WASHINGTON - Maryland entered its men's lacrosse season opener yesterday against Georgetown looking for a new identity on offense after losing six of its top eight scorers from last season's NCAA semifinalist. It didn't take long for the young Terrapins to start making a statement.
Sparked by 10 goals from sophomores, including seven during a decisive first half, the eighth-ranked Terrapins cruised to a surprising 14-5 rout over the No. 7 Hoyas before 2,743 at Harbin Field.
"The scenarios that we planned for, none of them had us up 9-1 at halftime," said Maryland coach Dave Cottle. "I thought it was going to be a low-scoring game."
It certainly was for Georgetown (0-1), which struck first on Kevin Langtry's goal with 4:17 remaining in the opening quarter but was shut out for the remainder of the half.
Maryland, meanwhile, went on a 9-0 run that featured goals from seven players.
Xander Ritz, a sophomore transfer from Delaware, and Joe Walters, last year's leading scorer as a freshman, each had two goals during the surge. Sophomores Bill McGlone, Michael Hartofilis and Brendan Healy also scored, as did senior Justin Smith and fourth-year junior Ian Healy.
"Our offense is a [still] big question," Ritz said. "It's not a national championship or anything. It's Game One. We still have 15 more to play. I think it's good just to get confidence."
Maryland was helped by 14 first-half turnovers by the Hoyas, who also allowed two extra-man goals before halftime.
"Early in the game we got some great looks at the goal, [but] we couldn't get it by them," said Georgetown coach Dave Urick. "I am not sure if that would of made a big difference, but it would have helped a little bit."
Just as surprising as the first-half outbreak was the fact that the Maryland defense was able to hold the Georgetown offense to one goal despite playing without preseason first-team All-American Chris Passavia.
Passavia injured his left shoulder coming off the field 2 1/2 minutes into the first quarter.
"Maryland has young kids," Cottle said. "We're playing four sophomores in our first six offensive players. But we're older on defense, and that's where we have to hang our hats."
Passavia sat out the remainder of the first half and played sparingly for the rest of the game. Cottle said Passavia has a sprain and should be ready for the Terps' next game, Saturday at Duke.
Not to be lost in the offensive show was the play of Maryland goalie Tim McGinnis (Loyola High), a graduate student who played previously at Gettysburg College. He recorded his first save as a Terp midway through the first quarter and remained poised and confident throughout, finishing with 13 saves and his first Division I win.
"Once I got that first save it was a sigh of relief, but they were coming at me and I was lucky enough to make some saves," said McGinnis, a three-time Division III All-American and two-time D-III Goalie of the Year at Gettysburg.
The victory extends the Terps' winning streak in season openers to 11 games. Maryland has won 19 of its past 20 season openers and is 75-3-1 all time in the first game of the season. Maryland also holds a 3-0 series edge against Georgetown.
"It was a good day for Maryland," said Cottle.
Maryland 2 7 2 3 - 14
Georgetown 1 0 3 1 - 5
Goals: M-Ritz 3, Walters 3, McGlone 2, Smith 2, B. Healey, Bordley, I. Healey, Hartofilis; G-Langtry, Schroeder, Corno, Trice, Mills. Assists: M-Ritz 4, B. Healey, McGlone; G-Goldman, Langtry, Schroeder. Saves: M-McGinnis 13, Alford 3; G-D'Andrea 14.