Maryland Tops Georgetown 10-4 in Season Opener for Both Teams

Maryland Tops Georgetown 10-4 in Season Opener for Both Teams

Maryland Tops Georgetown 10-4 in Season Opener for Both Teams

Maryland Tops Georgetown 10-4 in Season Opener for Both Teams

Fans that came to Georgetown University today were greeted with great weather, an impressive facility, and two teams that clearly do not like each other. Last year, Georgetown’s season ended in a heartbreaking overtime loss against Maryland in the NCAA Quarterfinals and the two teams played a very physical early season game in College Park. Today’s contest followed suit - it was a bruising game; the third quarter took about 40 minutes of real time on account of twelve penalties and a scuffle that nearly turned into a bench clearing brawl.

The Terps controlled the tempo throughout the game on route to a 10-4 victory, led by the Ritz brothers who tallied 4 goals a piece. The Hoyas seemed to be suffering from an Andy Corno hangover, as the Terps dominated the faceoff X, winning thirteen of eighteen draws. Dave Cottle’s offensive was cruelly efficient, especially the man-up unit which went 5/8, taking advantage of many avoidable Georgetown penalties.

The early parts of the game were all G’Town. The Terps seemed a little lost in the first quarter with the offense looking out of sync and committing a few very sloppy turnovers. The Hoyas drew first blood with a goal by sophomore Brendan Cannon. A few minutes later, the Terrapins evened the game with their first EMO goal from sophomore Max Ritz. The Hoyas took the lead off a nifty set-piece on an out of bounds play with only 13 seconds left in the quarter.

Whatever was said in the Maryland huddle after the first quarter, it worked. David Tamberrino won all four faceoffs in the 2nd quarter, allowing a very methodical Maryland offense to score three unanswered goals and take a 4-2 lead at the half. The efficient quarter was highlighted by a tremendous unassisted goal by senior midi Michael Hartofolis, who knifed through the middle of the Hoya defense and scored a diving left-handed shot. Defensively, Maryland looked like a different team, taking away any interior passing lanes and forcing the Hoyas to settle for outside shots that were smothered by Harry Alford.

The third quarter was the Ritz show, as brothers Xander and Max scored all five goals in the period. However, the excellent play of the Maryland offense was overshadowed by ugliness on the field. The Hoyas were visibly distraught at some questionable no-calls and questionable flags by the officials. They had legitimate complaints, but the players mishandled it and completely lost their composure. Discipline went out the window, with the Hoyas taking terrible shots and worse penalties.

This culminated at the midway point of the quarter, when a late hit by Georgetown drove a Maryland player into the Georgetown bench. Both teams rushed into the box area, pushing and jawing at each other amidst coaches and officials trying to quell the situation. Punches were clearly thrown, and ultimately the refs only sent a single player from each team to the box after breaking it up. This wasn’t nearly harsh enough considering the teams almost broke into a bench clearing brawl. Unsurprisingly, the rest of the quarter was marred with penalties from both sides.

Fortunately, level heads prevailed in the fourth quarter and there was no more combat, on or off the field. The Terps extended their unanswered goals to nine early in the period, when senior midi Brendan Healy dumped a nice feed into Max Ritz. After that the Terp offense went into stall mode, taking the air out of the ball and time off the clock. Georgetown would break their scoreless drought midway through the 4th, when Trevor Casey scored off a Pete Cannon feed on a man-up opportunity. Georgetown defenseman Reyn Garnett scored the last goal of the game in the final minute with an impressive transition finish [particularly for a pole].

Ultimately, it was a very efficient Maryland team that controlled the time of possession, the faceoff X, and the pace of the game that came out victorious. Coach Cottle and his staff have to be happy with this road victory and can start gearing up for the huge ACC matchup at Duke next weekend. Georgetown looked strong early, but really broke down in the third quarter. You can be certain that Coach Urick will get on their case for losing their heads and have his team prepared for their ECAC opener next week against St. John’s.

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maryland is good!
    by (#121865) on 2/25/06 @7:44PM
the ritz put up 8 goals wow.
 
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maryland is good!
    by (#121865) on 2/25/06 @7:45PM
the ritz put up 8 goals wow.
 
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Please tell me......
    by (#78222) on 2/26/06 @8:53AM
How is Joe walters' pocket of legal depth??? GO TERPS!!!!!!!
 
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    by (#76196) on 2/26/06 @10:44AM
hahah i noticed that too. I've noticed that in a lot of close up pictures it seems like they have illegal pockets. maybe it's just the angle.
 
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    by (#123173) on 2/26/06 @11:07AM
From what i am hearing it sounds like the top 5 favored teams are Duke Cuse Hopkins Maryland and Virginia. Oh contraire, Princeton will be #1 they will reassume the seat of glory and take home the championship this year. Princeton has got a sick sophmore and junior class they didn't take any big losses (except doneger) and they have a great prospect in Lesko. In net they have Hewitt- saw some time last year but will come out solid and strong this year 3rd team AA or honorable mention. With coco on the d they will be pretty strong. The attack is led by Trombino and he'll impress us this year. With a sick midfield their loaded with Shriner Cowin and Lesko. Most of the top 5 favorites I mentioned are all decent but lost or gained something on the off-season.

Duke-hands down they are good. Danowski Greer and Flannery are all going to be great even better if you play fantasy lax. Solid midfield led by AA Matt Zash. Their only weakness might be replacing Fenton who was a beast.
Maryland- JOE WALTERS=TEAM USA- it speaks for itself Joe Walters is right on top for the tewarton. With a solid Defense backed by alford in the net and McGlone leading the midfield with Xander Ritz helping Joe W they will be be pretty good.
Virginia- Danny Glading is the #1 recruit he'll make an impact. But they did lose Christmas and Yevoli transfered to Cuse. They have Ward, Poskay, Dixon, and Rubeor to make up for it though. Look out for Kip Turner in the net also.
Hopkins- Petro is a great coach. I hate this team though. Aside from that they lost Harrison on midfield, did I mention he won the tewarton and created everything for that team. They lost Harvey on DD along with Lesuer on the attack. Sure they have Rabil and Huntley and Pinto. They will stink. Theyll make the tourney somehow but lose early I say.
Cuse- They lost Feifer in the net, ouch. But they still have Levielle returning and Yevoli added to the roster this year. They also got Hardy and Nims to sick freshmen. On the midfield they have Greg Rommel leading the pack. They did pretty crappy last year but there might be some promise in them this year.
Philly 2006 Princeton 11 Duke 9
Semis Princeton over Virginia AND Duke over Maryland or Cuse (I am not sure)
In the Mix NAVY ALBANY GTOWN CORNELL UMASS ARMY NOTRE DAME AND RUTGERS.

 
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wow you suck
    by (#72115) on 2/26/06 @5:39PM
no way princeton goes over duke or UVA, those two are the two best teams in the nation...
 
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Pfeiffer had off year anyway
    by (#48113) on 3/01/06 @6:14AM
I was never that impressed with Jay last year anyway, besides the Hobart game I dont think I ever remember saying to myself 'man that goalies really keeping them in this one'.
Watching the Army game I was quite impressed with this new kid. The one goal where he went down too early and it bounced over his shoulder was really the only mistake that really stood out. I thought I heard the after game comments that they might start another kid too as to see how they do but I thought this red shirt freshman played excellent last weekend
 
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Go terps
    by (#95403) on 2/26/06 @3:31PM
Yeah, I too see how some of those pockets are illegal. But I can't belive you think princeton is coming back...I believe Maryland's going for it all this season. Go Terps.
 
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