May 3, 2003
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - A stifling Maryland defense shutdown Notre Dame's top two scorers as the No. 4 Terps posted a 10-4 win at the No. 18 Irish on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The win gave Maryland coach Dave Cottle his 200th career win (200-77) in 21 years of coaching at Loyola (1983-2001) and Maryland (2002-03).
The Terps defense equaled its fewest goals allowed this season in holding the Irish to just four and held Notre Dame to its lowest output since the 2000 season as Loyola -- coached by Cottle -- held them to two in a 12-2 win on March 18, 2000.
Maryland's defensive trio of Michael Howley (Wantagh, N.Y.), Chris Passavia (Stony Brook, N.Y.) and Lee Zink (Rowayton, Conn.) held Notre Dame's leading scorers Patrick Walsh and Dan Berger pointless. Walsh entered the game as the nation's fifth leading scorer with 52 points. Zink had his second sensational performance of the week as he posted a career high nine groundballs and forced seven turnovers -- the most by any Terp this season. Walsh was held to just one shot -- which came in the final minute of the game -- as his high school teammate and friend Howley shut him down all afternoon.
Defensive midfielders Paul Gillette (Millersville, Md.) and Brett Harper (Columbus, Ohio) were also key in the team's success. Goalie Danny McCormick (McLean, Va.) made eight saves in goal as the Terps outshot the Irish 42-25.
The Terps' offense also clicked early and late in the game as four players scored twice: Brian Hunt (West Chester, Pa.), Joe Walters (Rochester, N.Y.), Justin Smith (University Park, Md,) and Ryan Moran (Setauket, N.Y.). Maryland opened a 5-1 lead at halftime and outscored the Irish 5-1 in the fourth quarter on the way to the win.
After Notre Dame opened the scoring Maryland scored the nest five goals brigding the first two quarters. Moran and Smith scored unassisted to make it 2-1 after the first quarter. Then Hunt, Smith and Walters all tallied in the second quarter to make it 5-1 at intermission. The Terps limisted the Irish to just eight first-half shots.
Notre Dame cut the lead to 5-3 at the end of the third quarter as Matt Howell and Brian Giordano scored.
But the Terps turned up the offense and defense in the fourth outscoring the Irish 5-1, including the first five goals of the quarter. All five goals were unassisted as Moran and Hunt scored on great indivdual efforts to make to 7-3. Then Mike Mollot (Holbrook, N.Y.) made it 8-3 before Walters and Matt Urlock (Lutherville, Md.) scored to close out the Terps' scoring.
Maryland now awaits its fate in the NCAA Tournament as the 2003 bracket will be revealed on Sunday, May 4 at 8 p.m. and televised live on ESPNEWS.