April 23, 2005
Fairfield, Conn. - Senior attackman Andrew Schwartzman scored his first career hat trick and added two assists to lead the 10th-ranked Maryland men's lacrosse team to a 9-6 victory over the No. 15 Fairfield at Alumni Field in Fairfield, Conn.
The Stags jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead, but Schwartzman scored back-to-back goals to give the Terps a 2-1 lead. Fairfield tied the game at 2-2 at the 1:34 mark of the first quarter when Travis Nelson converted on a man-up opportunity.
The second quarter began with another Stags goal to give them a 3-2 lead, but All-American Joe Walters and Brendan Healy scored back-to-back goals in just over a minute's time to give Maryland a 4-3 advantage. Fairfield tied the game at 4-4 on a goal by Matt Bockett. Brendan Healy put the Terps up again at 6:23 off an assist by Xander Ritz. Maryland got the game's first two-goal lead off a goal by Max Ritz.
But the Stags would not go away quietly in the first half, roaring back with two goals in less than a minute to send the two team's into halftime with the game tied at 6-6.
The Terps took control to the game in the third quarter with three unanswered goals. Schwartzman set up the first goal of the second half, finding Xander Ritz who promptly beat Stags goalie Michael Kruger for a 7-6 lead. Max Ritz pushed the lead to 8-6 on his second goal of the game, a diving wrap-around shot into the left corner of the Fairfield net. Schwartzman capped the scoring in the third with his third goal of the game and a 9-6 lead for the Terps.
Both teams turned up the intensity in the fourth quarter, but the Terrapin defense continued it's outstanding play in the second half and held the Stags scoreless.
For the game the Terps caused 15 Fairfield turnovers in support of sophomore goalie Harry Alford who made seven shots on the afternoon. Sophomore defender Ray Megill turned in a fine performance, picking up four groundballs and causing three turnovers.
The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for Maryland and gives the Terps some momentum heading into the ACC Tournament. Maryland is the host for this year's event, which will get underway on Friday, April 29 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The Terps, the third seed, will play No. 4 Virginia, the second seed, in the nightcap, which is scheduled for an 8:30 p.m. start.
o With today's 9-6 win Maryland is 1-0 all-time vs. Fairfield.
o Schwartzman's five points sets a new career high, as does his three goals.
o Joe Walters' second-quarter goal extended his point and goal scoring streaks to 27 games.
o Xander and Max Ritz each scored a goal, marking the second consecutive game they have scored in the same game at Maryland.