COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Junior Jay Carlson scored two goals and added an assist on “Senior Day” to lead the No. 7 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 12-6 victory over Navy in front of 4,538 Saturday afternoon at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
The Terrapins improve to 11-3 on the year, while the Midshipman end their season at 4-10.
Maryland started off the scoring at 12:07 with a transition goal. Senior Brian Cooper caused a Navy turnover in the Maryland box and senior Michael Ehrhardt picked up the groundball and pushed it up the field. He found junior Casey Ikeda breaking toward the goal and hit Ikeda with a good pass that Ikeda converted into his first career goal.
Navy answered back just over a minute later to tie things up at 1 with 10:54 remaining in the first quarter, but that was as close as the Mids would get. The Terps scored the game’s next five goals to build a 6-1 lead.
Freshman Connor Cannizzaro started off the scoring streak with an unassisted goal from the left alley at the 9:11 mark in the quarter.
Carlson scored his first of the day with 4:06 remaining to give Maryland a 3-1 lead. Carlson put back a rebound off of a shot from sophomore Henry West and tip-toed the crease for the finish.
Freshman Matt Rambo scored the final two goals of the first quarter to improve the lead to 5-1. Rambo’s first goal was another transition opportunity. Sophomore Matt Dunn caused turnover to start the break. Some crisp passes from Dunn to Cannizzaro to Carlson and finally to Rambo set up the easy score. The freshman’s second goal was an unassisted goal off a rocker step from the left alley with just eight seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Junior Joe LoCascio finished off Maryland’s scoring streak with 13:54 remaining in the second quarter when he was able to collect a pass from Rambo that a Navy defender tipped and finish from just outside the crease.
The Midshipman answered back with a goal by T.J. Hanzsche at 11:56 to cut the lead to 6-2.
Just over a minute later Carlson scored his second goal of the day. Ehrhardt came down on another unsettled opportunity for the Terps, but his shot was stopped by Navy goalie John Connors. But Connors couldn’t control the rebound and Carlson battled to get the loose ball and scored on the put back.
Navy got goals from Pat Kiernan and Tucker Hull, who led the Mids with two goals and an assist on the day, before then end of the first half to make it a 7-4 game in favor of the Terps.
But Maryland responded by opening up the second half with two straight goals to increase its lead to 9-4.
Junior Charlie Raffa won the opening faceoff of the half and dodged from the back of the crease and scored from the back of his stick for the first goal.
Senior Rustin Bryant followed with an unassisted goal from the left slot with 6:42 remaining in the third.
The Midshipman answered back with two goals of their own to cut the lead to 9-6. The first came from Pat Durkin at the 4:40 mark of the third and the next came from Austin Heneveld with 8:47 to play in the fourth.
The Terps finished off the game with three straight goals to give them a final score of 12-6.
LoCascio scored his second goal of the day with 3:27 remaining in the game when he ducked under a defender and finished from left goal line extended.
Maryland’s last two goals came with the Navy net empty. First freshman Colin Heacock scored his lone goal of the day with 56 seconds left, and redshirt sophomore Kevin Forster capped off the scoring with 19 seconds remaining with a shot from roughly 45 yards out.
Senior Niko Amato finished the day with 10 saves to go along with one caused turnover and a ground ball.
Raffa went 16-of-21 at the faceoff X with 11 ground balls to go along with his goal.
The Terrapins controlled the ground ball battled winning 46 groundballs to Navy’s 25. Carlson finished the day with seven groundballs, while Cannizzaro, Ehrhardt and Ikeda each had four.
The Maryland defense killed off three extra-man opportunities on the day.
The game marked the final regular season home game for nine Maryland seniors: Tyler Adelsberger, Amato, Bryant,Emmett Cahill, Mike Chanenchuk, Cooper, Ehrhardt, Thomas Guarino and Quinn Haley.
Maryland will find out its postseason fate when the NCAA tournament field is announced on the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship Selection Show at 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 4 on ESPNU.
• With today’s 12-6 win Maryland is now 55-33-1 all-time vs. Navy and has won the last five meetings vs. the Midshipmen.
• With three points on two goals and an assist, junior Jay Carlson now has 18 multi-point and 15 multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on two goals, junior Joe LoCascio now has nine multi-point and five multi-goal games for his career.
• With three points on three goals and an assist, freshman Matt Rambo now has nine multi-point and eight multi-goal games for his career.
• With his 11 groundballs, junior Charlie Raffa now has 100 for the season and becomes the first Terrapin to reach the 100-groundball mark in a season since Brian Haggerty had 100 in 1999.
• Raffa is just the fourth Terrapin to pick up 100 groundballs in a season since groundballs were officially kept in 1981. Andy Claxton (171 in 1991, 129 in 1990 and 127 in 1992) and Brian Haggerty (128 in 1998, 127 in 1997 and 100 in 1999) each did it three times, while Jack Francis had 106 in 1981.
• Raffa now has 2015 groundballs in his career and passed Kevin O’Leary (205, 1981-84) for seventh on Maryland’s all-time list.
• With his 10 saves, senior Niko Amato now has 601 for his career and joins Kevin O’Leary (705, 1981-84) and Brian Dougherty (658, 1993-96) as the only Terps to reach the 600-save mark for their careers.
• With three caused turnovers, senior Michael Ehrhardt now has 67 for his career and tied Ray Megill (2004-07) for 10th on Maryland’s all-time list.