COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Joe Cummings scored four goals and had six points on “Senior Day” to lead the No. 9 Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 12-7 victory over Bellarmine Saturday afternoon in front of 2,507 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
The Terrapins improve to 9-4 on the year, while the Knights fall to 4-8.
Cummings got Maryland off to a hot start, scoring just over a minute into the game at the 13:53 mark. Redshirt sophomore Mike Chanenchuk’s shot from the right alley was wide of the goal, but Cummings was in the right spot to scoop up the groundball and finish a shot from the left wing inside the far post.
Chanenchuk then made it a 2-0 lead for Maryland with 8:56 left in the first. Junior Owen Blye skipped the ball from behind the cage to the top right slot, where Chanenchuk stepped down and hit the low shot.
Maryland finished the first quarter off strong with junior John Haus finding senior Drew Snider cutting across the crease for the one-timer with 4:47 on the clock to push the lead to 3-0.
Cummings then added his second goal in spectacular fashion at 13:06 in the second quarter. Dodging from the right wing, he saw the Knights sliding to him and patiently waited for an opportunity. Cummings saw some daylight between the two defenders and split the double team and calmly beat Bellarmine goalie Dillon Ward to the far post.
Less than a minute later Maryland increased its lead to 5-0 with Cummings on the giving end this time He found senior Michael Shakespeare in the top slot and Shakespeare finished the shot inside the left post.
Junior Kevin Cooper added to the Terps lead at the 6:24 mark. Cooper dodged down the left alley and finished the jumping left-hander low past the keeper.
Maryland finished off the scoring run with a goal at 2:10 in the second quarter. Freshman Joe LoCascio scored his second goal of the year off of another assist from Cummings. LoCascio was in the right slot and finished a side-armed shot inside the right pipe.
Bellarmine scored its first goal of the game with 1:16 remaining in the half ending a scoreless run of 28:44. Will Cary scored the goal off of an assist from Keaton Ohara to make it 7-1 going into halftime.
Junior Billy Gribbin opened up the second half scoring with two straight goals for the Terps. The first came at 13:38 when he beat his defender from behind the cage and finished from the right side. Then at 9:35 he finished a cross-crease pass from Blye to make it 9-1 Terps.
That was the start of three goals in less than 10 seconds. Bellarmine answered off the ensuring faceoff with Andrew Bulgarelli winning the draw and taking it to the cage to cut the lead to 9-2.
Six seconds later Maryland answered with a goal of its own off the faceoff. Freshman Charlie Raffa won the faceoff and pushed the break. He found Cummings on the left wing where he finished with a low-to-low shot.
Bellarmine then went on a 3-0 scoring run scoring to finish the third quarter and added another goal to start the fourth, which cut Maryland’s lead to 10-6.
The Terps then scored two goals of their own to end the run and put the game out of reach.
The first came at 5:30 in the fourth quarter when Cooper found Shakespeare on the right wing and he connected on the jump shot for his second of the game.
Then at 2:46 Cummings tied his career high with his fourth of the day when he came around the right side of the cage and finished the unassisted goal to cap off his senior day.
Bellarmine’s Austin Bright scored the final goal of the game with 55 seconds left to make the final score 12-7.
Raffa and junior Curtis Holmes controlled the faceoff X for the Terps, combining to win 15-of-23 with 11 faceoffs.
Junior Tewaaraton nominee Jesse Bernhardt continued to show why he’s considered to be one of the top defenders in the nation with six groundballs and a caused turnover. Sophomore Michael Ehrhardt also had a solid day on the defensive end of the field with two groundballs and two caused turnovers.
The game marked the final regular season home game for seven Maryland seniors: Cummings, MJ Leonard, David Miller, Pat Morrison, Tim Shaeffer, Shakespeare and Snider.
Maryland wraps up the regular season on Saturday, May 5 when it plays at No. 10 Colgate with the opening faceoff set for 1:00 p.m. at Andy Kerr Stadium in Hamilton, N.Y.
• With today’s 12-7 win, Maryland is now 4-0 all-time vs. Bellarmine.
• With six points on four goals and two assists, senior Joe Cummings now has 12 hat tricks, 29 multi-point, 21 multi-goal and four multi-assist games for his career.
• With his six points, Cummings moves into 36th on the all-time points list at Maryland with 106.
• With two points on two goals, senior Michael Shakespeare now has seven multi-point and six multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on two assists, junior Owen Blye now has 19 multi-point and 10 multi-assist games for his career.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, junior Kevin Cooper now has nine multi-point games for his career.
• With two points on two goals, junior Billy Gribbin now has seven multi-point and four multi-goal games for his Maryland career.
• Maryland shutout the Knights in the first quarter, which marks the sixth time this season the Terps have held an opponent scoreless for a quarter.