Maryland's lacrosse team, which had one of its worst defeats against Virginia Saturday, did a complete flip-flop at Byrd Stadium yesterday, routing Hofstra, 14-3.
The eighth-ranked Terps broke a two-game losing streak in improving their record to 6-2 despite playing without attack man Jim Wilkerson (20 goals) and midfielder John Thompson (16 goals), who were benched for disciplinary reason. Starting goalie Kevin O'Leary also was out because of a back injury.
The replacements were outstanding. Tim Worstell, making his first start at attack, scored three goals and John Ebmeier played well in his extended role at midfield. Kevin Bilger, a walk-on who started the season as third-string goalie, made 16 saves and shut out Hofstra until 18 seconds remained in the first half.
"We were lucky to get by today," said Dino Mattessich, Maryland coach. "Kevin Bilger really did a nice job. I am very proud. The key to the game, though, was our hustle in picking up ground balls in the beginning of the game."
Both teams played tightly packed defenses early. The game was scoreless until Ron Martinello, a forgotton man in the Maryland offense the previous two games, took a pass from Ebmeier from behind the cage and beat Louis Rosten at 12:10. It was the first of his five goals.
One minute later, Peter Worstell dodged a defender and fired a one-hopper past Rosten.
The second period was all Maryland as the Terps increased their lead to 9-0. Maryland scored five goals lin a 5:17 stretch of the quarter with Martinello getting two, tim Worstell two and Mike Blair one.
Maryland's defense, sparked by an agressive effort from Wingate Prichett, was in the right place most of the time. The Terps were picking up loose balls and forcing Hofstra into making poor passes and tough shots. Several times the Dutchmen took shots without a man behind the goal to gather rebounds and misses. Hofstra's top offensive threat, Gary Arnold, was held to one goal, and the visitors were outshot, 54-28.
"We all knew what happened at Virginia," said Bilger. "The whole team wanted to take everything out on Hofstra."