Although many anticipate tomorrow's Maryland-Johns Hopkins game to be an on-the-field cage match, the action should mainly revolve around the cage. When the Terrapins play host to the Blue Jays, two of the top goalkeepers in the nation will be showcased.
In the Blue Jays' 10-6 win over the Terps on April 11, Hopkins' Brian Carcaterra and Maryland's Kevin Healy both stepped to the forefront and at times controlled play. And this is only the beginning of this goalie rivalry since both are just sophomores.
Carcaterra, the leading candidate for Goalkeeper of the Year, made 14 saves in the first half to stake the Blue Jays to a 6-2 lead. In his past seven games, he has a .673 save percentage, allowing 56 goals.
"Not many teams can hold us to six goals," Maryland coach Dick Edell said. "We have to find ways to score against him."
Healy, the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year who stopped 22 shots in that game, in turn blanked Hopkins in the third quarter as the Terps tied the game at 6 heading into the fourth.
"I thought he made some good saves on some tough shots," Hopkins coach Tony Seaman said. "He has real good positioning and showed good hands."
Loyola waits for test
Try this experiment: make the county's hottest team play just one game in 27 days before throwing it into the NCAA HTC tournament. Well, top-seeded Loyola will find out how it works tomorrow when it faces unseeded Georgetown.
The Greyhounds (12-1), winners of a school-record 11 straight, beat Hopkins on May 2 in their only game since April 21.
"Sure we're concerned," Loyola coach Dave Cottle said. "But usually when a team knows it is off for two weeks, practices don't go very well. That's not the case here. Practices have been excellent. I think we're coming out of this better than worse."
Doerr one to watch
Maybe the biggest key in Hopkins holding Maryland to its lowest scoring total in four years was defenseman Rob Doerr, who dominated Maryland's Andrew Whipple one-on-one. Doerr held Whipple, the engine of the Terps' attack, in check by limiting him to a goal and two assists.
"He's one of the toughest one-on-one matchups I've faced," Whipple said. "He can hurt you by throwing checks on the run. He never stops moving his feet."
The highest paid attendance for the NCAA quarterfinals is 11,533 at Syracuse's Carrier Dome in 1990, when the Orangemen played Brown. Last year, the quarterfinals featuring Maryland-Virginia and Duke-Hopkins at Byrd drew 9,011 -- the second-highest total for this round. Expect both marks to be broken in College Park tomorrow. Hopkins attackman Dylan Schlott is fourth on the school's single-season goals list with 47, which is five shy of the record shared by Terry Riordan (1995) and Jeff Cook (1981). Maryland's 18 goals against Butler last week marked the most by the Terrapins in the first round since 1975, when they went on to claim their second and last NCAA title.
Pub Date: 5/16/98