Morsell Nets Winner With 0:28 Left To Lift Terps, 13-12

March 11, 2000


COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Sophomore attackman Mike Morsell (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.) scored the game-winning goal off a pass from senior Brian Zeller (Forest Hill, Md.) with 28 seconds left in regulation to give No. 9 Maryland a thrilling 13-12 win over interstate rival Towson on Saturday at a wet Byrd Stadium. Morsell's first career game-winning goal capped a back-and-forth game that featured seven ties including four in the second half at 8-8, 9-9, 10-10 and 12-12.

Maryland's Mike LaMonica (Lutherville, Md.) had a career game scoring four goals, including the first two to put the Terps up 2-0. Towson's Todd Paradise then scored four of Towson's next six goals to give the Tigers a 6-3 lead with 9:00 left in the second quarter. That three- goal margin was the largest differential of the game.

But the Terps (3-1) rallied five straight goals in the final 8:32 of the first half on LaMonica's third and fourth goals of the game and single goals from Mike Mollot (Holbrook, N.Y.), Craig Hochstadt (Columbia, Md.) and Chris Malone (Timonium, Md.), to give Maryland an 8-6 halftime edge.

Towson (0-2) tied the game at 8-8 on goals by Brad Reppert and Paradise -- his fifth of the game -- with 9:22 left in the third. Mike Haertel and Marcus LaChapelle (Severna Park, Md.) traded goals to make the score 9-9 with 0:57 left in the third. Morsell then scored his first of two last-minute goals as time expired in the third to put Maryland up 10-9 heading to a hotly contested fourth.

The Tigers quickly tied the game at 10-10 just 56 seconds into the fourth as Brad Monaco scored off a pass from J.D. Jones. The Terps took a two goal advantage, 12-10, as Malone and LaChapelle each scored his second goal of the game midway through the fourth. Towson then came back to tie the game on goals by Haertel, with 4:52 left in regulation and Monaco with 2:20 left in the game. That set the stage for Morsell's heroics with 28 seconds left.

Mollot set a career-high with six points on one goal and five assists, all in the first half. His five assists were the most since Andrew Whipple had five in the Terps' 1998 NCAA Semifinal upset over Loyola. Malone moved his consecutive point-scoring streak to eight games and LaChapelle has now scored in seven straight dating to last season.

In nets, Maryland's Pat McGinnis (Ellicott City, Md.) made 13 saves to earn his third career win and Towson's John Horrigan recorded 14 saves for the Tigers, who were outshot 40-36.

Maryland returns to action when they host Delaware on Wednesday, March 15 at Byrd Stadiumat 4 p.m.

TOWSON (0-2)      3 3 3 3 --12
#9 MARYLAND (3-1) 2 6 2 3 --13<

Qtr.-Time  Team, Goal (Assist)                     TU-UM
1-13:07    Maryland, Mike LaMonica (Chris Malone)    0-1
1-11:40    Maryland, Mike LaMonica (Mike Mollot)     0-2
1-8:34     Towson, Todd Paradise (un) EMO            1-2
1-5:50     Towson, Josh Cornett (un)                 2-2
1-0:18     Towson, Todd Paradise (Brad Reppert)MDo   3-2
2-13:19    Maryland, Brian Zeller (Mike Mollot) EMO  3-3
2-11:55    Towson, Todd Paradise (un)                4-3
2-9:20     Towson, Brad Reppert (Mike Haertel)       5-3
2-9:00     Towson, Todd Paradise (un)                6-3
2-8:32     Maryland, Mike Mollot (un) ManDown        6-4
2-5:51     Maryland, Mike LaMonica (un)              6-5
2-4:53     Maryland Craig Hochstadt (Mike Mollot)    6-6
2-3:06     Maryland, Mike LaMonica (Mike Mollot)EMO  6-7
2-0:59     Maryland, Chris Malone (Mike Mollot)      6-8
3-12:02    Towson, Brad Reppert (un)                 7-8
3-9:22     Towson, Todd Paradise (Ryan Obloj)        8-8
3-4:00     Towson, Mike Haertel (un)                 9-8
3-0:57     Maryland, Marcus LaChapelle (un)          9-9
3-0:01     Maryland, Mike Morsell (Marcus LaChapelle) 9-10
4-14:04    Towson, Brad Monaco (J.D.Jones)          10-10
4-13:17    Maryland, Chris Malone (un) EMO          10-11
4-7:09     Maryland, Marcus LaChapelle (Chris Malone) 10-12
4-4:52     Towson, Mike Haertel (Todd Paradise) EMO  11-12
4-2:20     Towson, Brad Monaco (Mike Haertel)        12-12
4-0:28     Maryland, Mike Morsell (Brian Zeller)     12-13

ATTENDANCE: 887 INDIVIDUAL SCORING Maryland Scorers Goals-Asst.-Pts. Mike Mollot 1-5-6 Mike LaMonica 4-0-4 Chris Malone 2-2-4 Marcus LaChapelle 2-1-3 Mike Morsell 2-0-2 Brian Zeller 1-1-2 Craig Hochstadt 1-0-1

Towson Scorers Goals-Asst.-Pts. Todd Paradise 5-1-6 Mike Haertel 2-2-4 Brad Reppert 2-1-3 Brad Monaco 2-0-2 Josh Cornett 1-0-1 J.D. Jones 0-1-1 Ryan Obloj 0-1-1

GOALIES Maryland Goalies (Saves GA Min.) Pat McGinnis (13, 12, 60:00)

Towson Goalies (Saves GA Min.) John Horrigan (14, 13, 60:00)

TEAM STATS Category Maryland Towson Shots 8-12-14-6=40 8-11-7-10=36 Saves 4-3-3-3=13 3-4-6-1=14 Face-Offs 12/27 15/27 Groundballs 9-13-10-8=40 9-8-8-11=36 Clears 25/27 10/16 Extra-Man Opp. 3/8 2/5 Penalties 5/4:30 8/6:00