After the two goalkeepers atop the lacrosse team's depth chart were injured, Maryland turned to a former ballboy for the basketball team to face Georgetown today at 3 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex in College Park.
Freshman goalie Brian Phippshas started the first two games for the Terrapins (2-0). The expected starter, senior Harry Alford, is out for a few more weeks after he had offseason surgery on his shoulder. His backup last season, junior Jason Carter, is out four to six weeks after he broke his collarbone in a preseason practice.
Phipps has a long association with Maryland. His father, Wilson, was a member of the 1975 team that won a national championship (Maryland's last title in the sport). His older brother, Mike, is a senior attackman and had four goals and four assists in the Terrapins' 16-7 victory over Vermont on Tuesday.
"We knew [Brian] was going to be good," Maryland Coach Dave Cottle said. "We just didn't know he'd be playing so soon."
The Terrapins are 6-0 all-time against Georgetown. In the five meetings dating from 2003, the Hoyas have shot 24 percent, 14 percent, 13 percent, 12 percent and 10 percent.
Cottle is 16-0 against the Hoyas dating from his time at Loyola College. No Georgetown player has scored more than three goals against a Cottle-coached team.
The Hoyas, however, enter their season opener with some momentum. Their recruiting class was ranked No. 1 by Inside Lacrosse for the second time in three years. The Hoyas have the past two winners of the C. Markland Kelly Award, given to the top high school player in Maryland (sophomore defenseman Brennan Kelly and freshman midfielder Andrew Brancaccio).
"These kids are very talented, they came from very high-level high school programs," Georgetown Coach Dave Uricksaid. "Still, it's a different level to play Maryland in College Park."
-- Christian Swezey