March 25, 2000
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -
Maryland won at Fetzer Field for the first time since 1986 as the Terps rallied back from four different deficits including an 8-7 deficit with 4:29 left in the third quarter to come away with an exciting pulse-pounding 10-9 win on Saturday afternoon. The game was a tight one throughout which saw five lead changes and five ties before Maryland was able to come away with the ACC victory to raise its record to 6-1, 1-1 in the ACC and continue its five-game winning streak. The Terps have now won three consecutive one-goal games following its only loss to Duke, 9-8, on March 4.
"I wanted us to play harder than North Carolina," said head coach Dick Edell. "We are 41 players with the same focus and this game just shows how we can step it up. I am so proud of the guys. This was Maryland lacrosse, a great effort all around from every player. It's a huge win in the ACC and really tested the character of both teams and we really came away with it winning here." Junior midfielder Chris Malone (Timonium, Md.) led the Terps with a career-high four goals, all in the first half, as the Terps rallied back from a 5-3 deficit at the end of the first quarter. The Terps used Malone and solid defense to outscore the Tar Heels 3-0 -- on three Malone goals -- in the second quarter to take a 6-5 halftime lead. Two of those goals came on assists from senior Brian Zeller (Firest Hill, Md.), who also finished with four points on a goal and three assists.
Sophomore midfielder Mike LaMonica (Baltimore, Md.) had a sensational game scoring three goals including Maryland's final two including the goal which made it 10-8 with 7:38 left in the game on a behind-the-back goal off a pass from senior Marcus LaChapelle (Severna Park, Md.).
North Carolina came out strong building a 5-3 lead at the end of the first quarter on goals by five different Tar Heels. UNC reclaimed the lead in the third quarter on a trio of consecutive goals, including two by Matt Crofton. The Terps tied the game at 8-8 as Zeller scored his only goal of the game. LaMonica put the Terps up 9-8 on a goal with 3:05 left in the third.
In goal, Pat McGinnis (Ellicott City, Md.) made 12 saves and allowed just four goals after the first quarter, making eight saves over the final 45 minutes.
The Terps have now won five straight games against North Carolina. The last win for Maryland at Fetzer came on March 29, 1986. They had lost seven games in a row at Fetzer both against North Carolina and in the ACC Tournament.
Maryland is back in action when the Terps host defending national champion No. 2 Virginia on Friday night, March 31 at 8 p.m. in Byrd Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on WMAR-TV (Channel 2 in Baltimore).
Box Score GAME SCORING #7 MARYLAND (6-1, 1-1) 3 3 3 1 --10 #6 N. CAROLINA (6-2, 0-2) 5 0 3 1 --9 Qtr.-Time Team, Goal (Assist) UM-UNC 1-13:25 Maryland-Mike LaMonica (un) 1-0 1-12:17 UNC-Kyle Bell (Chase Martin) 1-1 1-11:39 UNC-Chase Martin (un) 1-2 1-10:00 Maryland-Chris Malone (Marcus LaChapelle) 2-2 1-9:20 UNC-Jeff Sonke (un) 2-3 1-6:33 Maryland-Alex Poole (un) 3-3 1-5:42 UNC-Matt Crofton (Kyle Bell) 3-4 1-1:14 UNC-Andy Jonas (un) 3-5 2-12:58 Maryland, Chris Malone (Brian Zeller) 4-5 2-4:21 Maryland, Chris Malone (Beau Pich) 5-5 2-0:41 Maryland, Chris Malone (Brian Zeller) 6-5 3-10:08 Maryland, Craig Hochstadt (Brian Zeller) EMO 7-5 3-8:40 UNC, Matt Crofton (Chase Martin) EMO 7-6 3-7:26 UNC, Jeff Sonke (Matt Crofton) 7-7 3-4:29 UNC, Matt Crofton (un) 7-8 3-3:43 Maryland, Brian Zeller (un) 8-8 3-3:05 Maryland, Mike LaMonica (Mike Mollot) EMO 9-8 4-7:38 Maryland, Mike LaMonica (Marcus LaChapelle) 10-8 4-3:25 UNC, Steven Will (Jeff Sonke) 10-9
TEAM STATS Category Maryland North Carolina Shots 7-9-10-6=32 15-9-7-6=37 Saves 4-5-1-2=12 2-2-7-2=13 Face-Offs 8/22 14/22 Groundballs 12-8-11-12=33 15-11-15-8=49 Clears 21/24 22/28 Extra-Man Opp. 2/4 1/5 Penalties 5/3:30 4/2:30
INDIVIDUAL SCORING Maryland Scorers Goals-Asst.-Pts. Chris Malone 4-0-4 Brian Zeller 1-3-4 Mike LaMonica 3-0-3 Marcus LaChapelle 0-2-2 Alex Poole 1-0-1 Craig Hochstadt 1-0-1 Beau Pich 0-1-1 Mike Mollot 0-1-1
North Carolina Scorers Goals-Asst.-Pts. Matt Crofton 3-1-4 Jeff Sonke 2-1-3 Chase Martin 1-2-3 Kyle Bell 1-1-2 Andy Jonas 1-0-1 Steven WIll 1-0-1
GOALIES Maryland Goalies Saves GA Min. Pat McGinnis 12 9 60
North Carolina Goalies Saves GA Min. Kris Blindenbacher 13 10 60