Any fear Maryland Soccer Coach Joe Grimaldi had that his team might look ahead to Saturday's game with Clemson and overlook yesterday's matchup with Georgetown vanished quickly as the Terrapins scored three first-half goals and defeated the Hoyas, 3-0, at College Park.
Maryland (10-4-3) won its fifth straight game, all by shutouts. Georgetown dropped to 3-9-3.
"I didn't think it would be an easy win," said Grimaldi, whose team has 11 shutouts this season. "We have only played hard enough this season to beat the opposition. We were set up for an upset."
Jay Casagranda gave the Terrapins a 1-0 lead at 15:15 when he took a through pass from forward Ken Moore and scored his fifth goal of the year.
Maryland made it 2-0 five minutes later after Georgetown defender Mike Scanlon slid into the crease to block a loose ball with his hand. A penalty was awarded and freshman midfielder Desmond Armstrong kicked the ball into the lower right corner for his first goal of the year.
Casagranda also figured in Maryland's third goal. Carrying the ball down the right side, the senior forward sent a high, 40-yard cross deep into the box and midfielder Ted Tsapalas redirected it into the goal at 22:20.
"They wanted to win a lot more than we did," said Georgetown goalie Don Wall (three saves). "We didn't hustle. They went after balls a lot harder and won them."
Forty-two fouls were called. Maryland's Reza Mohseni, and Georgetown's Philippe Paddack were ejected early in the first half.