COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior John Haus tied his career high with four goals to lead the No. 2 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 12-10 victory over No. 1 Loyola in front of 5,781 at the Ridley Athletic Complex Saturday afternoon.
Maryland’s first midfield of Haus, senior Jake Bernhardt and junior Mike Chanenchuk dominated the first half, scoring four of the team’s first seven goals and combining for seven goals and nine points in the win.
The victory boosts the Terps to 3-0 on the season, while the Greyhounds drop to 2-1.
Loyola’s Mike Sawyer gave the Greyhounds the early 1-0 lead with a hard low shot from the left alley at the 10:02 mark of the first quarter, but that would be the last lead Loyola would enjoy for the game.
Maryland went on a 5-0 scoring run to take control of the game in the opening quarter.
Haus got things rolling at the 8:30 mark when he went around Hound defender Kyle Duffy and beat Loyola goalie Jack Runkel into the top right corner to tie the score at 1-1.
Chanenchuk gave Maryland its first lead with an unassisted goal with 5:17 left in the first after ducking under a Loyola defender and finishing with a quick bounce shot.
The Terps’ first midfield line made it three straight at the 4:04 mark when Jake Bernhardt lost his defender going around the left side of the goal and scoring on a bouncer into the top right corner to make it 3-1 in favor of Maryland.
The lead jumped to 4-1 when sophomore Jay Carlson took a feed from Haus on a quick pick-and-pop in a timer-on situation and Carlson beat Runkel with another bouncer.
The five-goal run finished with just three seconds left in the first quarter. Junior Niko Amato made a terrific save, robbing Loyola’s Kevin Ryan, which triggered Maryland’s transition game. Senior Jesse Bernhardt picked up the groundball and moved it quickly up the field to senior Landon Carr, who beat Runkel with a low shot on the run.
Loyola opened the second quarter with an extra-man goal by Ryan. Amato stopped a shot by Briuan Schultz, but the rebound was scooped up by Ryan and he finished with a behind-the-back shot to make it a 5-2 game at the 10:15 mark.
Sophomore Charlie Raffa won the ensuing faceoff and scored five seconds later to make it a 6-2 Terrapin lead.
The fast-paced scoring continued as Loyola’s Scott Ratliff scored on a big overhand shot five seconds after Raffa’s goal to pull the Hounds to within three.
Maryland closed out the first half with Haus netting his second of the game with a great dodge down the left alley and a finish into the right side at the 3:21 mark.
The third quarter was an up and down affair with Loyola outscoring the Terps 5-4 in the period.
Pat Laconi started things off for the Hounds less than 30 seconds into the third, but Maryland would go on a 3-0 run to open up a 10-4 lead.
Chanenchuk scored on a quick rip from the right alley at the 13:39 mark. That was followed up by Haus finishing his hat trick at 11:37 on a nice inside roll. Senior Kevin Cooper finished the run with his first of the day on a dodge down the left alley.
The Greyhounds then got their first back-to-back goals on unassisted scores by Justin ward and Chris Layne to make it a 10-6 Maryland lead with 8:24 to go in the third.
Haus settled things down for the Terps, scoring his fourth of the game off of a nice feed from Jake Bernhardt with 6:45 to go.
Loyola pulled to within three with two straight to close the period. Nikko Pontrello scored the first off an assist by Layne. Matt Sawyer then scored off a rebound with 2:53 to play. Amato saved the initial shot by Sean O’Sullivan, but the ball bounced too far in front of the crease for Amato to control and Sawyer picked it up and put it back in for the Hounds.
Maryland’s man-down unit came up with a big stop to open the fourth quarter as Loyola had an extra-man opportunity thanks to an illegal body check call on Jake Bernhardt after the third quarter buzzer sounded.
Neither team could get on the board until late in the fourth, but it was the Terps who broke through and took a 12-8 lead when senior Billy Gribbin made a sharp cut to the crease and scored off of a nice feed from senior Owen Blye with 3:08 to play.
The Greyhounds wouldn’t concede and got back-to-back goals from O’Sullivan and Layne in the final minute, but once again it was Amato coming up with a big save, his 13th of the game, on a shot by Davis Butts with 10 seconds to play that finally sealed the win for the Terps.
The Terrapin defense was led by Jesse Bernhardt, who became the first Terp since 2010 to record 10 groundballs in a game to go along with four caused turnovers. Junior Michael Ehrhardt finished with five groundballs and two caused turnovers.
Maryland closes out its three-game road trip with the 2013 ACC opener at No. 13 Duke on Saturday, March 2. Faceoff for the Terps and the Blue Devils is scheduled for 11 a.m. and the game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
• With today’s 12-10 win, Maryland is now 20-2 all-time vs. Loyola.
• Maryland is now 8-19 all-time vs. a No. 1-ranked team.
• The last time the Terps defeated a No. 1 team was in the 2011 NCAA quarterfinals when Maryland topped No. 1 Syracuse, 6-5 in overtime on May 22.
• The last time the Terps defeated a No. 1 team during the regular season was in 2008 when Maryland knocked off No. 1 Virginia 13-7 on March 28 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
• With five points on four goals and an assist, senior John Haus now has four hat tricks, 23 multi-point and 11 multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on two goals, junior Mike Chanenchuk now has 18 multi-point and 14 multi-goals for his career.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, senior Jake Bernhardt now has 12 multi-point and 10 multi-goal games for his career.