No.7 Terps Ready For NCAA Tournament With 15-7 Win At UMBC

May 6, 2000

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CATONSVILLE, Md - No. 7 Maryland scored nine unanswered goals spanning the second through fourth quarters to gain a measure of revenge against rival UMBC, defeating the Retrievers 15-7 on a hot and steamy afternoon. Maryland (10-4 overall) most likely locked up its 24th NCAA Tournament bid and ninth in the last 10 years. Maryland did not qualify for the 1999 tournament after losing to UMBC in the 1999 finale, 7-6 in College Park.

After falling behind 5-3, 6:24 into the second quarter, Maryland unleashed a nine-goal attack lead by Andrew "Buggs" Combs (Baltimore, Md.), who scored three of his career-high five goals during the run. Mike Mollot (Holbrook, N.Y.), who equaled his career high-six points -- set last week against Yale -- scored the second goal of the run to tie the game at 5-5 with 2:43 left in the first half. Mollot then put the Terps ahead for good, making it 6-5 with just 59 seconds left in the first half. After Chris Malone's (Timonium, Md.) first goal of the game, Combs scored back-to-back goals -- including the game-winner -- just 26 seconds apart with 10:21 left in the third quarter to make it 9-5. Malone then tallied his second of the run to make it 10-5. Craig Hochstadt (Columbia, Md.) and Marcus LaChapelle (Severna Park, Md.) scored the final two goals of the 9-0 run to make it 12-5, 1:46 into the fourth quarter. During the run, Mollot also posted three assists and LaChapelle had two helpers.

UMBC finally broke the run as Jeff Ratcliffe scored his third goal of the game with 10:09 left in regulation. Maryland senior defenseman Casey Connor (Baltimore, Md.) scored his first career goal with 7:01 left in the game on a full-field rush to make it 13-6. Combs topped his five-goal game with is final tally with 5:48 left in regulation. Senior Dan Hughes (Westminster, Md.) scored his first goal since the season opener against Mount St. Mary's to finish the Terrapin scoring.

Junior Pat McGinnis (Ellicott City, Md.) made 10 saves while redshirt freshman Dan McCormick (McLean, Va.) played the final five minutes and made three saves.

Maryland waits to hear its fate in the 2000 NCAA Tournament when the field will be released Sunday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. The selection show will be aired live on HTS. The two sites for the NCAA First Round are Geneva, N.Y. (hosted by Hobart) on Saturday, May 13 and Catonsville (hosted by UMBC) on Sunday, May 14.


No. 7 MARYLAND (10-4)  3-3-5-4---15
No. 17t UMBC (7-7)     2-3-0-2--- 7
Qtr.-Time		Team, Goal (Assist)	                    UMD-UMBC
1-14:33		Maryland, Andrew Combs (Mike LaMonica)	1-0
1-14:16		UMBC, Jeff Ratcliffe (un)                  1-1
1-6:39		Maryland, Mike LaMonica (un)    2-1
1-1:34		UMBC-Jeff Ratcliffe (Eric Hester)          2-2
1-0:35		Maryland, Brian Zeller (Mike Mollot)       3-2
2-14:48		UMBC, Collin Meerholz (Dan Marohl) EMO     3-3
2-13:56		UMBC, Josh Hahn (Dan Marohl)               3-4
2-8:36		UMBC, Charlie Gibson (un) EMO              3-5
2-3:06		Maryland, Andrew Combs (un)      4-5
2-2:43		Maryland, Mike Mollot (Michael Howley)	5-5
2-0:59		Maryland, Mike Mollot (Marcus LaChapelle)  6-5
3-14:06		Maryland, Chris Malone (Mike Mollot)       7-5
3-10:47		Maryland, Andrew Combs (Mike Mollot)       8-5
3-10:21		Maryland, Andrew Combs (Jeff Shirk)        9-5
3-4:40		Maryland, Chris Malone (Marcus LaChapelle)	10-5
3-2:13		Maryland, Craig Hochstadt (un)             11-5
4-13:14		Maryland, Marcus LaChapelle (Mike Mollot)  12-5
4-10:09		UMBC, Jeff Ratcliffe (Dan Marohl) EMO      12-6
4-7:01		Maryland, Casey Connor (un)                13-6
4-5:48		Maryland, Andrew Combs (Marcus LaChapelle) 14-6
4-4:50		UMBC, Chris Ogle (Adam Shiley)             14-7
4-3:23		Maryland, Dan Hughes (Beau Pich)           15-7

TEAM STATS Category Maryland UMBC Shots 12-13-9-10=44 9-8-8-11=36 Saves 3-3-3-4=13 5-4-1-4=14 Face-Offs 12/25 13/25 Groundballs 13-15-8-11=47 9-14-9-11=43 Clears 23/29 17/27 Extra-Man Opp. 0/2 3/4 Penalties 4/2:00 2/1:00

INDIVIDUAL SCORING Maryland Scorers Goals-Asst.-Pts. Mike Mollot 2-4-6 Andrew Combs 5-0-5 Marcus LaChapelle 1-3-4 Chris Malone 2-0-2 Mike LaMonica 1-1-2 Casey Connor 1-0-1 Craig Hochstadt 1-0-1 Dan Hughes 1-0-1 Brian Zeller 1-0-1 Michael Howley 0-1-1 Beau Pich 0-1-1 Jeff Shirk 0-1-1

UMBC Scorers Goals-Asst.-Pts. Jeff Ratcliffe 3-0-3 Dan Marohl 0-3-3 Charlie Gibson 1-0-1 Josh Hahn 1-0-1 Collin Meerholz 1-0-1 Chris Ogle 1-0-1 Eric Hester 0-1-1 Adam Shiley 0-1-1

GOALIES Maryland Saves GA Min. Pat McGinnis 10 7 55:00 Dan McCormick 3 0 5:00

UMBC Saves GA Min. Steve Cusa 14 15 60:00