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Terrapins Hope to Improve Their Percentages

Friday, April 15, 2005; Page D02

Maryland men's lacrosse coach Dave Cottle said good teams shoot above 30 percent. For further proof, look at the Terrapins. Ninth-ranked Maryland (5-4) enters its game against No. 1 Johns Hopkins tonight at 8 at Byrd Stadium shooting 32 percent in its wins (61 for 193) and 16 percent in its losses (24 for 154).

Junior midfielders Bill McGlone (17 goals) and Brendan Healy (11 goals) appear to be the key. The Terrapins have scored six, nine, two and eight goals in the four games since McGlone suffered a left shoulder injury against UMBC on March 19.

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The Terrapins went 1-3 in those games, though Cottle said McGlone is nearly back to full strength. Healy is 3 for 27 (11 percent) in losses, though he showed signs of breaking out of his slump with two fourth-quarter goals in a 9-8 loss to Navy last Friday.

Meantime, Johns Hopkins (8-0) has five players who have scored at least 10 goals, led by freshmen Paul Rabil (13 goals) and Kevin Huntley (11 goals on 26 shots).

"Maryland kids play extremely hard, and I expect them to do the same against Hopkins," Cottle said. "I'm looking forward to how we're going to play."

Maryland won't know until tonight whether starting attackman Michael Phipps will play. He missed the loss to Navy with a shin injury. Andrew Schwartzman started for Phipps last week.

-- Christian Swezey

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