COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland men’s lacrosse team is the No. 7 seed in the 2014 NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament and will play host to Cornell on Saturday, May 10. Faceoff is set for 5 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium, as the Terps (11-3) battle the Big Red (11-4) for the second straight season in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
• The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU, as well as streamed on ESPN3.com and on wireless devices with the WatchESPN app. Booker Corrigan will provide the play-by-play, while the analysis will come from Stephen McElduff.
• The Terps, who received an at-large bid, are making their 37th NCAA Tournament appearance, the second most of any school in NCAA history, while Cornell, which earned an at-large bid out of the Ivy League, is making its 26th appearance in the NCAA tournament.
• The winner of the Maryland/Cornell game will meet the winner of the No. 2 seed Syracuse/Bryant game in the quarterfinals on Saturday, May 17 at Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y. The Orange host Bryant, which defeated Siena, 9-8, on May 7 in a play-in game, on Sunday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. The other quarterfinal matchup in Hempstead will come from the winners of No. 3 Loyola/Albany and No. 6 Notre Dame/Harvard first round games.
• Maryland finished the regular season with a 11-3 mark following its 12-6 victory over Navy. Senior Mike Chanenchuk continues to lead the team this season with 44 points on 28 goals and 16 assists. He is followed by freshman Matt Rambo, who has 32 points on 26 goals and six assists, which is the highest output by a Terrapin freshman since 2008 when Grant Catalino finished with 42 points. Junior Charlie Raffa has won 158-of-233 (.678) faceoffs this season, which ranks second in the nation, with a team-best 100 groundballs. Senior Michael Ehrhardt has made a seamless transition to the long-stick midfield spot and has 52 groundballs, which leads all non-faceoff men, and a team-best 27 caused turnovers to go along with two goals and two assists. Senior Niko Amato has started every game of his college career (64 straight) and boasts a 7.19 goals-against average (4th in the NCAA) with a .577 save percentage (6th in the NCAA) this season.
• The Big Red come into the 2014 tournament with an overall mark of 11-4 after dropping an 11-10 decision in overtime to Penn in the Ivy League semifinals on May 2. Junior attackman Matt Donovan, leads Cornell with 54 points on 32 goals and a team-best 22 assists. Senior attackman Dan Lintner has a team-best 46 goals to go along with five assists. The Big Red’s main man at the faceoff X is senior Doug Tesoriero, who is winning .530 percent of his draw this season with a team-best 123 groundballs. Christian Knight, the 2014 Ivy League Freshman of the Year, took over the starting job in goal on March 8 and has a 10.61 goals-against average with a .538 save percentage this season.
Ticket Information: Tickets are available for the game. Fans may call 1-800-IM-A-TERP from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or online by clicking here. Tickets will also be available at the south end of Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium beginning 90 minutes prior to game time. Mezzanine seats are available for $20, while general admission seating is $10. Youth and senior general admission seats are $5. The first 100 students will be admitted free with a valid student ID. Gates will open 60 minutes prior to faceoff and fans may enter Captial One Field at Byrd Stadium via Gate I (main south gate). All will call tickets and passes can be picked up at Gate J.
Event Media: In addition to being broadcast on ESPNU and streamed on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app, Gametracker will also be available for the game and can be accessed by clicking here. Updates will also be posted to the Maryland Men’s Lacrosse Facebook and Twitter pages.
Parking: General Information: After 4 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends, there is no charge for parking in Lots Z1 or 1b or in Regents Drive Garage. Lots R2 and R3 are limited to vehicles displaying current valid permits for the respective lots at all times. Weekdays Before 4 p.m.: Fans arriving on campus before 4 p.m. on weekdays should park in Union Lane Garage (located between Cole Field House and Stamp Student Union). Rates are $2.00 per hour ($10.00 per day maximum). The garage may only be accessed via Campus Drive and Union Lane, at the top level of the garage. The exit lanes are located at the bottom level of the garage. If the Union Lane Garage is unavailable, fans should park in the Stadium Drive Garage located behind Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
Tailgating: The University of Maryland’s Department of Public Safety provides detailed “Tailgating Tips.” Of note is the University’s definition of a tailgate: “A tailgate has a variety of food and beverages, including non-alcoholic beverages, available in sufficient quantities for the number of people attending.”
THE COUNT DOWN
10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 111 of the 120 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .925 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 129-27 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .827 winning percentage.
8 … Mike Chanenchuk has eight points in six career NCAA tournament games.
7 … Maryland is 3-4 all-time as the No. 7 seed in the NCAA tournament.
6 … Maryland and Cornell are two of the six programs in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse that have at least 700 wins all-time.
5 … This marks the fifth time that Maryland has been the No. 7 seed in the NCAA tournament.
4 … Only four Division I teams have a current streal of winning 10 or more games in a season for at least five seasons. Maryland leads that list with 12-straight 10+ win seasons.
3 … Only three teams in the NCAA tournament field are allowing fewer than eight goals per game and Maryland leads all teams, allowing just 6.93 goals per game.
2 … This is the second straight meeting in the first round between Maryland and Cornell after having not played since 2000 prior to last season.
1 … Only one program – Maryland – has earned a bid in every NCAA tournament since 2003.
• John Tillman is in his seventh season as a head coach, and fourth with the Terps, with a 66-37 career record for a 64.1 winning percentage. Tillman is 46-18 (.719) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.
• Cornell’s Matt Kerwick is in his first season as a head coach and has an 11-4 (.733) record with the Big Red.
TILLMAN IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• The meeting with Cornell will be John Tillman’s 10th NCAA tournament game as a head coach.
• Tillman is 2-1 all-time in first round games, leading the Terps to wins at No. 8 seed North Carolina, 13-6, in 2011 and at No.7 seed Lehigh, 10-9, in 2012. Tillman’s lone defeat in the first round came in 2013 when the No. 6-seeded Terrapins were defeated at home by Cornell, 16-8.
• Tillman is 2-0 in quarterfinal games with a 2011 win over No. 1 seed Syracuse, 6-5 in overtime, in Foxborough, Mass., and an 11-5 win over No. 2 seed Johns Hopkins in 2012 in Annapolis.
• Tillman is 2-0 in semifinals with both wins coming over No. 3- seeded Duke teams. The Terps won over the No. 3-seeded Blue Devils, 9-4, in Baltimore in 2011 and then won 16-10 Duke in 2012 in Foxborough, Mass. Maryland would go on to lose both title games, dropping the 2011 game to No. 7 seed Virginia, 9-7, and the 2012 game to No. 1 seed Loyola, 9-3.
• Overall, Tillman is 6-3 in NCAA tournament games.
• The win over Hopkins in the 2012 quarters made Tillman the only coach in NCAA history to guide two unseeded teams to back-to-back appearances in the Final Four.
• As an assistant coach, Tillman helped guide Navy to four consecutive NCAA tournaments from 2004-07, including a run to the 2004 championship game.
MARYLAND’S 37TH TIME IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• Maryland is making its 37th overall NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013. The Terps have played in the second-most tournaments since the event began in 1971. Only Hopkins has played in more with the Blue Jays making their 42nd appearance this season. Virginia is third all-time with 36 NCAA appearances. The Terps have captured two NCAA championships, 1973 and 1975.
Maryland’s 12th-straight trip to the dance
• This season marks Maryland’s 12th-straight appearance in the NCAA tournament, which is the longest active streak in Division I men’s lacrosse. The Terps are the only program to appear in every NCAA tournament since the field was expanded to 16 teams in 2003.
MARYLAND’S RECORD IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• The Terps have won the fourth-most Division I NCAA Tournament games, compiling a 48-34 overall record in 82 games. Only Johns Hopkins (67-32) and Syracuse (62-22) have won more Division I tournament games. Virginia (48-30) is tied with the Terps.
• Maryland is eighth by percentage (.585) among all teams ever to play in the tournament. Only Syracuse (62-22, .738), Princeton (30-14, .682), Johns Hopkins (67-32, .677), Duke (28-15, .651), Virginia (48-30, .615) and Cornell (32-22, .593) are ahead of the Terps.
• The Terps have captured two titles. Only eight other schools have ever won the NCAA Championship: Syracuse (10), Johns Hopkins (9), Princeton (6), North Carolina (4), Virginia (5), Cornell (3), Duke (2) and Loyola (1).
MARYLAND AS THE NO. 7 SEED
• This marks the fourth time that Maryland has been named the No. 7 seed in the NCAA tournament. Maryland is 3-3 all-time as the No. 7 seed.
• The Terps were previously a No. 7 seed in 1982, 1991, 2007 and 2008.
• In 1982, Maryland lost a first round game to Johns Hopkins by a 14-9 margin.
• In 1991, Maryland advanced to the Final Four, but lost to Towson, 15-11, in the semifinals.
• In 2007, the Terps were upset in the first round by UMBC, 13-9.
• The 2008 tournament saw the No. 7 Terps defeat Denver, 10-7, to advance to the quarters where they fell, 8-7 in overtime, to No. 2 seed Virginia in Annapolis.
SERIES HISTORY VS. CORNELL
• Maryland holds an 13-3 edge in the all-time series against Cornell, which dates to 1929. The Terps have won the last eight meetings including an 11-6 decision at Byrd Stadium on March 20, 1999, which is the last time these two storied programs have played in College Park.
• The only three losses to the Big Red came in NCAA tournament games. The first two came in championship games, as Cornell beat Maryland 12-6 in the 1971 final and topped the Terps 16-13 in 1976, in overtime. The 2013 Cornell victory came in the first round by a 16-8 final.
• The 2013 NCAA tournament game saw Cornell race out to a 4-1 lead in the first quarter and the Big Red never looked back en route to a 16-8 victory in College Park. John Haus led the Terps with two goals, but Tewaaraton Award winner Ron Panell had seven points on four goals and three assists for Cornell.
• Chris Malone’s goal with 7:09 left in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference in Maryland’s 8-7 win over Cornell on March 18, 2000 at the Big Red’s Schoellkopf Field. Andrew “Buggs” Combs had a hat trick to lead the Terps, which also got two goals and two assists from Marcus LaChapelle. First team All-American goalie Pat McGinnis made 10 saves for the Terps.
• The 1999 game in College Park saw the Terps race out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter en route to an 11-6 victory. Brian Zeller had five goals and an assist to lead Maryland, while Andrew “Buggs” Combs had four points on three goals and an assist.
• In the 1976 NCAA title game in Providence, R.I., both teams cruised into the finals with Maryland, the No. 1 seed, defeating Navy, 22-11, and Cornell, the No. 2 seed, topping Johns Hopkins, 13-5. It was the first NCAA title game contested by two undefeated teams.
The Terps held a 7-2 lead at the half over the Big Red, but Cornell outscored Maryland 6-2 in the third to make it a one-goal game going into the fourth. The Terps took an early 10-8 lead in the fourth, but the Big Red ripped off the next four tallies to take a 12-10 lead. Maryland managed to pull to within a goal and then got one to go at the buzzer to tie it up and send the game into overtime.
Maryland freshman Terry Kimball scored the first goal in OT, but there was no sudden victory back then. Cornell then scored four-straight goals to claim the title with a 16-13 win. Ten different Terps scored in the game, including two from Frank Urso and John Lamon, but Cornell legend Mike French tied the then-NCAA tournament single-game scoring record with seven goals in the championship game. .
WELCOME TO THE CLUB
• With his 10 saves vs. Navy in the 2014 regular season finale on May 3, senior goalie Niko Amato eclipsed the 600-save mark for his career. He is just the third Terrapin to reach 600 saves for his career, joining Kevin O’Leary (705, 1981-84) and Brian Dougherty (658, 1993-96).
• Amato is one of just four current goalies in NCAA Division I lacrosse with at least 600 career saves and is the only one whose team advanced to the NCAA tournament. The other goalies with at least 600 saves are: Austin Kraut (Penn State, 686), Nicholas Gibaldi (Wagner, 634) and Peter DeLuca (Jacksonville, 619).
UNDEFEATED HOME SEASONS
• The 2014 Maryland team is the first since 2001 and just the 11th since 1971 to go through the regular season undefeated at home.
• The 1972 team finished the regular season with a perfect 5-0 record at home and won its first NCAA tournament game at home, but lost at home to Johns Hopkins, 9-6, in the NCAA semifinals at Byrd Stadium.
* Maryland was 4-0 at Byrd Stadium, the win over UMBC on May 5 was at Ludwig Field
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 111 of the 120 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .925 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 92.5 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 129-27 in games, for a .827 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 207 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 75.4 percent of the time.
SHOOTING TELLS THE STORY
• Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 69-4 (.945) 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%).
• Maryland is 11-3 on the year and shot 30% or better in seven of its 11 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%
W- Duke: 10 goals, 44 shots = 22.7%
W- at Stony Brook: 11 goals, 48 shots = 22.9%
W- Villanova: 12 goals, 39 shots = 30.7%
W- at Michigan: 13 goals, 42 shots = 31.0%
L- at North Carolina: 8 goals, 30 shots = 26.7%
W- Virginia: 9 goals, 33 shots = 27.3%
W- Robert Morris: 19 goals, 36 shots = 52.8%
L- at Johns Hopkins: 6 goals, 31 shots = 19.4%
W- at Notre Dame: 12 goals, 40 shots = 30.0%
L- vs. Notre Dame: 5 goals, 37 shots = 13.5%
W- Navy: 12 goals, 39 shots = 30.8%
• If 30% is the benchmark, then 40% shooting is in a class all to itself and Maryland has shot 40% or better in 16 games since the start of the 2008 season. Out of those 16 games, Maryland shot 50% or better in five of them.
• Thirteen proved to be an unlucky number for senior Mike Chanenchuk, who saw his 35-game point scoring streak, which dated back to the Johns Hopkins game on Apr. 14, 2012, come to an end in the Terps’ 6-5 loss to Notre Dame in the ACC semifinals. Overall, for his Maryland career Chanenchuk has tallied at least one point in 41 of 44 games.
• Chanenchuk’s point-scoring streak was the second longest since the 2004 season. The only other point-scoring streak longer belongs to Joe Walters, who had at least one point in 45 straight from Feb. 2004 to April 2006. Here’s a look at the Terps’ 20+ game point-scoring streaks since 2004.
45 – Joe Walters (2/28/04 – 4/30/06)
35 – Mike Chanenchuk (4/14/12 – present)
29 – Xander Ritz (2/26/05 – 4/30/06)
26 – Bill McGlone (2/28/04 – 4/23/05)
22 – Grant Catalino (3/3/08 – 3/28/09
20 – Max Ritz (5/6/06 – 5/13/07)
20 – Joe Cummings (5/28/11 – 5/28/12)
• In conjunction with his point-scoring streak, Chanenchuk also had an impressive 23-game goal-scoring streak going, but that came to an end in the 11-6 loss at Johns Hopkins on April 12 when he regiatered three assists, but didn’t score a goal. Prior to the Hopkins game, the last time Chanenchuk did not score a goal for the Terps was in the 23-6 season-opening win over Mount St. Mary’s on Feb. 8, 2013.
• The Terp with the longest current point-scoring streak is now junior Joe LoCascio, who has had at least one point in six straight games.
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. Rambo netted his third hat trick of the season with four goals in the Terps’ 13-5 win at Michigan (March 18) and then added his fourth with three goals in the 19-6 win over Robert Morris (April 2).
• 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. Cannizzaro netted his second career hat trick vs. Villanova on March 14 and added his third at Notre Dame on April 20.
• 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. 11; 4-0=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 (4 in 2014): 4-2=6 vs. Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 8; 3-0=3 vs. UMBC, Feb. 15; 4-0=4 at Michigan, Mar. 18; 3-0 vs. Robert Morris, April 2
Connor Cannizzaro (3 in 2014): 3-1=4 at Syracuse, Feb. 22; 3-0=3 vs. Villanova, Mar. 14; at Notre Dame, April 20
50 PERCENT OR MORE
• Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk scored five of the Terps’ 10 goals in the team’s 10-6 win over No. 1 Duke on March 1, 2014. That performance marks just the ninth time since 1998 that a Maryland player scored at least 50 percent of the team’s goals in a victory (with a five-goal minimum). Chanenchuk is the first Maryland player since 1998 to accomplish the feat at home.
• Here’s a look at Terps who have scored 50% or more of the team’s goals (min. 5 goals) in wins since 1998:
Mike Chanenchuk, 5 goals in 10-6 win vs. Duke (3/1/14)
Jay Carlson, 5 goals in 10-7 win at Villanova (3/16/13)
Joe Walters, 6 goals in 11-4 win at Johns Hopkins (4/15/06)
Joe Walters, 5 goals in 9-6 win at North Carolina (3/25/06)
Xander Ritz, 5 goals in 8-7 OT win at Duke (3/4/06)
Joe Walters, 6 goals in 12-11 win vs. Virginia in ACC finals (4/25/04)
Buggs Combs, 6 goals in 10-4 win at Delaware (3/17/01)
Scott Hochstadt, 6 goals in 9-4 win at Yale (5/1/99)
Scott Hochstadt, 7 goals in 14-11 win at Virginia in ACC finals (4/19/98)
• There are a couple others earlier than 1998, which includes a minimum of six goals scored (which is the minimum for the single-game records):
Rob Wurzburger, 6 goals in 12-7 win at Towson (3/26/88)
Dick Corrigan, 9 goals in 17-10 win over Navy (4/26/58)
UNIFORM AUCTION RAISES MORE THAN $25K FOR THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT
• During the March 30 game vs. Virginia, Maryland honored military men and women injured in the line of duty with a partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project. The Terrapins wore special Under Armour Freedom uniforms that were auctioned off at umterps.com. The auction raised more than $25,000 with 100% of the proceeds going directrly to the Wounded Warrior Project. The Maryland men’s lacrosse program and the Maryland athletics department thank everyone for their generous support.
VOTE EHRHARDT FOR SENIOR CLASS AWARD
• Maryland senior long stick midfielder Michael Ehrhardt is one of 10 lacrosse student-athletes who excel both on and off the field that were selected as finalists for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate men’s lacrosse.
• To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of finalists follows this release.
• Fans can vote once per day per device – computers, tablets, smart phone – so be sure to VOTE EHRHARDT every day!
TILLMAN, AMATO AND CANNIZZARO EARN ACC HONORS
• Head coach John Tillman, senior goalie Niko Amato and freshman attackman Connor Cannizzaro were among the recipients of the annual ACC men’s lacrosse individual awards, the conference announced on May 1. Tillman was selected as the ACC Coach of the Year, while Amato and Cannizzaro were named the Defensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, respectively.
• Tillman earns his first ACC Coach of the Year honor after guiding the Terrapins to an 11-3 overall record, including a 4-1 mark in conference play, which earned Maryland the 2014 ACC Regular Season championship. Tillman, who is in his fourth season at the helm of the Maryland program, is the third Terrapin head coach to earn the honor, joining Dick Edell, who won the award in 1989, 1992 and 1998, and Dave Cottle, who won the award in 2004 and 2008.
• Amato, who is the first goalie in the history of the ACC to be named to the All-ACC squad four times, becomes the second Terp to win the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award in just the third season of the award’s existence. The native of Conshohocken, Pa., leads the conference with a 7.19 goals-against average, which is nearly a full goal less than the second-place goalie. He is also tops in the conference with a .577 save percentage. A four-time ACC Defensive Player of the Week honoree this season, Amato was at his best in conference games and had a 7.80 goals-against average with a .585 save percentage in the five regular season conference games. His standout performance of the season came in the Terps’ 10-6 victory over then-No. 1 Duke on March 1 when he recorded a season-best 17 saves, which is the most by an ACC goalie this year.
• Cannizzaro becomes the eighth Terrapin to earn the ACC Freshman of the Year award and is the first Maryland attackman to win the award since Joe Walters in 2003. The native of Cazenovia, N.Y., was solid throughout the season for the Terps, and is tied for third on the team with 26 points and is fourth with 20 goals. But Cannizzaro excelled in ACC games this season and ranks 10th in the conference in points per game (2.80) and goals per game (2.0). He scored three goals and added an assist in the Terps’ 16-8 win at Syracuse on Feb. 22 and matched that performance with three goals and an assist in Maryland’s 12-8 win at Notre Dame on April 19. He also had two goals and an assist in each of the Terps’ games vs. Virginia and North Carolina.
LEAGUE-BEST FIVE TERPS NAMED TO ALL-ACC TEAM
• Senior goalie Niko Amato became the first goalie in the history of the ACC to be named to the all-conference team for the fourth time in his career. He is just the fifth player ever to be a four-time honoree with Duke attackman Jordan Wolf joining him as the sixth player with his fourth selection this season.
Four-Time All-ACC Selections
Niko Amato (G, MD): 2011-14
Jordan Wolf (A, Duke): 2011-14
Michael Watson (A, UVa): 1994-97
Roddy Marino (A, UVa): 1983-87
Scott Gerham (M, UVa): 1981-84
Pete Worstell (M, MD): 1977-78, 1980-81
Stan Cockerton (A, NC State): 1977-80
• Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk, senior defender Michael Ehrhardt, junior defender Goran Murray and junior faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa are all first time honorees.
• The five All-ACC selections are the most for the Terps since 2006 when they also placed five on the all-conference team.
TERPS’ 89TH SEASON OF LACROSSE
• The Terps boast an all-time record of 758-256-4 (.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 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 57-22 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.
Face-Off Magazine Preseason All-Americans
Michael Ehrhardt (1st)
Niko Amato (2nd)
Goran Murray (2nd)
Mike Chanenchuk (3rd)
National Player of the Week
Mike Chanenchuk (Mar. 3)
ACC Coach of the Year
ACC Defensive Player of the Year
ACC Freshman of the Year
Niko Amato (4th selection)
Mike Chanenchuk (1st selection)
Michael Ehrhardt (1st selection)
Goran Murray (1st selection)
Charlie Raffa (1st selection)
ACC All-Tournament Team
Offensive Player of the Week
Mike Chanenchuk (Mar. 4)
Connor Cannizzaro (Apr. 22)
Defensive Player of the Week
Niko Amato (Feb. 25)
Niko Amato (Mar. 4)
Niko Amato (Apr. 1)
Charlie Raffa (Apr. 22)
Niko Amato (May 6)
University of Maryland
Terp of the Week
Charlie Raffa (Feb. 28)
Connor Cannizzaro (Apr. 23)
CONSECUTIVE 10-WIN SEASONS
• Maryland’s 12-8 win at Notre Dame on April 20, 2014 extended the Terps’ streak of double-digit win seasons to 12, 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 (12): 2014 (11-3), 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 (8): 2014 (13-3), 2013 (16-4), 2012 (15-5) 2011 (14-6), 2010 (16-4), 2009 (15-4), 2008 (18-2), 2007 ( 17-3)
North Carolina (6): 2014 (10-4), 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.
TERPS ON ESPNU
• Maryland has had 52 games on ESPNU since 2006. Maryland is 28-24 (.538) all-time in games broadcast on ESPNU.
• The Terps are scheduled to play five games (at North Carolina, vs. Virginia, at Johns Hopkins, at Notre Dame and the ACC tournament semifinals) on ESPNU in 2014.
• Maryland has played 80 different opponents in its 89 seasons, including the first-ever meeting between the Terps and Michigan and then vs. Robert Morris earlier this season. In the Terps’ 80 first-time meetings Maryland is 76-4 (.950) in those games. Adelphi (12-13, 1982), Army (0-3, 1923), Syracuse (3-10, 1927) and Yale (3-5, 1925) are the only schools to beat the Terps the first time the schools met on a lacrosse field.
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.