COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Junior Jay Carlson paced the Terrapins with four goals and an assist to lead the No. 4 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 19-6 win over Robert Morris Wednesday evening at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
Maryland (9-1, 3-1 ACC) jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first period and never looked back.
Junior Joe LoCascio jump started the Terps with the opening two goals of the game just 22 seconds apart. His first goal came at 9:27 and was unassisted with his second goal coming off an assist from senior Mike Chanenchuk.
After Robert Morris (4-6, 1-3 NEC) cut the lead to one with its first goal of the game at the 7:02 mark Maryland responded with three goals of its own.
Freshman Matt Rambo scored two goals just a minute apart. The first came at 6:19 after LoCascio dodged from the wing and found the freshman on the crease for an easy turn and shoot. Rambo’s second goal was a quick release shot off an assist from fellow freshman Colin Heacock.
The Colonials cut the Maryland lead to 5-3 with two goals of their own. The Terrapin defense responded holding Robert Morris scoreless for the next 16:34 while the offense poured in seven straight goals.
During the Maryland seven goal run five different players tallied a goal including Carlson, who scored three of his four goals on the day.
Sophomore Henry West started off the scoring run at 12:18 of the second with a big overhand step-down shot off an assist from LoCascio.
After Carlson scored his first goal of the day, Chanenchuk increased the Maryland lead to 8-3 with a quick stick finish on the crease off an assist from junior Bryan Cole at the 5:13 mark.
Carlson then scored two straight goals, increasing the Terrapin lead to 10-3 with 2:39 remaining in the opening half. Carlson’s first goal was an impressive behind-the-back finish from the right goal line extended off of a feed by freshman Tim Rotanz.
The final two goals of the half came from senior Michael Ehrhardt on a fast break goal and sophomore Jon Garino on an unassisted goal off a won faceoff. Garino’s goal gave the Terps a 12-3 lead at the break.
After Robert Morris opened the second half scoring to cut the lead to 12-4 Maryland answered with four straight goals of its own.
Senior Rustin Bryant scored with 8:06 remaining in the third quarter on an unassisted goal around right goal line extended.
Maryland’s riding effort earned the Terps their next goal. Carlson caused a Colonial turnover deep in their own end and found a wide open Rambo in front of an empty net for the easy finish to extend the Maryland lead to 14-4. Carlson finished off the third quarter scoring with 21 seconds remaining in the quarter off an assist from Bryant.
Maryland opened the final 15:00 of play with a goal from redshirt sophomore Kevin Forster, who scored from the left alley inside the left post off an assist from West just 49 seconds after the opening faceoff.
The Colonials answered with two goals of their own to cut the lead to 16-6, but that would be their final goals of the game, as the Maryland defense only allowed three Robert Morris goals in the final 44:13.
Maryland scored the final three goals of the game to give it a final score of 19-6. Freshman Ben Chisolm scored his second career goal with 3:42 remaining. Senior Quinn Haley scored just over a minute off an assist from sophomoreTyler Brooke. Junior Zack Wholley finished off the scoring with his first career goal with 1:38 left on the clock.
The Terps controlled the faceoff X with Garino winning 17-of-20 draws while collecting 13 groundballs, including 10 in the first half, on the day.
The Terrapin defense caused eight turnovers on the day with Ehrhardt leading the team with two.
Senior goalie Niko Amato played the first half for the Terps and made seven stops. He was relieved in the second half by sophomore Kyle Bernlohr, who nearly matched him with six saves of his own.
Maryland will have this weekend off before returning to action on Saturday, April 12, when its plays at Johns Hopkins in the 111th meeting of Lacrosse’s Greatest Rivalry. The Terps and the Blue Jays are scheduled for a 2 p.m. faceoff at Homewood Field and the game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
• With today’s 19-6 win Maryland is now 1-0 all-time vs. Robert Morris.
• With three points on two goals and an assist, senior Mike Chanenchuk now has 37 multi-point and 27 multi-goal games for his career.
• Chanenchuk extended his consecutive point-scoring streak to 32 games with the three-point effort and pushed his consecutive goal-scoring streak to 23 with his two goals.
• With two points on a goal and an assists, senior Rustin Bryant now has two multi-point games for his career.
• With four points on two goals and two assists, junior Joe LoCascio now has six multi-point and two multi-goal games for his career and registered his first career multi-assist game.
• With five points on four goals and an assist, junior Jay Carlson now has eight hat tricks, 17 multi-point and 14 multi-goal games for his career.
• With three points on a goal and two assist, sophomore Henry West now has four multi-point and two multi-assist games for his career.
• With three points on three goals, freshman Matt Rambo now has four hat tricks, seven multi-point and six multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on two assists, freshman Tim Rotanz now has two multi-point games for his career and registered his first career multi-assist game.