No. 6 Terps Blank Mount St. Mary's, 18-0, For First Shutout Since 1970

Feb. 26, 2002

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland men's lacrosse posted its first shutout in 32 years as the Terps blanked Mount St. Mary's, 18-0 on Tuesday afternoon at Byrd Stadium. The Terps' last shutout came in a 19-0 whitewash of Duke on April 20, 1970. Maryland moved to 2-0, the Mount goes to 0-3.

It was a career day for several Terps, led by senior captain Mike Morsell (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.), who posted his first career four-goal game and added three assists for seven points. Morsell's only other career hat trick also came against the Mount in the 2000 meeting.

Junior Matt Urlock (Lutherville, Md.) equaled his career-best with three goals. Sophomore J.R. Bordley (Vienna, Va.) posted his first-career multi-goal game with a pair as did freshman Andrew Schwartzman (Ownings Mills, Md.). Junior Mike Mollot (Holbrook, N.Y.) also tallied twice to give the Terps five players with two or more goals.

Five other players scored goals: Mike LaMonica (Parkton, Md.), Nate Watkins (Elmira, N.Y.), Matt Brock (Manakin-Sabot, Va.), Sean Leary (Troy, Mich.) and Craig Hochstadt (Columbia, Md.).

Freshman Dave Matz (Woodstock, Vt.) recorded his first two collegiate points as he assisted on both of Schwartzman's goals. Junior Ryan Moran (Setauket, N.Y.) also posted his first college points with a pair of helpers.

"I think we played unselfishly," said coach Dave Cottle. "We got the offense going, scoring a bunch. Defensively, the coaches have gotten the players to do a great job with the players. As long as we keep getting the goalkeeping, we will be alright."

The 18-goal margin was the largest since a 21-2 shelling of Radford on April 1, 1997.

Between the pipes, junior Danny McCormick (McLean, Va.) made four saves before giving way to Matt Rzepkowski (Ellicott City, Md.) and T.C. Behm (Villanova, Pa.), who made six saves.

The Terps piled up 65 shots, the most since they also had 65 against Providence on Feb. 27, 1999. The also had 60 groundballs -- 15 in each quarter-- the most since scooping up 63 against Delaware on March 15, 2000.

Mount St. Mary's goalie Tom Dryer made a career-high 28 saves.

The Terps return to action on Saturday for the start of the ACC season down in Durham, N.C., as Maryland faces No. 9 Duke at 1 p.m. at Koskinen Stadium.

Box Score
Mount St. Mary's (0-3) 0-0-0-0=0
No. 6 Maryland (2-0) 2-8-4-4=18

Scoring: Mount St. Mary's - none. Maryland - Mike Mosell 4-3-7, Matt Urlock 3-0-3, J.R. Bordley 2-0-2, Andrew Schwartzman 2-0-2, Mike Mollot 2-0-2, Mike LaMonica 1-1-2, Sean Leary 1-1-2, Dave Matz 0-2-2, Ryan Moran 0-2-2, Nate Watkins 1-0-1, Matt Brock 1-0-1, Craig Hochstadt 1-0-1, Dan LaMonica 0-1-1.

Goalies: Mount St. Mary's - Tom Dryer (51:53, 28 saves, 16 GA), Patrick O'Brien (8:07, 0 saves, 2 GA). Maryland - Dan McCormick (38:11, 4 saves, 0 GA), Matt Rzepkowski (10:50, 0 saves, 0 GA), T.C. Behm (10:59, 6 saves, 0 GA).

Team Stats: Mount St. Mary's - Shots: 2-2-2-12=18, Saves 13-5-6-4=28, Groundballs: 8-7-9-8=32, Face-Offs: 6/22, Clears: 9/24, Extra-Man: 0/4, Penalties: 3/2:30. Maryland - Shots: 23-16-15-11=65, Saves 2-1-1-6=10, Groundballs: 15-15-15-15=60, Face-Offs: 16/22, Clears: 16/17, Extra-Man: 1/3, Penalties: 4/4:00.

Att: 607.