Maryland 1, Brown 0


Nov. 22, 2005

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Senior Marc Burch's goal in the 26th minute of play was all the Terrapins would need as they held off Brown, 1-0, Tuesday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Ludwig Field. With the win, the Terrapins advance to face St. John's, who was a 1-0 winner over Dartmouth, this Sunday at 1 p.m. at Ludwig Field.

"We expected a hard game, and it certainly proved to be one," head coach

Sasho Cirovski said. "Brown is a really difficult team to penetrate, and it was important for us to get that first goal. They are very well coached and organized and tough to break down."

Brown started strong with a quick shot in the opening minutes that required a save from freshman

Chris Seitz. Keith Caldwell gathered a loose ball in the box, turned and fired near post where Seitz was able to make the save.

The Terps then started generate offense with dangerous crosses from Burch and Godbolt, but it wasn't until the two connected in the 26th minute. Godbolt controlled the ball just past midfield where he sent a pass to a streaking Burch in the middle of the field. Burch put a settling touch on the ball inside the box and fired a shot past Jarrett Leech to give Maryland the 1-0 lead.

"I saw A.J. look up, and I just ran to where I knew he'd hit it," Burch said of his third goal of the season. "He hit one a couple of weeks ago and I wasn't able to finish, but this time I was able to get it."

Jason Garey nearly made it 2-0 late in the half, but he had a shot blocked inside the box and the rebound just missed high.

The Terps did well to possess the ball early in the second half, but the Bears countered late with some quality chances. Keith Caldwell's corner kick in the waning minutes was put in front of the goal mouth and deflected toward the Terrapin goal, but

Kenney Bertz was there to head the ball away and out of the Terrapin zone. Over a minute later, Darren Howerton took a shot from 30 yards but Seitz was able to make his third stop of the day.

The Bears had six corner kicks on the night, five of those coming in the second half of action.

Maryland held an 11-4 advantage in shots for the game, and the two teams just took five total in the second half.

"I thought our defending was very good today," Cirovski said. "Apart from that chance within the first 30 seconds, they didn't have very many scoring opportunities, and I credit our team defending with that."

Postgame Notes:

Maryland advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament with a 1-0 win over Brown. It was the first-ever meeting between the two schools. With the win, the Terps improved to 16-4-1, while Brown ends its season with an 11-5-2 record.

Marc Burch's goal was the third of the season and the 10th of his career. It was also his second game-winner of the year (the other was against Virginia Tech).

Burch made his first start since Duke on Oct. 7.

The assist was A.J. Godbolt's 12th of the season - which ranks tied for fourth in a season at Maryland with Carlos Martin in 1961. It was also his 18th career assist.

Brown was the last Ivy League team alive in this year's NCAA Tournament. Dartmouth was eliminated by St. John's and Yale was defeated by Stony Brook.

Jason Garey's 12-game point streak came to a halt against Brown. The last time he did not register a goal or an assist was Sept. 25.

Chris Seitz picked up his first career NCAA Tournament win against the Bears. Seitz was forced to make an early save to prevent a deficit for the Terps. He finished with three saves.

David Glaudemans earned the start at left back - his first start since Oct. 14 against North Carolina. He played 87 minutes against the Bears.

Maryland is now 15-0-1 when scoring the game's first goal this season.

The Terps have won four straight one-goal games. Maryland is 4-2 in games decided by one goal (1-0 outcomes to NC State and Penn State).

Four Terps made their NCAA Tournament debut: Seitz, Kevin Tangney, Graham Zusi and A.J. Delagarza. Zusi logged 30 minutes, while Tangney subbed in to play the last 16 in the game.

The Terps and Red Storm will be meeting in the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year. In 2003, St. John's eliminated Maryland at the College Cup, but the Terps won last year's matchup 1-0. Maryland and St. John's also played in the 2004 regular season, with the Terrapins coming away with a 5-2 win.

St. John's still leads the all-time series between the two schools, 3-2. Two of those three Red Storm wins have come in the NCAA Tournament.

Sunday's game will mark the third straight game against St. John's that has been played in College Park.

The winner of Sunday's game will advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals. The Akron/West Virginia and the UConn/Stony Brook games were postponed due to weather, but the quarterfinal opponent will come out of that pool of four teams.

-- Courtesy Maryland