mark.
Honored in pregame Senior Day ceremonies were Bordley, Peter Ellis (Ross, Calif), Paul Gillette (Millersville, Md.), McGinnis, Alex Melzer (Darien, Conn.), Passavia, Pastula, Smith, Virk, Wagner and Zink along with team manager Alissa Clendenen (Salisbury, Md.).
The Terps, vying for their first NCAA Tournament title since 1975, will learn of their first round opponent on ESPNEWS Monday at approximately 3:30 p.m.