March 25, 2000
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Here are some excerpts from Maryland players following the stunning 10-9 win at No. 6 North Carolina on Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore Midfielder Mike LaMonica:
On his behind-the-back game-winning goal: I did it last year in a game. I knew where the goal was. Maybe it was blind faith but we got it and the win.
On beating North Carolina: Everytime we meet with UNC players throw their bodies around. We really get into it. We were well prepared with the week off for spring break. We were ready for this kind of game and the intensity that comes with this type of game."
Junior Midfielder Chris Malone:
On his four-goal day: On the first two, I was getting open off the ball cuts. The last two I went low in the zone. I put the ball on net all week, that's what the scouting report said.
On coming back after the first quarter: We came out after the first quarter and really picked it up. We allowed five goals in the first and allowed just four goals the rest of the way. A win is a win and this is a big win.
On having a week off to prepare for the game: This week really helped out. With the Vermont game being called off, we were able to watch more film. We had the whole day for studying film. We saw their goalie and saw where to shoot at.
On winning at Fetzer Field: This is a tough place to play and today it was hotter than it has been for us than any other days so far. To win here is big.
Junior Goalie Pat McGinnis:
On being down at the end of the first quarter: At the end of the first quarter going to the second quarter we talked that we could get the job done and do it. We had to play with confidence and shut them down. That's what we did.
On holding the one-goal lead near the end of regulation: We had real solid defense in the final minute. When the ball was in the crease (with 20 seconds left) at the end my nerves were racing. But we won and to win down here is huge and is a confidence builder.
Freshman Midfielder Ryan Moran:
On being pressed into heavy action on face-offs: I had to come in a face-off for Jeff Shirk and I just responded. I was still hot (from warm-ups) in the first quarter and that helped me. Everyone on this team really stepped it up. It was my turn to be a part of the team and show what I can do.