Oct. 21, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Second-ranked Maryland fell behind for just the third time all season, but tallied two second half goals to get past Penn 2-1 Tuesday night at Ludwig Field.
"We basically got what we expected, virtually every game they've had all year has been a one-goal game, and they are a highly-competitive team," Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski said. "We expected them to play one of their best games of the year."
The Quakers (4-5-2) struck first in the 23rd minute when Stephen Kroculick played a ball to John Rhoades into the box. Rhoades fought off Maryland's Seth Stammler and worked into the lower left corner and got his shot towards the right post past Craig Salvati for the score.
Although Maryland (13-1) played solid in the first half, firing 11 shots, the Terps turned up the intensity even more in the second half.
"I thought at halftime that we were pretty confident and that we were going to make a comeback," Cirovski said. "You could see it in the first 30 seconds of the first half that we were going to find a way to score. There was a level of commitment and pressure that we didn't have in the first half."
It didn't take long for the Terrapins to swing the momentum back into their favor as Chris Lancos finished a ball on a throw-in from Kenney Bertz for the score at 46:19. Jason Garey redirected the shot with his head for the second assist on the goal.
"We got together at halftime and decided to go out there and get a real early goal," Lancos said. "We were dangerous for the first two minutes, and it was nice to get an early one. When we scored that goal they (the Penn players) all put their heads down and we didn't look back from there."
The Terps continued to dominate play, forcing All-American Matt Haeffner to make several tremendous stops to keep the score even at 1-1. However, the constant pressure finally led to the game-winner by Garey at 72:55. On the play, Nino Marcantonio forced a turnover deep in Penn territory and then sent the ball from the left corner to the foot of Sumed Ibrahim who got the shot off. Haeffner slowed the shot down but could not stop it completely and Garey was in front of the net to finish for the goal.
Maryland finished the match with a 23-6 advantage in shots, and forced Haeffner to make 11 saves in goal for the Quakers.
"Matt Haeffner, I thought, was excellent today," Cirovski said. "You get down 1-0 with him in there, and you start to get a little worried because he played like an All-American. It took a lot of pressure to break the wall back there."
Salvati gave way to Noah Palmer in the second half, with Palmer making one save and allowing no goals to preserve the victory. Salvati, making his first start of the season, got the nod in front of Palmer to see some significant game action before the season ended.
The Terps will be back in action on Sunday, Oct. 26, for an ACC battle at Clemson. Maryland is 3-1 in conference play this year. The Terps, winners of their last 21 at home, will return to Ludwig Field on Friday, Oct. 31, for the ACC finale against Virginia. That game will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.
1 2 F Penn (4-5-2) 1 0 1 #2 Maryland (13-1) 0 2 2 Scoring: UP-Rhoades (Kroculick) 21:21; MD-Lancos (Bertz, Garey) 46:19; MD-Garey (Sumed, Marcantonio) 72:55 Shots: MD-11+12=23; UP-3+3=6 Corners: MD-2+3=5; UP-0+2=2 Saves: MD-1+1=2; UP-7+5=12 Fouls: MD-10+5=15; UP-8+6=14 Goalkeeping: MD-Salvati (1 GA, 1 SV, 45:00); MD-Palmer (0 GA, 1 SV, 45:00); UP-Haeffner (2 GA, 11 SV, 90:00)