Defenders Curtis Rountree, Mark Wheeler and goalie Kevin O'Leary led Maryland to a 9-7 upset of previously unbeaten Hofstra in lacrosse yesterday at Byrd Stadium.

The Terrapins reaped goals from eight players.

"Our defense did a super job," Maryland Coach Dino Mattesich said. "Mark and Curtis were great and Kevin made some big saves (25) when we needed them."

Maryland gave up 16 goals in its opener against Syracuse and Mattesich said, "The improvement has been tremendous. We're not sliding as much. We're staying at home and relying on one-on-one defense."

Maryland's Mike Hubbard scored his sixth goal of the year for the first score, 7:51 into the game.

Thirty-four seconds later, Bill Els stopped Joe Monaco's shot but then juggled the ball into the net. Tim Worstell was credited with the goal, his eighth. But Hofstra forged ahead, 3-2, two minutes into the second quarter.

Hubbard put in an unassisted goal and Matt McGready took a pass from Drug Trettin to give the Terrapins a 4-3 advantage. Bruce Yancey and Maryland's Mike Ruppert traded goals to make it 5-4, Maryland, at intermission.

The Terrapins outshot the Dutchmen, 28-14, in the first half and kept the pressure on in the third quarter. After Mikko Red Arrow tied the game for Hofstra, Monaco converted a nice pass from Jim Wilkerson for his first goal of the season. Then Kevin Sullivan put in a rebound of a miss by Wilkerson to make it 7-5.

Wilkerson fed Chris O'Brien in front for an 8-5 margin heading into the final period. Maryland survived a two-men-short situation in the final two minutes.

Both teams are 3-1; Maryland is ranked eighth, Hofstra sixth.

"I like the shots we're getting but we'll need to score more goals next Saturday." That's when Maryland plays two-time national defending champion North Carolina at Byrd Stadium.