Walters' Natural Hat Trick, Strong Defense Lead No. 2 Terps Past UMBC, 9-4
March 20, 2004
CATONSVILLE, Md. - The No. 2 Maryland men's lacrosse team stayed perfect with a 9-4 win at No. 13 UMBC on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Joe Walters (Rochester, N.Y.) netted a natural hat trick with three consective goals in the second quarter for a 5-2 halftime lead. Freshman attacker Mike Brown (West Hartford, Conn.) scored two second-half goals for the 5-0 Terps. Graduate goalie Tim McGinnis (Ellicott City, Md.) backstopped a strong defense, making 13 saves -- including eight in the fourth quarter.
Maryland's defense was sensational once again holding UMBC scoreless for 29:12 bridging the second through the fourth quarter before Brendan Mundorf scored his second of the game with 13:41 left in regulation to make it 6-3.
The Terps quickly answered as Brown netted his second goal of the game -- this one in transition off a pass from senior captain Paul Gillette (Millersville, Md.) to make it 7-3 just 38 seconds after UMBC broke their drought. The Terps then built the lead to 9-3 as sophomore Bill McGlone (Swarthmore, Pa.) scored for the fifth straight game and junior Andrew Schwartzman (Owings Mills, Md.) tallied his first of the year.
Led by McGinnis and his eight fourth-quarter saves, close defensemen Dave Wagner (Severna Park, Md.), Gavin Webb (Columbus, Ohio) and Chris Passavia (Stony Brook, N.Y.) were strong as UMBC ripped off 16 shots -- scoring just twice.
Brown scored the game's only goal in the third quarter, off a pass from Xander Ritz (Wayne, Pa.) -- his second helper of the game.
The second quarter was the Joe Walters show, as the sophomore attackman netted a natural hat trick with three consecutive goals over a span of 8:36 with the third goal in the run coming with 1:48 left in the first half giving Maryland the 5-2.
In a first quarter dominated by ball-control, the Terps took a 2-1 lead as Brendan Healy (Great Falls, Va.) scored just 1:04 into the game. After UMBC's Brendan Mundorf scored to tie the game at 1-1, J.R. Bordley (Vienna, Va.) netted a goal off a feed from Walters for the 2-1 lead.
Maryland returns to action on Tuesday as the Terps host Butler at the Lacrosse & Field Hockey Complex across from Comcast Center at 7 p.m.
The Terps will take on ACC foe, No. 8 North Carolina, next Saturday in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels downed Duke, 10-9 in overtime on Saturday.