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Combs Leads No. 3 Maryland Past No. 12 UNC In Men's Lacrosse, 11-7
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 03/24/2001

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March 24, 2001

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Once again, Andrew Combs (Baltimore, Md.) led the Maryland attack, as the No. 3 Terrapins (6-0, 2-0 ACC) topped the No. 12 North Carolina Tar Heels (4-3, 0-2 ACC) on a windy and overcast Saturday afternoon at Byrd Stadium, 11-7. Combs, the nation's leader in goals added four more to his total, giving him 27 in just six games. Combs also picked up his first assist of the season on Dan LaMonica's (Parkton, Md.) second goal of the game, to give him 28 points and the national lead in overall scoring.

Maryland's defense was once again stellar allowing seven or fewer goals for the sixth time in as many games this season. Led by senior goalie Pat McGinnis (Ellicott City, Md.), Maryland has allowed just 5.5 goals per game this season. On Saturday, McGinnis was once again at his best as he made a season-high 18 saves, including seven crucial stops in the fourth quarter.

Defense is where the Maryland offense started on Saturday, as sophomore Michael Howley (Wantagh, N.Y.) scored his first career goal, just 1:06 into the game to give Maryland the lead it would never relinquish. In taking the early lead, Maryland has trailed for just 6:34 in a total of 360 minutes this season.

Howley's goal started the run as Maryland built a 5-1 lead on Combs' first two goals of the game and two more tallies from LaMonica and Chris Malone (Timonium, Md.). North Carolina battled back to cut the lead to two at halftime, 5-3, on goals by Pat Jackson and Andrew Lucas.

Combs came out strong in the third quarter scoring again on a beautiful set up from Malone just 4:11 into the quarter. After UNC's Mac Hammer made it 6-4, Maryland scored three goals in a row to close out the third quarter. Freshman Paul Gillette (Millersville, Md.) scored his first career goal at the 7:33 mark and Mike Mollot (Holbrook, N.Y.) and Combs added two more to make it 9-4 after the third.

North Carolina scored three of the next four goals, sandwiched around LaMonica's second goal off the assist from Combs with 9:57 left in the game. Jon Kemezis (Crofton, Md.) finished the game off, scoring with seven seconds left for the 11-7 final.

Maryland returns to action on Tuesday as the Terps play host to Bucknell at 4 p.m. The game was rescheduled from March 6.

GAME SCORING

#12 UNC (4-3, 0-2)1213--7
#3 MARYLAND (6-0, 2-0)4142--11

Qtr.-TimeTeam, Goal (Assist)UNC-UM
1-13:54Maryland, Michael Howley (un)0-1
1-12:33Maryland, Dan LaMonica (un)0-2
1-8:20UNC, Steven WIll (un)1-2
1-6:52Maryland, Andrew Combs (Mike Mollot)1-3
1-4:50Maryland, Andrew Combs (Dan LaMonica)1-4
2-9:24Maryland, Chris Malone (Alex Poole)1-5
2-6:20UNC, Pat Jackson (un)2-5
2-3:15UNC, Andrew Lucas (Jeff Sonke)3-5
3-10:49Maryland, Andrew Combs (Chris Malone)3-6
3-8:31UNC, Mac Hammer (un) SHG4-6
3-7:33Maryland, Paul Gillette (un)4-7
3:3:17Maryland, Mike Mollot (un)4-8
3-0:53Maryland, Andrew Combs (Mike Mollot)4-9
4-14:04UNC, Lance Zimmerman (Jeff Sonke)5-9
4-9:57Maryland, Dan LaMonica (Andrew Combs)5-10
4-3:25UNC, Jeff Sonke (un) EMG6-10
4-2:05UNC, Tim Gosier (un) EMG7-10
4-0:07Maryland, Jon Kemezis (un)7-11

TEAM STATS

CategoryNorth CarolinaMaryland
Shots12-10-4-15=417-9-14-7=37
Saves1-4-3-2=107-3-1-7=18

Face-Offs10/2212/22
Groundballs13-6-13-17=4911-9-16-12=48
Clears12/2113/19
Extra-Man Opp.2/80/4
Penalties4/3:308/7:00

INDIVIDUAL SCORING

North Carolina ScoringGoals-Asst.-Pts.
Jeff Sonke1-2-3
Tim Gosier1-0-1
Mac Hammer1-0-1
Pat Jackson1-0-1
Andrew Lucas1-0-1
Steven WIll1-0-1
Lance Zimmerman1-0-1

Maryland ScoringGoals-Asst.-Pts.
Andrew Combs4-1-5
Dan LaMonica2-1-3
Mike Mollot1-2-3
Chris Malone1-1-2
Michael Howley1-0-1
Paul Gillette1-0-1
Jon Kemezis1-0-1
Alex Poole0-1-1

GOALIES

North Carolina GoaliesSavesGAMin.
Robert D'Urso101160:00

Maryland GoaliesSavesGAMin.
Pat McGinnis18760:00

ATTENDANCE: 1,864



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