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Terps upset 7th seed Hoyas After 14-10 triumph, UM to face No. 2 Cavs

As Maryland held the ball for the final minute, Terrapins coach Dick Edell strolled along the sideline and pumped his fist.

After a week of hearing cutting remarks and being unseeded by the selection committee, the Terps punched back yesterday.

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Spotting itself to a six-goal lead, unseeded Maryland upended No. 7 Georgetown, 14-10, before 4,955 in an NCAA first-round game at Towson's Minnegan Stadium. The Terps (9-4) march onto the quarterfinal round to face No. 2 Virginia at College Park on Sunday.

"It goaded us," Edell said. "We felt slighted a little from our selection. And during the latter part of the season, people were taking shots at us. It motivated us, gave us some oomph. I think that was the best start I've seen against a good team in my 14 years here."

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Maryland, which was 0-4 against the eight seeded teams, hadn't won a first-round game since 1992, losing opening-round games in 1993 and 1994. The Terps became the third unseeded team to advance to the quarterfinals over the past four years.

From the opening whistle, Maryland overwhelmed Georgetown with pressure, and the Hoyas never fully recovered.

The Terps raced to a 6-0 first-quarter lead, holding the Hoyas out of their attack area for the first 10 minutes of the game and not allowing a shot until the 11: 12 mark.

"I fully expected the pressure Maryland gave us," said coach Dave Urick, whose Hoyas were making their first NCAA tournament appearance. "I didn't expect how we reacted to it."

The Terps started their scoring by forcing a failed clear. In the midst of a fast break off the turnover, Andrew Whipple drew a short-stick defender and scored into the lower left corner of the goal 4: 07 into the game.

A minute later, Maryland attackman Matt Hahn caused a loose ball near the Hoyas' goal by checking Georgetown's Greg Peters. Terps midfielder Frank Radin picked up the ground ball and scored to put them ahead 2-0.

Maryland ended an 0-for-17 extra-man drought when Scott Hochstadt rifled in a pass from Hahn on a man-up situation to increase the lead to 3-0 with 7: 58 left in the first quarter.

"It was tiring for sure," Georgetown defenseman Matt Rienzo said. "It's tough to score goals when the ball is on our defensive end."

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The Hoyas (9-5) made a run at Maryland in the second quarter, scoring five times to close to 7-5.

With 2: 26 left before halftime, the Terps were called for slashing and were reeling. Six seconds later, Maryland was called for too many men on the field and had to play two men down for 30 seconds.

However, the Hoyas appeared anxious, taking two wild shots from the perimeter and hitting the side of the goal on their third.

Maryland cleared the ball upfield to John Miller, who single-handedly ran out the remainder of the penalty. The Terps doused most of the Hoyas' momentum as Todd Evans scored on a spin move with three seconds left in the first half for an 8-5 advantage.

"I think if you want to talk about a defining moment of the year, look at that," Edell said. "Our man-down [team] stepped up."

Georgetown let its best opportunity to cut its deficit to one slip by and became the first seventh seed to fall in the first round since 1993.

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"It hurt us, but you could point to a few things," Urick said. "But if I had one thing, I would replay the first quarter and be two men up again."

After the Hoyas scored 40 seconds into the second half, Hochstadt scored three consecutive goals as the Terps increased their lead to 11-6 late in the third quarter. Hochstadt, who scored a career-high five goals, has hit nine of his last 17 shots.

On the Maryland defensive end, Dave LaChapelle and Brian Reese locked down on Georgetown's top two scorers, Greg McCavera and Dan Martin. The Hoyas duo scored one goal on six shots when going against LaChapelle and Reese.

"We were hustling our butts off," said Hochstadt, a Boys' Latin graduate. "We were going after ground balls and pressuring them. They couldn't handle it."

The Terps won their third straight game and raised their record at Minnegan to 9-0. Maryland heads home to Byrd Stadium, where it is 4-1 in tournament games in the 1990s.

"When I was younger, I was always looking to the future like next year or the year after that," said Edell, whose Terps won their first postseason game since upsetting Johns Hopkins in the 1995 national semifinals. "Now I'm going to enjoy the good times the most that I can."

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Pub Date: 5/12/97



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