#4 Maryland Downs #13 Denver, 16-8, to Advance

The No. 2 seeded Maryland men's lacrosse team scored the game's first six goals and never looked back en route to a 16-8 win over Denver in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Byrd Stadium.

With today's victory the Terps advance to the quarterfinals to face No. 7 seed Princeton on May 21 at Towson's Unitas Stadium. The Tigers move on following an 11-8 victory over UMBC in Princeton, N.J. Game time will be decided on Monday, May 15.

Joe Walters, the 2006 ACC Player of the Year, became Maryland's all-time leader in points with six points on the day to raise his career total to 223 points. The native of Rochester, N.Y., surpassed Bob Boniello's mark of 219 with his third assist of the day at the 12:56 mark of the third quarter. The five assists set a career high for Walters, who had previously had four assists twice in his career.

Sophomore attackman Max Ritz also totaled six points on the day with a career-high five goals and one assist. He started the Terrapin scoring run in the first quarter with an unassisted goal from the left side of the Pioneer goal crease. The Wayne, Pa., native scored one more in the first and assisted on Bill McGlone's second quarter goal, the eventual game winner, to finish the first half with three points.

He opened the scoring for the Terps again in the third, getting the goal on Walters' record-setting assist. Ritz picked up the goal after inadvertently tipping a Walters' shot from the right wing, past the right shoulder of Denver goalie Austin Konkel and into the Pioneer net. Ritz scored twice more in the fourth, including Maryland's final goal off an assist from Brendan Healy.

Healy, a two-time All-American, continued his hot scoring streak with a five-point game on three goals and a pair of assists. The Great Falls, Va., native scored a goal in each of the first three quarters and added assists on Xander Ritz's second goal of the game and Max Ritz's fifth goal.

Xander Ritz scored his 11th career hat trick on three of five shooting. The All-ACC midfielder also was a force off the ball, picking up two groundballs and forcing two caused turnovers.

McGlone scored twice, including the game-winner in the second quarter to extend his goal scoring streak to 15 games.

The other two Terrapin goals came from unlikely sources as short-stick defensive midfielder Jimmy Borell scored his first goal of the season on a fast break at 8:24 in the second quarter to extend Maryland's lead to 9-2. Sophomore midfielder Drew Evans scored Maryland's fourth goal of the game in the first quarter on an assist from Walters.

The Terrapin defense was led by a pair of junior All- Americans. Steve Whittenberg tied his career high with five groundballs and causing five Pioneer turnovers, while Ray Megill caused three turnovers and picked up three groundballs. The third member of Maryland's starting close defense, sophomore Joe Cinosky, also chipped in with three groundballs. Reserve defenseman Jacob Baxter also made an impact, tying his career high with three caused turnovers.

Maryland also got a spark from sophomore face-off man Will Dalton, who won 12 of 22 face-offs against Denver's Geoff Snider, who entered the game leading the NCAA in face-off winning percentage.

Game Notes:

With today's 16-8 win Maryland is now 3-0 all-time vs. Denver and 1-0 vs. the Pioneers in the NCAA Tournament.

The Terps are now 9-2 all-time in the first round in the NCAA Tournament and advance to the quarterfinals for the 15th time.

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2006-05-13



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