COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Freshman Jay Carlson scored four goals and senior Joe Cummings had three goals and an assist to lead the No. 4 Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a dominating 17-4 win over Marist Saturday afternoon at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
Maryland started strong when junior midfielder Curtis Holmes won the opening face-off and found Cummings who finished with a shot inside the far post from the left alley just six seconds into the game.
The Terps added to their lead at 13:18 with Cummings scoring again from nearly the same spot on the field. The transition goal started with a sophomore Niko Amato save, who found junior Jesse Bernhardt running down the middle of the field with a long outlet pass. Bernhardt brought the ball into the box, drawing the Marist defense, before finding Cummings for the 12-yard shot from the left alley.
Cummings completed the natural hat trick at 11:39 on a man-up goal. Junior Owen Blye had the ball just behind right goal line extended and flipped a quick pass to Cummings, who made a terrific cut across the crease for the goal.
Carlson scored his first goal of the game at 5:54 on another transition opportunity. Another Amato save led to a breakout by Bernhardt, who found Carlson on the crease. Carlson then pump faked goalie Dave Scarcello before finishing the shot.
The Terps made it a 5-0 lead at 3:38 in the first when senior Drew Snider scored his first goal of the game. The unassisted goal came off a dodge down the left alley.
With time expiring, senior Michael Shakespeare ripped a shot from the restraining line that bounced off of Scarcello with one second remaining in the first quarter to extend the Terps lead to 6-0.
Under a minute into the second quarter, the Terps continued their scoring run when redshirt sophomore Mike Chanenchuk dodged down the right alley to add an unassisted goal.
Carlson made it an 8-0 lead with 13:17 to go in the second with his second goal of the day. Cummings had the ball behind the right side of the cage and spotted Carlson cutting across the crease. With his momentum taking him past the goal Carlson went behind his back to score the goal.
Less than a minute later, junior Kevin Cooper added to the Terps lead making it 9-0. Cooper finished from the left alley off a feed from Blye.
Shakespeare scored his second goal when a bounce shot finished inside the far post. The goal was set up by sophomore Rustin Bryant to extend the lead to 10-0.
The Terps capped off their scoring run at 2:08 when junior John Haus ripped a 12-yard shot from Blye to finish his low-to-low goal. The Red Foxes then ended their scoreless streak of 28:58 on an extra-man goal to finish the half at 11-1.
After the Red Foxes opened the second half scoring, Maryland answered with a 6-0 run beginning at 2:39 of the third when Snider finished from the right wing off an assist from Cooper.
Freshman Charlie Raffa then won the ensuing face-off and took it to the cage to score his first career goal.
The middle two goals of the run capped off the four-goal effort by Carlson. His third goal was as unconventional as can be as he ran down a loose ball near the side of the attack box. Carlson was pushed from behind going for the ball, but still managed to flip the ball over his left shoulder toward the goal. Marist’s goalie Craig Goodermote came out of the cage to chase the loose ball, so no one was there for the Red Foxes to stop the ball from bouncing and ending up inside the far post with 29 seconds left in the third.
Carlson’s fourth goal opened the scoring in the fourth quarter to make it a 15-2 game at the 8:55 mark. Cooper slipped a nice pass to Carlson on the crease and the freshman was able to maneuver his way through traffic and finish.
A pair of first-career goals ended the Terps’ scoring for the day as freshman Joe LoCascio scored unassisted on a shot from the right alley and freshman David Solomon scored on a slick backhanded shot off of a feed to the crease by LoCascio.
Marist made it a 17-4 final with late goals by Brett Bernardo and Connor Rice.
Amato was sensational in goal for the Terps with 13 saves in 52:47 of work and tied his career high with seven groundballs. Thomas Guarino played the final 7:13 in cage for Maryland and finished with one save.
In addition to his two assists, Bernhardt was all over the field for the Terps defensively and finished with three groundballs and a caused turnover. Sophomore Michael Ehrhardt led the defense with three caused turnovers, while fellow sophomore Brian Cooper had five groundballs.
Raffa and sophomore Dan Noskin each won four faceoffs for the Terps and had three and two groundballs, respectively.
Maryland returns to action next Saturday, March 17, when it hosts No. 13 Villanova at 1 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
• With today’s 17-4 win, Maryland is now 1-0 all-time vs. Marist.
• The victory over the Red Foxes pushes the Terps’ record vs. first-time opponents to 75-4 all-time.
• With four points on three goals and an assist, senior Joe Cummings now has nine hat tricks, 23 multi-point and 15 multi-goal games for his career.
• With three points on three assists, junior Owen Blye now has 14 multi-point and six multi-assist games for his career.
• With three points on a goal and two assist, junior Kevin Cooper now has six multi-point and four multi-assist games for his career.
• With two points on two goals, senior Drew Snider now has 10 multi-point and eight multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on two goals, senior Michael Shakespeare now has three multi-point and three multi-goal games for his career.
• The four goals by freshman Jay Carlson is a career-high and is his first career hat trick. He now has three multi-goal games for his career.
• The two assists by junior Jesse Bernhardt tied his career high for points and assists in a game.
• The Maryland defense held Marist scoreless for the first 28:58 of the game, marking the first time this season the unit has had a 20-plus minute scoreless stretch.
• The shutout in the first quarter is also the Terrapin defenses’ first shutout quarter of the season.