Paul Boardman and Jona Wells scored in the second half last night, giving the Maryland a 2-0 upset of 13th-ranked Howard, which had gone 17 matches without losing at Greene Stadium.

Howard (0-1) hadn't lost there since Oct. 24, 1987, when Brooklyn College won, 4-3. The Bison had yielded more than one goal in a home game only once since -- in a 5-2 victory over Virginia Commonwealth last year.

The Terrapins (2-0), picked by league coaches to finish last with North Carolina in the ACC, opened the season last weekend with a 4-0 victory at Lafayette. Howard routed Maryland, 5-0, last year in College Park.

After a scoreless first half, Boardman sent a 20-yard shot into the upper left corner. Ron Forline passed to John Garvey, who pushed a ball to Boardman, alone at the top of the penalty area.

With about four minutes left, Boardman sent a 16-yard shot that sailed over leaping goalkeeper Shaka Hislop, but struck the crossbar. The ball ricocheted to the left side where Wells nudged it into an open net from six yards.

"They took advantage of their opportunities," Howard Coach Keith Tucker said. "Those were some great goals."

The Bison were playing with five first-year players and at times struggled to generate an attack. Senior Anthony Laird and sophomore Muyiwa Omotajo each had good scoring chances, but missed wide and high three times.

Terrapins goalkeeper Carmen Isaaco made his finest save in the opening moments when he deflected Omotajo's 18-yard attempt.