Ritz Brothers Power No. 3 Maryland Past No. 7 Georgetown, 10-4
Feb. 25, 2006
Washington, D.C. - Xander and Max Ritz combined to score eight of the Terps' 10 goals to lead the third-ranked University of Maryland men's lacrosse team to a 10-4 win over No. 7 Georgetown at the Hoyas' Multi-Sport Field in Washington, D.C., Saturday afternoon.
The game, which proved to be an extremely physical contest that saw a combined 16 penalties called, started slowly in the first quarter and Georgetown was able to take a 2-1 lead into the second period following Andrew Baird's goal with 13 seconds left in the quarter. But that would be the last Hoya goal until the fourth quarter as the Maryland defensive unit shutdown the Hoya offense, holding Georgetown without a goal for 38:05.
The Terps didn't waste any time getting on the scoreboard in the second quarter. Max Ritz, a sophomore from Radnor, Pa., scored his second goal of the game less than three minutes into the quarter to knot the score at 2-2. Senior midfielder Michael Hartofilis scored his first goal of the season to give Maryland its first lead of the game at the 9:46 mark of the second period. The Terrapins would take a 4-2 lead into halftime when junior attackman Michael Phipps found senior All-American Bill McGlone in front of the crease and McGlone buried a shot past Hoya goalkeeper Miles Kass, who was making his first career start.
While the Maryland defense was shutting down the Hoya offense in the third period, the Terrapin offense was clicking on all cylinders. Xander Ritz scored four times in the third quarter, including a natural hat trick of three man-up goals.
The Terps, who were up 9-2 at the start of the fourth quarter, capped their scoring at 11:24 in the fourth on Max Ritz's career-best fourth goal of the game. The Hoyas scored two late goals to finish the game at 10-4.
Defensively Maryland was led by junior All-America goalie Harry Alford, who allowed only the four goals while making 14 saves. Junior defensive midfielder Ryan Clarke picked up a game-high six groundballs and caused three Hoya turnovers.
The Terps return to action on Saturday, March 4 when they travel to Durham, N.C., for an ACC showdown with the No. 1-ranked Duke Blue Devils. The game is set for a 2:00 p.m. start at Koskinen Stadium.