Maryland Opens Lacrosse Season Saturday Against Hartford

February 18, 2012 | WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. – The No. 8 Maryland (0-0) men’s lacrosse team opens its 2012 season with its first-ever meeting with Hartford. The Terps and the Hawks are slated for a 1 p.m. start at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 18.

· This marks the first time since 2002-03 that the Terps have opened two consecutive seasons at home.

· Maryland is coming off of a 2011 season that saw the Terps win their first ACC crown since 2005 and make their first run to the NCAA tournament championship game since 1998. This season the Terrapins return five starters, but Coach John Tillman’s squad will feature an entirely new close defense because the 2011 trio all graduated. The attack will feature two new starters as well with junior Owen Blye the only returning starter. Five of the Terps’ top six midfielders from last year return. Sophomore Niko Amato returns as the starter in cage, while sophomore All-America face-off man Curtis Holmes is also back.

· Hartford returns nearly all of its offensive production from its 2011 squad that captured the program’s first-ever America East title and its first-ever bid into the NCAA tournament. The Hawks are led by attackmen Carter Bender (35-18=53), Ryan Compitello (22-27=49) and Aidan Genik (23-10-33). Senior Scott Bement, a two-time all-league goalie, anchors the Hawks’ defense after posting a 9.38 goals-against average and a .536 save percentage last season.

Event Media:
In addition to being streamed live on TerpsTV Premium, the game can also be heard on Gametracker will also be available for the game.

The Count Down
10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 82 of the 89 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .921 winning percentage.

9 … The Terps have the second longest streak of NCAA tournament appearances, making it into the field for nine consecutive seasons.

8 … Maryland is ranked eighth in the preseason Inside Lacrosse media poll.

7 … Maryland has not allowed an opponent to score more than seven goals in a season opener in the past 18 seasons.

6 … Six Terps were preseason All-Americans, according to Inside Lacrosse’s Face-Off Yearbook.

5 … Five returning Terps started at least 12 games last season.

4 … The Hartford game is the first of four that will be broadcast on TerpsTV Premium this season.

3 … Maryland returns three of its top five scorers from last season.

2 … Hartford is one of two first-time opponents on the Terps’ 2012 schedule (Marist is the other).

1 … Mike Chanenchuk is the first non-attackman to wear the No. 1 jersey since 1993.

Tale of the Tape (2011 Stats)
Maryland Category  Hartford
10.5 Goals Per Game 10.1
7.0 Opponents’ Goals Per Game 8.9
33.3 Shots Per Game 34.9
31.7 Shot Percentage 29.0
21.0 Shots on Goal Per Game 20.6
63.1 Shots on Goal Percentage 59.1
9.8 Saves Per Game 10.4
58.3 Save Percentage 53.7
33.2 Groundballs Per Game 33.1
23.6 Opponents’ Groundballs Per Game 27.3
14.6 Turnovers Per Game 19.1
8.8 Caused Turnovers Per Game 7.7
61.8 Face-Off Percentage 62.3
89.5 Clear Percentage 84.6
83.1 Opponents’ Clear Percentage 85.5
3.5 Penalties Per Game 5.0
2.9 Penalty Minutes Per Game 4.4
26.8 Man-Up Conversion Percentage 27.6
27.1 Opponents’ Man-Up Conversion Percentage 29.2