COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland men’s lacrosse team is the No. 6 seed in the 2013 NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament and will play host to Cornell on Sunday, May 12. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium, as the Terps (10-3) battle the Big Red (12-3) for the first time since 2000.
• The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2, as well as streamed on wireless devices with the WatchESPN app. Eamon McAnaney will provide the play-by-play, while the analysis will come from Paul Carcaterra.
• The Terps, who received an at-large bid, are making their 36th NCAA Tournament appearance, the second most of any school in NCAA history, while Cornell, which earned an at-large bid out of the Ivy League, is making its 25th appearance in the NCAA tournament.
• The winner of the Maryland/Cornell game will take on the winner of the No. 3 seed Ohio State (12-3)/Towson (10-7) game on Saturday, May 18 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The Buckeyes and Tigers play in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday, May 12 at 3 p.m.
• Maryland finished the regular season with a 10-3 mark following its 18-6 victory over Colgate. Senior Kevin Cooper leads the Terps in points and assists with 40 and 21, respectively. Junior Mike Chanenchuk took over the team lead in goals with his three vs. Colgate and now has 22 for the season. Four other Terps have scored double-digit goals. Senior Owen Blye has 21, sophomore Jay Carlson has 20, while Jake Bernhardt and John Haus have 16 apiece. Defensively, junior Niko Amato has stopped 61.2 percent of the shots put on goal by opponents, which is second among starting goalies in the NCAA tournament field, and has a 7.42 goals-against average, which is third-best in the tournament field. Sophomore faceoff man Charlie Raffaleads the team with 72 groundballs, while senior Jesse Bernhardt leads the team with 20 caused turnovers.
• The Big Red come into the 2013 tournament with an overall mark of 12-3 after dropping a 13-12 decision in overtime to Princeton in the Ivy League semifinals on May 2. Senior attackman Rob Pannell, who was the 2011 Tewaaraton Award winner, leads Cornell with 80 points on 36 goals and a team-best 44 assists. Senior attackman Steve Mock has a team-best 48 goals to go along with nine assists. The Raiders main man at the faceoff X is junior Doug Tesoriero, who is winning .586 percent of his draw this season with a team-best 99 groundballs. Senior goalie AJ Fiore has started all 15 games for the Big Red and has a 8.69 goals-against average this season.
The Count Down
10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 101 of the 110 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .918 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 119-26 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .821 winning percentage.
8 … Niko Amato has a .577 save percentage in eight career NCAA tournament games.
7 … Kevin Cooper has seven career goals in NCAA tournament play.
6 … Maryland is 3-3 in six games as the No. 6 seed in the NCAA tournament.
5 … Owen Blye had five points on a goal and four assists in last season’s first round tournament win at Lehigh.
4 … Only four Division I teams have a current streal of winning 10 or more games in a season for at least five seasons. Maryland leads that list with 11-straight 10+ win seasons.
3 … Andrew “Buggs” Combs had three goals in the last meeting between Maryland and Cornell – an 8-7 Terrapin win in 2000.t
2 … Maryland and Cornell are two of the six programs in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse that have at least 700 wins all-time.
1 … Only one program – Maryland – has earned a bid in every NCAA tournament since the field expanded to 16 in 2003.
• John Tillman is in his sixth season as a head coach, and third with the Terps, with a 54-33 career record for a 62.1 winning percentage. Tillman is 34-14 (.708) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.
• Cornell’s Ben DeLuca is in his third season as a head coach and has a 35-10 (.778) record, all with the Big Red.
Tillman In The NCAA Tournament
• The meeting with Cornell will be John Tillman’s ninth NCAA tournament game as a head coach.
• Maryland’s 10-9 victory at No. 7 seed Lehigh on May 13, 2012 made Tillman 2-0 in first round games. He improved to 2-0 in quarterfinals as well with an 11-5 win over No. 2 seed Johns Hopkins on May 19, 2012. He then improved to 2-0 in semifinals with the 16-10 win over No. 3 Duke on May 26, 2012. Overall, Tillman is 6-2 in NCAA tournament games.
• The win over Hopkins in the 2012 quarters made Tillman the only coach in NCAA history to guide two unseeded teams to back-to-back appearances in the Final Four.
• Maryland’s run to the 2011 NCAA title game gave Tillman his first four NCAA tournament games as a head coach. He had a 3-1 record after the Terps defeated No. 8 seed UNC in the first round on May 15, No. 1 seed Syracuse on May 22 and No. 5 seed Duke on May 28 before losing to No. 7 seed Virginia.
• As an assistant coach, Tillman helped guide Navy to four consecutive NCAA tournaments from 2004-07, including a run to the 2004 championship game.
Maryland’s 36th Time In The NCAA Tournament
All-Time NCAA Tournament Results
• Maryland is making its 36th overall NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012. The Terps have played in the second-most tournaments since the event began in 1971. Only Hopkins has played in more with 41 appearances. Virginia is third all-time with 35 NCAA appearances.
• The Terps have captured two NCAA championships, 1973 and 1975.
Maryland’s 11th-Straight Trip To The Tournament
• This season marks Maryland’s 11th-straight appearance in the NCAA tournament, which is the longest active streak in Division I men’s lacrosse. The Terps are the only program to appear in every NCAA tournament since the field was expanded to 16 teams in 2003.
Maryland’s Record In The NCAA Tournament
• The Terps have won the fourth-most Division I NCAA Tournament games, compiling a 48-33 overall record in 81 games. Only Johns Hopkins (67-32) and Syracuse (59-21) have won more Division I tournament games. Virginia (48-30) is tied with the Terps.
• Maryland is seventh by percentage (.593) among all teams ever to play in the tournament. Only Syracuse (59-21, .738), Princeton (30-14, .682), Johns Hopkins (67-32, .677), Duke (24-15, .615) and Virginia (48-30, .615) are ahead of the Terps.
• The Terps have captured two titles. Only eight other schools have ever won the NCAA Championship: Syracuse (10), Johns Hopkins (9), Princeton (6), North Carolina (4), Virginia (5), Cornell (3), Duke (1) and Loyola (1).
The Terps As The No. 6 Seed
• This marks the fourth time that Maryland has been named the No. 6 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Terps were previously a No. 6 seed in 1983, 1992 and 2000. The Terps have a 3-3 record as the No. 6 seed.
• In 1983, Maryland topped No. 3 seed Virginia in the first round, which was also the quarterfinals, by a 13-4 score. The Terps then lost to No. 2 seed Syracuse in the semifinals, 12-5.
• In 1992, beat Duke, 13-11, in the first round, but lost to No. 3 seed Princeton, 11-10, in the quarters.
• The 2000 tournament was also a 1-1 finish for the Terps with a first round victory over Hofstra, 14-12, and a 10-7 loss in the quarters to No. 3 seed Princeton.
Series History vs. Cornell
• Maryland holds an 13-2 edge in the all-time series against Cornell, which dates to 1929. The Terps have won the last eight meetings including an 11-6 decision at Byrd Stadium on March 20, 1999, which is the last time these two storied programs have played in College Park.
• The only two losses to the Big Red came in NCAA Championship games. Cornell beat Maryland 12-6 in the 1971 final and topped the Terps 16-13 in 1976, in overtime.
• Chris Malone’s goal with 7:09 left in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference in Maryland’s 8-7 win over Cornell on March 18, 2000 at the Big Red’s Schoellkopf Field. Andrew “Buggs” Combs had a hat trick to lead the Terps, which also got two goals and two assists from Marcus LaChapelle. First team All-American goalie Pat McGinnis made 10 saves for the Terps.
• The 1999 game in College Park saw the Terps race out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter en route to an 11-6 victory. Brian Zeller had five goals and an assist to lead Maryland, while Andrew “Buggs” Combs had four points on three goals and an assist.
• The last time these two teams met in the NCAA tournament was the 1976 NCAA title game in Providence, R.I. Both teams cruised into the finals with Maryland, the No. 1 seed, defeating Navy, 22-11, and Cornell, the No. 2 seed, topping Johns Hopkins, 13-5. It was the first NCAA title game contested by two undefeated teams.
The Terps held a 7-2 lead at the half over the Big Red, but Cornell outscored Maryland 6-2 in the third to make it a one-goal game going into the fourth. The Terps took an early 10-8 lead in the fourth, but the Big Red ripped off the next four tallies to take a 12-10 lead. Maryland managed to pull to within a goal and then got one to go at the buzzer to tie it up and send the game into overtime.
Maryland freshman Terry Kimball scored the first goal in OT, but there was no sudden victory back then. Cornell then scored four-straight goals to claim the title with a 16-13 win. Ten different Terps scored in the game, including two from Frank Urso and John Lamon, but Cornell legend Mike French tied the then-NCAA tournament single-game scoring record with seven goals in the championship game.
Get To 10 And Win
• One axiom of lacrosse is that if you score 10 goals or more your chances of winning are pretty good. Well, a look at the results since 2002 shows that when Maryland scores 10 or more goals there’s not just a pretty good chance the Terrapins will win; it’s an almost certainty. Since 2002 Maryland has won 101 of the 110 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .918 winning percentage.
• Maryland scored 10, but fell at North Carolina, 11-10, on March 24, 2012 and again came out on the losing end, despite scoring 11 in a 13-11 loss at Colgate on May 5, 2012. The Terps scored 11 vs. Johns Hopkins on April 16, 2011, but the Blue Jays won the game in overtime, 12-11. On April 3 of last season the Terps lost to No. 1 Virginia by a final of 11-10, giving Maryland its only loss when scoring 10 or more goals in 2010. In 2009 the Terps lost to Georgetown, 13-10 on Feb. 21 and lost again when scoring 10 in the ACC Semifinals in a 16-10 defeat at North Carolina. Prior to that, Maryland had not lost when scoring 10 or more goals since dropping an 11-10 decision to Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C. The Terrapins got to 10 goals in the 100th game against Johns Hopkins, but the Blue Jays took the game 14-10. Virginia is the only team to beat the Terps twice when allowing 10 or more goals. The Wahoos did it first in 2002 with another 11-10 decision.
Holding Opponents To Single-Digits
• The Terps have been extremely impressive (winning 91.8 percent of its games since 2002) when it scores 10 or more goals, they have been nearly as impressive when holding opponents to less than 10 goals during that span.
• Since 2002 Maryland is 119-26 in games, for a .821 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 193 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 75.1 percent of the time.
Shooting Tells The Story
• The difference between winning and losing for Maryland this season is simple – when the Terps shoot well they win. As it turns out 30% is the magic number for the Terps this season. Maryland is 10-3 on the year and has shot 30% or better in seven of its 10 victories and under that mark in each of its three defeats.
W- Mount St. Mary’s: 23 goals, 46 shots = 50.0%
W- at Hartford: 16 goals, 51 shots = 31.4%
W- at Loyola: 12 goals, 36 shots = 33.3%
W- at Duke: 16 goals, 29 shots = 55.2%
W- Stony Brook: 13 goals, 30 shots = 43.3%
W- at Villanova: 10 goals, 26 shots = 38.5%
L- North Carolina: 8 goals, 37 shots = 21.6%
W- at Virginia: 9 goals, 32 shots = 28.1%
W- at Navy: 11 goals, 40 shots = 27.5%
L-Johns Hopkins: 4 hoals, 36 shots = 11.1%
W- Yale, 8 goals, 29 shots = 27.6%
L- vs. Virginia: 6 goals, 25 shots = 24.0%
W- Colgate: 18 goals, 27 shots = 48.6%
• Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 62-4 (.939) when shooting 30% or better in a game. The only four losses were: 13-10 to Georgetown in 2009 (the Terps shot 10 of 30 for 33.3% vs. the Hoyas), 11-10 to No. 1 Virginia on April 3, 2010 (10 of 33 for 30.3%), 12-11 in overtime on April 16, 2011 to No. 3 Johns Hopkins (11 of 28 for 39.3%) and 13-11 at Colgate on May 5, 2012 (11 of 31 for 35.5%).
• If 30% is the benchmark, then 40% shooting is in a class all to itself and Maryland has shot 40% or better in 15 games since the start of the 2008 season. Out of those 14 games, Maryland shot 50% or better in four of them.
Consecutive 10-Win Seasons
• Maryland’s 18-6 win over the Colgate on May 4, 2013 extended the Terps’ streak of double-digit win seasons to 11, which is the longest active streak in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the D1scource.com).
• There are only four programs with a current streak of at least five-straight 10-win seasons:
Maryland (11): 2013 (10-3), 2012 (12-6), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-4), 2009 (10-7), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6), 2006 (12-5), 2005 (11-6), 2004 (13-3), 2003 (12-4)
Notre Dame (8): 2013 (10-3), 2012 (13-3), 2011 (11-3), 2010 (10-7), 2009 (15-1), 2008 (14-3), 2007 (11-4), 2006 (10-5)
Duke (7): 2013 (12-5), 2012 (15-5) 2011 (14-6), 2010 (16-4), 2009 (15-4), 2008 (18-2), 2007 ( 17-3)
North Carolina (5): 2013 (12-3), 2012 (11-6), 2011 (10-6), 2010 (13-3), 2009 (12-6)
• Cornell’s string of seven-straight 10+ win seasons came to an end in 2012 with a 9-4 final mark. Virginia’s streak of eight-consecutive seasons with 10+ wins ended in 2013 with a 7-8 record, while Siena saw its run of six 10-win seasons end with an 8-9 mark this season.
Three Terps Earn All-ACC Honors
• Maryland placed three players on the 2013 All-ACC Men’s Lacrosse Team, which was announced on April 24 by the Atlantic Coast Conference. Junior goalieNiko Amato made the team for the third-straight season, while senior long poleJesse Bernhardtand senior midfielderJohn Hausare two-time honorees.
• All four ACC men’s programs are represented on the annual All-ACC team, which was determined by a vote of the four head coaches. Maryland’s three honorees were the tied by Duke and Virginia, which each also had three selections, while North Carolina had two players make the team. .
Three Terps Named To Tewaaraton Watch List
• Senior midfielders Jesse Bernhardt and John Haus are joined by junior goalie Niko Amato on the 2013 Tewaaraton Award Watch List. The Terrapin trio are three of 92 selections on the Watch List.
• The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States. The selection committees are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by The Tewaaraton Foundation. Committees will make additions to these lists as the season progresses and athletes earn a spot along side these elite players. The lists will be narrowed to 25 men’s and women’s nominees in late April. In mid-May, five men’s and five women’s finalists will be announced. These finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C. for the 13th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.
Bernhardt Named Senior CLASS Finalist
· Maryland senior long pole Jesse Bernhardt was named one of the 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. Fan voting consists of one-third of the final total to determine the winner, so click on the graphic to vote for Jesse. Fans can vote once per day per device, so come back every day to cast your vote for Jesse.
The 700 Club
· Maryland’s 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 was the program’s 700th victory in 84 seasons of varsity men’s lacrosse. The Terps join Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Navy and Army as the only programs with 700 or more Division I wins.
· Two things that make Maryland’s accomplishment all the more impressive is that the Terps reached the 700-win plateau in just their 84th season. Only Syracuse reached win No. 700 in as few seasons, but it took the Orange 53 more games than Maryland. In fact, Maryland needed only 940 games to reach 700 wins and only Johns Hopkins needed fewer games (932) to hit the historic number, but the Blue Jays did so in their 105th season.
Terps’ 88th Season Of Lacrosse
• The Terps boast an all-time record of 747-252-4 (.747), dating back to the first varsity team in 1924 (a team was not fielded in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II). Maryland has finished every one of its previous 87 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 12-6. The program reached the 700-win milestone with a 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 at Ludwig Field.
• During the decade of the 2000s, Maryland went 111-49 for a .694 win percentage, making it the winningest decade in Terrapin lacrosse history. In the decade of the 1990s, Maryland posted a 95-47 record. The .669 winning percentage matched Maryland’s win percentage of the 1980s when the Terps went 83-41 and also compiled a .669 win percentage. So far, Maryland is 25-9 in the 2010′s for a .735 winning percentage.
Terps On ESPNU
• Maryland has had 46 games on ESPNU since 2006. Maryland is 26-21 (.553) all-time in games broadcast on ESPNU.
• The Terps are scheduled to play four games (at Duke (W, 16-7), at Virginia (W, 9-7), vs. Johns Hopkins (L, 4-7) and vs. Virginia (L, 6-13) in the ACC tournament semifinals) on ESPNU in 2013.
· Once again this season, the Terps will be wearing purple “MY” stickers, to show their support for the fight against pancreatic cancer, which touched everyone in the Maryland lacrosse familywith the passing of Maria Young on April 17, 2011.
· This past fall the Terps, Maryland alums and family and friends came together for the inaugural Forever Young Walk/Run for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness. More on Ms. Young and her amazing story can be found here: Forever Young.
· If you’re interested in more information about the Lustgarten Foundation, including how to make a donation, click here to visit the foundation’s website. You can also get more information on pancreatic cancer at CurePC.org.
In case you’re wondering here are some facts about pancreatic cancer from the American Cancer Society:
· More than 43,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer present each year
· There are more than 36,000 deaths from pancreatic cancer each year
· The lifetime risk of having pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 71.
· The risk is about the same for both men and women.
· Maryland players will also be wearing gray stickers with the number 42 in honor of Zack Wholley’s father, John, who passed away from brain cancer on August 28, 2011.
· If you’re interested in more information, please visit the National Brain Tumor Society website.
In case you’re wondering here are some facts about brain and spinal cord tumors from the American Cancer Society:
· About 22,910 malignant tumors of the brain or spinal cord (12,630 in males and 10,280 in females) will be diagnosed. These numbers would likely be much higher if benign tumors were also included.
· About 13,700 people (7,720 males and 5,980 females) will die from these tumors.
· Overall, the chance that a person will develop a malignant tumor of the brain or spinal cord in his or her lifetime is about one in 150 for a man and one in 185 for a woman.
• Maryland players will also be wearing teal stickers in honor of Andrew Walsh’s mother, Gia, who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
· If you’re interested in more information, please visit the Ovarian Cancer Institute website.
Here are some facts about ovarian cancer from the American Cancer Society and the Ovarian Cancer Institute:
· Ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer among women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancers.
· Ovarian cancer will strike over 20,000 women this year.
· It ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.
· Ovarian cancer accounts for about 3% of all cancers in women. A woman’s risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 71.
· Currently, there are no effective means of early detection.
· Only 25% of cases are diagnosed early before the cancer has spread to the pelvic region. For these women, the 5-year survival rate is 90%.
• Maryland players are also be wearing periwinkle stickers in honor of Terp alum Terry Kimball, who passed away on April 19 after a sixth-month battle with stomach cancer.
• Kimball lettered for the Terps from 1976-79 and helped Maryland accumulate a 36-7 record during his four seasons in College Park. Twice during his time with the Terrapins, the team reached the NCAA championship game and captured the ACC championship all four seasons. He totaled 108 points during his career as a Terp, including a 1978 season that saw him lead the team with 41 goals, which at the time was the third highest single-season total in Maryland history and is still the 11th-best single-season any Terp has recorded. He is also one of only seven Terps on record to score at least seven goals in a single game when he had seven goals vs. Brown in 1978.
· If you’re interested in more information, please visit the National Cancer Institute’s website.
Maryland In Season Openers
• Maryland has an 84-3-1 (.960) lifetime record in season openers dating back to the 1924 season. The Terps have won their last 19 openers and 26 of the last 27, with the only loss coming to Duke in 1993, when they fell to Duke 9-5 on March 6.
• After losing their 1925 opener to Yale, 5-3, the Terps went on to win 40 consecutive season openers from 1926 through 1967. The streak was broken when Maryland tied Princeton, 6-6, in the 1968 opener. Following the deadlock, Maryland went on to win its next 14 openers, giving the Terps a 54-0-1 record over a 57-year span (Maryland did not field a team in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II.)
20 Straight in Season Openers
• After beating Mount St. Mary’s to open the 2013 season the Terps have an 20-game winning streak in season openers. Five of those wins came against Villanova (1994-98) and the last nine over Denver, Mount St. Mary’s (twice), Air Force, Hobart, Duke, Georgetown (four times), Bellarmine (twice), Presbyterian, Detroit Mercy and Hartford. Over the 20-year stretch, Maryland outscored its foes 290-105 (an average score of 14.5-5.3) in those games.
• The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 20 years. Maryland has not allowed an opponent to score 10 or more goals in a season opener since Syracuse beat the Terps, 16-13 on March 9, 1983.
A Family Affair
· Many school’s refer to their sports programs as families, but the Maryland men’s lacrosse program is truely a family affair. Since 2002, the Terps have had 13 sets of brothers, including three on this season’s roster, don the red and black together for at least one season.
Harry & Thomas Alford: 2004-05-06-07
Jake & Jesse Bernhardt: 2010-11-12-13
Justin & Owen Blye: 2009-10-11
Brian & Kevin Cooper: 2011-12-13
Billy & Bobby Gribbin: 2012-13
Brendan & Ian Healy: 2003-04-05
Bryn & Curtis Holmes: 2010
Bryn & Travis Holmes: 2007
Dan & Mike LaMonica: 2002
Chris & Willy Passavia: 2002-03
Brian & Michael Phipps: 2007
Max & Xander Ritz: 2005-06
Mark & Michael White: 2008-09-10-11
Five Taken In MLL Draft
• Led by senior long pole Jesse Bernhardt, a record-tying five Maryland men’s lacrosse student-athletes were chosen in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft.
• Bernhardt was chosen fourth overall by the Chesapeake Bayhawks, becoming the second-highest Terrapin ever drafted in the MLL (Joe Walters, first overall selection in 2006). He is just the seventh Maryland player to be taken in the first round, joining Lee Zink (2004, 5th), Chris Passavia (2004, 6th), Walters, Bill McGlone (2006, 5th), Ray Megill (2007, 9th) and Joe Cinosky (2008, 9th).
• Senior midfielder John Haus was the next Terrapin off the board, going to the Hamilton Nationals in the second round with the 15th overall selection. Haus was followed by senior midfielder Kevin Cooper, who went to the Bayhawks with the 16th overall pick.
• The Denver Outlaws, which already has three Terps on its roster (Zink, Jeremy Sieverts and Drew Snider), were then next MLL squad to take a Maryland player, selecting senior midfielder Landon Carr with the 23rd overall selection.
• The fifth Terp to be selected was senior attackman Owen Blye with the very next pick by the Charlotte Hounds.
• The five players selected ties the school record for most players taken in the MLL draft. The 2011 senior class also had five players taken - Brian Farrell, Brett Schmidt, Dan Burns, Grant Catalino and Ryan Young.
• Maryland’s 2013 senior class also features redshirt senior midfielder Jake Bernhardt, who was selected by the Nationals with the 12th overall selection in the 2012 MLL collegiate draft.
2013 Team Captains
• Three players have been named team captains for the 2013 season. The trio, which was selected by a combination of team vote and coaches’ input, consists of seniors Jake Bernhardt, Jesse Bernhardt and Owen Blye. All three return as team captains from the 2012 squad.