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Two Maryland women pick up All-ACC honors

Posted on 04 March 2014 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Senior Alyssa Thomas was voted to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team for the third straight year and Lexie Brown was voted to the All-ACC Freshman Team by the Blue Ribbon Panel Tuesday.

The league will announce the Blue Ribbon Panel’s ACC Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year on Wednesday, March 5. Brown and Thomas helped lead Maryland (24-5, 12-4 ACC) to the No. 3 seed in this weekend’s ACC Tournament in Greensboro.

Thomas is the third player in Maryland history to earn All-ACC honors in each of her four years, following Crystal Langhorne and Marissa Coleman. She made the Second Team as the league’s Freshman of the Year in 2010 and has been on the First Team ever since as the conference’s Player of the Year as a sophomore and junior. For the full All-ACC team, log on to http://www.theacc.com/#!/news-detail/All-ACC-All-Freshman-Team-Announced_03-04-14_diyul3.

Brown is the 14th player in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 seasons to make the All-ACC Freshman Team. She is joined by North Carolina’s Diamond DeShields and Allisha Gray, Georgia Tech’s Kaela Davis and Miami’s Adrienne Motley. DeShields,

“This is just really special to be included among the best players in the conference,” Thomas said. “We battle night in and night out and it’s just an honor. Thanks to my teammates and coaches for battling every night and helping me every day.”

“This is just an honor to be included on the All-Freshman Team because this is a really strong freshman class on our team and all across the conference,” Brown said. “My teammates and coaches have supported me and have helped me through this transition so much. Congrats to the other freshmen and a special congrats to my girls from Georgia [DeShields, Gray, Davis].”

This year, Thomas led the Terrapins in scoring with 18.7 point per game, in rebounding with 10.8 rebounds per game and averaged 4.3 assists per game along with Brown. She is just 14 points from breaking Langhorne’s program record of 2,247 points and 36 points from passing Juan Dixon’s school record of 2,269 points.

Thomas picked up an ACC-best 23 double-doubles this year and led the nation with four triple-doubles. She is one of just three players in NCAA history with six or more triple-doubles in her career.

“It never gets old seeing our players earn this type of honor and we’re really appreciative,’ Frese said. “Alyssa had another incredible season and was just devastating in so many ways. She shows up every game and accepts the responsibility of helping us win. She plays with incredible passion and really is willing to give everything she has for her team. We’re really happy for her to take her place among the league’s very best and we offer our congratulations to the other players as well.”

Brown started in 24 of 28 games played for the Terrapins, leading one of the nation’s top offenses. She averaged 9.8 points per game on the year and 10.6 points per game in conference play, as well as 4.3 assists. She finished second among all league players in assist/turnover ratio (2.1). She was named to the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch list for the honor that goes to the nation’s top point guard.

“Because we believed in her, we threw Lexie into the toughest position on the court as a freshman, against really tough competition,” Frese said. “This honor tells you she handled that challenge really well. Her game IQ is one of the best I’ve ever seen and it’s been a pleasure to watch her grow this season.”

“I honestly thought all three of our freshmen had an argument to get this honor, but I understand there are only so many slots and there were a lot of terrific players to choose from. We’re happy to get one selected, but we feel that the future of our program is in good hands.”

The Terrapins are ranked No. 8 in the latest Associated Press poll and No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches poll.

Next, Maryland will play Friday at 8:00 p.m. in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals at the Greensboro Coliseum. The Terrapins earned a double-bye as the No. 3 seed. They will play either the 6-seed North Carolina, the 11-seed Wake Forest or the 14-seed Pittsburgh in the Quarterfinals. Wake Forest and Pittsburgh will play at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the First Round, with the winner advancing to play North Carolina Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Second Round.

The Terrapins’ matchup Friday night will be shown on Comcast SportsNet locally, as well as Fox Sports South and more channels across the nation. For other channels and more information on the ACC Tournament, log on tohttp://www.theacc.com/#!/page/championship_w-baskbl.

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Terps Chanenchuk, Amato pick up weekly ACC lacrosse honors

Posted on 04 March 2014 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Following a win at top-ranked Duke, Maryland senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week and senior goalkeeper Niko Amato earns his second straight Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week nod, as announced Tuesday by the league.

Chanenchuk registered a career-high six points on a career-best five goals and one assist to lead the Terps to a 10-6 win over No. 1 Duke. The Poquott, N.Y., native scored Maryland’s first two goals and then tallied his three others, including the game winner, during the Terps’ game-deciding 7-0 run. With the five goals, Chanenchuk now has 31 career hat tricks and 23 career multi-goal games.

Amato was the difference in the Terps’ 10-6 win over the top-ranked Blue Devils, turning in a season-high 17-save performance. The senior made four of his saves in the third quarter when Duke managed just five shots. He was the anchor of the defensive effort that saw Maryland hold the Blue Devils scoreless for a stretch of 26:26 from the 7:58 mark of the second quarter to 14:17 of the fourth. Overall, Amato and the Terrapin defense allowed just one Blue Devil goal over the game’s final 37:58. With his 17-save performance Amato also became just the third goalie in Maryland history to reach the 500-save mark for his career. Amato now stands at 516 saves.

ACC men’s lacrosse action continues Friday as No. 8/6 North Carolina plays at No. 14/13 Princeton at 5:30 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.

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Maryland tries to stay above .500 Tuesday against Virginia Tech

Posted on 03 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland closes ACC regular season play this week with a pair of home games, including Tuesday’s contest at 8 p.m. against Virginia Tech on the ACC Network.

Watch: ACCN – Tim Brant (Play-by-Play), Cory Alexander (Analyst)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst), Walt Williams(Sideline); Sirius 119, XM 192

Storylines

• The Terps have won four consecutive meetings over the Hokies, and hold a 31-10 all-time advantage in a series that dates back to 1925-26. Maryland is 5-2 at home in ACC play against Virginia Tech since the Hokies joined the conference in 2004-05.

• Junior Dez Wells scored 19 points and sophomore Seth Allen posted 16 points and seven assists as the Terrapins defeated Virginia Tech, 80-60, earlier this season on Feb. 1. Maryland used a 14-2 second half run to open a 17-point lead and seal the game.

• Clemson outlasted Maryland in a double overtime affair, 77-73, Sunday in the Terps’ final ACC trip to Littlejohn Coliseum. Seth Allen (45) and Dez Wells (44) notched career-highs in minutes played in the game. It was Maryland’s first double overtime game since Feb. 1, 2012 at Miami, and 15th in program history.

• Seth Allen led the Terps with a 20-point effort at Clemson, becoming the first player on the team to notch at least 20 points in back-to-back games this season. Dez Wells was the last Terrapin to accomplish the feat, scoring 21 and 30 points against Wake Forest and Duke, respectively, in the 2013 ACC Tournament.

• Maryland snagged 63 rebounds in the double overtime effort at Clemson Sunday — the most by the Terrapins ever in an ACC contest. It was the sixth-most rebounds in a single game in program history, and most since the Terps tallied 64 against North Texas on Dec. 23, 1998.

Clemson Outlasts Terps in Double OT
Sophomore Seth Allen scored 20 points and Evan Smotrycz added 19 as Clemson took down Maryland 77-73 in double overtime at Littlejohn Coliseum Sunday.
Allen’s final basket gave the Terrapins a 71-70 lead with 1:27 to go. K.J. McDaniels then drove the lane and found a teammate open in the right corner for a 3-point basket. Smotrycz had 19 points off four 3-pointers for Maryland.
The Tigers seemed to wrap it up on Hall’s 3-pointer with 19.2 seconds left in the first overtime for a 63-59 lead. But officials reviewed the shot, found his feet were on the line and changed it to a two-point goal and a 62-59 lead. That’s when Smotrycz hit his fourth 3-pointer with 7.6 seconds to go and sent the game to double overtime.

Scouting Virginia Tech
The Hokies have struggled this season, accumulating a 2-14 mark in the ACC (9-19 overall). Virginia Tech has just one victory in its last 15 contests, defeating Miami on Feb. 15.They most recently lost to North Carolina by four points on March 1.
Virginia Tech is a strong rebounding team, ranking second in the conference in defensive rebounds (26.3/g). The Hokies struggle to cause turnovers, however, averaging just 3.4 steals per game.
Jarell Eddie leads the Hokies in both points (13.4/g) and rebounds (5.4/g), including an 18-point performance against the Tar Heels Saturday. Devin Wilson is second in the ACC with 4.7 assists per game, while Joey van Zegeren is fourth in blocks (50).
Maryland has defeated the Hokies in four consecutive meetings, and hold a 31-10 advantage in the all-times series.

Last Time
Maryland came away with a 20-point road victory against Virginia Tech, 80-60, earlier this season on Feb. 1. It was the Terrapins’ fourth straight win over the Hokies.
The Terrapins shot 51.8 percent from the floor, as Maryland pulled away at the end of the first half on consecutive 3-pointers by Seth Allen and Jake Layman. A 14-2 second half Maryland run put the game out of reach for the Hokies.
Dez Wells led the Terps with 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while Allen added 16 points and seven assists.

Milestones, Feats, etc…
- Nick Faust and Dez Wells will both be playing there 100th career games Tuesday against Virginia Tech. Wells played 32 of those games at Xavier, before transferring to Maryland after his freshman season.

- It will also be the 100th game at Maryland for head coach Mark Turgeon.

- Maryland snagged a season-high 63 rebounds at Clemson Sunday, the most in an ACC game ever for the program. The mark ranks sixth in Maryland history, and is the most since the Terps had 64 against North Texas on Dec. 23, 1998.

- Seth Allen followed a 22-point performance against No. 4 Syracuse with 20 points at Clemson Sunday, becoming the first Terp to record at least 20 points in back-to-back games since Dez Wells last season. Wells posted 21 points against Wake Forest and 30 versus Duke on back-to-back days in the 2013 ACC Tournament.

Maryland Closes ACC Reg. Season Play Sunday
The Maryland men’s basketball team will play its final regular season game in ACC history Sunday against No. 5 Virginia as it makes its transition into the Big Ten Conference next season.
Maryland will honor the night in a number of ways at it looks back on its time in the ACC, including a wide array of activities and giveaways. The first 12,000 fans in attendance will receive a commemorative ACC timeline poster featuring a collection of the most memorable Terrapin moments in the conference.
Pregame activities include an autograph session with past Maryland greats, photo opportunities with ACC trophies and an interactive wall that fans can sign their favorite ACC memories on.

Big Ten Announces 2014-15 Home/Away Opponents
Maryland’s home and away opponents for its inaugural men’s basketball season in the Big Ten Conference were announced Feb. 28.
The Terps have home dates against five teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2013: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Maryland will also host Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State and Rutgers.
Maryland will play five home-and-home series, featuring Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers. It will also face Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State and Purdue on the road.

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Maryland poised to become new #1 after statement win over Duke

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Maryland poised to become new #1 after statement win over Duke

Posted on 01 March 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Mike Chanenchuk tied his career high with five goals to pace the offense, while senior Niko Amato made 17 saves to anchor the defense in the No. 2 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team’s 10-6 win over No. 1 Duke Saturday afternoon in front of 5,055 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

Maryland (4-0, 2-0 ACC) scored seven straight goals and held the Blue Devils (4-1, 0-1 ACC) scoreless for 26:26 starting in the middle of the second quarter until the fourth quarter.

Duke started off the scoring at 10:41 when Jordan Wolf scored his first of two goals on the day.

The Terrapins responded on the ensuing faceoff. Junior Charlie Raffa pushed the draw and took a quick shot that was backed up by junior Jay Carlson. Carlson then found Chanenchuk on the left alley for the easy finish to tie things at 1-1.

Chanenchuk added his second of the day just over a minute later. Freshman Matt Rambo found Chanenchuk with a good pass and Chanenchuk finished with the top shelf shot to give the Terps a 2-1 lead with 9:16 to go in the first.

Duke tied things up to close out the first quarter with a Josh Dionne goal to make it a 2-2 game.

Maryland opened up the second period with an extra man goal after a pushing foul on Duke’s Brendan Fowler on the opening faceoff of the quarter. Freshman Connor Cannizzaro had his shot blocked, but Carlson picked up the loose ball and finished the rebound to give the Terps a 3-2 advantage.

The Blue Devils then went on a three goal run, making the score 5-3 with 7:38 remaining in the half. That would be their final lead of the day as the Maryland defense began their stretch of 26:26 without allowing a goal.

Freshman Colin Heacock scored his first career goal with 4:40 remaining in the first half on a step down shot off an assist from Chanenchuk to start the 7-0 scoring run for the Terps.

Just over a minute later Chanenchuk scored his third goal of the day after dodging down the right alley and finishing with a low shot to the left corner.

The Terps finished out the half when Rambo scored his lone goal of the day, an unassisted tally after coming off a big screen from Heacock behind the cage to make it 6-5.

Maryland added three unassisted goals in the third quarter to make it 9-5 heading into the final period. Chanenchuk had two goals in the period and Raffa added his third goal of the year.

Junior Joe LoCascio finished off the Maryland scoring with 14:17 remaining in the game to extend the lead to 10-5. LoCascio dodged down the right alley and finished inside the left pipe.

The Terrapin defense only allowed single Duke goal in the final 14:17. Maryland’s defense forced 10 turnovers on the day led by four from senior Michael Ehrhardt.

Amato’s 17 saves was a season-high and helped him improve to 39-15 in his career. The 17-save total was also his highest single-game total since stopping 24 shots last season in a 8-7 win over Yale on April 20.

Maryland won the ground ball battle scooping up 32 loose balls on the day. Raffa led the way with seven groundballs for the Terps, while Ehrhardt chipped in with six and Carlson had five.

Maryland returns to non-conference play next weekend, hitting the road to take on Stony Brook. Faceoff between the Terps and Seawolves is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 at LaValle Stadium.

Game Notes:
• With today’s 10-6 win Maryland is now 62-20 all-time vs. Duke and 29-6 all-time in College Park.
• With six points on five goals and an assist, senior Mike Chanenchuk now has 12 hat tricks, 31 multi-point and 23 multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on a goals and an assist, junior Jay Carlson now has 16 multi-point games for his career.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, freshman Matt Rambo now has four multi-point games for his career.
• With 17 saves, senior Niko Amato now has 516 for his career, becoming just the third Maryland goalie in the program’s 89 seasons to reach the 500-save plateau.
• The Maryland defense held Duke without a goal for 26:26 from the 7:58 mark of the second quarter until 10:12 in the fourth quarter to register the team’s third 20-plus minute scoreless stretch of the season.

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Maryland plays final road game of season Sunday at Clemson

Posted on 01 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland (15-13, 7-8 ACC) at Clemson (17-10, 8-7 ACC)

Maryland embarks on its final regular season road trip of the season as it faces Clemson in a matchup with ACC Tournament seeding implications Sunday at 1 p.m. in Littlejohn Coliseum. Head coach Mark Turgeon is 3-0 against Clemson during his three-year tenure at Maryland, and the Terps have won four straight in the series.

Watch: ACCN – Wes Durham (Play-by-Play), Bobby Cremins (Analyst)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst); Sirius 119/XM 191

Storylines:

• The Terps are a formidable 90-49 in an all-time series against Clemson that dates back to 1938, despite losing 26-of-60 games in South Carolina. Maryland is 84-41 against the Tigers since the inception of the ACC in 1953-54.

• Trailing No. 4 Syracuse 51-39 with less than six minutes to play, Maryland came within one shot of a major upset at Comcast Center last Monday. Sophomore Seth Allen’s game-winning 3-point bid clanked off the backboard as time expired.

• Seth Allen carried the Terrapins offensively against the Orange, notching six of the Terrapins’ 14 field goals in the game. Allen scored 22 points on 6-of-9 shooting from beyond-the-arc, including five straight points with less than three minutes remaining.

• Junior Dez Wells scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half to provide the Terps a much-needed boost alongside Allen against Syracuse. Wells has been spectacular in the second half of conference games, averaging 10.8 points on 55 percent shooting.

• Maryland is 7-1 in conference games when scoring 70 points or more, last doing so against Wake Forest. The Terps are also 12-2 this season when leading at the half.

Terps Fall Short Against No. 4 Syracuse
Sophomore Seth Allen scored 22 points and connected on six 3-point attempts as a late Maryland rally fell short against No. 4 Syracuse, 57-55, on Monday night.
Maryland trailed 51-39 with 5:45 left and staged a furious comeback with a 15-6 run behind the play of Allen and junior Dez Wells (15 points). After Nick Faust missed a go-ahead layup with seven seconds left, the Terps sent Trevor Cooney to the line. The Orange hit 1-of-2 to take a 57-55 lead, and head coach Mark Turgeon called a timeout. Allen took the inbounds pass and went coast-to-coast, shooting a 3-pointer that clanked off the backboard as time expired.
Freshman guard Tyler Ennis led Syracuse with 20 points and senior C.J. Fair, a native of Baltimore, Md., added 17 points.

Scouting Clemson
Clemson (17-10, 8-7 ACC) has lost four of its last six games since opening the season 6-3 in conference play. The Tigers most recently lost on the road to Wake Forest, 62-57, due in large part to a 13-2 Demon Deacon run in the second half. Damarcus Harrison led all scorers with 15 points.
Clemson has one of the best defenses in the nation, ranking second in the country in points against (56.2/g). The Tigers are last in the ACC in assists (10.2/g) and 14th in scoring offense (62.3/g).
K.J. McDaniels leads Clemson in a number of categories, including points (16.8/g) and rebounds (6.9/g). He also leads the ACC in blocks (2.78/g), while teammate Landry Nnoko is sixth in the category(1.62/g)

Big Ten Announces 2014-15 Home/Away Opponents
Maryland’s home and away opponents for its inaugural men’s basketball season in the Big Ten Conference were announced Friday, Feb. 28.
The Terps have home dates against five teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2013: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Maryland will also host Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State and Rutgers.
Maryland will play five home-and-home series, featuring Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers. It will also face Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State and Purdue on the road.

Last Time
Nick Faust scored a season-high 18 points to lead Maryland past Clemson in the teams’ last meeting on Feb. 23, 2013.
Then freshmen Jake Layman and Shaquille Cleare combined for 22 points in the effort, while Devin Booker led Clemson with 16 points.
Maryland led 35-32 at the half, before pulling away in the second half on 11 second half points from Faust.

Clemson: A Series History
Maryland has generally had the upper-hand against Clemson in a series that dates back to 1938, leading 90-49.
The Terrapins won the inaugural ACC meeting between the teams by a sizable 81-41 margin on Dec. 4, 1953 at Clemson. Gene Shue and Bob Everett each had 18 points to lead the Terps.
Terrell Stoglin scored 27 points to lead Maryland to a 64-62 victory in its last visit to Littlejohn Coliseum. The Terps led 53-39 with eight minutes to go, before the Tigers went on a 19-6 run to close the gap.

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Maryland, Duke set for #1 vs. #2 showdown Saturday

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

The No. 2 Maryland (3-0) men’s lacrosse team returns to the friendly confines of Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium for an ACC showdown with No. 1 Duke (4-0) on Saturday, March 1 at noon.

• Maryland is coming off of a dominating 16-8 victory in its 2014 ACC opener at then-No. 2 Syracuse on Feb. 22. Freshman Matt Rambo continues to lead the team with 12 points on nine goals and three assists on the season. Rambo has scored the game-winning goal in all three of the Terps’ victories so far in 2014. Senior Mike Chanenchuk leads the team with four assists and is second in points with 11. Junior Charlie Raffa has won 39-of-58 (.672) faceoffs this season with a team-best 24 groundballs. Senior Michael Ehrhardt has made a seamless transition to the long-stick midfield spot and has nine groundballs and a team-best six caused turnovers. Senior Niko Amato has started every game of his college career (53 straight) and boasts a 5.25 goals-against average this season with a .650 save percentage.

• Duke is the consensus No. 1 team in the country and comes into College Park off of a pair of victories last weekend – 9-6 over No. 18 Penn and 14-6 over Stony Brook. The Blue Devils are led by senior attackman Jordan Wolf, who has 19 points on 10 goals and nine assists this season. Defensively, the Blue Devils have been buoyed by the return of redshirt senior Casey Carroll, a 2007 first team All-American who served with the 3rd BN 75th Ranger Regiment of the U.S. Army from 2007-12. Sophomore Luke Aaron has started the last two games in net for Duke after relieving junior Kyle Turri in cage after the first quarter vs. Denver. Aaron has seen action in all four games this season and boasts a 5.73 goals-against average. Senior Brendan Fowler was a first team All-American in 2013 after setting an NCAA record for faceoff wins in a season with 339 victories. So far this season Fowler has won 57 of 89 faceoffs (.640) with 38 groundballs.

THE COUNT DOWN

10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 104 of the 113 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .920 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 122-26 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .824 winning percentage.
8 … This will be the eighth time since 2011 that Maryland and Duke have played each other.
7 … Mike Chanenchuk has seven goals vs. the Blue Devils in four career games vs. Duke.
6 … This will be the sixth time since 1978 that the Terps have played in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 game.
5 … Xander Ritz had five goals vs. the Blue Devils the last time these two programs with Duke ranked No. 1 and Maryland ranked No. 2 (8-7 overtime win for the Terps in 2006).
4 … Four different Terps have registered hat tricks so far in 2014.
3 … Maryland has had the same starting lineup in each of its first three games in 2014.
2 … Charlie Raffa had a career-best two goals in the 16-8 win at then-No. 2 Syracuse on Feb. 22.
1 … Only one current Terp - Niko Amato - has played in every game for Maryland vs. Duke since 2011.

COACHING MATCH-UP

• John Tillman is in his seventh season as a head coach, and fourth with the Terps, with a 58-34 career record for a 63.0 winning percentage. Tillman is 38-15 (.717) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.

• Duke’s John Danowski is in his 32nd season as a head coach and holds an all-time record of 334-168 (.665). He is in his sevent season at Duke and has a 115-29 (.799) record with the Blue Devils.

• Tillman has a 6-4 career record against Duke while coaching at Maryland and Harvard, all against Danowski. The two have met twice in the NCAA tournament with Tillman’s Terps winning, 9-5, in the 2011 NCAA semifinals in Baltimore and again, 16-10, in the semis in Foxborough, Mass., in 2012.


SERIES HISTORY VS. DUKE

• Maryland and Duke have played 81 times. The Terps hold a 61-20 edge (.753) in the series that dates back to 1940. Maryland’s 61 wins against the Blue Devils are the most against any opponent.

• Junior Mike Chanenchuk set his career high with six points on four goals and two assists to lead the No. 1 Terps to a 16-7 victory over No. 19 Duke at Koskinen Stadium on March 2, 2013. The nine-goal victory was the highest margin of victory over the Blue Devils since a 16-4 Maryland win in 1984. Kevin Cooper, Jake Bernhardt and Jay Carlson each had two goals in the win for the Terps, while Charlie Raffa won 11-of-17 faceoffs with eight groundballs.

• The rubber match took place once again in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament and once again it was the Terps advancing to the title game with a 16-10 win at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Maryland never trailed in the game after opening up an early 3-0 lead. The Terps held just a two-goal lead entering the fourth quarter, but Owen Blye scored twice in a 6-0 run that put the game out of reach. Kevin Cooper led all scorers with five points on a goal and four assists, while Blye finished with three goals. Curtis Holmes won 12-of-21 faceoffs with six groundballs to help the Terps control the pace of play, while Niko Amato was soldi in cage, stopping 10 Blue Devil shots.

• The two teams met in the ACC semifinals in Charlottesville, Va., and the Terps and Blue Devils played a highly physical contest that saw Duke advance with a 6-5 win. Joe Cummings and Mike Chanenchuk paced the Terps with two goals apiece, while Josh Dionne had three for the Blue Devils.

• In 2012′s first meeting the Terps raced out to a 4-0 lead halfway through the first quarter and coasted to a 10-7 victory over No. 8 Duke at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Drew Snider led the Maryland offense with a hat trick.Niko Amato was spectacular in cage, making nine of his 14 saves in the fourth quarter.

• The stakes were much higher in the 2011 rubber match as unseeded Maryland defeated No. 5 seed Duke, 9-4, in a tough, physical game in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Grant Catalino led the offensive attack for the Terps with three goals, while Joe Cummings added two goals and an assist. The Terrapin defense was terrific in holding the Blue Devils to just four goals with Niko Amato making 13 saves to send the Terps to their first NCAA title-game appearance since 1998.

• The 2011 rematch took place again at Duke’s Koskinen Stadium, but this time the stakes were a bit higher – the ACC championship. This time it was the Terps coming away with an 11-9 victory to take its first conference crown since 2005. Ryan Young scored the first game-winning goal of his career when he jumped in the air to redirect aJohn Haus pass from behind the cage. Grant Catalino earned tournament MVP honors after scoring three goals vs. the Blue Devils in the title game.

• For the second time in two years the Terps and the Blue Devils needed overtime to decide things, but in 2011 in Durham it was Duke that pulled out a 9-8 victory on freshman Jordan Wolf’s game-winning goal 1:01 into the first OT. The Blue Devils held a 7-4 lead at the start of the fourth quarter, but four-straight goals by Landon Carr, Michael Shakespeare, Joe Cummings and John Haus, who finished with three goals in the game, gave Maryland a one-goal lead with 3:48 to go. Maryland appeared to have the game wrapped up in the final seconds when Carr forced a Blue Devil turnover, but a controversial holding call gave Duke another chance and Zach Howell scored with 0:03 left to send the game into overtime. Both goalies were sensational in the game with Maryland’s Niko Amato making 19 saves and Duke’s Dan Wigrizer stopped 17 shots.

• The 2010 meeting will go down as one of the most memorable in the series as the Terps pulled out an 11-10 overtime victory at the 2010 Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic in Baltimore. Grant Catalino was the star of the game for the Terps, netting a career-best five goals, including the game-winner. Duke scored the final three goals of regulation to send the game into OT and then controlled possession for all but eight seconds of overtime, but that’s all the Terps needed for Bryn Holmes to cause a turnover, Brian Farrell to scoop a groundball and Dean Hart to push the transition and find Catalino on the left wing for the game-winning shot. Senior goalie Brian Phipps made 15 saves in the win.

• Maryland won an 11-8 decision over the Blue Devils at the 2009 Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic in Baltimore. Jeff Reynolds was the key factor for the Terps in the victory. He scored a goal and had an assist, but he won three key face-offs that led directly to goals that spurred Maryland onto the win. Grant Catalino had six points on two goals and four assists, while Ryan Young had five points on a pair of scores and three helpers.

• In 2008 the Blue Devils defeated the Terps, 15-7, in Durham, N.C. Travis Reed totaled three goals for the Terps in the defeat.

• The 2007 meeting was the first road game for the Blue Devils since their 2006 season was cancelled. Duke responded with a 14-7 victory behind a six-goal, seven-point effort from Matt Danowski. Max Ritz led the Terps in the game with a three-point effort on two goals and an assist.

• The 2006 season saw the rivalry escalate even more as the teams entered the game ranked first and second in the nation. The game more than lived up to the hype as the two squads battled and needed overtime to decide the victor. In that overtime, Xander Ritz sent the Terps home with the 8-7 win after scoring his fifth goal of the game with 1:14 remaining in the first extra period.

• In 2005 the two teams played three times with the Blue Devils winning two of the three games. It was the second time in the series the two squads played three times in a season. In 1992 the two teams played in early March, again in the ACC Tournament and in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Maryland won all three games that season.

• In the 2005 NCAA Semifinals, Duke ended Maryland’s season with a 18-9 defeat at Lincoln Financial Field. Bill McGlone gave the Terps a 1-0 lead, but the Blue Devils responded with nine unanswered goals and took a 10-3 lead into halftime. Joe Walters scored three times in the third quarter, but Maryland could not close the deficit.

• In 2005′s ACC Final, Maryland turned in its finest defensive effort of the year. The Terps held Duke, the nation’s highest scoring offense, scoreless for more than 40 minutes en route to a 9-5 victory at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on May 1. ACC Tournament MVP Harry Alford made 15 saves on the afternoon, while freshman Will Dalton helped the Terps control the ball on face-offs, winning 7-of-10 draws. Offensively Maryland was led by All-American Joe Walters who scored his second straight hat trick vs. the Blue Devils, while adding an assist. Freshman attackman Max Ritz also chipped in a pair for goals in the victory.

• The 2005 regular season game saw Maryland dominate Duke at the Maryland Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex, but the Blue Devils found a way to get out of College Park with a 10-8 victory. All-American Joe Walters scored a hat trick for the Terps, but Duke outscored Maryland 6-3 in the second half to secure the win. Michael Phipps scored two goals and added an assist for his second career three-point game.

• The Terps dominated the series from 1955 through 1988, winning all 27 meetings.


MARYLAND VS. NO. 1-RANKED TEAMS

• Since 1978 (the first year rankings were recorded in the Terp media guide), Maryland has played a No. 1-ranked team on 26 occasions and has pulled off the upset eight times.

• The last time Maryland played a No. 1 team came just last season when the No. 2-ranked Terps played at No. 1 Loyola on Feb. 23, 2013. John Haus led the way for Maryland, scoring a career-best four goals along with adding an assist as the Terrapins knocked off the Greyhounds, 12-10, at the Ridley Athletic Complex. Jesse Bernhardt helped the Terps control the tempo of the game with a career-best 10 groundballs.

• The most recent occasion of Maryland knocking off a No. 1 team in the NCAA tournament came in the quarterfinals of the 2011 NCAA tournament in Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The unseeded Terps battled to a 5-5 tie with No. 1 Syracuse in regulation, but senior Grant Catalino propelled Maryland to the victory with a low-to-high shot from the right wing off a feed from senior Ryan Young. Redshirt freshman Niko Amato made nine saves, while sophomoreCurtis Holmes dominated the faceoff X, winning 11-of-14 draws with six groundballs.

• The No. 4 Terps controlled the game from the outset and pulled off a 13-7 win over No. 1 Virginia at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium on Saturday, March 29, 2008. Redshirt junior goalie Jason Carter had a career-day vs. the Wahoos, stopping 15 shots. Freshman attackman Travis Reed led the Terrapin offense with a career-best five points on three goals and two assists.

• Prior to the victory over Virginia, Maryland last upset the nation’s top-ranked team on March 4, 2006 when the No. 2-ranked Terps pulled out a thrilling 8-7 overtime victory at No. 1 Duke. Xander Ritz scored five goals vs. the Blue Devils, including the game-winner for the Terrapins.

• Before that 2006 win over Duke, the last time the Terps defeated the nation’s top team was on May 23, 1998 vs. Loyola in the NCAA Semifinals at Piscataway, N.J. Maryland’s Matt Hahn scored five goals to help the Terrapins to a dominating 19-8 win over the Greyhounds, who were coached by former Maryland head coach Dave Cottle.

• Prior to 2008, the last time the Terps upset the No.1 team at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium was a 13-11 win over Virginia on March 30, 1996.


TERPS AS NO. 2 VS. NO. 1

• Following its win at then-No. 2 Syracuse last Saturday, Maryland has vaulted into the No. 2 spot in the latest Inside Lacrosse media poll, which sets up a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown on Saturday when No. 1 Duke comes to College Park.

• Since rankings were first kept in the Maryland record book in 1978, Saturday’s game will be just the sixth time the Terps will play a No. 1 team as the No. 2 team.

• The most recent occurrence came just last season when No. 2 Maryland traveled to Baltimore to face No. 1 Loyola on Feb. 23, 2013. The Terps jumped out to a six-goal lead early in the third quarter before the Greyhounds climbed back into the game, but in the end Maryland emerged with a 12-10 victory.

• Before that was the epic overtime victory for the No. 2 Terps when they played No. 1 Duke in Durham on March 4, 2006. Senior midfielder/attackman Xander Ritz scored five goals, but it was the final one, which came with 2:46 left in the first overtime, that gave Maryland the 8-7 victory.

• You have to go back to 1987 for the time a No. 2 Maryland team played a No. 1 squad. That season saw the second-ranked Terrapins host No. 1 North Carolina on March 28 at Byrd Stadium and the Terps earned a 10-goal victory over the Tar Heels, 16-6.

• The No. 2 vs. No. 1 matchup happened twice in 1979 with No. 2 Maryland dropping both games to No. 1 Johns Hopkins.

• While this will be the sixth time the Terps have played a No. 1 team while holding the No. 2 ranking, Maryland has never played a No. 2-ranked team while it has held the No. 1 ranking.

GET TO 10 AND WIN

• One axiom of lacrosse is that if you score 10 goals or more your chances of winning are pretty good. Well, a look at the results since 2002 shows that when Maryland scores 10 or more goals there’s not just a pretty good chance the Terrapins will win; it’s an almost certainty. Since 2002 Maryland has won 104 of the 113 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .920 winning percentage.

• Maryland scored 10, but fell at North Carolina, 11-10, on March 24, 2012 and again came out on the losing end, despite scoring 11 in a 13-11 loss at Colgate on May 5, 2012. The Terps scored 11 vs. Johns Hopkins on April 16, 2011, but the Blue Jays won the game in overtime, 12-11. On April 3 of last season the Terps lost to No. 1 Virginia by a final of 11-10, giving Maryland its only loss when scoring 10 or more goals in 2010. In 2009 the Terps lost to Georgetown, 13-10 on Feb. 21 and lost again when scoring 10 in the ACC Semifinals in a 16-10 defeat at North Carolina. Prior to that, Maryland had not lost when scoring 10 or more goals since dropping an 11-10 decision to Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C. The Terrapins got to 10 goals in the 100th game against Johns Hopkins, but the Blue Jays took the game 14-10. Virginia is the only team to beat the Terps twice when allowing 10 or more goals. The Wahoos did it first in 2002 with another 11-10 decision.

HOLDING OPPONENTS TO SINGLE-DIGITS

• The Terps have been extremely impressive (winning 92.0 percent of its games since 2002) when it scores 10 or more goals, they have been nearly as impressive when holding opponents to less than 10 goals during that span.

• Since 2002 Maryland is 122-26 in games, for a .824 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 197 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 75.1 percent of the time.


SHOOTING TELLS THE STORY

• The difference between winning and losing for Maryland this season is simple – when the Terps shoot well they win. As it turns out 30% is the magic number for the Terps historically and this season as well. Maryland is 3-0 on the year and shot 30% or better in two of its three victories and just barely missed that mark in the win at Syracuse.

W- Mount St. Mary’s: 16 goals, 44 shots = 36.4%
W- UMBC: 14 goals, 45 shots = 31.1%
W- at Syracuse: 16 goals, 55 shots = 29.1%

• Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 64-4 (.941) when shooting 30% or better in a game. The only four losses were: 13-10 to Georgetown in 2009 (the Terps shot 10 of 30 for 33.3% vs. the Hoyas), 11-10 to No. 1 Virginia on April 3, 2010 (10 of 33 for 30.3%), 12-11 in overtime on April 16, 2011 to No. 3 Johns Hopkins (11 of 28 for 39.3%) and 13-11 at Colgate on May 5, 2012 (11 of 31 for 35.5%).

• If 30% is the benchmark, then 40% shooting is in a class all to itself and Maryland has shot 40% or better in 15 games since the start of the 2008 season. Out of those 14 games, Maryland shot 50% or better in four of them.


FRESHMAN HAT TRICKS

• With four goals in his first college game, a 16-3 win over Mount St. Mary’s (Feb. 8), Matt Rambo became just the ninth Maryland men’s lacrosse freshman to record a hat trick since 1998. He followed that up with another hat trick in the 14-3 win over UMBC (Feb. 15) to become the first Terp to record back-to-back hat tricks in his first two collegiate games since Grant Catalino in 2008.

• Connor Cannizzaro scored his first hat trick with three goals in the Terps’ 16-8 win at Syracuse to become the 10th Terp freshman with a hat trick since 1998. This marks just the second time since 1998 that two freshman have recorded hat tricks in the same season.

• Game-by-game stats haven’t been saved since the 1998 season, so the following chart can only go back to then, but here’s a look at freshman hat tricks (consecutive games are underlined):

Andrew Combs (1 in 1998): 3-0=3 vs. Towson, Mar. 7
Mike LaMonica (1 in 1999): 3-0=3 vs. Penn State, Mar. 17
Mike Mollot (1 in 2000): 3-4=7 vs. Hofstra, May 14 (NCAA first round)
Dan LaMonica (3 in 2001): 3-1=4 vs. Duke, Mar. 4; 3-1=4 vs. Johns Hopkins, Apr. 14; 3-1=4 vs. Virginia, Apr. 20 (ACC semifinals)
Joe Walters (6 in 2003): 4-1=5 at Towson, Mar. 8; 4-2=6 vs. Bucknell, Mar. 114-0=4 vs. Butler, Mar. 25; 3-1=4 at Virginia, Mar. 29; 4-0=4 at Navy, Apr. 5; 3-1=4 vs. UMBC, Apr. 25
Grant Catalino (3 in 2008): 4-0=4 at Georgetown, Feb. 23; 3-1=4 at Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 26; 4-3=7 vs. Yale, May 3
Travis Reed (4 in 2008): 4-1=5 at Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 26; 3-0=3 at Duke, Mar. 1; 3-0=3 vs. Providence, Mar. 3; 3-2=5 vs. Virginia, Mar. 29
John Haus (1 in 2010): 3-0=3 vs. North Carolina, Apr. 23 (ACC semifinals)
Matt Rambo (2 in 2014): 4-2=6 vs. Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 8; 3-0=3 vs. UMBC, Feb. 15
Connor Cannizzaro (1 in 2014): 3-1=4 at Syracuse, Feb. 22


TERPS’ 89TH SEASON OF LACROSSE

• The Terps boast an all-time record of 750-253-4 (.748), dating back to the first varsity team in 1924 (a team was not fielded in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II). Maryland has finished every one of its previous 88 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 12-6. The program reached the 700-win milestone with a 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 at Ludwig Field and became just the fourth program with 750 wins with a 16-8 win at No. 2 Syracuse on Feb. 22, 2014.

• During the decade of the 2000s, Maryland went 111-49 for a .694 win percentage, making it the winningest decade in Terrapin lacrosse history. In the decade of the 1990s, Maryland posted a 95-47 record. The .669 winning percentage matched Maryland’s win percentage of the 1980s when the Terps went 83-41 and also compiled a .669 win percentage. So far, Maryland is 50-19 in the 2010′s for a .725 winning percentage.


THE 700 CLUB

• Maryland’s 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 was the program’s 700th victory in 84 seasons of varsity men’s lacrosse. The Terps join Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Navy, Army and Cornell as the only programs with 700 or more Division I wins.

• Two things that make Maryland’s accomplishment all the more impressive is that the Terps reached the 700-win plateau in just their 84th season. Only Syracuse reached win No. 700 in as few seasons, but it took the Orange 53 more games than Maryland. In fact, Maryland needed only 940 games to reach 700 wins and only Johns Hopkins needed fewer games (932) to hit the historic number, but the Blue Jays did so in their 105th season.

CONSECUTIVE 10-WIN SEASONS

• Maryland’s 18-6 win over the Colgate on May 4, 2013 extended the Terps’ streak of double-digit win seasons to 11, which is the longest active streak in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the D1scource.com).

• There are only four programs with a current streak of at least five-straight 10-win seasons:

Maryland (11): 2013 (10-4), 2012 (12-6), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-4), 2009 (10-7), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6), 2006 (12-5), 2005 (11-6), 2004 (13-3), 2003 (12-4)
Notre Dame (8): 2013 (11-4), 2012 (13-3), 2011 (11-3), 2010 (10-7), 2009 (15-1), 2008 (14-3), 2007 (11-4), 2006 (10-5)
Duke (7): 2013 (16-5), 2012 (15-5) 2011 (14-6), 2010 (16-4), 2009 (15-4), 2008 (18-2), 2007 ( 17-3)
North Carolina (5): 2013 (13-4), 2012 (11-6), 2011 (10-6), 2010 (13-3), 2009 (12-6)

• Cornell’s string of seven-straight 10+ win seasons came to an end in 2012 with a 9-4 final mark. Virginia’s streak of eight-consecutive seasons with 10+ wins ended in 2013 with a 7-8 record, while Siena saw its run of six 10-win seasons end with an 8-9 mark this season.


A FAMILY AFFAIR

• Many school’s refer to their sports programs as families, but the Maryland men’s lacrosse program is truly a family affair. Since 2001, the Terps have had 13 sets of brothers, including three on this season’s roster, don the red and black together for at least one season.

Harry & Thomas Alford: 2004-05-06-07
Jake & Jesse Bernhardt: 2010-11-12-13
Justin & Owen Blye: 2009-10-11
Brian & Kevin Cooper: 2011-12-13
Billy & Bobby Gribbin: 2012-13
Brendan & Ian Healy: 2003-04-05
Bryn & Curtis Holmes: 2010
Bryn & Travis Holmes: 2007
Dan & Mike LaMonica: 2001-02
Chris & Willy Passavia: 2001-02-03
Brian & Michael Phipps: 2007
Max & Xander Ritz: 2005-06
Mark & Michael White: 2008-09-10-11

• The 2014 season is the first since 2000 that the Terps have not had a brother combination on the roster.


MARYLAND IN SEASON OPENERS

• Maryland has an 85-3-1 (.961) lifetime record in season openers dating back to the 1924 season. The Terps have won their last 19 openers and 26 of the last 27, with the only loss coming to Duke in 1993, when they fell to Duke 9-5 on March 6.

• After losing their 1925 opener to Yale, 5-3, the Terps went on to win 40 consecutive season openers from 1926 through 1967. The streak was broken when Maryland tied Princeton, 6-6, in the 1968 opener. Following the deadlock, Maryland went on to win its next 14 openers, giving the Terps a 54-0-1 record over a 57-year span (Maryland did not field a team in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II.)

21 STRAIGHT IN SEASON OPENERS

• After beating Mount St. Mary’s to open the 2013 season the Terps have an 20-game winning streak in season openers. Five of those wins came against Villanova (1994-98) and the last nine over Denver, Mount St. Mary’s (three times), Air Force, Hobart, Duke, Georgetown (four times), Bellarmine (twice), Presbyterian, Detroit Mercy and Hartford. Over the 21-year stretch, Maryland outscored its foes 306-108 (an average score of 14.6-5.1) in those games.

• The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 21 years. Maryland has not allowed an opponent to score 10 or more goals in a season opener since Syracuse beat the Terps, 16-13 on March 9, 1983.

FOUR TAKEN IN MLL DRAFT

• Led by senior defender Michael Ehrhardt, four Maryland men’s lacrosse student-athletes were chosen in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft.

• Ehrhardt was chosen seventh overall by the Charlotte Hounds, becoming the eighth Maryland player to be taken in the first round, joining Lee Zink (2004, 5th), Chris Passavia (2004, 6th), Joe Walters (2006, 1st), Bill McGlone (2006, 5th), Ray Megill (2007, 9th), Joe Cinosky (2008, 9th) and Jesse Bernhardt (2013, 4th).

• Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk was the next Terrapin off the board, also joining the Hounds as the 11th overall selection.

• The third Terp to be selected was senior goalie Niko Amato, becoming the first Terp to join the Florida Launch, with the 29th overall selection.

• The final Terp to be drafted was senior short-stick defensive midfielder Brian Cooper, who earned the distinction of being 2014′s MLL equivalent of “Mr. Irrelevant” as the final selection of the draft, going with the 64th overall selection to the Chesapeake Bayhawks.


FIVE TERP ALUMS SELECTED FOR TEAM USA

• Five Maryland men’s lacrosse alumni were named to the 30-man roster for the U.S. National Team that will compete at the 2014 FIL World Championships from July 10-19 in Denver.

• Jesse Bernhardt (2013), Dan Burns (2011), Jeff Reynolds (2009), Drew Snider (2012) and Lee Zink (2004) made the team, which was selected from an original pool of 98 players through a seven-month selection process.

• Maryland’s five selections are tied for the most of any college program with Johns Hopkins, which also has five alums among the 30-man roster.


2014 TEAM CAPTAINS

• Four players have been named team captains for the 2014 season. The quartet, which was selected by a combination of team vote and coaches’ input, consists of seniors Tyler Adelsberger, Niko Amato, Mike Chanenchukand Michael Ehrhardt.


BIG TEN LACROSSE STARTS IN 2015

• The University of Maryland’s men’s lacrosse team will compete in the Big Ten Conference beginning with the 2015 season, following an announcement from the conference office on June 3, 2013 that the Big Ten has secured six men’s teams when Johns Hopkins was accepted as a sport affiliate member for men’s lacrosse only beginning with the 2014-15 academic year to give the Big Ten six men’s programs, joining Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers.

• The six programs that will comprise Big Ten men’s lacrosse boast 56 national championships, with schools that have competed for more than a century. Johns Hopkins has been an independent since 1883 and leads all schools with 44 national championships. Maryland has claimed 11 national titles, while Rutgers has also won a national championship. The Scarlet Knights launched men’s lacrosse in 1887, followed by programs starting in 1913 for Penn State, 1924 for Maryland and 1953 for Ohio State. Michigan instituted a men’s lacrosse program in 2012. Maryland, Ohio State and Penn State each qualified for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship in 2013, with the Buckeyes advancing to the quarterfinals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Maryland GK Amato picks up weekly ACC lacrosse honor

Posted on 25 February 2014 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke senior attackman Jordan Wolf and Maryland senior goalie Niko Amato have been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, as announced Tuesday by the conference.

Wolf totaled 10 points on seven goals and three assists to lead the Blue Devils to a pair of wins last week. The Wynnewood, Pa., native posted hat tricks in back-to-back games with three goals in a 9-6 win over No. 16/18 Penn and four goals in a 14-6 victory against Stony Brook. Wolf added three assists against the Seawolves to match his single-game career high of seven points.

Wolf has registered at least three points in each of Duke’s four wins this season, while the Blue Devils are 4-0 for the first time since the 2008 season.

Amato made 11 saves in a 16-8 win at No. 2/1 Syracuse on Feb. 22 while helping to hold a  dynamic Syracuse offense to 10 goals below its season average. Included in his 11 saves were two on key non-releasable penalties on Maryland. Amato gave up goals on two of Syracuse’s first three shots, but only allowed three more goals in a span of 37:44. The Orange’s final three goals came when the game was out of reach for the Orange as Maryland held a 16-5 lead.

ACC men’s lacrosse action continues tonight at No. 4 Virginia plays at Mount St. Mary’s.

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Maryland surges past Syracuse in Top 10 lacrosse showdown

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Maryland surges past Syracuse in Top 10 lacrosse showdown

Posted on 22 February 2014 by WNST Staff

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A 10-goal scoring burst in the second quarter spurred the University of Maryland (#5 media/#7 coaches) men’s lacrosse team to a 16-8 victory over (#2/#1) Syracuse in front of 5,283 at the Carrier Dome Saturday afternoon.

Maryland (3-0) was led by junior attackman Jay Carlson and freshman midfielder Connor Cannizzaro, who each had four points on three goals and an assist. Syracuse (2-1) got four points on three goals and an assist from Henry Schoonmaker.

The Orange got off to a quick start with Kevin Rice and Donahue scored unassisted goals in the first six minutes of the game to give Syracuse the early 2-0 lead.

Maryland got on the board with 7:59 left in the first when a quick restart off of a missed shot gave freshman attackman Matt Rambo rifled a shot from the right wing off of a feed from junior midfielder Bryan Cole.

A sideline violation on the Terps gave Syracuse the first extra-man opportunity of the game and Schoonmaker converted off of a feed by Donahue to extend the Orange lead back to two with 4:53 left in the first.

Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk made it a one-goal game again when he dodged the Orange long pole multiple times before getting off a low shot that trickled through Syracuse goalie Don Lamolinara to make it a 3-2 game at the 3:47 mark.

The second quarter started off with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on junior faceoff man Charlie Raffa, but the Maryland man-down unit held strong with senior goalie Niko Amato making a big save on a shot by Schoonmaker near the end of the penalty.

The Orange did push its lead back to a pair when Randy Staats found Derek Maltz for a score with 12:37 left in the second to make it a 4-2 Syracuse lead.

But the game would take a turn there as the Terps would go on an 8-0 run to take its first lead of the game.

Starting the run was a typical goal for Carlson, as he dipped and ducked under a SU defender before tip-toeing the crease and finishing past Lamolinara with 10:27 to go in the second.

Sophomore Henry West tied the game at 4-4 for the Terps with an unassisted laser from the left wing at the 9:41 mark.

Cannizzaro, who grew up 16 miles from the Carrier Dome, scored the next two goals for the Terps to extend the lead to 6-4. After an unassisted goal by the freshman to make it a 6-4 lead, he then took a feed from Rambo and finished from the left side to up the lead to 7-4 with 8:23 left in the second.

Syracuse gave Maryland several extra-man opportunities on faceoff violations and the Terps used on of those to make it an 8-4 lead as Carlson scored his second of the game off of a feed by junior midfielder Joe LoCascio at the 8:08 mark.

Raffa scored two of the next three goals for Maryland, winning faceoffs clean and running in unchecked for inside goals. Sandwiched in between was Rambo’s second goal of the game, which combined to give Maryland a 10-4 lead.

Syracuse stopped the bleeding as Hakeem Lecky scored an unassisted goal at the 5:42 mark of the second, but Chanenchuk answered back with 2:32 left in the half on a runner down the right alley to push Maryland’s lead back to six at 11-5.

Syracuse had the ball and looked to cut the lead back to five, but junior defender Goran Murray caused a turnover by Rice and junior defender Casey Ikeda came out of a scrum with a tough groundball to give the Terps the ball back with 41 seconds left.

That effort led to the Terps’ 10th goal of the quarter as Cannizzaro made a great look across the crease to junior attackman Kevin Forster, who showed a lot of patience as he waited for an opening before finishing past Orange goalie Bobby Wardell with just nine seconds left on the clock.

Maryland opened up the third quarter with Carlson finishing his hat trick from in tight off of a feed from Forster to make it 13-5 Terps at the 12:53 mark.

Wardell made a stop on a Channenchuk shot on a Maryland EMO, but his clearing pass was knocked down by Cannizzaro right in front of the goal. Wardell was out of the crease and Cannizzaro had a clean look at the goal, but his shot bounced over the crossbar. Carlson collected a ball from the endline on the quick restart and fed Cannizzaro on the crease, who finished past a recovering Wardell to make it 14-5 at the 7:47 mark.

LoCascio made it a 16-5 lead for Maryland with a laser off a stepdown from the right alley off of a feed from Forster with 5:16 left in the third.

Schoonmaker stopped the Terps’ 6-0 run with his second of the day for the Orange at the 1:34 mark to make it a 16-6 game heading into the fourth quarter.

Staats scored the first goal of the fourth quarter for the Orange to trim the Maryland lead back to single digits with 6:16 left to play and Syracuse added its final tally with 0:02 on the clock.

Raffa was dominant at the faceoff X, winning 19-of-26 faceoffs with a game-high 11 groundballs.

Maryland’s defense was stout all afternoon and Amato backed it up with an 11-save performance.

Maryland stays in conference when it hosts 2013 NCAA champions Duke at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium on Saturday, March 1. Faceoff for the game between the Terps and Blue Devils is set for noon and the game will be streamed live on TerpsTV.

Game Notes:
• With today’s 16-8 win Maryland is now 10-6 all-time vs. Syracuse.
• With two points on two goals, senior Mike Chanenchuk now has 30 multi-point and 22 multi-goal games for his career.
• With four points on three goals and an assist, junior Jay Carlson now has six hat tricks, 15 multi-point and 12 multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, junior Joe LoCascio now six five multi-point games for his career.
• With three points on two goals and an assist, freshman Matt Rambo registered his third multi-point, and multi-goal game of his career.
• With four points on three goals and an assist, freshman Connor Cannizzaro registered his first hat trick, third multi-point and second multi-goal game of his career.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, junior Kevin Forster now has two multi-point games for his career.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, junior Bryan Cole registered the first multi-point game of his career.
• With two points on two goals, junior Charlie Raffa registered his first multi-goal and second multi-point game of his career.

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Maryland visits Syracuse Saturday for first time since 1983

Posted on 21 February 2014 by WNST Staff

The No. 5 Maryland (2-0) men’s lacrosse team hits the road for the first time in 2014 when it heads north to play at new ACC foe No. 2 Syracuse (2-0). The Terps and the Orange are slated for a 1 p.m. start at the Carrier Dome on Saturday, Feb. 22.

• The game will be televised regionally on the Time Warner Cable SportsChannel in the Syracuse and Albany areas. The game will also be streamed on Syracuse Orange All-Access, which is available on cuse.com. A 24-hour pass to Syracuse Orange All-Access is available for $6.95.

• This marks just the second time in the Terps’ history that they will play in the Carrier Dome and it will be the first regular season game. The only other meeting between Maryland and Syracuse in the Carrier Dome, which opened in 1980, was in the semifinals of the 1983 NCAA tournament.

• Maryland is coming off of a dominating 14-3 victory over instate foe UMBC on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Freshman Matt Rambo continued his impressive start with three goals vs. the Retrievers and leads the team with seven goals on the season. Rambo is tied for the points lead with nine with senior Mike Chanenchuk, who has five goals and a team-best four assists. Junior Charlie Raffa has won 20-of-32 (.625) faceoffs this season with a team-best 13 groundballs. Senior Michael Ehrhardt has made a seamless transition to the long-stick midfield spot and has nine groundballs and six caused turnovers. Senior Niko Amato has started every game of his college career (52 straight) and boasts a 3.60 goals-against average this season with a .714 save percentage.

• Syracuse is coming off an impressive offensive showdown in its 17-16 overtime win vs. Albany on Sunday, Feb. 16. The Orange boasts a plethora of offensive weapons, beginning with sophomore attackman Dylan Donahue (11-3=14), junior attackman Kevin Rice (1-10=11) and junior midfielder/attackman Randy Staats (6-4=10), who was the two-time NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year at Onondaga Community College. Dom Lamolinara, who was a freshman at Maryland in 2011 before transferring to Syracuse for the 2012 season, has started the first two games in net for the Orange, but was replaced at the start of the second half in both games by junior Bobby Wardwell. Lamolinara has a 13.00 goals-against average this season, compared to Wardwell’s 9.96. Wardwell also has the edge in save percentage with .591 compared to Lamolinar’s .519.

THE COUNT DOWN

10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 103 of the 112 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .920 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 121-26 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .823 winning percentage.
8 … The Terps’ first midfield is averaging just over eight points per game so far in 2014.
7 … Seven of the 15 meetings between the Terps and the Orange have come in NCAA tournament play.
6 … Maryland allowed three goals or less in back-to-back games for just the sixth time since 1971 in the first two games of 2014.
5 … Niko Amato is the only current Terp to play vs. Syracuse in 2011 and allowed just five goals to the Orange in 63:28.
4 … Both Maryland and Syracuse are in the top four Division I programs in all-time victories.
3 … Ryan Young led the Terps with three assists in the 2011 NCAA quarterfinal game vs. the Orange.
2 … Jim Wilkerson had two goals for the Terps in the 1983 NCAA semifinal game at Syracuse in the Carrier Dome.
1 … This will be the first regular season game between Maryland and Syracuse since 1983.

COACHING MATCH-UP

• John Tillman is in his seventh season as a head coach, and fourth with the Terps, with a 57-34 career record for a 62.6 winning percentage. Tillman is 37-15 (.712) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.

• John Desko is in his 16th season as a head coach, all of them coming at the helm of the Syracuse Orange. During his 16 years as a head coach he has compiled a 189-45 (.808) career record. Desko has been a part of the Orange program for the past 37 years. He was a player from 1976-79 and was assistant coach 19 years (1980-98).

• This will be the second meeting between Tillman and Desko as head coaches. The only prior meeting was the 2011 NCAA quarterfinal game that Maryland won over No. 1-seed Syracuse, 6-5 in overtime.


SERIES HISTORY VS. SYRACUSE

• Maryland holds an 9-6 advantage in its all-time series vs. Syracuse, dating back to 1927. In NCAA Tournament play, Syracuse leads the series 4-3.

• The two teams played four times in an 11-year span from 1927 to 1937 with Maryland taking three straight after Syracuse won the first-ever meeting.

• The two storied programs did not play again until 1954 when the Terps took a 16-9 decision in College Park. The Orange travelled south again in 1956 and the result was the same – a lopsided Maryland victory (24-4).

• Maryland and Syracuse played only once in the 1960′s. That was in 1960 and again it was a Terrapin win by a 22-7 margin.

• The 1979 season was the first time the Terps and Orange battled in the NCAA Tournament. Playing in Byrd Stadium, the No. 2-seeded Terrapins were able to get past the No. 7-seeded Orangemen, 16-13.

• The last time Maryland and Syracuse played in the regular season was 1983. Syracuse took the season opener over the Terrapins, 16-13. The two programs also met in the NCAA Tournament that season and the Orangemen defeated Maryland again, 12-5, in the semifinals at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse would go on to win the National Championship with a 17-16 win over Johns Hopkins.

• Six years later the setting was nearly the same and so was the result. Maryland hosted Syracuse at Byrd Stadium in the 1989 semifinals and again it was the Orangemen taking an 18-8 victory. SU would go on to win the title with a championship-game victory over Hopkins.

• The two teams met again in the 1995 tournament, but this time it was in the NCAA finals at Byrd Stadium. Syracuse won its fourth-straight over the Terps, 13-9, claiming its sixth national championship. Matt Hahn had four goals and an assist for Maryland in the loss.

• The two teams met in the semifinals of the 1997 tournament. The unseeded Terps snapped the four-game losing skid to the Orangemen, toppling third-seeded Syracuse 18-17. Matt Hahn had three goals, including the game-winner, and an assist for the Terps, while Casey Powell and Rob Kavovit each had four goals for SU.

• The two stories programs met was the quarterfinals of the 2009 NCAA tournament. The No. 2-seeded Orange topped the unseeded Terps, 11-6, in Hempstead, N.Y., behind four points by Kenny Nims. Grant Catalino led the Terps with three points on two goals and an assist, while Ryan Young had three assists.

• The last time these two programs met saw the Terps pull off a stunning 6-5 overtime win over No. 1 seed Syracuse in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament on May 22, 2011 in Foxborough, Mass. Senior Grant Catalino scored the game-winning goal with 0:32 left in the first overtime from the right wing off of a feed by senior Ryan Young, who led all scoreres with three points on three assists. Redshirt freshman goalie Niko Amato was solid in cage for the Terps, holding the high-scoring Orange to just five goals with nine saves.

GET TO 10 AND WIN

• One axiom of lacrosse is that if you score 10 goals or more your chances of winning are pretty good. Well, a look at the results since 2002 shows that when Maryland scores 10 or more goals there’s not just a pretty good chance the Terrapins will win; it’s an almost certainty. Since 2002 Maryland has won 103 of the 112 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .920 winning percentage.

• Maryland scored 10, but fell at North Carolina, 11-10, on March 24, 2012 and again came out on the losing end, despite scoring 11 in a 13-11 loss at Colgate on May 5, 2012. The Terps scored 11 vs. Johns Hopkins on April 16, 2011, but the Blue Jays won the game in overtime, 12-11. On April 3 of last season the Terps lost to No. 1 Virginia by a final of 11-10, giving Maryland its only loss when scoring 10 or more goals in 2010. In 2009 the Terps lost to Georgetown, 13-10 on Feb. 21 and lost again when scoring 10 in the ACC Semifinals in a 16-10 defeat at North Carolina. Prior to that, Maryland had not lost when scoring 10 or more goals since dropping an 11-10 decision to Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C. The Terrapins got to 10 goals in the 100th game against Johns Hopkins, but the Blue Jays took the game 14-10. Virginia is the only team to beat the Terps twice when allowing 10 or more goals. The Wahoos did it first in 2002 with another 11-10 decision.

HOLDING OPPONENTS TO SINGLE-DIGITS

• The Terps have been extremely impressive (winning 92.0 percent of its games since 2002) when it scores 10 or more goals, they have been nearly as impressive when holding opponents to less than 10 goals during that span.

• Since 2002 Maryland is 121-26 in games, for a .823 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 196 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 75.0 percent of the time.


SHOOTING TELLS THE STORY

• The difference between winning and losing for Maryland this season is simple – when the Terps shoot well they win. As it turns out 30% is the magic number for the Terps historically and this season as well. Maryland is 2-0 on the year and shot 30% or better in its two victories.

W- Mount St. Mary’s: 16 goals, 44 shots = 36.4%
W- UMBC: 14 goals, 45 shots = 31.1%

• Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 64-4 (.941) when shooting 30% or better in a game. The only four losses were: 13-10 to Georgetown in 2009 (the Terps shot 10 of 30 for 33.3% vs. the Hoyas), 11-10 to No. 1 Virginia on April 3, 2010 (10 of 33 for 30.3%), 12-11 in overtime on April 16, 2011 to No. 3 Johns Hopkins (11 of 28 for 39.3%) and 13-11 at Colgate on May 5, 2012 (11 of 31 for 35.5%).

• If 30% is the benchmark, then 40% shooting is in a class all to itself and Maryland has shot 40% or better in 15 games since the start of the 2008 season. Out of those 14 games, Maryland shot 50% or better in four of them.


FRESHMAN HAT TRICKS

• With four goals in his first college game, a 16-3 win over Mount St. Mary’s (Feb. 8), Matt Rambo became just the ninth Maryland men’s lacrosse freshman to record a hat trick since 1998. He followed that up with another hat trick in the 14-3 win over UMBC (Feb. 15) to become the first Terp to record back-to-back hat tricks in his first two collegiate games since Grant Catalino in 2008.

• Game-by-game stats haven’t been saved since the 1998 season, so the following chart can only go back to then, but here’s a look at freshman hat tricks (consecutive games are underlined):

Andrew Combs (1 in 1998): 3-0=3 vs. Towson, Mar. 7
Mike LaMonica (1 in 1999): 3-0=3 vs. Penn State, Mar. 17
Mike Mollot (1 in 2000): 3-4=7 vs. Hofstra, May 14 (NCAA first round)
Dan LaMonica (3 in 2001): 3-1=4 vs. Duke, Mar. 4; 3-1=4 vs. Johns Hopkins, Apr. 14; 3-1=4 vs. Virginia, Apr. 20 (ACC semifinals)
Joe Walters (6 in 2003): 4-1=5 at Towson, Mar. 8; 4-2=6 vs. Bucknell, Mar. 114-0=4 vs. Butler, Mar. 25; 3-1=4 at Virginia, Mar. 29; 4-0=4 at Navy, Apr. 5; 3-1=4 vs. UMBC, Apr. 25
Grant Catalino (3 in 2008): 4-0=4 at Georgetown, Feb. 23; 3-1=4 at Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 26; 4-3=7 vs. Yale, May 3
Travis Reed (4 in 2008): 4-1=5 at Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 26; 3-0=3 at Duke, Mar. 1; 3-0=3 vs. Providence, Mar. 3; 3-2=5 vs. Virginia, Mar. 29
John Haus (1 in 2010): 3-0=3 vs. North Carolina, Apr. 23 (ACC semifinals)
Matt Rambo (2 in 2014): 4-2=6 vs. Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 8; 3-0=3 vs. UMBC, Feb. 15


TERPS’ 89TH SEASON OF LACROSSE

• The Terps boast an all-time record of 749-253-4 (.747), dating back to the first varsity team in 1924 (a team was not fielded in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II). Maryland has finished every one of its previous 88 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 12-6. The program reached the 700-win milestone with a 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 at Ludwig Field.

• During the decade of the 2000s, Maryland went 111-49 for a .694 win percentage, making it the winningest decade in Terrapin lacrosse history. In the decade of the 1990s, Maryland posted a 95-47 record. The .669 winning percentage matched Maryland’s win percentage of the 1980s when the Terps went 83-41 and also compiled a .669 win percentage. So far, Maryland is 25-9 in the 2010′s for a .735 winning percentage.


THE 700 CLUB

• Maryland’s 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 was the program’s 700th victory in 84 seasons of varsity men’s lacrosse. The Terps join Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Navy, Army and Cornell as the only programs with 700 or more Division I wins.

• Two things that make Maryland’s accomplishment all the more impressive is that the Terps reached the 700-win plateau in just their 84th season. Only Syracuse reached win No. 700 in as few seasons, but it took the Orange 53 more games than Maryland. In fact, Maryland needed only 940 games to reach 700 wins and only Johns Hopkins needed fewer games (932) to hit the historic number, but the Blue Jays did so in their 105th season.

CONSECUTIVE 10-WIN SEASONS

• Maryland’s 18-6 win over the Colgate on May 4, 2013 extended the Terps’ streak of double-digit win seasons to 11, which is the longest active streak in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the D1scource.com).

• There are only four programs with a current streak of at least five-straight 10-win seasons:

Maryland (11): 2013 (10-4), 2012 (12-6), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-4), 2009 (10-7), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6), 2006 (12-5), 2005 (11-6), 2004 (13-3), 2003 (12-4)
Notre Dame (8): 2013 (11-4), 2012 (13-3), 2011 (11-3), 2010 (10-7), 2009 (15-1), 2008 (14-3), 2007 (11-4), 2006 (10-5)
Duke (7): 2013 (16-5), 2012 (15-5) 2011 (14-6), 2010 (16-4), 2009 (15-4), 2008 (18-2), 2007 ( 17-3)
North Carolina (5): 2013 (13-4), 2012 (11-6), 2011 (10-6), 2010 (13-3), 2009 (12-6)

• Cornell’s string of seven-straight 10+ win seasons came to an end in 2012 with a 9-4 final mark. Virginia’s streak of eight-consecutive seasons with 10+ wins ended in 2013 with a 7-8 record, while Siena saw its run of six 10-win seasons end with an 8-9 mark this season.


A FAMILY AFFAIR

• Many school’s refer to their sports programs as families, but the Maryland men’s lacrosse program is truly a family affair. Since 2001, the Terps have had 13 sets of brothers, including three on this season’s roster, don the red and black together for at least one season.

Harry & Thomas Alford: 2004-05-06-07
Jake & Jesse Bernhardt: 2010-11-12-13
Justin & Owen Blye: 2009-10-11
Brian & Kevin Cooper: 2011-12-13
Billy & Bobby Gribbin: 2012-13
Brendan & Ian Healy: 2003-04-05
Bryn & Curtis Holmes: 2010
Bryn & Travis Holmes: 2007
Dan & Mike LaMonica: 2001-02
Chris & Willy Passavia: 2001-02-03
Brian & Michael Phipps: 2007
Max & Xander Ritz: 2005-06
Mark & Michael White: 2008-09-10-11

• The 2014 season is the first since 2000 that the Terps have not had a brother combination on the roster.


MARYLAND IN SEASON OPENERS

• Maryland has an 85-3-1 (.961) lifetime record in season openers dating back to the 1924 season. The Terps have won their last 19 openers and 26 of the last 27, with the only loss coming to Duke in 1993, when they fell to Duke 9-5 on March 6.

• After losing their 1925 opener to Yale, 5-3, the Terps went on to win 40 consecutive season openers from 1926 through 1967. The streak was broken when Maryland tied Princeton, 6-6, in the 1968 opener. Following the deadlock, Maryland went on to win its next 14 openers, giving the Terps a 54-0-1 record over a 57-year span (Maryland did not field a team in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II.)

21 STRAIGHT IN SEASON OPENERS

• After beating Mount St. Mary’s to open the 2013 season the Terps have an 20-game winning streak in season openers. Five of those wins came against Villanova (1994-98) and the last nine over Denver, Mount St. Mary’s (three times), Air Force, Hobart, Duke, Georgetown (four times), Bellarmine (twice), Presbyterian, Detroit Mercy and Hartford. Over the 20-year stretch, Maryland outscored its foes 306-108 (an average score of 14.6-5.1) in those games.

• The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 21 years. Maryland has not allowed an opponent to score 10 or more goals in a season opener since Syracuse beat the Terps, 16-13 on March 9, 1983.

FOUR TAKEN IN MLL DRAFT

• Led by senior defender Michael Ehrhardt, four Maryland men’s lacrosse student-athletes were chosen in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft.

• Ehrhardt was chosen seventh overall by the Charlotte Hounds, becoming the eighth Maryland player to be taken in the first round, joining Lee Zink (2004, 5th), Chris Passavia (2004, 6th), Joe Walters (2006, 1st), Bill McGlone (2006, 5th), Ray Megill (2007, 9th), Joe Cinosky (2008, 9th) and Jesse Bernhardt (2013, 4th).

• Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk was the next Terrapin off the board, also joining the Hounds as the 11th overall selection.

• The third Terp to be selected was senior goalie Niko Amato, becoming the first Terp to join the Florida Launch, with the 29th overall selection.

• The final Terp to be drafted was senior short-stick defensive midfielder Brian Cooper, who earned the distinction of being 2014′s MLL equivalent of “Mr. Irrelevant” as the final selection of the draft, going with the 64th overall selection to the Chesapeake Bayhawks.


FIVE TERP ALUMS SELECTED FOR TEAM USA

• Five Maryland men’s lacrosse alumni were named to the 30-man roster for the U.S. National Team that will compete at the 2014 FIL World Championships from July 10-19 in Denver.

• Jesse Bernhardt (2013), Dan Burns (2011), Jeff Reynolds (2009), Drew Snider (2012) and Lee Zink (2004) made the team, which was selected from an original pool of 98 players through a seven-month selection process.

• Maryland’s five selections are tied for the most of any college program with Johns Hopkins, which also has five alums among the 30-man roster.


2014 TEAM CAPTAINS

• Four players have been named team captains for the 2014 season. The quartet, which was selected by a combination of team vote and coaches’ input, consists of seniors Tyler Adelsberger, Niko Amato, Mike Chanenchuk and Michael Ehrhardt.


BIG TEN LACROSSE STARTS IN 2015

• The University of Maryland’s men’s lacrosse team will compete in the Big Ten Conference beginning with the 2015 season, following an announcement from the conference office on June 3, 2013 that the Big Ten has secured six men’s teams when Johns Hopkins was accepted as a sport affiliate member for men’s lacrosse only beginning with the 2014-15 academic year to give the Big Ten six men’s programs, joining Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers.

• The six programs that will comprise Big Ten men’s lacrosse boast 56 national championships, with schools that have competed for more than a century. Johns Hopkins has been an independent since 1883 and leads all schools with 44 national championships. Maryland has claimed 11 national titles, while Rutgers has also won a national championship. The Scarlet Knights launched men’s lacrosse in 1887, followed by programs starting in 1913 for Penn State, 1924 for Maryland and 1953 for Ohio State. Michigan instituted a men’s lacrosse program in 2012. Maryland, Ohio State and Penn State each qualified for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship in 2013, with the Buckeyes advancing to the quarterfinals.

 

 

 

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Maryland hopes return home cures ails Tuesday against Wake Forest

Posted on 17 February 2014 by WNST Staff

After completing arguably its toughest stretch of the season, Maryland returns to Comcast Center Tuesday night for its final regular season ACC bout with Wake Forest at 7 p.m. on the Raycom Sports Network. Four of the Terrapins’ final five games are at home, where they are 4-1 in ACC play.

Watch: Raycom Sports Network – Tom Werme (Play-by-Play), Dan Bonner (Analyst)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst), Walt Williams (Sideline); Sirius 108/XM 192

Storylines

• Maryland has defeated Wake Forest in seven consecutive games dating back to 2011, which is tied for the longest stretch in the history of the series. The Terps hold a 69-56 advantage in the all-time series against Wake Forest, including a 38-18 mark at home.

• The Terrapins are three days removed from a heartbreaking loss to No. 8 Duke, as Charles Mitchell’s game-winning bid rimmed out with less than two seconds remaining. Maryland held Duke – the nation’s best 3-point shooting team – to just five 3-pointers on 20.8 percent shooting.

• After picking up three fouls and being held scoreless in the first half against Duke, junior Dez Wells roared back to score 17 points in the second frame. Wells is averaging 9.8 points on 53 percent shooting in the second half this season – compared to just 5.3 points on 43 percent shooting in the first.

• Head coach Mark Turgeon credited freshman center Damonte Dodd for his role in Maryland’s second half comeback against Duke. Dodd played all seven of his minutes in the second half, and did well altering shots inside with his length.

• The Terrapins found success inside against Duke, outscoring the Blue Devils 40-24 in the paint. It is Maryland’s highest point total in the paint in ACC play this season.

Maryland Falls to Duke in Heartbreaker
Jake Layman scored 18 points, Dez Wells added 17 and Charles Mitchell tallied 12 as Maryland fell to No. 8 Duke in a heartbreaker 69-67 on Saturday night. Wells had all 17 of his points in the second half for Maryland (14-12, 6-7).
Parker gave Duke the lead for good when his one-handed dunk over Damonte Dodd made it 68-67 with about 1:15 remaining.
Wells missed a jumper over Rodney Hood with about 50 seconds left. Duke milked the shot clock before Amile Jefferson missed a jumper that failed to draw iron, giving the Terrapins the ball.
The teams traded timeouts with 18.8 seconds left before Maryland worked the ball inside to Mitchell. He had one hook shot blocked by Parker with about 7 seconds left, and another shot tantalizingly bounced twice on the rim but would not fall through.

Scouting Wake Forest
Wake Forest (14-11, 4-8 ACC) has lost five consecutive games since opening conference play with four wins in seven games. The Demon Deacons most recently lost at home to Florida State, 67-60. They are 1-6 on the road, with the lone win coming at Virginia Tech.
The Deacons are exceptional at getting to the free throw line, leading the ACC in free throw attempts (656) and ranking second in free throws made (420) depsite shooting just 64 percent (14th in ACC). It presents an interesting matchup for Maryland, who is last in the league with nearly 20 personal fouls per game.
Codi Miller-McIntyre leads Wake Forest with 14.2 points per game, while Devin Thomas (the younger brother of Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas) is averaging a team-best 7.8 rebounds.

Second Half Performer
Junior Dez Wells continued to display his ability to take over games in the second half, scoring all 17 of his points against Duke in the latter frame. In the two other contests he was held scoreless in the first half this season, he responded with second half outbursts of 17 points and 21 against Notre Dame and Miami, respectively. Take a closer look at Wells’ splits:
1st Half    2nd Half
Avg. Points           5.3           9.8
FG Made               46            84
FG %                   .434         .528
FT %                    .720         .820

Not So Demon Deacons
Maryland has defeated Wake Forest in seven consecutive meetings – tied for the longest stretch in series history since the Terps took seven straight during a span from 2000-02.
The Terrapins have been dominant throughout the win streak, winning by an average margin of 16.7 points. The pair of teams met three times in 2013, with Maryland winning by double-digits in every meeting.
Included among the victories was a lopsided 86-60 win in Comcast Center on Feb. 2, 2013. Six Maryland players scored in double-figures for the Terrapins for the first time since 2011, led by 13 points from Logan Aronhalt.
The inaugual ACC meeting between the teams was on Dec. 5, 1953, when Wake Forest came away with a 71-54 victory in Winston-Salem. Maryland got revenge in the first ACC game at home, defeating the Deamon Deacons, 74-53.

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