May 6, 2006
College Park, Md. - With his fourth goal of the day, with 1:02 left in the third quarter, senior attackman Joe Walters became Maryland's all-time leader in goals scored with the 150th of his brilliant career. The fact that it came on "Senior Day" with family and friends in the stands cheering him on made it sweet. But the fact that it helped the fourth-ranked Maryland men's lacrosse team to a dominating 12-4 victory over No. 10 Penn was the sweetest thing for Walters.
"Senior Day" turned out to be a showcase for Maryland's high-scoring senior quartet of Walters, Bill McGlone, Brendan Healy and Xander Ritz, but in the end the day belonged to Walters. Entering the game, the two-time ACC Player of the Year was three goals behind Matt Hahn on the all-time goal scoring list with 146 to Hahn's 149.
But even with history within his grasp the Tewaaraton Trophy nominee didn't press the action. He took only one shot in the first quarter. He started to get on a roll in the second period with his first goal of the day, capitalizing on a man-up situation, off an assist from junior attackman Michael Phipps at the 10:29 mark. He picked up goal No. 148 about ten minutes later. With 1:38 left on the clock, off an assist from Ritz, he laced a shot from about eight yards out past Quaker goalie Greg Klossner.
The record-tying goal for Walters came 11 minutes later, with 5:17 to go in the third. McGlone skipped a pass to the Rochester, N.Y., native, who buried a shot from five yards out.
That tandem would hook up again for the record-setting goal just four minutes later and it was vintage Walters. McGlone skipped a pass across the crease to Walters, who dropped his stick and fired a shot from near his ankles past Klossner. A moment passed as realization set in and Walters was mobbed by teammates, who congratulated him and recognized him as the most prolific scorer in the 81-year history of Maryland men's lacrosse.
But the game was not just about Walters' pursuit of the scoring record. The remainder of Maryland's senior quartet each had outstanding games in their last regular season game at Byrd Stadium.
Healy scored Maryland's first two goals to give the Terps a 2-1 lead after the first quarter. He would book-end those with the Terps' final score of the game with 2:18 left in the fourth quarter.
Ritz joined Walters and McGlone as 100-point scorers as a Terp with his two-goal, two-assist afternoon. The Wayne, Pa., native scored back-to-back goals in the second quarter, including what turned out to be the game winner with 9:58 left in the quarter.
McGlone extended his goal-scoring streak to 14 games with Maryland's first goal of the second quarter to build the Terrapin lead to 3-1. The two-time All-ACC honoree also added three assists. In addition to his assists on Walters' record-tying and record-setting goals, he also picked up an assist on Healy's second goal of the first quarter.
Ten of Maryland's 12 goals were scored by the Walters (4), Healy (3), Ritz (2) and McGlone (1). The remaining two goals came from sophomores. Max Ritz scored his 13th goal of the season with a transition tally off an assist from junior long-pole Ryan Clarke. Senior short-stick middie Ryan Lang started the play by causing a Quaker turnover and shuffling the groundball to All-ACC defenseman Steve Whittenberg. Whittenberg found Clarke with a clearing pass and Clarke raced down the middle of the Quaker defense and looked to be positioning himself for a shot, but a pair if Penn defenders converged on him. But that left Max Ritz open on the left side of the crease. Clarke found him with a quick pass and Max Ritz buried the shot past Klossner to give Maryland a 10-4 lead with 11:26 left in the fourth.
The other Terp sophomore to find the back of the Quaker net was midfielder Drew Evans. The Ithaca, N.Y., native scored his first career goal on a one-timer from five yards out on the left side of Penn's crease. Freshman midfielder Dan Groot picked up his first career assist on the play. After dodging his defender, Groot was able to avoid Penn's slider and shuffled a low pass to Evans to tally the helper.
"Senior Day" also turned out to be a showcase for senior David Tamberrino. The face-off specialist from Lutherville, Md., won eight of 11 face-offs and picked up a game-high six groundballs.
Defensively the Terps were led by its trio of close defensemen. Whittenberg, who marked Penn's leading scorer DJ Andrzejewski and held him without a point on 0-4 shooting, caused two Quaker turnovers and picked up one groundball. Sophomore Joe Cinosky totaled three groundballs on the afternoon, while All-ACC selection Ray Megill had one caused turnover and a groundball.
In goal, junior All-American Harry Alford had another steady showing, stopping nine Quaker shots and picking up two groundballs. Senior Teddy Murphy played the final 3:52 for the Terps and made one save.
Maryland will most likely return to action next Saturday with a first round NCAA tournament game at 2:00 p.m. at Byrd Stadium. The Terps will have to wait for the NCAA Selection Show, which will air on Sunday, May 7, between 8:30-9:00 p.m. on ESPNNEWS to find out its seed and its first round opponent in this years' tournament.
With today's 12-4 win Maryland is now 7-0 all-time vs. Penn.
Joe Walters scored his 150th career goal with 1:02 remaining in the third quarter to become Maryland's all-time leader in goals scored.
Walters' also added an assist, raising his career points total to 217. He moves into second place on the career points list, surpassing Ray Altman, who scored 214 points from 1961-63. Walters is now just three points shy of breaking Bob Boniello's record of 219 career points.
For his career Walters now has 32 hat tricks, 40 multi-goal and 50 multi-point games.
Xander Ritz scored twice and added a pair of assists to raise his career totals to 19 multi-goal and 40 multi-point games.
Max Ritz also scored a gol, making it the ninth time the brother have scored in the same game.
Bill McGlone's one-goal, three-assist game gives him 24 multi-point games in his career.
McGlone also extended his goal-scoring streak to 14 games.
Brendan Healy scored three times and now has career totals of 16 multi-goal and 25 multi-point games.
The Maryland defense held the Quakers scoreless in the second quarter, upping its season total of scoreless quarters to 15.