Maryland's defense shut down North Carolina for a 34-minute span of the second half yesterday and enabled the unbeaten Terrapins to escape with a 9-5 lacrosse victory at College Park.
The second-ranked Terrapins, 4-0 with three Atlantic Coast Conference victories, managed only 32 shots on goal-five more than the visiting Tar Hells (3-2, 0-2 in the ACC) and 14 fewer than the number they had averaged in three previous games.
"The entire defense played extremely well, but our offense just wasn't with it," said Maryland Coach Buddy Beardmore, who was not smiling. "We didn't hit the open man, we weren't moving well and we did a whole lot of silly things like shooting without somebody screening out. We were horrendous."
Carolina did its part to stifle Maryland's offense. Defensemen Ralph Davy and midfielder Jeff Lynch constantly harassed Terp offensive players with heady stickwork, allowing Maryland precious few clear shots and in-close passes. Tar Hell goalie Larry Myers scrambled, jumped and dove for several fine saves.
The Tar Heels opened the scoring on Mark Stangl's goal from the left side and then mostly stood watching while the Terps scored the next three. Junior attackman Bob Boneillo assisted on all three, finding Mike Duffy, Barry Mitchell and John Lamon with quick passes across the crease.
UNC got unassisted goals by Vern Geddy and Kevin Griswold in the opening minutes of the second quarter to tie the game, 3-3, Boneillo, who had 10 assists in a previous game, added his fourth of the game to set up sophomore midfielder Klay Johnson with the first of his three goals and a 4-3 Terp lead. Steve Stenerson then evened the count with 8:05 elapsed int he second quarter. Don Sadler and Johnson each scored for a 6-4 Terp lead at the half.
That was all the scoring until the fourth quarter. Maryland, which has been most productive in third quarters this season, misfired shots and passed poorly this time. Carolina did no better at its offensive end.
"We haven't gone scoreless in a quarter since I've been here," said Boneillo. "Our passes weren't crisp and we were running with the ball too much. In the fourth quarter, we started playing better as a team, moving the ball like we should have been.
Boneillo rifled a beautiful blind, overhead pass to Johnson, who scored to make it 7-4 with 5:37 elapsed in the final quarter. The Terps added insurance goals on solo fast-break efforts by Lamon and Nick Manis 24 seconds apart for a 9-4 margin with 9:48 elapsed. CAPTION: Picture, Klay Johnson, right, flips the ball past diving North Carolina goalie Larry Myers (1) for a Marland score, one of three by Johnson as the Terrapins won ACC lacrosse game, 9-5. By Richard Darcey - The Washington Post