Maryland Blows By Bisons

Maryland Blows By Bisons

Maryland Blows By Bisons

Maryland Blows By Bisons

On another cold day of college lacrosse, #1 Maryland defeated # 13 Bucknell 8-4 in College Park, Maryland. This game was tied until 4:54 left in the third when Maryland went on to score four unanswered goals to end the game. In a personal battle between the two leading goal scorers in NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse, it was Maryland’s Buggs Combs who defeated Bucknell’s Dennis Geraghty 3-1. Combs is above pace to break the Maryland record for goals in a season that is currently held by Mark Douglas (1991) with 52. Combs was clearly on Bucknell Head Coach Sid Jamieson’s mind, “We didn’t want to let Buggsy to beat us, we wanted to force the other players to do something.”

Maryland was the first to score when junior Nate Watkins scored unassisted. David Rose made a great clearing pass to get things started. Bucknell quickly answered with Michael Cheng finding John Terracciano open in front for a goal. The Terps put up the next goal when Alex Poole got his second of the season with a lefty shot high off a pretty face dodge. But once again Bucknell came back with Terracciano scoring unassisted on a great shot that hit both the bottom left and top left corners. Combs closed out the scoring for the half when he completed a feed from former Loyola HS standout Chris Malone. Maryland was man-up due to a slashing penalty on Bucknell.

Bucknell evened it up again when Andrew Sanders took two defenders strong to the cage and managed to punch it in. There was no scoring for the next 10 minutes until Maryland took the lead right before the half when Combs got his second of the game as Mike LaMonica found him open on the crease. On that play Bucknell was hit with a dead ball foul so Maryland took possession with no face-off and despite being man-up they did not convert. The score was 4-3 in favor of Maryland at half.

Bucknell had an opportunity to go ahead when the Terps were hit with two penalties, one of which was a 2-minute unreleaseable unsportsmanlike conduct. Bucknell was able to tie it when they were two men up with Geraghty knocking in a rebound but they couldn’t get anything more. Three and a half minutes later Maryland took a lead they would never relinquish. It was Combs who scored on a feed from Mike Mollot. The opportunity was created by a misplayed ride by the Bisons. Mollot then had one of his own when true freshman Dan LaMonica found him cutting on EMO. Maryland had a nice play to close out the scoring for the quarter. Watkins took a few steps back from his defender Kevin Smithies and looked like he was going to take him straight to the goal. Watkins took a few steps, jabbed at the defender then lofted a pass to Malone who ripped one high. It was pretty cool and clearly Smithies felt he was tooled on because he was hit with an illegal checking penalty.

The fourth quarter contained only one goal and it was Mike Mollot for Maryland unassisted with 7:38 remaining. Head Coach Dick Edell felt his team, “struggled offensively but our defense was great, especially our man-down defense is doing a terrific job.” Asked about Maryland being ranked #1 for the first time since April 1998 he said, “It’s fun for the kids, fun for our fans but it has nothing to do with success or lack of success you are going to have for the season. We can’t sit in a cave and hide from it. I just want to be the last team standing on Memorial Day.” Jamieson, who is in his 35th year at Bucknell also spoke about hiding, “This is a testament to our program to come down here and play. We didn’t go into the goal and hide. This is a tremendous opportunity for our players and our program. I feel we played up and not down, that is all you can ask.” Jamieson felt that that the failure of his team today was its inability to clear the ball. They were 12 for 23 on clears.

Both teams face major conference games this weekend. Maryland will play #7 Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. for the ACC regular season championship on Saturday at 2pm. Bucknell will face #12 Hobart in Lewisburg, Pa at 1pm.

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Terps
    by (#8807) on 3/27/01 @11:10PM
Maryland just might be for real.

Bucknell could'nt get it going when MD lost Howley and Harper both in the 3rd. Howley for 2 minutes on a non releasable. Howley was also victimized by a prayer shot in the first quarter than had no chance except to hit a dman. He only played about half the minutes.

Maryland handled the man down again and rides better than anyone I've seen - 12 of 23 is awesome.

Virginia, I think will be the test for the Terps. I see Pnctn and Cuse as the tops with Va Md and Hop tossup thirds right now.
 
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huh
    by (#1635) on 3/28/01 @1:11PM
Who are you looking at, watch what the hoyas do to bucknell when they waste their afternoon on a wednesday to unleash the wrath on a "strong" bucknell team. Not to mention the fact that Maryland got beaten by the hoyas in a scrimmage while the hoyas didn't have Henehan and some other key players. Just watch
 
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(no subject)
    by (#9141) on 3/28/01 @3:26PM
What about that strong North Carolina team that Bucknell beat. Not to take the side of Maryland, but since when do scrimmages count. Besides, anything could happen on Wednesday especially if they follow your mindset and "just waste their time."
 
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The "strong" North Carolina team?
    by (#2419) on 3/28/01 @4:03PM
It's nice for Bucknell to beat Carolina, but let's face it, the Tar Heels were way, way overrated. While they were ranked ahead of the Herd at that point, they should not have been. In short, this wasn't even an upset. A big, big win, but not an upset. Georgetown is a legit Top 5 team. Their defense will be as stifling as Marylands, but they are a run and gun team and blow out the scoreboard quite often. If the Herd can hang with them for FOUR QUARTERS, I will be impressed. Bucknell simply hasn't played a team like this before.
 
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Gtown D
    by (#1635) on 3/28/01 @6:02PM
Alright, how many top D1 teams in the top five play 8 different defensemen throughout the game. Believe ME, these guys NEVER get tired and other teams aren't changing their attackmen, so when the sticks go in, they are fresh and most of the time, the attackmen are very tired. This is probably why no team has scored over nine goals and the defense averages little over six goals per game. The other thing is, who said Carolina is good? Carolina sucks. They have one good player in Sonke and the rest of them are freshmen, in addition to that, Bucknell beating Carolina was only a shock because everyone expects so much out of John Haus, and Carolina is normally a pretty big name in lacrosse. So, people are saying, where did bucknell come from, and the answer is no where because Carolina is down, way down. Watch what happens when UVa takes it to Maryland, beats them and Gtown's last game against Syracuse will feature the number one team in the country playing number two. Oh, and preseason does matter, it shows who worked harder in the offseason and now it's paying off for the hoyas.
 
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I concur
    by (#2752) on 3/28/01 @9:28PM
When I was in college I played DIII and we crushed G'town in a scrimmage. But in the regular season they would have blown us away. Scrimmages are meaningless.
 
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unleash wrath?
    by (#2405) on 4/01/01 @4:26PM
I quess g'town thinks they should have been #1. "waste their afternoon" agianst bucknell, did they waste their afternoon against navy too by losing 11-4.
 
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Are you for real?
    by (#2752) on 3/28/01 @9:32PM
Maryland being ranked #1 is ludicrist. When they beat a top five team then you can talk.
 
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Ludicrist? Is that a swear word?
    by (#8807) on 3/28/01 @10:45PM
I think you were trying to say and you might be right that the Terps have only mildly been tested.

But they do have a good mix of talent and experience. A win at virginia would certainly prove something, a close loss maybe not.

By the way, these game pictures are really lame.
 
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Vocabulary
    by (#2752) on 3/29/01 @7:45PM
Sorry dude. Next time I'll keep the vocabulary at the minimun intelligent level.
 
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Briggs
    by (#8807) on 3/29/01 @10:11PM
Perhaps you should consult a dictionary before another condescending remark. Vocabulary isn't quite the shortcoming that you have in reading.

If you notice I said might which you apparently mistook for an assertion. I don't believe I would brag much about that DIII education.
 
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Terps...
    by (#6598) on 3/28/01 @10:57PM
Terps are legit. Anyone who says otherwise is obviously just jealous of their number one ranking-looking in your direction G-town. From what I heard they have yet to give the championship trophy to the team who won the most pre season scrimmages.
Speaking of defenses I believe Maryland has let in fewer goals against tougher teams then Gtown. As well as having the best goalie in the nation.
And what I find even stranger is that it was mentioned that when Virginia beats Maryland THIS weekend and when Gtown and Cuse play at the end of the season. Seems like someone has a pretty cheesy schedule since maryland still has to play Virginia then Hopkins, then the ACC tournament. Is the Hoyas next big game really not until the end of the season? Sweet ECAC.
 
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(no subject)
    by (#9141) on 3/29/01 @9:41AM
It is funny that when a team that is not suppossed to be in top 15 is in the top 15, without loads of scholarship kids, and with a Petro or Urick, their success becomes a fluke. Bucknell has quietly evelated the quality of the program. Their games are played respectfully without all of the hot air and other "smack" that many of you send around these websites. It would appear from all of this website "discussion" there is very little respect given to them. Fine. Where was Georgetown before Urick arrived? All of you "big lacrosse" jock supporters pump yourselves up as if you were better than everybody else, but I thought you would recognize someone playing the game as it was meant to be.
 
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Patriot Games
    by (#7737) on 3/29/01 @10:30AM
I agree, Hats off to Bucknell. Let's not waste time comparing them to Gtown or 'Cuse, but 10 years ago this team was unheard of.

"Quiet elevation" is good way to describe how far the program has come. Bison fans won't forget being snubbed by the tournament selection committee a few years back, so maybe they deserve a little more respect.

I see these guys a hanging a bunch of goals on Hobart this week, taking the Patriot title, and finally getting their post season day in court. I think they've earned it.
 
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So much for "quiet elevation."
    by (#2419) on 3/29/01 @11:06AM
The Bucknell fans regularly toot their own horn. I guess the Herd will need to stop Hobart from hanging their usual 14-18 goals on them in order to win. From the way the Bucknell fans talk every year before they play Hobart, you'd think that their all-time record against them was better than the 1-12 it actually is.
 
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whoops
    by (#6875) on 4/01/01 @4:16PM
14-18, how about 4 goals and bucknell and ncaa bid for bucknell. toot-toot
 
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Some days you have it, some days you don't.
    by (#2419) on 4/01/01 @5:50PM
Like Bucknell getting blown out by Penn. Who was to know you'd hold Hobart under the 15 goals they've averaged over the last four years against you? Well, you've got the Patriot League title now, so don't be an ungracious winner and make it difficult for the rest of the league to pull for as their representative.

By the way, the rest of the lax establishment isn't going to give you any credit until you beat at top ten team. UNC, Army, and Hobart are good wins, but don't expect a lot of love to come your way until you beat Georgetown or someone of that caliber. Even then, you probably won't get any credit (we can call this the Notre Dame syndrome).
 
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Uncle Sid's Misguided Children
    by (#9141) on 4/02/01 @7:00AM
Grendel, if this website existed when Georgetown was an "up-and-comer" you would toot your horn too. Were you a Hoya fan when they played on the roof of their fieldhouse? How does a Bucknell fan sound snobby when they toot their horns and you don't when you play the role of Hoya hooter? If you don't understand, read some of your comments.

How is Hobart not a big win, the Statesmen program ranks with Syracuse and Princeton. If you don't know, ask Urick what he did for 'Bart. I was there, I saw it. This weekend the Herd did 'Bart, what the Statesmen had down to others since the mid 1980's.

As an observer of the Herd, there is no one "tooting their horn" beyond the normal big win (even though you will not acknowledge it). Bucknell fans pride themselves for restraining themselves from doing so, and since no one outside of the Herd respects us, then take your comments, roll them into a ball, and stick it in your crease.
 
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Ref, pick up your flag.
    by (#2419) on 4/02/01 @9:49AM
Ok, so Bucknell is "quietly confident." But let's review a few facts about the win on Saturday. I call it good, you call it "big." It is big in the sense that Bucknell has had difficulty beating Hobart. Now they have, convincingly, and they have the AQ. But now let's do a reality check. Hobart on par with SU and Princeton? Don't think so. Hobart is .500 at the DI level, hasn't won any National Championships, and hasnt' won a playoff game. So before Sid's Children can make it into the Top 10, they will need to play some Top 10 teams (they actually have more than one this year, bravo) and beat them. So far, they haven't done that. When they do, they and their fans should toot. I for one don't think it's going to happen. At least not this year.
 
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Say goodnight Grundel
    by (#9141) on 4/03/01 @6:52AM
In Confucius' Five Relationships, he says that the superior person must set an example for others to follow. I have tried to have a discussion on an intelligent level, but find myself slipping into the "talking smack" realm. You continue to talk about the same thing, how come you have not answered my earlier questions of Georgetown. Let me help you, because you can't. You are a yahoo fan, who probably paints their face, paints G'town on their chest, thinks the uniforms are cool, and when the program falters will move on. You are not a traditional lacrosse person, Hobart's history in lacrosse is better than of Georgetown but you are ignorant to that fact. As a DIII, Hobart played top Division I schools Syracuse and UVA), they didn't have to but they did. They created a traditional that is found at places like Syracuse, Princeton, and Hopkins. I am sure that Georgetown has a stellar lacrosse past. . .4 years. Regardless of tomorrow, true lacrosse fans know the deal and show respect for the game. You show respect as long as your team does well. As for me, I will for-go any more comments for the rest of the year. I have realized that it is pointless dealing with fans who do not appreciate the GAME on the same level. Because of this, I have no futher use for your mindless banter. Say goodnight Grundel.

PS--Be careful of the "hill" tomorrow, and try to Lewisburg Inn for dinner afterward.
 
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Say goodnight Grundel
    by (#9141) on 4/03/01 @9:46AM
In Confucius' Five Relationships, he says that the superior person must set an example for others to follow. I have tried to have a discussion on an intelligent level, but find myself slipping into the "talking smack" realm. You continue to talk about the same thing, how come you have not answered my earlier questions of Georgetown. Let me help you, because you can't. You are a yahoo fan, who probably paints their face, paints G'town on their chest, thinks the uniforms are cool, and when the program falters will move on. You are not a traditional lacrosse person, Hobart's history in lacrosse is better than of Georgetown but you are ignorant to that fact. As a DIII, Hobart played top Division I schools Syracuse and UVA), they didn't have to but they did. They created a traditional that is found at places like Syracuse, Princeton, and Hopkins. I am sure that Georgetown has a stellar lacrosse past. . .4 years. Regardless of tomorrow, true lacrosse fans know the deal and show respect for the game. You show respect as long as your team does well. As for me, I will for-go any more comments for the rest of the year. I have realized that it is pointless dealing with fans who do not appreciate the GAME on the same level. Because of this, I have no futher use for your mindless banter. Say goodnight Grundel.

PS--Be careful of the "hill" tomorrow, and try to Lewisburg Inn for dinner afterward.
 
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No smack.
    by (#2419) on 4/05/01 @9:43AM
My comments were not intended as smack. I have been to games on the Hill and I think it's a great venue. The school itself is beautiful, and who knows, if I were starting over again, maybe I'd choose Lewisburg over some other Patriot League school... Were you at the game yesterday? Any comments? Official game reports are always dry.
 
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Delayed Arrival
    by (#7737) on 4/05/01 @3:49PM
To continue the discussion regarding Bucknell... Based on yesterday's loss to Georgetown, the herd is not yet on time with the league's elite teams.

You're right, grendel, a victory over Hobart is a good win, but not great one. Beating the Hoyas at home would have been great for this program to validate their rise. Although I don't know the specifics on yesterday's contest, the score doesn't indicate it was close.

Maybe this game speaks more of Gtown's ability to win big on the road against an anxious upstart, vs. an overachieving Bison squad looking for respect. Thoughts?

 
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Bounce Back
    by (#7737) on 4/06/01 @9:40AM
'Spose I should have checked scores first before I posted my previous comment regarding Georgetown. Didn't realize Navy got the best of the Hoyas over the weekend. I guess that puts their W over Bucknell in perspective.

'Hadn't heard much from the Midshipmen of late, but you can imagine Urick was steamed after that road loss! You bet he had his team prepped for the contest in Lewisburg.

 
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Apples & Oranges
    by (#7737) on 4/03/01 @4:56PM
So much for....whatever you were attempting to say here. You must have forgot that we shouldn't "waste time" comparing this team to the elite ones in DI. I agree, beating Hobart at home isn't close to knocking off a top ten squad such as the Hoyas.

I was only pointing out that Bucknell deserves a little credit for their progress. Winning the Patriot League would be a step in the right direction towards getting the program to the next level: yours. With the likes of SU and others ruling the roost at present, it may take quite awhile, though.

 
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