Faceoff between Maryland and Cornell is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium
Faceoff between Maryland and Colgate is scheduled for noon at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium
Faceoff between Maryland and Virginia is scheduled for 5 p.m. at UNC's Kenan Stadium.
Ritz's Honor Roll
On Ritz: "An All-America talent who hasn't been rewarded for not scoring ... he will score 20 goals this season," according to Dave Cottle ... plays with great character ... entered the season with a 17-game point scoring streak ... continued to work hard in the weight room and will see the benefits this season ... has at least one point in 58 of 64 career games, including 45 of his last 49 games ... also has 42 multi-point games in his career ... takes pride in his riding ability ... is willing to do the little things necessary to win ... made an immediate impact as a transfer from Delaware, where he was the team's second-leading scorer ... very unselfish as he is a strong feeder ... good stick skills and sees the field very well ... switched from No. 13 to No. 14 prior to the 2005 season.
As a senior (2006): Honorable mention USILA All-American ... named to the All-ACC team ... set a then-career high with four goals, including the game-winner, in 10-4 season opening victory at No. 7 Georgetown (2/25) ... also picked up two groundballs vs. the Hoyas ... earned honorable mention national player of the week honors, along with brother Max, for his efforts vs. Georgetown from Inside Lacrosse ... set his career high for the second week in a row with five goals, including the game-winner, in 8-7 overtime win at No. 1 Duke (3/4) ... also added an assist and picked up two groundballs vs. the Blue Devils ... named Inside Lacrosse's National Player of the Week and the ACC's Player of the Week for his efforst at Duke ... scored a goal and added an assist in 9-6 win over No. 15 Towson (3/11) ... scored two goals, including the game-tying goal in the fourth quarter, in 7-6 loss in double overtime to Bucknell (3/14) ... also dished out two assists and picked up two groundballs vs. the Bison ... tallied his third hat trick of the season with three goals in 9-4 victory at UMBC (3/18) ... scored three times and added two assists in 14-2 win over Dartmouth (3/21) ... also picked up three groundballs vs. the Big Green ... snapped his multi-point game streak at six, but tallied one assist in 9-6 win at North Carolina (3/25) ... also picked up four groundballs vs. the Tar Heels ... added to the Tewaaraton Trophy watch list after scoring 18 goals and dishing seven assists in the Terps' first seven games of 2006 ... two goals in 15-5 loss to No. 1 Virginia (4/1) ... man-up goal, the 50th of his Terp carrer, in 7-6 loss to No. 8 Navy (4/8) ... one goal in 11-4 win at No. 6 Johns Hopkins (4/15) ... two goals and an assist in 18-2 win over Sacred Heart (4/18) ... three goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in 10-9 win over North Carolina (4/28) in the ACC Semifinals ... had his 29-game point-scoring streak snapped in 11-5 loss to No. 1 Virginia (4/30) in the ACC Finals ... surpassed 100 points in his Terp career with two goals and a pair of assists in 12-4 win over No. 10 Penn (5/6) ... three goals in 16-8 win over No. 12 Denver (5/13) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... a goal and an assist in 11-6 win over No. 9 Princeton (5/21) in the NCAA Quarterfinals ... one goal and four groundballs in 8-5 loss to No. 10 UMass (5/27) in NCAA Semifinals.
As a sophomore (2004): Started 15 of 16 games after transferring from Delaware ... finished the season third on the team with 31 points on 13 goals and 18 assists ... ranked among the top of the ACC in assists ... spectacular first game for the Terps, netting three goals and four assists for career-high seven points in season-opening 14-5 win at No. 6 Georgetown (2/28) ... scorded Terps' first goal to start 9-0 run and the sixth goal -- the game-winning goal ... named Inside Lacrosse's National Player of the Week (3/1), ACC Co-Player of the Week (3/1) and Maryland Student-Athlete of Week (3/1) after seven-point performance vs. the Hoyas ... one goal and a career-high seven groundballs in 17-12 win at No. 6 Duke (3/6) ... scored once and handed out two assists in Byrd Stadium debut in 8-6 win over No. 18 Towson (3/13) ... netted a man-up goal in the third quarter of 14-7 win over Bucknell (3/17) ... two assists in 9-4 win at No. 13 UMBC (3/20) ... goal and an assist in the first quarter of a 19-4 win over Butler (3/23) ... set up two goals for pair of assists in 10-9 win at No. 4 North Carolina (3/27) ... six points on three goals, including an extra-man goal and the game winner, and three assists in 11-2 win over No. 10 Virginia (4/3) ... assisted Joe Walters' man-up goal in 9-6 loss to No. 4 Navy (4/10) ... set up final goal in 14-10 loss at No. 1 Johns Hopkins (4/17), assisting Bill McGlone ... assisted back-to-back Mike Brown goals in third quarter of 10-7 ACC Semfinal win over No. 16 Duke (4/23) ... scored two first-quarter goals in 12-11 ACC Final victory over No. 14 Virginia (4/25) ... one goal in 16-12 win over No. 14 Army (5/15) in NCAA first round.
As a freshman at Delaware (2003): Played at the University of Delaware under coach Bob Shillinglaw in Newark, Del. ... was the Blue Hens' second-leading scorer with 40 points on 17 goals and a team-high 23 goals ... played in all 15 games, starting 13 ... also grabbed 27 groundballs ... posted multi-point games 11 times and scored more than one goal five times including two hat tricks ... posted a point in 14 of 15 games including the first 11 of his career ... notched two goals and one assist vs. Villanova (4/26) in season finale ... had a goal and two assists at Drexel (4/23) ... scored and assisted another vs. UMBC (4/19) after being held scoreless for the only time at Hofstra (4/11) ... five points on a goal and career-best four assists vs. Sacred Heart (4/5) ... tallied two goals and added an assist vs. Stony Brook (4/2) ... had one assist at Ohio State (3/29) ... two assists vs. Towson (3/22) ... notched second hat trick of the season vs. Albany (3/15) ... added an assist for four points ... one assist vs. Marist (3/12) ... named Wilmington Trust Best of the Blue Hens Athlete of the Week on March 9 after nine-point week ... two goals and two assists for four points vs. Manhattan (3/9) ... five points on first-career hat trick vs. Mount St. Mary's (3/5) ... one goal and one assist at Rutgers (3/1) ... set up one goal at Loyola (2/22) ... began collegiate career with a goal and three assists for four points vs. St. Joseph's (2/15).
Before College: Three-year starter in lacrosse and soccer at Radnor High School in Radnor, Pa. ... was a high school All-American for the Red Raiders as a senior ... totaled 95 points on 48 goals and 47 assists in his final year ... honored as an all-state, all-Delaware County, all-Suburban and all-Central League as a senior ... team advanced to state final four his senior year ... as a senior ... earned all-Central League honors in soccer and led team to district title in 2001 and to district second place finish in 2002.
Personal: Goes by Xander, which is pronounced "Zand-err" ... son of Cindy and Joe Ritz ... brother of Terp sophomore Max and Georgia ... father, Joe, played football and was a member of the wrestling and crew teams at Marist in the late `70s ... chose to transfer to Maryland to be in a more metropolitan area and because of the great lacrosse history ... majoring in history.