Walters, Moran Score Four Goals Each As No. 3 Terps Top No. 19 Bucknell, 14-8
March 11, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Heading into Tuesday's game at the Artificial Turf Facility, it was thought to be a low-scoring affair.
After all, Maryland had the nation's top defense last season allowing 7.0 goals per game, while Bucknell had held each of its last two opponents to just two goals and held its opponents to 5.67 goals per game this season.
So what do we get, a 6-6 tie after the first quarter.
After that surprisingly high-scoring first quarter, No. 3 Maryland buckled down on defense and picked up a 14-8 victory over the No. 19 Bison on a chilly afternoon.
Junior midfielder Ryan Moran (Setauket, N.Y.) and freshman attacker Joe Walters (Rochester, N.Y.) each scored four goals to power the Terps to the win. For Moran, the four goals set a new career-high. For Walters, it marked the second straight game the freshman had tallied four goals after he did at Towson last Saturday. Walters also added two assists for a career-high six points.
Senior midfielder Mike Mollot (Holbrook, N.Y.) picked up four assists in the win and now has 82 in his career to stand 12th all-time at Maryland.
With the score tied 6-6 after the fast-paced first quarter, the teams slowed the game down in the second half and the defense went to work as Maryland scored the only goal of the second quarter to take the lead for good as freshman midfielder Bill McGlone (Swarthmore, Pa.) netted his second career goal with 1:05 left in the first half to make it 7-6.
Walters and Moran each scored their second goals of the game in the third quarter as the Terps built a 9-6 lead before a Bucknell goal by Andrew Copelan with one second left in the third made it 9-7.
Walters and Moran each scored twice in the fourth quarter as the Terps distanced themselves from Bucknell coming away with the 14-8 victory. The Terps other final quarter goal came from Justin Smith (University Park, Md.)
The first quarter was played at a frenetic pace with the teams trading goals. Moran opened the scoring just 31 seconds into the game to set the pace. Bucknell's Rob Lane quickly answered less than a minute later. Maryland graduate attacker Brian Hunt (West Chester, Pa.) scored the first of his two goals in the quarter to make it 2-1. Walters made it 3-1, before the Bison's Dennis Geraghty scored two goal sandwiched around a Willy Passavia (Stony Brook, N.Y.) tally to make it 4-3 with 4:04 left in the first.
Senior attacker Matt Urlock (Lutherville, Md.) scored a man-up goal to make it 5-3 and Hunt followed with his second to make it 6-3 with 2:32 left in the period. Bucknell then scored the final three goals of the quarter as Andrew "Worthy" Sanders, Rob Lane and Copelan scored to tie the game after one quarter at 6-6.
Bucknell goalie Justin Sussman made 14 saves while the Terps' Danny McCormick (McLean, Va.) made nine in the win.
The Terps outshot Bucknell 36-28 and scooped up 33 groundballs to the Bison's 19.
Led by Moran, who won 10 of his 12 face-offs, Maryland won 15 of the game's 25 draws.
Maryland returns to action this Saturday as they travel to Stony Brook, for a 1 p.m. game vs. the Seawolves at the brand-new LaValle Stadium on Long Island. It will be the Terps first game on Long Island in more than 10 years as they last played at Adelphi in 1992.