DURHAM, N.C. – Junior Mike Chanenchuk set his career high with six points and tied his career best with five goals to lead the No. 1 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 16-7 win over No. 19 Duke Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.
The Terps improve to 4-0 on the season and are now 1-0 in the ACC, while the Blue Devils drop to 2-4 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
Maryland’s nine-goal victory over Duke is its highest margin of victory over the Blue Devils since 1984 when Maryland won 16-4 in College Park.
Duke controlled the opening faceoff, but a Miles Jones shot was blocked and senior Landon Carr picked up the groundball and pushed transition. Once into the Duke zone, Carr made a quick pass to senior Owen Blye, who buried a shot from the point to give the Terps a 1-0 lead less than a minute into the game.
Chanenchuk had three points in the first quarter, beginning with a lefty laser from near the top of the box to up Maryland’s lead to 2-0 with 11:23 to go in the first.
After Duke got on the board with a goal by Christian Walsh, Chanenchuk struck again, this time on a right-handed runner from the left alley at the 1:31 mark.
That goal kicked off a 5-0 Maryland run that extended into the second quarter.
Chanenchuk was on the giving end of the next Terrapin goal, feeding senior Jake Bernhardt for the quick strike to make it a 4-1 Maryland lead with 50 seconds left in the first.
Junior Niko Amato was sensational in the first quarter. He was credited with just two stops, but both were big for the Terps. The first came to end a Duke extra-man opportunity and the second was near the end of the quarter as he stoned Jordan Wolf from the right alley.
Maryland’s run continued early in the second when Chanenchuk finished his hat trick with another unassisted goal at the 14:17 mark of the second.
The Terps’ reserves kept things rolling as sophomore Joe LoCascio drove down the left alley and make a good look inside to a cutting Jay Carlson and the sophomore finished on the doorstep to make it 6-1 with 13:07 to go in the half.
Junior Brendan Saylor capped the run off with an unassisted goal at the 11:27 mark. He took the ball around the back of the cage to right goal line extended and took the extra step to increase his angle and beat back-up goalie Kyle Turri to up Maryland’s lead to 7-1.
Duke kept fighting and got back-to-back goals from David Lawson and Josh Offit to close the gap to 7-3, but Maryland closed the first half strong.
Sophomore Charlie Raffa won the ensuing faceoff after Offit’s goal and took it straight down the field and beat Turri low, making it 8-3 in favor of the Terps.
Maryland would take a 9-3 lead into halftime thanks to another Carlson goal at the 3:13 mark. Senior Kevin Cooper took advantage of his matchup with a Blue Devil short-stick feeding the ball into Carlson, who made a timely cut to the front of the crease.
The scoring pace slowed down in the third with just one goal for each of the teams.
Chanenchuk put the Terps into double-digits with his fourth of the game, finishing off a feed from Blye to make it 10-3 for Maryland at the 9:18 mark.
Duke got its score in the third with 3:31 to go with Deemer Class getting one to go from the right wing.
The scoring picked up again in the fourth, beginning with back-to-back unassisted goals for the Terps by Jake Bernhardt and freshman Bradlee Lord to make it a 12-4 Maryland lead with 12:08 to go in the game.
Duke’s Brendan Fowler scored off the faceoff following Lord’s goal, but Kevin Cooper scored the next two goals off assists from Saylor and Chanenchuk, respectively, to open up a 14-5 Maryland lead.
Offit scored his second of the game to cut the Maryland lead to 14-6 with 8:07 to play, but the Terps wrapped things up for good with goals from LoCascio and Billy Gribbin.
Duke tacked on a goal by Josh Dionne with 15 seconds left to make the final score, 16-7.
Amato finished with eight saves, while Maryland’s starting close defense of Michael Ehrhardt, Casey Ikeda and Goran Murray held Duke’s starting attack without a goal while the Terrapin trio was on the field.
Raffa was a difference-maker for the Terps, winning 11-of-17 faceoffs with eight groundballs. He was helped out on the wings by senior Jesse Bernhardt, who had four groundballs.
Maryland returns to the friendly confines of Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium on Wednesday, March 6 for a 5 p.m. game vs. in-state foe UMBC. The game between the Terps and the Retrievers is the debut of ESPNU’s Wednesday Night Game of the Week.
• With today’s 16-7 win, Maryland is now 60-19 all-time vs. Duke.
• With six points on five goals and an assist, junior Mike Chanenchuk now has eight hat tricks, 19 multi-point and 15 multi-goals for his career.
• With two points on two goals, sophomore Jay Carlson now has six multi-point and five multi-goals for his career.
• With three points on two goals and an assist, senior Kevin Cooper now 14 six multi-point and six multi-goals for his career.
• With two points on two goals, senior Jake Bernhardt now has 13 multi-point and 10 multi-goal games for his career.