Alfors Saves 20 As No. 4 Terps Stifle No. 19 North Carolina 9-4 Saturday Afternoon
March 26, 2005
College Park, Md. - Sophomore goalie Harry Alford had 20 saves and held North Carolina (2-5/0-2 ACC) to a season-low four goals as Maryland (5-2/1-1 ACC) got back in the win column with a 9-4 triumph over the Tar Heels. It was the lowest scoring output for UNC in the series since a 5-4 loss in 1989.
Healy and Phipps put the Terps in front with first-quarter scores and Walters added his 17th goal of the season with 12:59 remaining in the second quarter to push the lead to 3-0.
Alford held the Tar Heels scoreless until Ryan Blair broke the drought with five minutes left before halftime. The sophomore keeper shined in the third quarter, stopping 12 Tar Heel shots. After North Carolina drew within 3-2, Bill McGlone and Hartofilis tallied scores to give the Terps some breathing room.
Again, North Carolina closed the gap to one at 5-4 on goals 37 seconds apart by Ryan Blair and Rob Driscoll. Consecutive goals by Ian and Brendan Healy bumped the lead back up to three, before Phipps and Walters closed the scoring. Hartofolis assisted on the first and last goals of the final period, giving him the trifecta. Entering Saturday's game, the junior midfielder had recorded just two assists in his previous two seasons combined.
Freshman Will Dalton recorded the best performance of his young career in the face-off circle, winning 6-of-9 to help Maryland gain possession and chew up clock in the final quarter.
Alford's 20 saves represents his second highest total this season. He stopped a career-high 25 shots against Georgetown in a 13-6 season-opening win. It was also the fewest goals Maryland has allowed since an 11-2 pasting of Virginia last season.
The Terps wrap up their ACC regular season schedule next Saturday when they travel to Charlottesville, Va., to take on the second-ranked Virginia Cavaliers. Face-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. N
Maryland is 20-6 in games in which Walters and McGlone score a goal in the same game.
Ian and Brendan Healy each scored goals vs. UNC. The brothers have now scored goals in the same game eight times.
Walters, McGlone and Xander Ritz have now scored at least one point in each of the Terps' seven games in 2005.
The Maryland defense held the Tar Heels scoreless for the first 25:00 of the game, marking the fourth time this season that the Terps have held an opponent without a goal for 20 minutes or longer.