CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Senior Owen Blye had a hat trick to lead the Terps, but No. 2 Maryland lost to Virginia, 13-6, in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament Friday evening at North Carolina’s Kenan Stadium.
The loss drops the Terps to 9-3 on the season, while the Cavaliers improve to 7-7.
The first quarter saw only one goal with Virginia’s Mark Cockerton scoring at the 14:01 mark. Maryland junior goalie Niko Amato was part of the reason for the Cavalier output, making three saves in the opening quarter.
Maryland got on the board first in the second when junior Mike Chanenchuk ripped a low shot from the right alley inside the far pipe to tie the game at 1-1 with 13:50 on the clock.
The Cavaliers responded quickly and retook the lead 35 seconds later on Cockerton’s second goal of the game.
The Virginia lead grew to 3-1 at the 11:05 mark of the second when the Wahoos’ extra-man unit converted on a holding penalty on Maryland’s Casey Ikeda.
Senior John Haus closed the Terrapin deficit to one when he got some inside leverage on a Virginia defender, tight-roped the crease and scored from inside with 4:46 to play in the second.
Virginia refused to allow the Terps to rally and used goals by Rob Emery and Cockerton to push the lead to three goals with 3:36 to go in the first half.
Blye opened the scoring in the second half, going around the left side of the goal and scoring unassisted to cut the Virginia lead to 5-3 at the 12:33 mark.
Virginia continued to respond to every Maryland goal with one of its own. This time it was Matt White scoring an unassisted goal to push the Wahoo lead back to three with 8:47 left in the third.
Maryland took advantage of a pair of non-releasable penalties on Virginia to score two extra-man goals to cut the Virginia lead to one with under 5:00 to play in the third.
Senior Jake Bernhardt scored the first, scoring on a step-down from the left alley off of a feed from Chanenchuk.
Chanenchuk was also on the giving end of the second extra-man goal; this time feeding Blye, who scored his second goal of the game.
But that was as close at the Terps would get as the Cavaliers rattled off seven straight goals of the game to take a 13-5 lead.
Blye scored his third of the game to finish his hat trick with less than 30 seconds left to make it a 13-6 final.
Maryland closes out its regular season on Saturday, May 4 with “Senior Day” at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium vs. Colgate. Faceoff is scheduled for noon.
• With today’s 13-6 loss, Maryland is now 45-44 all-time vs. Virginia.
• With three points on a goal and two assists, junior Mike Chanenchuk now has 26 multi-point and seven multi-assist games for his career.
• With three points on three goals, senior Owen Blye now has seven hat tricks, 31 multi-point, and 18 multi-goal games in his career.
• Blye’s three points gives him 107 for his career tying him with Bill McGlone (2003-06) for 38th place on Maryland’s all-time points list.
• With 10 saves, junior Niko Amato recorded his seventh game this season and 19th of his career with at least 10 saves.