COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Mike Chanenchuk paced the Terrapins with two goals and a career high three assists to lead the No. 6 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 14-3 win over UMBC Saturday afternoon at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
Maryland (2-0) scored the first six goals of the game and held the Retrievers (0-1) scoreless for the first 37:05 minutes of the game.
Junior attackman Jay Carlson got the Terps on the board first when he beat his man around the cage and scored from the left side just under five minutes into the game.
Maryland added five goals in the second quarter including a second on the day from Carlson and two from freshman attackman Matt Rambo. Rambo started out the second quarter scoring just 1:18 into the period when he wrapped around the left side of the cage and beat the keeper with a bounce shot.
Freshman Connor Cannizzaro scored his third goal of the year just over three minutes later when he beat his defender with a slick dodge and then got a low angle shot past the goalie from the left side of the crease.
Rambo added his second of the day, which proved to be the game-winner, with a man-up goal at the 9:23 mark shooting from the right alley to the top left corner off of a feed from Chanenchuk.
Maryland extended its lead to 5-0 with 8:22 remaining in the half when Carlson added his second of the day; diving across the crease to beat the keeper off of his left hip for the goal.
Junior midfielder Joe LoCascio finished off the first half scoring with an unassisted goal from ten yards out dead center in front of the goal.
UMBC stopped the Maryland scoring streak with 7:55 remaining in the third quarter on a goal by Pat Young, but Maryland answered back with two of its own. Both goals came from Chanenchuk; the first an unassisted goal and the second off of a feed from LoCascio.
The Retrievers finished out the third quarter scoring with two goals of their own to make it 8-3, but that would be all the offense they could muster as the Terrapin defense held them scoreless for the final 16:41 of the contest.
The final six goals of the game came from six different Terps, including four who scored their first goal of the season.
Senior attackman Rustin Bryant and redshirt-sophomore attackman Kevin Forester scored their first goals of the season with freshman midfielder Lucas Gradinger and senior midfielder Tyler Adelsberger notching their first career goals in the fourth quarter. The other two goals in the quarter came were scored by Rambo, his third of the day, and sophomore midfielder Henry West to make the final tally 14-3 in favor of the Terps.
Junior Charlie Raffa took all but one of Maryland’s faceoffs on the day going 12-20 while also collecting six groundballs.
For the second straight week the Terps dominated the groundball battle scooping up 40 groundballs compared to just 17 by UMBC. Maryland was led by senior defender Michael Ehrhardt, who scooped up six groundballs while adding three caused turnovers as well.
Senior Niko Amato won his 37th career game in the cage and finished the day with eight saves.
Maryland will hit the road for the first time in 2014 when it opens its conference schedule at Syracuse on Saturday, Feb. 22. Faceoff between the Terps and Orange is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Carrier Dome. The game is slated to be streamed live on ESPN3.com.
• With today’s 14-3 win/loss Maryland is now 27-8 all-time vs. UMBC.
• With five points on two goals and three assists, senior Mike Chanenchuk now has 29 multi-point and 21 multi-goal and eight multi-assist games for his career.
• With two points on two goals, junior Jay Carlson now has 13 multi-point and 11 multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, junior Joe LoCascio now has five multi-point games for his career.
• With three points on three goals, freshman Matt Rambo registered his second hat trick, multi-point, and multi-goal game of his career.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, freshman Connor Cannizzaro registered the second multi-point of his career.
• The Maryland defense held UMBC without a goal for 37:05 from the opening faceoff until 7:55 in the third quarter to register the team’s first 30-plus minute scoreless stretch since February 19, 2011 against Detroit Mercy, and was its longest such stretch since holding Penn scoreless for 51:12 on April 19, 2008.