Rob Wurzburger, Chris Dail and Mark Douglas combined for 13 goals and six assists yesterday to lead No. 7 Maryland to a 17-16 victory over No. 4 Towson State in a lacrosse shootout at Minnegan Stadium.
Wurzburger, who went over the 100-goal mark for his college career, scored six goals, including the game-winner, and had two assists. Dail, a transfer from Towson, contributed four goals and two assists, and Douglas, who had to leave the game with 14 minutes remaining because of rib and thigh injuries, finished with three goals and two assists.
"You expect experienced players like Douglas and Wurzburger to step up and do the job when you need it," said Maryland coach Dick Edell. "This was a very big win for us in a very big game. We knew that Towson would be pointing for us, and we knew we had to be at our best."
The Tigers (1-1), who were playing without attackman Glenn Smith and midfielder Lindsay Dixon, both of whom were serving the second game of a two-game suspension for academic problems, jumped on the visiting Terrapins (3-0) early.
Towson took a 1-0 lead 47 seconds after the opening faceoff on John Blatchley's goal and opened a 5-2 advantage early in the second quarter before the Terps got rolling.
The sharp-shooting Terrapins scored on 15 of their first 21 shots and led by 10-8 at halftime and 15-11 after three periods.
"We put in a zone defense, and that seemed to help in the middle periods," said Edell. "We wanted to give Towson something new to look at and deal with."
The Tigers solved the zone in the fourth quarter. With Rob Shek (five goals) and Doug Sharretts (three goals) doing the scoring, the Tigers cut the Maryland lead to 15-14 with three minutes remaining. Maryland, however, scored a pair of goals -- the last by Wurzburger -- in a 36-second span to increase its lead to 17-14.
"It's nice to score 100 goals, but it's better that we won," Wurzburger said.
Goals by Shek and Blatchley cut the Maryland lead to 17-16 with 1:03 remaining, and Towson got two chances to tie. Terps goalie Steve Kavovit (12 saves) made a stop with 30 seconds remaining, but Towson regained the ball and called a timeout with 13 seconds remaining to set up the final play.
The ball was passed in to Shek, and he cut across the top of the box. Maryland defenseman Brian Burlace stripped Shek of the ball, and the Terps, who had switched back to man-to-man coverage after the timeout, had the victory.
"During the timeout I figured Towson would go with their best, Shek, and I wanted to have my best defenseman, Burlace, on him," said Edell. "Burlace did the job."
Shek said: "Playing without Smith and Dixon hurt us, but we had enough talent to make up for their loss. We just didn't execute properly today. The guys who took Smith's and Dixon's places did a great job, but it's not the same as having guys like them in there."
Maryland .. .. 2 8 5 2 -- 17
Towson State 3 5 3 5 -- 16
Goals: M--Wurzburger 6, Dail 4, Douglas 3, Wynot 2, Bullen, Redding. TS--Shek 5, Sharretts 3, Blatchley 3, Connolly 2, Genovese 2, DeSimone. Assists: M--Huggins 3, Wurzburger 2, Dail 2, Douglas 2, Marshall, Willard. TS--DeSimone 4, Blatchley 2, Genovese, Connolly, Shek, Sharretts, Millon. Saves: M--Kavovit 12. TS--Betcher 5.