Snider Spotlight: Terps Prep for Georgetown
Welcome back to the Snider Spotlight!
Last time we spoke, Maryland was about to go into their first big test of the season. Georgetown vs. Maryland has always been a rivalry game because both schools reside so close to each other. After losing last year, Maryland was out for a vengeance and it was evident throughout the week during practice.
We played hard on defense and with a different type of urgency on offense. After watching hours of film on Georgetown and working on numerous offensive/defensive schemes, Maryland made sure their game plan was near perfection.
The day of the game I woke up and did all my usual rituals while concentrating on the important things our team wanted to do that day. As a team we went into the game confident and were all anxious to get the game started. In the first quarter, the ball didn’t bounce the Terp’s way and the Georgetown offense was firing. We went into the second quarter losing 2-5 and knew that we needed to turn this around before our deficit was too large.
The second quarter was a little better, our defense was still allowing goals but our offense settled down and started chipping away at the Hoya defense. We scored 3 goals that quarter, one coming from coach Snider, but we let in another 5 goals so we went into halftime losing 5-10. The second half was all Terps, our defense buckled down and our offense out scored the Hoyas 10-3. It was a good 15-13 victory for the Terps and a great moral/confident booster heading into the Faceoff Classic against the 9th ranked Duke Blue devils the following weekend.
When we arrived to the Ravens stadium in Baltimore, the sun was shining and the fans were already busy tailgating in the parking lot. The large venue seemed very fitting for the significant game we had ahead of us. We knew the game was going to be hard fought, but just like the week before we prepared well and felt if we played “Maryland lacrosse” we would pull another victory. From the opening faceoff to the final goal both teams battled to the end. The score went back and forth for the majority of the game until it came to the 4th quarter.
The Terps pulled ahead 10-7 with about 5 minutes left but the game wasn't over yet. Duke increased its defensive pressure and went on a 3-0 run; forcing it into overtime by scoring a goal with under 15 second left. In OT the Terps played defense the whole time until a deflected shot was picked up by a Maryland defensemen. He ran down field passing it to the point attackman who shot and scored! The Terps stormed the field and piled on top of the attack group who played outstanding.
Stay tuned to the Snider Spotlight to see how the Terps respond to 3 game stretch in a 2 week period! GO MARYLAND!!