COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Kevin Cooper had six points on three goals and three assists to lead the No. 2 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 23-6 victory over Mount St. Mary’s in its 2013 season opener at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium Tuesday afternoon.
The 23 goals scored were the most for the Terps (1-0) since March 21, 1995 when they beat Radford 26-3.
Maryland started out the game on fire, scoring the first seven goals of the game in just over 10 minutes of play. Senior John Haus opened the scoring at 14:15 off of a dodge, finishing with a top-shelf shot.
Senior Billy Gribbin doubled the lead with 11:27 remaining, scoring a transition goal started on a save from junior Niko Amato and assisted by junior Brian Cooper.
Kevin Cooper scored his first goal of the day at 10:26 off of a bounce shot. Just over a minute later, senior Jake Bernhardt scored his first of four goals on the day, off of a feed from Haus, to increase the lead to 4-0.
Haus scored his second of the game with just over seven minutes remaining in the first half off of a shot from the left alley on Kevin Cooper’s first assist of the day.
The final two goals of the run were separated by just 30 seconds. Kevin Cooper added his second of the game at 5:27 with a big overhand shot from 10 yards out. With 4:59 remaining, Bernhardt scored unassisted to increase the lead to 7-0.
Mount St. Mary’s (0-1) ended its scoring drought late in the half when Andrew Scalley scoring his first of two goals to cut the lead to 7-1.
Gribbin then closed out the quarter with his second of the day with 0:44 to go in the first. That score also kicked off another five-goal run for the Terps.
Kevin Cooper opened the second quarter with his third of the day, tapping in a nice cross-crease feed from Haus. Senior Owen Blye netted his first goal of the season to make it a 10-1 lead with 6:09 to go in the second.
Bernhardt completed his hat trick with a man-up goal off an assist from junior Mike Chanenchuk, while and freshman Bradlee Lord’s first career goal as a Terrapin ended the 5-0 burst.
The Mount went on a two goal run to end the half with goals from Clayton Wainer and Alex Kestler to make it 12-3 heading into halftime.
Maryland got off to a quick start in the second half when sophomore Charlie Raffa won the opening faceoff and scored an unassisted goal in just six seconds.
The Mount answered with two more goals by Scalley and Cody Lehrer to make it 13-5 before the Terps went on a 10 goal run to finish off the Mount St. Mary’s.
The run included the first career goals by junior Quinn Haley, sophomore Bobby Gribbin, who had two, and freshmen Tommy Forsberg and Tyler Brooke. Senior Curtis Holmes and junior Rustin Bryant also added their first goals of the season during this run. Junior Brendan Saylor chipped in two assists during the 10-goal spurt, while sophomore Zach Whooley tallied his first career assist.
Mount St. Mary’s finished off the scoring with a man-up goal by Bryant Schmidt at 3:41 to make the final score 23-6.
The Terps dominated the majority of the statistical categories. Maryland held a 44-18 ground ball advantage and won 25-32 faceoff with Holmes, Raffa, and freshman Andrew Walsh dominating at the faceoff X.
Defensively, Amato made eight saves in the win, while senior Jesse Bernhardt and junior Michael Ehrhardt each had four groundballs. Sophomore Goran Murray had a pair of groundballs and two caused turnovers.
The Terps return to action this weekend with their first road game of the 2013 season. Maryland travels to Hartford for a 1 p.m. start on Sat., Feb. 16.
Game Notes: • With today’s 23-6 win Maryland is now 10-0 all-time vs. Mount St. Mary’s.
• Maryland has won 20 straight season openers and is 84-3-1 all-time to start the season.
• The last time Maryland scored 23 or more goals in a game was March 21, 1995 in a 26-3 win over Radford.
• The last time Maryland scored 23 or more goals in a season opener was in a 25-11 win at NC State on March 21, 1978.
• The last time Maryland scored 23 goals in a home opener was in a 23-4 win over Conn. Wesleyan on March 24, 1964.
• With a career-best six points on three goals and three assists, senior Kevin Cooper now has two hat tricks, 12 multi-point, four multi-goal and seven multi-assist games for his career.
• With four points on a career-best four goals, redshirt senior Jake Bernhardt now has nine career multi-goal games.
• With five points on two goals and three assists, senior John Haus now has 21 multi-point, 10 multi-goal and eight multi-assist games for his career.
• With two points on two goals, senior Billy Gribbin now has 10 multi-point and eight multi-goals as a Terp.
• Tyler Brooke, Rustin Bryant, Bobby Gribbin, Bradlee Lord and Brendan Saylor each had their first multi-point games as Terps.