Maryland Defeats Air Force at Pioneer Classic
DENVER - In the first game of the 2001 Pioneer Face-off Classic Men's Lacrosse Tournament presented by Toyota, the University of Maryland (1-0-0) defeated the Air Force Academy (0-1-0), 16-3, Saturday at Pioneer Field.
Maryland opened the scoring when sophomore Mike Mollot beat AFA goalie Jeff Moss. However, the No. 8 team in the country did not have an easy time with Air Force in the opening quarter. The Falcons tied the contest at the 9:48 mark as J. Agnew scored to even the match at 1-1. That's when the Terrapins took command, scoring the next 11 goals to take a 12-1 lead into the third quarter. Air Force managed to notch two more goals in the third, but Maryland continued its dominance, scoring four in the third and two more in the final stanza to earn the 16-3 victory.
Maryland's offensive efforts were led by Mollot, who added three goals and four assists. Senior Andrew Combs contributed a game-high five goals, while junior Mike LaMonica registered two goals and three assists for the Terps. UM goalie Pat McGinnis, an All-ACC selection last season, made seven saves while allowing just three goals. All three Air Force goals were unassisted, registered by Agnew, Kyle Warf and Adam Gaudinski. Goalie Bill Arnold, who replaced starter Moss in the first quarter, finished with 10 saves.
Maryland finished the afternoon 2-for-4 on extra-man opportunities, while Air Force was blanked in five tries. The Terps outshot AFA, 48-18, and won the ground ball battle, collecting 52 to the Falcons' 34.