COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland scored three second-half goals to break open a close game to defeat the Iona College men, 4-0, in the first round of the NCAA Division I Tournament Thursday night.
The defending champions Terrapins will travel to face fourth-seeded Wake Forest Sunday at 5 p.m.
Iona played without its leading goal- and point- scorer, Mauro Bravo, who was suspended due to yellow card accumulation.
Maryland extended its NCAA Tournament shutout streak to 658 minutes.
In the 20th minute, Maryland junior Matt Di Rosa served an out swinging ball into the box that Justin Gielen snapped into the side netting for his fourth goal this season.
The goals flowed in the second half as Maryland tallied in the 65th, 73rd and 81st minutes.
Junior Eric Matzelevich started it off with a 25-yard strike to the top right corner.
Malcolm Johnston’s goal in the 73rd minute was a bit of clean-up work. A Terps free kick was flicked on by Gielen into the box to Johnston, who headed into the path of Luke Brown. Brown’s right-footed effort was parried right into the path of Johnston, who slid the ball into the back of the net for fourth goal.
Brown got in on the act in the 82nd minute. Mike Heitzmann drew a penalty after being shoved down attacking a ball at the back post. Brown finished his spot kick to score his first goal.