Terps get up early, put down Virginia

The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK -- Everyone knows the formula, but few execute it as Maryland did yesterday.

The No. 8 Terps took an early lead and then slowed Virginia's offense to a snail-like pace, upsetting the No. 1 Cavaliers, 13-7, yesterday before an announced 4,239 at Byrd Stadium.

The Cavaliers (9-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) were dominated from the opening faceoff and never seriously challenged Maryland (7-2, 2-1) after the Terps took a 3-1 first-quarter lead.

Virginia's offense was awful at times and operated at a much lower level than the past couple of seasons, when the Cavaliers had one of the most productive scoring units in the game.

The sluggish performance came one week after the Cavaliers survived and got a great overtime win against Johns Hopkins, a victory that catapulted them into the No. 1 spot.

But Maryland also had a lot to do with Virginia's dismal showing. Virginia entered the game averaging 15.8 goals.

"We got off to a great start," Maryland freshman attackman Travis Reed (Boys' Latin) said. "Once we got rolling, it gave us a lot of confidence. When you're playing against a team like Virginia, they have a lot of speed. When they get behind, they try to force some things, and that's what they did today."

Reed played a major part in getting Maryland the lead. He finished with three goals and two assists, but all of his goals came in the second quarter, including two back-to-back, the final one giving Maryland a 7-2 lead with 9:37 left in the half.

Reed's goals came from the left side, just outside the crease. Junior Jeff Reynolds (Calvert Hall) hurt the Cavaliers, twice unleashing 30-foot shots for goals in the first five minutes of the game.

Reed and Reynolds contributed to the big lead, but so did faceoff specialists Bryn Holmes (McDonogh)and Will Dalton (St. Mary's), who combined to win 15 of 23 faceoffs, including 10 of 14 in the first half.

With the lead, and by controlling the pace of the game, the Terps were able to pack in their defense and force Virginia to shoot from outside.

That allowed Maryland goalkeeper Jason Carter (St. Mary's) to get some good looks and excellent position on shots.

Carter, who finished with 15 saves, played nearly the entire game.

"The coach [Dave Cottle] had been splitting halves with me and Brian Phipps all season," Carter said. "Walking in at halftime, Brian said, 'I think it's cool that you stay in because you've found your rhythm.'

"Then [Cottle] comes in and says, 'Finish what you started.' At the time, I didn't know what was going on in his head."

Cottle wanted to finish riding a hot goalie. Phipps (Severn) will start the next game, Friday night against Navy at Byrd Stadium. But Cottle didn't want to talk about that game yet.

He was still riding the high of the Virginia upset. Cottle said his team practiced extremely well during the week in preparation for the Cavaliers, and the Terps were excited about playing their first game at home at Byrd.

"These kids were bouncing off walls because they really wanted to play," Cottle said. "The coaches did a good job in preparation, and the kids followed the game plan. Jason did what he had to do to win, and our defensive guys came up with some really big hits."

"We're going to enjoy this one for a while," Cottle said. "We're going to enjoy this one for about 24 hours before we begin preparing for the next one."


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