Maryland scored 13 unanswered goals, including five during the first six minutes of the second half, to defeat Bucknell, 19-6, today in the opening round of the first Loyola Invitational Lacrosse Tournament at Curley Field.
Maryland plays New Hampshire, 13-12 winner in overtime over host Loyola, in Sunday's championship game at 3 p.m.
The Terps, 4-0 against college teams and 5-0 overall, are ranked fifth in the nation. They played cautiously in the early going before putting on a passing display that give Bucknell goalie Stuart Berger no alternative except to fish the ball out of the net.
The combination of attackman Jim Wilkerson and Ron Martinello and midfielders John Thompson and Don Sadler passed the ball at will around the Bison cage. Wilkerson finished with five goals and has 13 for the year. Martinello and Thompson each had three goals and two assists, and Sadler had four assists.
"They gave us a game for a half," said Maryland Coach Dino Mattessich. "But they ran only two midfields so I think we wore them down. We haven't put together a consistent four quarters yet."
Maryland took a 3-0 lead on first-period goals by Mike Hubbard and Thompson and a score by Martinello nine seconds into the second quarter.
Bucknell (1-1) tied the game at 3-3 on goals by Walter Smith, John Morris and Rodney Brown within a space of 3:31. Soon afterward, the Terps overcame their usual slow start.
Pete Worstell, a first team all-America at midfield last year but now playing attack, scored twice within 61 seconds. Wilkerson and Mark Dubick scored before the half ended for a 7-3 Maryland in the second-half surge, with Thomas Lloyd, Thompson and Martinello (the team leader with 14 goals) getting the other goals. The Bison finally broke Maryland's string of goals when Dan Lipsitz scored his first of two goals at 2:57 of the final quarter.
Bucknell was called for 14 penalties, and Maryland scored seven times in extra-man situations.