Dominant Raffa, Terps top Stony Brook to remain undefeated

March 10, 2013 | WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 1 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team got two goals apiece from senior Owen Blye, sophomore Jay Carlson and senior Kevin Cooper in a 13-7 win over Stony Brook at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium Sunday afternoon.

The Terps (5-0, 1-0 ACC) held the Seawolves scoreless through the opening 16:48 of the game while opening up a 5-0 lead. Sophomore Joe Locasio opened the scoring at 12:22 with a big rip from 12 yards out off of a feed from freshman Bradlee Lord.

Just over a minute later Blye doubled the lead using an inside roll to beat the defense. Cooper added his first of the day 22 seconds later with an unassisted goal from left goal line extended.

Maryland closed out the scoring in the first quarter at 1:25 when senior Landon Carr extended the lead to 4-0, with a transition goal off of a shot from the right alley.

Senior John Haus opened the scoring in the second period with a right handed shot off of a roll back at the left goal line extended. Brody Eastwood ended the Terrapin run, getting Stony Brook on the board shortly after Haus’ score to make it a 5-1 game.

The Terps then answered with another two goals to open up a 7-1 lead. The first came from senior Jake Bernhardt who scored off a dodge from the left alley and finished inside the near pipe with 10:11 remaining in the half. Just 19 seconds later sophomore Charlie Raffa scored his fourth goal of the year. The sophomore won the faceoff and beat his man around the back of cage for the easy finish.

The Seawolves closed out the scoring in the first half at the 7:12 mark with Jeff Tundo cutting the Maryland lead to 7-2.

Maryland’s defense held Stony Brook scoreless for 15:20 after that goal. The Seawolves did not score again until just under the seven minute mark in the third quarter.

Blye began a four-goal run for the Terps to start the second half when he scored just five seconds in. Raffa won the opening faceoff of the third and found Blye in the left alley for the goal.

Carlson extended the Maryland lead to 9-2 after Cooper found him on the crease. Junior Mike Chanenchuk scored his only goal of the day with 13:27 remaining in the third with a shot from up top with Jake Bernhardt getting the assist.

Cooper finished the Maryland run with 11:57 remaining with a man-up goal from the crease after Chanenchuk found him with a quick pass before the Stony Brook man-down unit was settled.

The Seawolves ended the Maryland run at the 6:52 mark with Mike Andreassi cutting the Maryland lead to 11-3.

The Terps then traded goals with Stony Brook to make it a 12-4 game heading into the fourth quarter. Maryland’s goal came from LoCasio when he scored from the left alley with a nice shot on the run.

The Seawolves outscored Maryland 3-1 in the fourth quarter but it wasn’t enough to make the comeback. Maryland’s sole fourth quarter goal came from Carlson off of an assist from Lord with 7:02 remaining in the game.

Junior goalie Nike Amato made five saves to improve to 5-0 on the year. Sophomore goalie Kyle Bernlohr played the final 8:28 of the fourth and registered two stops.

Senior Jesse Bernhardt led the Maryland defense with four turnovers as well as four groundballs. Junior Michael Ehrhardtcontinued his stellar play with five groundballs and three caused turnovers.

Maryland dominated possession at the faceoff X with Raffa winning 15-of-18 draws with a team season-high 11 groundballs. Senior Curtis Holmes went 4-of-4 with two groundballs and freshman Andrew Walsh split his two draws with one groundball.

Maryland’s man-down unit was solid, holding the Seawolves scoreless on four extra-man opportunities.

Maryland returns to action on Saturday night on the road against Villanova. Faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Game Notes:
• With today’s 13-7 win, Maryland is now 2-0 all-time vs. Stony Brook.
• With three points on two goals and an assist, senior Kevin Cooper now 15 multi-point and seven multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on two goals, senior Owen Blye now has 25 multi-point and 15 multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on two goals, sophomore Jay Carlson now has seven multi-point and six multi-goals for his career.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, senior Jake Bernhardt now has 14 multi-point games for his career.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, junior Mike Chanenchuk now has 20 multi-point games for his career.
• With two points on two goals, sophomore Joe LoCascio now has three multi-point and one multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on two assist, freshman Bradlee Lord now has three multi-point and one multi-assist games for his career.

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