The Terps finished their regular season with an offensivexplosion that fairly blew UMBC off Denton Field. Final score: Maryland 23, UMBC 8.
This win, coupled with an 11-8 win at Towson State oWednesday, gives the Terps a 6-5 record and an optimistic outlook as they await word from the NCAA at 6 p.m. today regarding the tournament.
"I don't see how we can be denied," said Maryland coach DicEdell. "We're playing our best lacrosse of the season now. We've beaten Virginia and Navy, both top 10 teams.
"We lost to the No. 1 team in the country [North Carolina] twic[by 12-6 and 18-10]. Are they going to penalize us for that?"
The high scorer for Maryland yesterday was Rob Chomosophomore attackman from St. Mary's of Annapolis. He had four goals and one assist despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter. UMBC's Jason Smith was the game's high scorer with five goals.
Said Chomo: "We're all playing with more confidence now. Ouattack is really coming together.
"I really hope we get the tournament bid. Most of us feel that iwe get to play in it, we can surprise some people."
Dick Watts, coach of UMBC, saw his team wind up with disappointing 6-8 record.
"We played poorly," said Watts, "and Maryland has smart playerand good athletes. If you make a mistake against a team of this caliber, you're going to get burned -- and we made a lot of mistakes.
"I don't see Maryland going a long way in the tournament if thedo get in. Certainly they're not in a class with North Carolina, Syracuse, Princeton and Johns Hopkins," Watts said.
Maryland will host the NCAA Final Four at Byrd Stadium on Ma29 and May 31.
Matt Parks, junior attackman from Gilman, scored the first goal othe game after 2:18. UMBC scored the next two goals (Stewart Walker and Smith). The 2-1 lead was the only one the Retrievers enjoyed all day.
AMaryland went right to work at that point, scoring the next eight goals. Jay Pasko, who had three goals for the Terps, tied it at 2-2. Neal Dupcak gave the home team a 3-2 lead it never relinquished.
Then followed goals by Bob Huggins, Brian McElhenny, Scott McMahon, Huggins again, Chomo and Dan Reading to give Maryland a 9-2 lead. At halftime it was 12-3.
In the second half Edell substituted liberally. Even so, Maryland outshot UMBC, 61-31.