Maryland Dashes Irish Playoff Hopes, 10-4

Maryland Dashes Irish Playoff Hopes, 10-4

Maryland Dashes Irish Playoff Hopes, 10-4

Maryland Dashes Irish Playoff Hopes, 10-4

This was a must win game for Notre Dame to be considered for the Big Dance. It was an opportunity for Maryland to show what their new coach, Dave Cottle has done for its program. Cottle employed a tough defense that forced Notre Dame to the perimeter for most of the game, and shut out down the Irish's high point man, Pat Walsh. Cottle was pleased with his defensive matchup against the young Irish attack. " We really tried to get our poles on the ball and make them [the Irish] attack out poles. We wanted to take away the middle and make them beat us on the perimeter because they are so good inside. We didn't want to give up anything inside and we wanted them to have beat our poles on the outside", he noted after the game.

Maryland (for most of the game) kept all their men above the GLE and gave the Irish the back of the net. The trio of Mike Howley, Lee Zink and Chris Passvia kept the Irish flat for the first two quarters, allowing only a single goal in each quarter. Danny McCormick, who started in the nets, also had some nasty mojo about him as three times, the Irish got off a clean shot and three times, the pipes stopped the ball from ripping into the net. The last pipe shot came on an open goal attempt by Walsh after Dan Berger rode the Terp goalie and forced a turnover. Walsh scooped up the ball and fired hard at the empty net, but a clang was all he got.

The game started out favoring the Irish, winning the face on a procedure call (both teams spilt the faces for the day) and working the ball around the Terp goal twice. Owen Mulford took the ball up top, came at the goal in a shallow arc and worked a pick to give himself an open look to nail the net at the 14:00 mark. ND was playing crisply, contesting every possession. Many times the Terps were under pressure and turned the ball over or let the Irish pick off a pass. Overall ND led the turnover column 31-20, many coming from forced passes as a result of the Terp defense. 11 more minutes of traded possessions occurred before Maryland scored, with the most interesting possession coming from a hard laser by ND's Dan Berger, to give Maryland their first pipe save of the game. Irish goalier, Stewart Crosland, made 18 saves on the day and many of them stoners as he easily tracked and caught some of the shots. Crosland's first such stop was put on Maryland's Matt Brock. Crosland let one in from Ryan Moran during a flag down. 1-1. Maryland could not convert for the next minute and ND killed its first penalty. Thirty ticks later, Justin Smith converted on a slow motion step toward the goal, then a quick body fake and shot to put the Terps up 2-1 to end the first quarter.

The second quarter was all Maryland, scoring on goals by Brian Hunt, Smith and Joe Walters. Notre Dame could manage only 5 shots in this period, totaling 8 for the half. Although they passed the ball around the goal effectively, the Irish just couldn't get inside today on Terps and they had to settle for movement rather than shooting. Maryland had a 42-25 advantage in shots. Matt Howell lined up one good shot and the pipe again stood solid and deflected the ball. The pipes also worked in favor of Notre Dame for Moran had a hard bounce shot bounce up off the ground into the pipe and out to the top of the box. Maryland took a 5-1 lead at the close of the first half.

Notre Dame owned the third quarter and scored tow goals to narrow the gap to 5-3 at the 11:05 mark and then 10 minutes later at the 1:30 mark on a solo shot by Matt Howell and an Owen Mulford pass to Brian Giordano. The Irish defense played well this quarter holding the Terps to only 5 shots. Howell got another good look with a minute left, but McCormick stopped him to end the quarter at 5-3.

Notre Dame was unable to get a run going in the fourth quarter and a few errant passes gave the ball back to Maryland and killed a Notre Dame drive. Ryan Moran picked up his second goal of the game a minute into the period and Brian Hunt followed two minutes later with his own. Ten turnovers in this period killed Irish drives and it appeared as if the Irish were forcing passes. Maryland kept capitalizing on these turnovers and went up 10-3 at the 2:34 mark with a goal by Matt Urlock, who came down on the right, fended off a hard check to his stick , and dipped his stick to roll one past Crosland. Notre Dame's Matt Ryan freed up coverage on Travis Wells and fed him on the left, and Wells hit a hard overhand to make it 10-4 with 1:12 left. Maryland won the ensuing faceoff but turned the ball over. A simple shot was stopped by new Terp goalie Teddy Murphy and Berger rode him hard on the clear, stripping the ball. Pat Walsh for the Irish scooped the ball as shown in the pictures but rushed a hard shot on an open net and clanged the post. Walsh, Notre Dame's leading point man was not only held pointless by his former teammate from Wantagh, Mike Howley, but Howley held him to just one shot. Murphy stopped two more shots from Notre Dame. Maryland finishes 10-3 and the Irish finish 9-5.

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    by (#31907) on 5/05/03 @1:44PM
Somebody tell #8 on Notre Dame he looks like a complete f@%*ing idiot.
 
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that's glare war paint
    by (#28132) on 5/05/03 @1:59PM
on their LSM, John Souch. Lighten up, the kid was a preseason AA honorable mention and had two key strips in the game; its just too bad when he brought the ball into the Terp O area, he did not shoot. The Terps defense was really rock solid in this game. Cottle had prepared very well for the Irish and will probably employ it as they beat the pants off the GWLL rep, the Buckeyes. ND failed to make any halftime adjustments to counter it. Mike Howley shut down ND's Pat Walsh completely, riding him constantly. Maryland also shut down Matt Howell, the Irish injury prone big gun. Two goose egg son two good attackers. In a premature statement, it looks as if Cottle can take this Terp team to the Final Four. But anything can happen this year
 
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    by (#37331) on 5/05/03 @2:45PM
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