Senior Trio Leads #1 Maryland Over UMBC, 9-4
March 18, 2006
Catonsville, Md. - The senior trio of Bill McGlone, Xander Ritz and Joe Walters combined for eight of Maryland's nine goals to lead the No. 1-ranked Terps past UMBC, 9-4, at UMBC Stadium on a cold, windy Saturday afternoon.
Maryland was only up one heading into the fourth quarter, but the defense shutout the upset-minded Retrievers in the final period and the offense scored four goals to give the Terps their fourth victory of the season.
McGlone drew first blood in the opening period with his fifth goal of the season at the 4:54 mark. The senior All-American dodged his defender and raced through the UMBC crease and beat Retriever goalie Jeremy Blevins on his left side for a 1-0 Terrapin lead. UMBC tied the game less than two minutes later on an unassisted goal by junior attackman Drew Westervelt.
The Retrievers took their first lead of the game at 13:41 of the second quarter on an unassisted goal from James Hyland, who dodged to the left and fired a shot past Maryland goalie Harry Alford from the left wing.
The Terps then knotted the game at 2-2 at 7:47. All-American Joe Walters started the play with a shot from the right wing that Blevins saved to start a UMBC clear attempt. McGlone broke up the Retriever clear attempt just over the midfield stripe and sent a pass to junior attackman Michael Phipps on the left side of net, who took a shot that rebounded off Blevins, but Mcglone jumped on the other side of the circle and swatted the ball into the goal for his second score of the game.
The third quarter started well for the Terps as they claimed a 3-2 lead off a rocket from senior Xander Ritz, who ripped a shot past Blevins at 13:28. But the Retrievers came right back just over as minute later to tie the game at 3-3 on Hyland's second goal.
Xander Ritz continued his season-long scoring binge with his 14th of the season at the 7:57 mark of the third to put the Terps up 4-3. Max Ritz started the play, dodging under his defender and swinging a pass to Phipps behind the UMBC net. Xander Ritz slipped his defender and cut through the crease where Phipps found him for the easy score.
Phipps gave Maryland a two-goal lead at 5:02 on his first of the season, but UMBC's Andy Gallagher scored an extra-man goal less than a minute later to pull to within one.
The fourth quarter was a defensive struggle for both teams until 7:29 when McGlone picked up his first assist of the season after finding Walters free on the right side of the Retriever crease. Walters slipped by UMBC defender Justin Bergeguez and faked three times before beating Blevins over his left shoulder for a two-goal Terp lead.
Walters scored his second of the game with just under five minutes remaining to give Maryland its biggest lead of the game at 7-4. Xander Ritz put the game out of reach just over a minute later with his third goal of the game off an assist from McGlone. Walters added an empty-net goal to cap the scoring at 9-4.
Defensively for the Terps, junior All-American Steve Whittenberg turned in another outstanding performance, shutting out UMBC senior attackman Brendan Mundorff, who entered the game with 146 career points. Whittenberg finished with three caused turnovers and two groundballs. Sophomores Jacob Baxter and Jeff Reynolds each set career highs with two caused turnovers apiece. UMBC's scoreless fourth quarter was the sixth time this season that Maryland has held an opponent scoreless in a quarter.
Maryland returns to College Park on Tuesday with a Noon game vs. No. 19 Dartmouth at Ludwig Field.
With his three fourth-quarter goals Joe Walters extended his point scoring streak to 38 games.
Walters now has 27 hat tricks, 34 multi-goal games and 44 multi-points games in his career.
Walters is now alone in 10th place on Maryland's all-time points scoring list with 183.
Xander Ritz extended his point scoring streak scoring to 22 games with three goals.
For Ritz, his three-goal game raises his career multi-point game total to 35.
McGlone's two-goal, two-assist effort gives him 14 multi-goal games and 17 multi-point games in his career.
When Walters and Bill McGlone score goals in the same game Maryland is now 26-10.