College Cup Final: New Mexico vs. Maryland
Stopping Garey: Maryland forward Jason Garey's two goals Friday evening gave him 22 for the season, the most in the nation. New Mexico's rugged defense has yielded just 15 goals, and Lobos Coach Jeremy Fishbein seemed to bristle when asked about stopping Garey. "Jason Garey probably needs to worry about how to deal with our center backs," Fishbein said. "I mean, he's a great player, but I think he's going to be marked by great players." Garey's response? "I've played against big, strong, physical backs before. It's not going to be any different."
Stopping Rowland: New Mexico forward Jeff Rowland, a former non-recruited walk-on, has 16 goals this year, including three in the NCAA tournament. The six-foot striker will have a huge size advantage against a Maryland defense missing 6-2 center back Kenney Bertz (fractured orbital bone). Bertz's replacement, freshman A.J. Delagarza, is listed at 5-7. Delagarza "is an excellent player, but he's not the same physical presence, so I think that'll be interesting," Fishbein said.
Not Stopping: Maryland's 65 goals are the most in school history; the previous record of 62 was set last year. The 65 goals are second in the nation, and Maryland Coach Sasho Cirovski said the team's aggressive offensive style would not change in Sunday's final. "We only know how to play one way," he said. "We think this should be a fun game. We think it's fun to put the ball in the back of the net, and we love going forward and we love playing it the right way. I think we entertained a lot of people on Friday and we hope to keep on doing so forever."
-- Dan Steinberg