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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.


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.


• 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.


• 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.


• 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.


• 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.


• 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.


• 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


• 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.


• 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.


• 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.


• 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 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.)


• 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.


• 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 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.


• 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.


• 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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Hopkins wilts in second half at Syracuse

Posted on 16 March 2013 by WNST Staff

SYRACUSE, NY – Host Syracuse used a 6-0 run in the first quarter and a game-ending 5-1 run to fuel a 13-8 victory over visiting Johns Hopkins in men’s lacrosse action at the Carrier Dome Saturday afternoon. The Orange trailed for just over two minutes early in the game and then took control before holding off a Blue Jay rally that trimmed the five-goal deficit to one early in the third quarter.

Syracause (4-1) got one of the runs its known for early as Luke Cometti answered Holden Cattoni’s game-opening goal and the Orange then scored five goals in a span of just under five minutes to take control and grab all the momentum.

Back-to-back goals by Henry Schoonmaker broke the 1-1 tie and gave SU and 3-1 lead and Hakeem Lecky, Scott Loy and Derek Maltz all added goals before the first quarter was over to make it 6-1.

The Blue Jays halted the run with the first of Wells Stanwick’s three goals on the day, but a Matt Harris goal on a scramble off the ensuing faceoff made it 7-2.

The Blue Jays hopped back in the game by scoring four of the next five goals before halftime to make it 8-6 at the half.

Stanwick’s second of the game with just over nine minutes remaining in the period was followed 24 seconds later by a Lee Coppersmith goal in transition to slice the deficit to 7-4.

Loy’s second of the game pushed the lead back to four for the Orange, but junior Rex Sanders and Stanwick struck late in the quarter to account for the 8-6 halftime score.

The Blue Jays, who fought through nine first-half turnovers and were 2-for-2 with the extra-man in the opening 30 minutes, trimmed the deficit to 8-7 less than three minutes into the third quarter when freshman Ryan Brown notched his eighth goal of the season with an extra-man strike.

Johns Hopkins won the ensuing faceoff after Brown’s goal, but a turnover led to Lecky’s second of the game to give the Orange a two-goal lead again.

Senior goalie Pierce Bassett made two point-blank saves to keep it a two-goal game over the next six minutes, but Syracuse worked Loy free along the goal line with 5:25 remaining and he beat Bassett on the doorstep to extend the lead to 10-7 before Loy added his third in the final two minutes of the quarter to make it 11-7.

Junior Brandon Benn scooped up a loose ball in front of the goal and fired into an open net less than two minutes into the fourth quarter, but Matt Pratt answered less than a minute later and a Dylan Donahue goal closed out the scoring 10 minutes later for the Orange.

Loy led the Orange with three goals, while Schoonmaker added two goals and one assist for SU, which outshot the Blue Jays 39-29.

Stanwick paced the Blue Jays with his third straight four-point game on three goals and one assist, but no other Blue Jay posted more than one point on the day. Bassett posted 11 saves in goal for JHU and senior Mike Poppleton won 14-of-23 faceoffs and grabbed seven ground balls, but the Blue Jays’ 17 turnovers and SU’s hot shooting in the first quarter (6-of-11) was more than JHU could overcome.

Johns Hopkins will return to action next Saturday when the Blue Jays play Virginia in the second game of the Konica Minolta Faceoff Classic at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium.

#4 Johns Hopkins (5-2) 1-5-1-1/8
#11 Syracuse (4-1) 6-2-3-2/13

GoalsJ: Stanwick-3, Sanders, Benn, Brown, Cattoni, Coppersmith. S: Loy-3, Schoonmaker-2, Lecky-2, Cometti, Maltz, Ward, Donahue, Harris, Pratt. AssistsJ: Greeley, Stanwick. S: Marasco-3, Barber, Cometti, Donahue, Maltz, Schoonmaker, Ward. SavesJ: Bassett-11, Schneider-0. S: Wardwell-3, Lamolinara-5. Shots: J-29. S-39.EMOJ: -3-for-6. S: 0-for-4. Attendance: 6,292.


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Hopkins, Syracuse renew rivalry Saturday at Carrier Dome

Posted on 15 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Television:  ESPNU

The Game: Johns Hopkins (5-1) leaves the state of Maryland for the first time in 2013 as the Blue Jays travel to Syracuse (3-1) to renew one of the great rivalries in college lacrosse.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins improved to 5-1 on the year as the Blue Jays topped UMBC, 13-7, last Friday night at Homewood Field. Syracuse made it three straight in the win column as the Orange topped St. John’s, 13-11, in the Whitman’s Sampler Independence Classic last Saturday in Chester, PA.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Syracuse are meeting for the 51st time in a series that dates to a 4-4 tie in 1921. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 27-22-1 and won last season, 11-7. SU had won five in a row against JHU prior to last season and has won the last two meetings in the Carrier Dome.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Syracuse with an all-time record of 929-299-15 (.753). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

State Rivalries: Without question the Blue Jays play one of the most difficult schedules in the nation and a big part of the schedule are the in-state rivalries the Blue Jays have. Including the win last week against UMBC, JHU is 59-7 (.894) against teams from Maryland under head coach Dave Pietramala.
That’s 103 Games Over .500: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up his 166th career win when JHU knocked off UMBC and he now stands at 166-63 overall. Included in that mark is a 143-46 record at JHU and a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell.
Pietramala ranks second all-time in school history in career coaching victories as only Hall of Fame coach Bob Scott (158 wins from 1955-74) has more victories than Pietramala while patrolling the sidelines at Homewood.

Must be the Speech: There must be something to what Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala says in the locker room that sparks the Blue Jays as Johns Hopkins holds decided scoring advantages in the first and third quarters through six games. JHU has outscored the opposition 27-7 in the first quarter and 24-10 in the third. By contrast, the Blue Jays hold just a 20-17 scoring margin in the fourth quarter and are deadlocked in the second quarter (13-13).

Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins counts seven players with four or more goals and 10 players with four or more points through six games. In all, 17 different players have found the back of the net for JHU and 20 players have at least one point.

EMO Clicking: The Johns Hopkins extra man unit connected on 5-of-6 chances against Mount St. Mary’s, came back with a 4-of-6 showing against UMBC and is now 17-of-29 (.586) on the year. Johns Hopkins currently leads the nation in extra-man offense. Seven different players have scored at least one extra man goal for the Blue Jays with freshman Ryan Brown (6), senior Zach Palmer (3) and junior Brandon Benn (3) leading the way.

Stanwick Breaks Out: Sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick enjoyed the finest game of his career in the 19-9 win over Mount St. Mary’s last Tuesday as he totaled five goals and four assists for nine points. Previously he had never had more than two goals, three assists or four points in a game.
He followed that with a two-goal, four-assist effort in the win over UMBC to push his season totals to 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points. The 12 goals already surpass his total from last season and his 23 points match his total from a year ago.
Stanwick is the first Johns Hopkins player to post nine points in a game since Kyle Barrie had five goals and four assists in a 17-3 win over Navy in 2003. He is also the first JHU player with back-to-back six-point games since Dan Denihan did it against Villanova (8), Ohio State (6) and Maryland (7) during the 2000 season.

Poppleton Rolls On: With a 15-of-21 performance against Mount St. Mary’s and a 12-of-19 effort against UMBC, senior faceoff specialist Mike Poppleton continued his strong work at the X for the Blue Jays.
Poppleton, who ranks first in the nation in faceoff winning percentage, is now 82-of-112 (.732) on the year and leads the team with 44 ground balls. He also improved to 272-of-422 (.645) in his career with his efforts last week.

Benn Continues Hot Streak: Junior Brandon Benn scored four goals in the win over Mount St. Mary’s to run his season totals to 18 goals and one assist in five games. He currently leads the team in goals and points.
Benn’s four-goal effort marked his fifth straight hat trick, making him the first Johns Hopkins player with five straight hat tricks since Conor Ford turned the trick late in the 2004 season. The last Johns Hopkins player to post six consecutive hat tricks was Dylan Schlott in 1998.

Cattoni Emerging: Freshman Holden Cattoni played in two of the Blue Jays’ first three games, but didn’t register a point in those two outings.
That changed quickly as the hard-shooting lefty punched up back-to-back two-point games against Princeton and Mount St. Mary’s. He fired home a pair of goals againt the Tigers and added one goal and one assist against the Mount.

What Brown Does For Us: Freshman Ryan Brown has stepped in and made an immediate impact for the Blue Jays. Brown has seven goals and three assists through six games and leads the team with six extra-man goals. He has registered at least one point in five of six games this season and his six extra-man goals already match the team-leading total Brandon Benn punched up a year ago.

Sanders Breaks Through: Junior midfielder Rex Sanders entered the 2013 season with one career goal to his credit. He has already far surpassed that total as he has scored seven goals through six games. Sanders is tied for fifth on the team in goals (7) and is tied for eighth in points (7).

Bassett Solid Through Six: Senior Pierce Bassett hails from Arizona, but the chill of the early season in Baltimore hasn’t slowed him as he currently boasts a .600 save percentage and a 7.33 goals against average. He ranks eightth in the nation in goals against average and sixth in save percentage. He posted 10 saves in the win against UMBC and became the 10th Johns Hopkins goalie to reach the 400-save mark (406) in the process.

Durkin Fuels Defense: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala has the luxury of returning the nation’s top defensive player in senior co-captain Tucker Durkin, who has picked up right where he left off a year ago.
Durkin currently ranks third on the team in ground balls (14) and leads the team with nine caused turnovers. Durkin counts exactly one-fourth of JHU’s total caused turnovers (36) to his credit and is the anchor of a Johns Hopkins defense that ranks 11th nationally in scoring defense (7.83).

Scoring Droughts Abound: Despite the new rules in place this season that aim to quicken the pace (and thus increasing scoring), the Johns Hopkins defense has been able to hold the opposition scoreless for long stretches this season.
Siena, Towson and Michigan each drew blanks of at least 15 minutes and all three had two droughts that lasted at least 13 minutes. Princeton was more productive in its win against JHU, but did have one scoring drought that covered more than 11 minutes, while Mount St. Mary’s went more than 18 minutes without a goal at one point and UMBC was held off the board for 24:04 to open the game and 13:01 later in the game. I’m Honored: The Blue Jays return four players who earned All-America honors last season in seniors Tucker Durkin, Pierce Bassettand John Ranagan and junior Rob Guida. Durkin earned First Team All-America honors on defense, while Ranagan and Guida grabbed second team honors at midfield. Bassett earned honorable mention honors in goal and he, Durkin and Ranagan are two-time All-America selections for the Blue Jays.

Odd, But True: Years ending in “3” have been kind, and unkind, to the Blue Jays. Since the formation of the NCAA Tournament in 1971, Johns Hopkins has advanced to the NCAA Championship game three times (1973, 1983, 2003) and the NCAA Semifinals once (1993) in the years ending in three. JHU fell in each of those three title games with the three loses coming by a total of four goals. In each of those instances the Blue Jays subsequently won a national championship within two years.

Representing the Stars and Stripes – Part I: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala will serve as an assistant coach for the United States at at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships in Denver Colorado. Pietramala will serve under Richie Meade, the head coach at Navy from 1995-2011.

Representing the Stars and Stripes – Part II: Johns Hopkins sophomore defender Rob Enright was a member of the United States Team that won the 2012 FIL U-19 World Championship in Turku, Finland. Enright is the 17th Johns Hopkins player to represent the United States at the U-19 Championships since the formation of the event in 1988.

Working Overtime: The Blue Jays have won their last three overtime games dating back to the 2011 season and are 19-9 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala.

Streaking: In case you didn’t notice, Johns Hopkins is 25-6 in its last 31 games and 30-8 since the start of the 2011 season.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked fourth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and fifth in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll as well. The Johns Hopkins Athletic Communications Office uses the USILA Poll to represent JHU’s official ranking at the time of a game. Prior to falling out of the top 20 of the USILA Poll on April 26 and May 3, 2010 (JHU was receiving votes in both polls), the Blue Jays had been ranked in the top 20 in 367 consecutive polls dating back to the first poll in 1973.

More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 401 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 399 of those 401 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 378 of the 401 and the top five in 299 of those 401. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

Palmer in Rare Company: Senior attackman Zach Palmer led Johns Hopkins in scoring with 27 goals and 26 assists for 53 points last season. With that effort, Palmer became the first player at Johns Hopkins with 25 goals and 25 assists in the same season since 2007, when Paul Rabil totaled 27 goals and 26 assists. The 25-25 feat is rare at Johns Hopkins as Palmer is just the eighth Blue Jay to reach this mark since 1980 (the eight have turned the trick a combined 13 times).

Palmer Among Career Active Assists Leaders: Senior attackman Zach Palmer notched two assists against Mount St. Mary’s to run his career assist total to 67. He currently ranks ninth among all active Division I players in career assists.

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