ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Junior Jay Carlson netted a hat trick in the first half and had four goals in total to lead the No. 1 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 13-5 win over Michigan on Tuesday afternoon at Michigan Stadium.
The Terrapins improve to 7-0 overall on the season with the win, while the Wolverines fall below .500 at 4-5.
Michigan took the early lead on a goal by Thomas Paras at the 12:42 mark, but Maryland tied the game four minutes later when junior Brian Cole found sophomore Henry West in the right slot and West was able to step into a big shot from the outside.
The Terrapins took the lead with 1:52 left in the first when junior Jay Carlson added another highlight reel goal to his resume as he took a feed from Cole and one-timed a back-handed shovel shot past Michigan goalie Robbie Zonino.
Maryland opened the second quarter scoring with an unassisted goal by freshman Connor Cannizzaro as he got a step on his defender and buried a runner down the left alley with 12:39 left on the clock.
Senior Mike Chanenchuk made it a three-goal lead with his 20th goal of the season on a runner down the right alley at the 4:56 mark of the second. Carlson then scored his second of the day, finishing a pass from senior Rustin Bryantwith 2:38 to go to make it a 5-1 game.
The Terrapins’ five-goal run came to an end with 46 seconds left in the second quarter when David McCormack found Ian King open on the crease and King finished to trim the Wolverines’ deficit back to three at 5-2.
Carlson finished his hat trick with just three seconds left in the first half to give Maryland a 6-2 lead heading into the break. The play started with a shot from freshman Matt Rambo that was saved by Zonino. The ball bounced away from the Michigan goalie and West came up with a tough groundball amidst some Wolverine defenders. West then quickly found Carlson across the crease with a nifty pass and Carlson finished into a wide open net.
Cannizzaro opened the scoring in the third with his second unassisted tally of the game at the 12:14 mark, but Michigan answered back with an unassisted goal by Mikie Schlosser with 11:39 left in the third.
Chanenchuk scored his second of the game to up Maryland’s lead back to five, connecting on a low shot from the left wing after receiving a cross-field pass from freshman Colin Heacock at the 10:26 mark.
Schlosser scored his second for the Wolverines to make it an 8-4 game with 9:23 left in the third, but Maryland answered with goals by Carlson, his fourth of the game coming off an inside feed by Chanenchuk, and Rambo to increase the Terrapin lead to 10-4 at the 6:47 mark.
Rambo then opened the fourth quarter by finishing his natural hat trick at the 11:07 mark of the fourth. He took a feed from sophomore Bradlee Lord and came around the goal and scored on Zonino to up the Terrapin lead to 12-4.
Rambo then tacked on his fourth of the day, splitting a Michigan double-team on the right side and ripping a shot into the upper left corner with 8:20 to play in the game.
Michigan ended Maryland’s second 5-0 run of the game with an unassisted goal by King at the 6:28 mark.
Senior goalie Niko Amato made seven saves for the Terps, who were led defensively by senior Michael Ehrhardt, who caused three turnovers and picked up two groundballs.
Sophomore faceoff man Jon Garino won 11-of-19 draws on the day and finished with a team-high five groundballs.
Maryland returns to conference play on Saturday, March 22 when it heads to Chapel Hill, N.C., to take on No. 6 North Carolina. Faceoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Kenan Stadium and the game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
• With today’s 13-5 win Maryland is now 1-0 all-time vs. Michigan.
• With four points on two goals and two assists, senior Mike Chanenchuk now has 34 multi-point, 26 multi-goal and nine multi-assist games for his career.
• With four points on four goals, junior Jay Carlson now has seven hat tricks, 17 multi-point and 13 multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on two assists, junior Bryan Cole registered the third multi-point and first multi-assist game of his career.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, sophomore Henry West now has two multi-point games for his career.
• With four points on four goals, freshman Matt Rambo now has three hat tricks, six multi-point and five multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on two goals, freshman Connor Cannizzaro now has (two hat tricks), five multi-point and four multi-goal games for his career.