Terrapins Surpass All Expectations in Rout of Hoyas, 14-5

Terrapins Surpass All Expectations in Rout of Hoyas, 14-5

Terrapins Surpass All Expectations in Rout of Hoyas, 14-5

Terrapins Surpass All Expectations in Rout of Hoyas, 14-5

Georgetown Head Coach Dave Urick described it as “baptism by fire” for his freshman and less experienced sophomores, and that was hardly an overstatement. With the exception of the first ten minutes of the game, Maryland (1-0) dominated Georgetown (0-1) on both ends of the field and looked in mid-season form as they cruised to their 11th straight season opener. The record setting performances of Terrapins Xander Ritz on attack and transfer Tim McGinnis between the pipes were the catalysts in this one-sided match up.

The first goal of the game, more than ten minutes into action, came from Hoya attackman Kevin Langtry, when he took a feed from sophomore Keith Schroeder, the younger brother of Hoya legend Scott Schroeder, and beat McGinnis to take the early lead. That would be the only lead Georgetown would see all day. Maryland was able to score twice before the end of the quarter; the first unassisted by Ritz, and the second off a feed from Ritz to classmate Joe Walters. Thankfully for the Hoyas, the play of Rich D’Andrea in goal kept the Hoya’s close in the first quarter, and prevented the Terrapins from running away with the game early.

The second quarter would be host to a 7-0 run by Maryland in which they out-shot Georgetown 12-4. The first two goals of the quarter were mirror images of each other as Maryland attackmen Chris Feifs and Michael Hartofilis worked their respective defenders from X and scored just above GLE. In response to Maryland’s unassisted goals, Urick expressed his disappointment while adding that he couldn’t “expect Rich to make those saves.” With 9:32 left in the half, only ten seconds after the Hartofilis score, Maryland was able to score on a fluke goal that rolled pass D’Andrea. It was followed by another Ritz score, again just above GLE, and then a Georgetown timeout. But unfortunately the timeout didn’t help the Hoyas much, as Maryland added two more goals in the last two minutes, with the last one coming with only 5 seconds on the scoreboard. The half ended with a 9-1 Terrapin lead.

While the Hoyas would go on to outscore Maryland 3-2 in the third quarter, it would prove futile as the game continued. The Georgetown coaches were encouraging their players to take it “one goal at a time,” and while that initially seemed to work, as Georgetown again scored the first goal of the half, Maryland would again answer with two of their own, the first of which accounted for Walters’ third goal and Ritz’s third assist of the game. Off the heels of the second Maryland score, Andy Corno was able to give the Hoyas some much needed life, and it was continued by Georgetown’s Derek Mills’ score to end the quarter with Maryland holding a commanding 11-4 lead.

There wasn’t much animation in the final quarter of play and the performance was overall lack luster. The relative youth of the Georgetown offense was evidenced by the desperate and off target shots that often were inopportune. Similarly the Georgetown defense looked unprepared for a match-up of this caliber, despite the hype entering the game. Thankfully for the fans, the Maryland offense did provide some energy by adding three more goals in the final 15 minutes, two being of the unassisted type. The only Georgetown goal of the half came from Schroeder, with nearly 12 minutes left.

Georgetown was forced to take good shots if they wanted any chance of scoring, and even with very good shots, McGinnis was able to stop a majority of them. His defensive efforts, combined with the offensive steadiness that the Terps young and relatively inexperienced offense provided, gave Maryland all it needed to handle the Hoyas today. From the start, the Hoyas looked rusty and timid on offense, while coming late or simply missing slides on defense. Noticeably absent from the box score is Walid Hajj’s name and similarly surprising is the relatively ineffective 1 point (assist) Neal Goldman had for the Hoyas. Coach Urick was right in saying that they need to take “a long, hard look at the tape” and learn from it. His understanding of the season as “a marathon, [and] not a sprint” should comfort Hoya fans, but only to a certain extent. Today belonged to the Maryland Terrapins, and in front of the 2,743 fans that came to Harbin Field to watch the first ever regular season meeting with Georgetown here in Washington, DC, they clearly came out on top.

Here are the numbers (Maryland/Georgetown): Shots 42/38; Groundballs 34/39; Face-offs 7-23/16-23; Clears 23-27/18-22; Extra-man 4-4/1-4; Saves 16/14; Turnovers 17/25.

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maryland has
    by (#66205) on 2/28/04 @6:26PM
ugly ass helmets
 
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True
    by (#58082) on 2/28/04 @8:58PM
They should have kept the red & white ones from last year, those actually looked decent.
 
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maryland has
    by (#66205) on 2/28/04 @6:26PM
ugly ass helmets
 
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(no subject)
    by (#55043) on 2/28/04 @8:44PM
as long as they are getting it dun then they can wear big peices of shit on their heads,GO UVA
 
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what?
    by (#5588) on 2/28/04 @8:49PM
you must be on the wrong article this is maryland-georgetown. Which helmets are you talking about, maryland has been wearing the gaits for a year now and the cpx's look nice.
 
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photo quality
    by (#67008) on 2/29/04 @2:50PM
the quality of the photos are horrible. whats going on with that?
 
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Really Bad Helmets
    by (#67961) on 2/29/04 @5:04PM
These look like guys who don't want to buy real lacrosse helmets. Looks cheap, hurts the md image as a lax tradition. Going the black route is better than last year but they still look like a bunch of hacks. Give the guys the right helmets and let them look like the group of great lacrosse players they really are. See, it fits on Rutgers...not MD. Bad move.
 
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Moving away from the helmets....
    by (#67322) on 3/01/04 @10:47AM
Hey, for those who want to talk about the fashion of the Maryland Lacrosse team, i think Joan Rivers has a website where you can talk about it without the interuption of actual lax bantoring. The deciding point in this one was from the stellar play of McGinnis. Can't wait to see the Terps dominate the ACC in the "Sanitarium" of College Lacrosse, Byrd Stadium. Also a fine performance by Xander "Don't call me Cracker" Ritz, cementing the notion that Delaware sucks all the talent way from its players. Good win Maryland, now if the hoops team didn't suck so much....

WYLD STALLIONS!
 
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San Dimas Highschool football rules.....
    by (#10068) on 3/01/04 @12:50PM
I hope that lame nickname for Xander Ritz is your doing so that I never have to see it associated with the player again. Couldn't Abraham Lincoln or Socrates have helped you out on that one Bill?

 
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Names
    by (#67322) on 3/02/04 @1:17PM
At no time Tristan Colglazier, should you ever be allowed to say anything about anyone's name...nickname or not. However I do appreciate the shout out to my High School Football Squad. And yes it is true, San Dimas High School Football does indeed rule.
 
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yeah, agree
    by (#20511) on 3/01/04 @2:50PM
i know that getting the win is what really matters, but i agree that those ugly helmets kind of ruin it a little. everyone should be wearing the cpros. all the knockoffs are hideous. i saw pics of hofstra in those new Brine lids, and it made me want to vomit.

worse case example of bad helmets = when USA won the gold in those atrocious Stryke helmets. ugliest things ever...

 
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Xander Ritz?
    by (#262) on 3/03/04 @8:13PM
Can some one explain to me how he is eligible to play for maryland this year after playing for delaware last year? Don't NCAA rules require a player to sit out one year after transferring? Just wondering how he got around that rule?
 
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eligibility
    by (#64099) on 3/03/04 @9:38PM
in lacrosse you can transfer once and not have 2 sit out a year, but if you transfer more than once then you have 2 sit out a season
 
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(no subject)
    by (#7471) on 3/09/04 @7:59PM
the rule says you cant play right but if you can get you former coach too sign an exception form you are allowed
 
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Maryland is lookin good
    by (#68983) on 3/08/04 @8:07PM
Maryland is looking good this year and i would look out for an upset against Johns Hopkins(but then again i could be talkin out my a#@ cus im a maryland fan)
 
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