Maryland vs. Hobart
February 23, 2002
The Game Story:
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland lacrosse team opened the Dave Cottle era with what has been the staple of the program for the last few years -- defense. The No. 6 Terps shutout visiting No. 23 Hobart for the first three quarters, building a 9-0 lead, on the way to a 13-6 victory at the Artificial Turf Facility.

Sophomore Dan LaMonica (Parkton, Md.) led the Terps with five points on two goals and three assists, junior Mike Mollot (Holbrook, N.Y.) added three goals and an assist.

"I thought we played very well in the first three quarters. Our defense was strong," said Cottle, who joins all previous seven Maryland lacrosse coaches with victories debuts with the Terps. "I thought our young midfielders did a great job and Brian Carroll really set the tone with his face-offs."

On face-offs, senior Brian Carroll (East Rockaway, N.Y.) won 12 of his 18 draws, including eight of 11 in the first three periods. Junior goalie Dan McCormick (McLean, Va.), making his first start as a Terp made 14 saves and allowed just three goals before giving way to freshman T.C. Behm (Villanova, Pa.) with four minutes left in regulation.

The win improved Maryland's record to an amazing 73-3-1 all-time in season openers, dating back to the start of the program in 1924. The Terps have won nine straight openers now.

In building the 9-0 lead, Nate Watkins (Elmira, N.Y.) and Dan LaMonica (Parkton, Md.) each scored two goals in the run. LaMonica also assisted on three consecutive goals after the Terps went up 1-0 on Watkins first, just 1:51 into the game. LaMonica fed J.R. Bordley (Vienna, Va.), Matt Brock (Manakin-Sabot, Va.) and Watkins -- for his second -- to make it 4-0 2:05 into the second quarter.

After Alex Poole (Hunt Valley, Md.) made it 5-0, LaMonica scored consecutive goals bridging the second and third quarters to make it 7-0. Craig Hochstadt (Columbia, Md.) and Willy Passavia (Stony Brook, N.Y.) scored to close the third with a 9-0 Terp advantage.

Hobart finally got on the board after taking 15 shots with no success through three quarters as Scott Harvey scored his first of four goals in the game.

The Statesmen's offense went to work in the fourth outscoring the Terps, 6-4, but it was too late as Maryland had built an insurmountable lead. In that fourth, Mike Mollot (Holbrook, N.Y.) recorded a hat trick with three goals over a span of 7:29. Mike LaMonica (Parkton, Md.) also got on the board with a pretty goal shot from behind his head to beat Hobart goalie Mike Borsz.