Maryland goalie Jake Reed launched a campaign yesterday to end his self-described nice-guy image. He snarled at fans, yelled at pototographers and still found time to carry Maryland into the semifianls of the NCAA lacrosse tournament.
"I've been too mellow all season," Reed explained about his Performance in the Terrapins' 14-8 triumph over Washington & Lee. "I deceided today I'd be mean and do things to get mepsyched up."
In the process, he easily won the battle of the goaltenders from Charlie Brown, a second-team All-American last year. Brown had one of those good-grief days when he couldn't stop anything. He ultimately was benched early in the third period with W&L trailing, 10-2.
Many of Reed's 21 saves were sparklers, unlike Saturday against Johns Hopkins, when he played as inconsistently as the rest of the team.Now Maryland will get another shot at the Blue jays Saturday in Baltimore. Hopkins advanced yesterday by beating North Carolina, 16-9.
"I couldn't believe Hopkins scored 21 goals on us in that game," said Reed. "We have a young team and I think we grew up a lot. We know what Hopkins can do and they know what we can do. There won't be any surprises."
There were plenty of surprises yesterday. The first was W&L's poor start, which allowed deeper Maryland to build up that eight-goal margin. Another was the Terrapins' inability to put the Generals away for good once they gained the upper hand.
That was one reason why coach Bud Beardmore acted more like he had lost after the game. "We were sloppy, too sloppy," he lamented. "We've got to play crisper if we are going to beat Hopkins."
The intense heat had a great deal to do with the lethargic play that characterized much of the contest. And it also affected tempers, which flared enough in the fourth period to involve even Beardmore and W&L coach jack Eminer for a moment.
After Bert Olsen scared to put Maryland ahead, 13-7, he knocked a stick out of the hands of a W&L player. That led to some shoving and then utlimately to Beardmore and Emmer exchanging words at the scorer's table.
"We didn't say anything that should be written about," said Emmer. "If there was a problem," said Beardmore, "it was Jack's."
Part of Emmers problem was the play of his squad, which gave Maryland a tough time two weeks ago in a 17-15 overtime loss. This time, the Generals stood around for most of the first half and allowed Maryland to maneuver at will around the W&L goal. With the bunch of sharpshooters the Terrapins field, that isn't wise strategy.
Maryland's first nine goals were scored by midfielders who snapped 10 to 15-yard shots past the startled Brown. Things were going so well for the Terrapins that they didn't even need to work the ball inside.
But as soon as Brown was lifted for freshman Bob Clements, momentum changed sides. With Clements, who had only 54 saves all season, turning away 14 shots, the Generals rallied. By the time Chris Kearney scored to make it, 10-7, 63 seconds into the fourth period, Maryland appeared on the verge of crumbling.
But then Clements' magic ran out and Bob Boland beat him on a 15-yarder. Reed then turned back two W&L shots while Maryland was shorthanded and the Terrapins countered with freshman Nick Manis' first score of the season.
"We rode Clements spark for a while but it wasn't enough," said Emmer. "But we had to come up with a good game in the goal the whole game and we didn't."
Instead, it was Reed, the 5-foot-7 sparkplug, who turned in the pressure game in the goal. His play left Emmer properly impressed.
"We've lost five times in the playoffs and each time that team has gone on to win the national title," said Emmer. 'I guess that makes Maryland the favorite for the title, right?"