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Terps beat up on UMBC, hope for nice NCAA seed

COLLEGE PARK — COLLEGE PARK -- At 5:45 p.m. today, coach Dick Edell and his lacrosse team will gather in the football team lounge to eat pizza, watch the NCAA tournament pairings on television and hope for the best.

"The selection committee members are honorable men, and I think they'll make good calls," Edell said. "I've been coaching for 28 years, and I don't know how this is going to turn out. But I hope we're in the top four."

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Edell spoke after No. 5 Maryland (10-3) completed its regular season with a 19-14 romp past UMBC (4-9) yesterday before 2,125 at Byrd Stadium.

It wasn't nearly as close as the score suggests. The Terps bolted to a 9-2 first-quarter lead and led by as many eight in the second period, and again in the third and fourth.

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"UMBC is not a very good team, but Donnie is putting it together," Edell said, referring to Don Zimmerman, who is in his second season as UMBC coach. "Kids play to the level of competition. When you get nine first-period goals, no matter how much carping you do at them on the sideline, kids are bound to let down. We were on almost a 40-goal pace, and I've never seen a team score 40."

Edell said he hopes the game won't be held against Maryland by the selection committee that will pick the 12-team field and give the top four first-round byes. There is no doubt the Terps will be in the NCAA field for the fifth straight time and eighth in Edell's 12 years here, but there is uncertainty about whether they'll be in the top four.

Twelve Maryland players scored at least one goal, and Mike Biordi led with a career-high five. A senior from Dix Hills, N.Y., Biordi came in with four goals in eight games this season, none as a starter..

"I had my Wheaties," Biordi said with a smile when asked what he had for breakfast. "It was the final regular-season game for the seniors, and we played a lot. That's what it was."

"I'm happy Mike went out with that kind of game," Edell said. "It was the best game he's had since he's been here, and he'll

remember it the rest of his life."

Edell began playing second-stringers in the first quarter, when all of his attackmen made appearances. All of the defensemen had played by halftime, and Craig Laferty replaced Brian Dougherty in goal after the third quarter.

"Running up the score wasn't the objective," Edell said. "We needed the victory, sure, but we didn't want to get starters hurt and we wanted to give others time to play."

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UMBC ended its season with six straight defeats, its longest losing streak since the 1985 team opened 0-9. This is the second time in five years the Retrievers haven't had a winning record and the first time in Zimmerman's nine years as a head coach that his team hasn't been at or above .500.

"This team never let down in the face of adversity," Zimmerman said. "Every Monday, the players came out and gave it all they had. It's frustrating, yes, but I couldn't be prouder of their effort."

The good news is that the Retrievers lose only one senior (defenseman Chris Morris) and that last week they signed Boys' Latin attackman Chris Turner (62 points this year) and midfielder Casey Hard, the all-time leading scorer at Cicero-North Syracuse High in New York.

UMBC ...... 2 .. 4 .. 3 .. 5 .. -- .. 14

Maryland .. 9 .. 5 .. 2 .. 3 .. -- .. 19


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