No. 4 Terps Dominate Dartmouth, 14-2

March 21, 2006

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College Park, Md. - Any thought that Dartmouth had of pulling off an upset of the Maryland men's lacrosse team was lost early, as the fourth-ranked Terrapins dominated the Big Green, 14-2, Tuesday afternoon at Ludwig Field.

Maryland (5-1) scored seven goals in the first quarter to put the game out of reach in the first 15 minutes of play. What is even more impressive is that the Terps outshot the Big Green 15-0 in the quarter. The Maryland defense did not allow a Dartmouth shot until 6:56 in the second quarter and the Big Green did not get a shot on goal until 3:13 during an extra-man opportunity.

All-American midfielder Bill McGlone started the scoring parade with 12:18 remaining in the quarter off an assist from senior All-American Joe Walters. Sophomore middie Will Dalton scored his first goal of the season just over a minute later for a 2-0 Terp advantage.

Walters scored his first of four goals on the day at the 9:29 mark, but the most amazing score of the game came at 7:46 when sophomore defenseman Joe Cinosky caused a Dartmouth turnover in the Big Green's attack zone and raced the length of the field and fired a high shot past Dartmouth goalie Pat Marshall for his first collegiate goal.

Senior captain Xander Ritz scored the next two Terrapin goals with both coming off assists from younger brother Max. It appeared Maryland would take a 6-0 lead into the second quarter, but Walters fired a low shot with one second remaining that beat Marshall for the Terps' seventh goal of the period.

The second quarter was more of the same for Maryland as Walters scored twice more and assisted on goals by McGlone and Xander Ritz, who assisted both of Walters' goals in the period.

With an 11-0 lead at the half, the Terps were able to get their reserves some valuable playing time in the third and fourth quarters.

Junior midfielder Travis Holmes, who has primarily seen time as a defensive midfielder, scored his first goal of the season at the 2:23 mark of the third off an assist from freshman Danny Gallagher.

Gallagher followed up his first collegiate point with his first collegiate goal in the fourth quarter off an assist from junior Michael Phipps just 50 seconds into the period.

Dartmouth got on the board with a goal from Bread Heritage at the 6:28 mark, but Maryland responded with its first man-down goal of the season on freshman Scott Tompkins' first collegiate goal with an assist by sophomore midfielder Drew Evans.

The Big Green's Brian Koch closed out the scoring with 3:55 remaining with an unassisted goal.

One of the main reasons for Maryland's dominance was the performance of its face-off men. After winning just four of 16 face-offs last Saturday at UMBC, the Terps won 17 of 20 at the X, including 12 wins in 13 draws by senior David Tamberrino. Junior Thomas Alford had his best outing of the season facing-off, winning five of seven attempts.

Defensively for the Terps, it was another tremendous display of both individual and team defense. Junior All-American Steve Whittenberg, who shutout Nick Bonacci, Dartmouth's leading scorer, finished the game with two groundballs and one caused turnover. In addition to scoring a goal, Cinosky also caused three Big Green turnovers and picked up a groundball. The third member of Maryland's starting defense, All-American Ray Megill, also had an outstanding game with three caused turnovers and three groundballs.

Overall, Maryland's defense held the Big Green without a goal for 53:32 and shut them out for three quarters raising it season total of scoreless quarters to nine. The last time a Terrapin team gave up just two goals in a game was April 3, 2004, an 11-2 win over Virginia in College Park.

Junior All-America goalie Harry Alford was only forced to make two saves in 30 minutes of action, while sophomore goalie Jason Carter saw the most extensive playing time of his career, making five saves in just over 20 minutes of work.

Maryland returns to action on Saturday, March 25, with an ACC game at North Carolina (2-6). The game is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Game Notes:
• With today's 14-2 win Maryland is now 8-1 all-time vs. Dartmouth.

• With four goals and three assists, Joe Walters tied his career high for points in a game with seven and extended his point scoring streak to 39 games.

• Walters now has 28 hat tricks, 35 multi-goal games and 45 multi-points games in his career.

• Walters is now alone in third place on Maryland's all-time goals scored list with 129. He now needs just 21 goals to become the school's all-time leader.

Xander Ritz extended his point scoring streak scoring to 23 games with three goals and two assists.

• For Ritz, he now has nine hat tricks, 15 multi-goal games and 36 multi-point games in his career.

• Ritz has now tallied multi-point games in all six of Maryland's games this season.

• 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 27-10.