Out-running New Hampshire all over the field, Maryland unleased a season-high 84 shots today in winning the Loyola Invitational lacrosse tournament, 19-8, at Curley Field.
The fifth-ranked Terps (5-0) scored five straight goals in a 14-minute stretch of the second half to break open the game.John Thompson and Mike Blair, who scored three goals each, and Ron Martinello drilled home the final three goals of that streak early in the fourth quarter to give the Terps a 15-7 lead.
Maryland dominated play much of the first half, outshooting New Hampshire 37-19. The Wildcats (2-4) stayed close because of goalie Ed Schwab, selected the most valuable player of the two-day tournament. Schwab made 17 saves in each half.
Maryland 9-4, after Martinello, Blair and Thompson scored within a 94-second span of the second period, but the Wildcats moved within three, 10-7, on a Don Brown goal at 2:40 of the third period. The Terps then started their five-goal string by beating the Wildcats in transition and taking advantage of New Hampshire's double-team efforts defensively.
"We wanted to force the ball upfield. We wanted to force their first midfielder to play defense," said Maryland Coach Dino Mattessich. "They came at us quick (defensively) and we knew just where they were coming from. It was just a matter of being patient."
Maryland, which had a season-high 55 shots the previous day, pressured Schwab mercilessly in the second half and he made 11 third-period saves. The Terps had 27 shots in the fourth quarter, although their front lines sat out most of the period.
In the consolation game, Loyola defeated Bucknell, 16-8.