EMMITSBURG, Md. – Senior Joe Cummings scored his 100th career point to lead the No. 9 Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 12-8 victory over Mount St. Mary’s in front of a record-setting crowd of 1,278 at Waldron Family Stadium Wednesday night.
The Terrapins improve to 8-4 on the season, while the Mount falls to 4-8.
It didn’t take long for Maryland to open the scoring. Junior Owen Blye took the ball from behind the cage, around the left side, took the extra step to create a better shooting angle and beat The Mount goalie Chris Klaiber with less than two minutes gone in the first.
Junior Curtis Holmes won the ensuing faceoff with junior Jesse Bernhardt scooping up the groundball. Bernhardt had a clear run to the Mount St. Mary’s goal and quickly hit the top left corner to make it a 2-0 Maryland lead at the 12:58 mark.
The lead grew to 3-0 just over a minute later when Blye found Cummings on the right side of the crease and Cumming pump-faked Klaiber before finishing inside the far post.
The Mount responded with an unassisted goal by Bryant Schmidt at the 10:22 mark to make it a 3-1 contest.
Schmidt made it a one-goal game with a shot from the right alley as time expired on an extra-man opportunity, following a pushing call on sophomore Brian Cooper.
Mount St. Mary’s sent the game into the second quarter all tied at 3-3 thanks to a goal by Andrew Scalley with just 27 seconds left in the first.
The second quarter was scoreless outside of a 22-second span that saw the Terps score three times to open up a 6-3 lead.
Redshirt sophomore Mike Chanenchuk got things started at the 3:15 mark, taking a pass from junior John Haus in the right alley and connecting on a low-to-low shot.
The ensuing faceoff was another display of perfect transition lacrosse by the Terps. Bernhardt picked up the groundball moving toward the Mountaineers’ goal. This time the Mount slid to stop his progress, so he moved the ball to Cummings on the left side. He then made the “one-more” pass to Blye across the crease, where he scores easily with 2:53 left.
Redshirt freshman Taylor Morgan scooped up the following faceoff and took the open shot. Klaiber made the stop this time, but couldn’t control the rebound. Junior Kevin Cooper picked up the loose ball and put the rebound back in at the 2:53 mark.
A slashing call with 42 seconds left gave the Terps their first extra-man opportunity, but Maryland held the ball until the horn, giving them possession at the start of the third quarter.
The extra-man opportunity wasn’t wasted as Blye found junior Billy Gribbin on the right wing and he ripped a shot inside the far post 11 seconds into the third, making the score 7-3 for Maryland.
Scalley tallied his second of the game with 11:36 to go in the third to make it a three-goal game, but Gribbin scored again from the right wing a minute later on a left-handed sidearm shot off an assist from Blye top up the lead back to four.
Cummings scored from in close with 6:19 to go in the third to register his 99th career point to give Maryland a five-goal lead, but Christian Kellett got the Mountaineers back to within four with his first at the 4:37 mark.
A good groundball Gribbin at the 3:35 mark turned into the Terps’ 10th goal of the game as Haus found senior Drew Snider on the right sing. Snider ripped a low-to-high shot to give Maryland a 10-5 lead with 3:18 remaining in the third.
History was made at the 2:19 mark when Cummings scored on a nice re-dodge from left goal-line extended to register his 100th career point, becoming just the 38th player in the 87-year history of Maryland men’s lacrosse to reach that plateau.
Brett Schmidt and Bryan Kane scored late in the fourth to make it 11-7 with 3:09 to play.
Maryland looked to run out the clock and had the ball inside the Mount St. Mary’s box with under a minute to play. The Mount doubled freshman Jay Carlson at the top left corner of the box and he flipped the ball across the box to senior Michael Shakespeare, who scored the empty-netter to make it a 12-8 final.
Freshman Charlie Raffa won 6-of-10 faceoffs for Maryland, which got six saves from sophomore goalie Niko Amato.
In addition to scoring the early goal, Bernhardt tied for the game-high with four groundballs and also caused a turnover. Brian Cooper also had four groundballs and a caused turnover for the Terrapin defense.
Maryland wraps up its regular season home slate on Saturday, April 28 when it hosts Bellarmine at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The game is the featured athletic event of Maryland Day and admission is free. Faceoff is set for noon.
• With today’s 12-8 win, Maryland is now 9-0 all-time vs. Mount St. Mary’s.
• With four points on three goals and an assist, senior Joe Cummings now has 11 hat tricks, 28 multi-point and 20 multi-goal games for his career.
• With five points on two goals and three assists, junior Owen Blye now has 18 multi-point, 12 multi-goal and nine multi-assist games for his career.
• With two points on two assists, junior John Haus now has 17 multi-point and six multi-assist games for his career.
• With two points on two goals, junior Billy Gribbin now has six multi-point and four multi-goal games for his Maryland career.