McGlone dominates as Maryland rebounds at UMBC 9-4

McGlone dominates as Maryland rebounds at UMBC 9-4

McGlone dominates as Maryland rebounds at UMBC 9-4

McGlone dominates as Maryland rebounds at UMBC 9-4

2005 1st-Team All-American Bill McGlone, who has been hampered early in the season with a nagging leg injury suffered in the preseason, returned to form today for the Terps against UMBC, recording a 4 point game [2g, 2a] and dazzling the crowd with his spectacular athleticism and street-ball style of play. Both of McGlone’s goals came on unassisted efforts in the first half, which kept the Terps on pace with the Retrievers who slowed the game to a crawl in the opening half.

UMBC played a very deliberate and slow paced offense after it was clear in the early minutes of the game that they were going to have little success against Maryland’s close D. Terp defenseman Steve Whittenberg in particular was outstanding and virtually unbeatable as he made UMBC attackman Brendan Mundorf invisible throughout the game. Alford was again very solid between the pipes, recording eight saves, including a few spectacular saves in tight.

The Terps stuck first when McGlone snuck underneath a UMBC defenseman from right-front and finished past Retriever netminder Jeremy Blevins. Drew Westervelt evened the score late in the 1st when he let uncorked a missile that evaded Harry Alford. The second quarter for the most part was another big yawn, as the game was limited largely to long and boring half-field possessions. The Retrievers were trying to make the game short with their offense and the Terrapins couldn’t seem to get on the same page and create quality scoring chances. UMBC took their only lead of the game early in the quarter when James Hyland dodged and finished from the left wing. The Terps answered late in the period on one of the few transition opportunities in the game, when McGlone tip-toed the crease to swat in a rebound off a shot by Mike Phipps. As the teams broke for the half, the 1st half pace made it seem very possible that the score could end 3-2.

The second half was much more exciting for spectators, as the tempo picked up significantly. Xander Ritz scored a nice outside shot early in the third quarter to put the Terps ahead, but Hyland would quickly answer with another unassisted effort, knotting the game a 3. Midway through the quarter, Ritz notched his second of the day off a Phipps feed. With a flag down for a UMBC technical, Mike Phipps drove hard to the cage and finished, putting the Terps up 5-3 and wiping away the flag. UMBC’s final goal of the quarter and the game came on EMO when Andy Gallagher rocketed an outside shot past Alford to pull the Receivers within one.

The fourth quarter was all Maryland, as UMBC’s offense couldn’t get much going. They took 9 shots in the period, but only one was on cage and Alford ate it up. The Maryland scoring started midway through the period when McGlone drew a double team and slipped the ball to Walters for the finish. With under five minutes to play, Walters struck again, starting a move from back-right and sprinting through X and above GLE where he finished high past Blevins. At this point, with the clock now wearing a Maryland jersey, UMCB had to try and force some turnovers to make up the three goal deficit. In an amazing display, McGlone split of a double team from the left high wing, faked a shot inside three yards to get Blevin off his line, and dumped the ball cross-crease to Ritz for an easy backpipe finish. Walters finished his hat trick with under one minute to play when UMBC pressure forced him toward the middle of the field where he finished a low shot, before getting dumped late by UMBC’s Brian Tobin, who earned himself a 2-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. At this point, the Terps ran out the clock and secured a 9-4 victory.

UMBC needs to regroup and prepare to host dangerous Denver, Albany, and Towson teams after having dropped their last three games. After losing to Bucknell in overtime on Tuesday, Terps fans had to be anxious to see their team get back on their feet. With UMBC dominating the faceoffs [winning 12 of 16] and slowing the game down substantially in the first half, Maryland was able to force the tempo in the second, courtesy of a defense that dominated UMBC physically. Even more encouraging was the resurgence of McGlone, who didn’t look healthy in Maryland’s early season games, but was a terror on the field today. Expect the Terps to come out strong next Tuesday when they host Dartmouth who upset them on a neutral site in Florida a year ago.

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why?
    by (#97931) on 3/19/06 @1:30PM
how is maryland still #1 when they lost to an unranked Bucknell. I think UVA should have the number 1 spot theyre still undefeated. Maryland should be #3 and Duke #2
 
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why?
    by (#6355) on 3/19/06 @2:50PM
It was a midweek game, polls update after the weekend.
 
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