HAMILTON, N.Y. – Junior John Haus had a career-high six points, but the No. 9 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team dropped a 13-11 decision at No. 12 Colgate Saturday afternoon at Andy Kerr Stadium.
With the loss, the Terrapins finish the regular season with a 9-5 record, while the Raiders improved to 13-3. Both teams will wait to find out their postseason fates when the NCAA tournament field is announced live on ESPNU at 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 6.
Colgate came out with a lot of energy and turned that into a 2-0 lead less than three minutes into the game off goals by Brendon McCann and Jeff Ledwick.
Maryland made it a 2-1 game following a Colgate offside’s call near the 11:00 mark. Junior Owen Blye picked up the ball on the quick restart and found a streaking Taylor Morgan in the middle of the field. The Raiders never slid to cutoff the freshman and he scored easily with 10:53 left in the first.
Back-to-back goals by McCann and Peter Baum gave Colgate a 4-1 lead with 9:17 to go in the first, but Maryland answered back with back-to-back goals of its own.
The first came with Haus finding senior Drew Snider in the left slot and Snider’s step-down rip beat Raider goalie Jared Madison top side.
Haus set up the next score too, dodging down the left side and rolling back to find redshirt sophomore Mike Chanenchuk wide open 13 yards out straight away from the front of the goal. Chanenchuk took two steps in and laced a shot into the top left corner, making it 4-3 at the 5:49 mark.
Baum scored off the ensuing faceoff to give Colgate a 5-3 lead with 5:02 left in the first, but Maryland got another score from distance to make it a 5-4 game going into the second quarter.
Junior Kevin Cooper took a Raider short-stick middie behind the cage and when Colgate slid to him on the dodge he found freshman Joe LoCascio near the top of the box and LoCascio hit a high to low shot from 12 yards out.
A wild sequence led to McCann’s third goal of the game, which upped the Colgate lead to 6-4 with 13:12 left in the second. A Chanenchuk shot was blocked and the only player who knew where the ball went was Madison, who picked the ball out of the air. That started the transition, which ended when defender Bobby Lawrence found McCann on the crease for the goal.
The frenetic scoring slowed a bit, but picked up again midway through the second when Haus dodged the right side and rolled back to find Chanenchuk at the top of the box. Chanenchuk, in a near replay of his first goal, took two steps and fired the ball into the top left corner, cutting the Raiders’ lead to 6-5.
Haus tied the game for the first time since it was 0-0 with the first unassisted goal of the game. He dodged down the right alley and got off a good sidearm shot before the Raider slide could get to him and his low shot bounced past Madison, making it 6-6 with 4:43 to go in the second.
The third quarter appeared to open with a goal by Snider, but that was waived off due to an interference call on Colgate’s Kevin Gordon. Maryland turned its first extra-man opportunity into its first lead of the game when Chanenchuk found juniorBilly Gribbin on the right wing and Gribbin scored inside the far pipe to put the Terps ahead 7-6 at the 13:11 mark.
The Terps looked to get a stop on a Raider possession, but an errant pass by sophomore Michael Ehrhardt ended up in the stick of Baum and he coasted in and scored the uncontested goal, tying it at 7-7 with 9:01 to go in the third.
Maryland got the ball back two minutes later on another caused turnover by junior Jesse Bernhardt and the offense turned it into a goal. A Chanenchuk pass was knoced down by a Raider defender, but Snider was there for the tough groundball. He quickly found Haus on the left wing and Haus ripped a one-timer for the 8-7 Maryland lead at the 4:25 mark.
The Terrapin midfield continued to have a huge impact as Chanenchuk scored his third of the game for his first hat trick as a Terp. He dodged a shortie from the top of the box and got off a right-handed sidearm shot into the top left corner with 2:08 to play in the third.
Colgate took a lot of momentum into the fourth quarter with an unassisted goal by Baum with 38 seconds left in the third to make it a one-goal game. The Raiders then pulled even before the fourth when a shot by senior Joe Cummings was blocked and Colgate defender James Queeney scored on a low shot from outside the Raider offensive box with just 2.2 seconds remaining on the clock.
Conor Murphy replaced Madison in goal for the Raiders at the start of the fourth and came up with a big save on a shot by Cummings from the right alley. That started a fastbreak for the Raiders that ended when Ryan Walsh scored to give Colgate a 10-9 lead at 13:13 of the fourth.
The lead grew for the Raiders to 11-9 with 12:28 to play on a goal by Chris Zielinski.
Senior Michael Shakespeare trimmed the deficit back to one with his first goal of the game with 9:43 to go. He dodged down the right alley, beat the Colgate slide and scored inside the far pipe, making it 11-10.
A prime opportunity went by the wayside for the Terps near the 6:30 mark. Ehrhardt emerged from a scramble near the right sideline by the midfield stripe with the ball and he raced it into the Terrapin zone. He moved it to Blye on the left wing and Blye’s cross-crease pass found Gribbin on the right side, but Gribbin’s shot hit off the crossbar.
A slashing call on Morgan gave the Raiders an extra-man chance and Walsh converted with an unassisted goal from the right wing to make it a 12-10 game with 3:46 to play.
Baum scored an empty-netter to give Colgate a 13-10 lead with 1:35 left on the clock.
Cummings scored from within close off an assist from Haus with 48 seconds left to make the final 13-11.
Bernhardt finished the game with four groundballs and five caused turnovers, while freshman Charlie Raff won 12-of-24 faceoffs and had a game-high eight groundballs.
• With today’s 12-10 loss, Maryland is now 7-2 all-time vs. Colgate.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, senior Drew Snider now has 14 multi-point games for his career.
• With a career-best six points on two goals and four assists, junior John Haus now has 18 multi-point, eight multi-goal and seven multi-assist games for his career.
• With four points on three goals and one assists, redshirt sophomore Mike Chanenchuk now has one hat tricks, three multi-point and three multi-goal games for his career.