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Ovechkin, Holtby Propel Caps Over Devils

Posted on 21 December 2014 by Ed Frankovic

Alexander Ovechkin has been flying for weeks but not getting rewarded with goals (only two tallies in last nine games). On Saturday in New Jersey, the Gr8 continued to shine on the ice but through two periods, he did not have a goal or a point, yet his team was leading 2-0. Ovi had hit two posts and was on the ice for both Caps goals, helping create net traffic on Mike Green’s marker that made it 1-0.

It seemed that eventually he would break out and end his scoring drought and in vintage Ovechkin fashion he did it with a highlight reel goal. The Gr8 took the puck in his own zone with just under 10 minutes left in regulation, raced up the right wing boards, made a sweet move around Jon Merrill and then roofed the biscuit top shelf on the backhand past Cory Schneider to give Washington a 3-0 lead to effectively end the contest. That one will be all over the highlight shows and You Tube.

Jay Beagle (two assists) would work hard up the right wing boards with just over two minutes left allowing Nicklas Backstrom (two goals) to hit the empty net and seal a 4-0 Caps victory.

Washington now improves to 16-10-6 and completes their three game road trip at 2-0-1 (only loss in a 20 round shootout in Florida). The Caps are really playing better as a team and as a result, they seem very comfortable on the road (10-5-2 on the season). When the Capitals score first, the game has been pretty much over this season, as they are now 15-1-2 when getting the first tally.

In addition, the Caps are now 6-0-2 in their last eight games. Braden Holtby was outstanding once again on a Saturday night stopping all 21 shots he faced, including several tough ones when the game was still close. #70 is in a groove, and I credit a lot of that to individual improvement but also to the fact that Coach Barry Trotz has the whole club playing a structured defense. It’s amazing what an experienced coach can do for a club and Trotz is transforming a Capitals team that was awful in their own zone into a much tougher team in all zones. Goalies love knowing where the shots are coming from and that is primarily the case for the Caps goalie these days.

Sure the Devils played on Friday night and are a banged up and old team, but in the past the Capitals had trouble winning games at The Rock. Trotz and company seem to be changing a lot of the old Caps paradigms and this team looks much more confident playing the game. When someone makes a mistake, it seems there is always another Capital there to prevent it from costing the club. Washington is much more relentless on the puck as they’ve become more and more comfortable with Trotz’ system.

Ovechkin and Backstrom were dynamite on Saturday and at least one of them was on the ice for all four of Washington’s goals. The Gr8 was a +3 in this game and is now +7 overall after being -35 under Coach Adam Oates and a lousy defense last season. Defense is now something the Capitals understand and continue to improve at, thanks to the upgrades on the blue line and the Trotz hiring.

They continue to get better and are now 8-1-2 in the Metropolitan Division. Still, they have yet to face the New York Rangers or the Pittsburgh Penguins. After playing the Senators on Monday at the Verizon Center, they travel to MSG on Tuesday to face Rick Nash and company and then on Saturday they get Sidney Crosby and the Pens at the Consol Energy Center.

It’s been a busy month for Washington, but they’ve continued to pick up wins and points thanks to their improved defense, strong goaltending, and a willingness to get pucks to the cage with net presence.

Notes: Shot attempts were low in this one, 37-36, for the Caps. Ovechkin had 10 of the Caps shot attempts, including two posts and then a missed penalty shot…faceoffs were even at 28-28…John Carlson led the Caps in ice time at 23:31. Trotz continues to spread the ice time out and that helps keep players much fresher and less likely to get injured.

 

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Jerry’s Used Car Superstores Presents WNST Rock The Red Caps Bustrip to D.C. vs. New Jersey Devils (March 26)

Posted on 05 December 2014 by WNST Trips

We’re trying to get more aggressive and do even more WNST Baltimore “Rocks The Red” buses down to D.C. than usual this season but can only do these trips based on demand. If you love the Caps and don’t like the drive before and after games, our trips have an eight-year track record of being easy, fun and affordable. We appreciate you supporting all that we’re doing to grow the hockey community in Baltimore. If you know of other Capitals/Skipjacks/Clippers/Bandits hockey fans in Baltimore, please help us spread the word and fill some buses with Baltimore “Rock The Red” fans.

All aboard another Jerry’s Used Car Superstores WNST Rocks The Red Puck Bus to D.C. as the Washington Capitals take on the New Jersey Devils at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Our Gunther Motorcoach will depart from the White Marsh Mall at 4:15 p.m. with a pickup from Catonsville/UMBC I-95 Park N Ride (at Rt. 166) at 4:45 p.m. All tickets are upper level in the Verizon Center and include a limited supply of cold beer (for those 21-and-over) en route and snacks, soft drinks and fun videos and giveaways.

We will be able to accommodate larger groups upon request and always keep groups together.

We hope you join us for a night of hockey and fun aboard the Jerry’s Used Car Superstores WNST Rocks The Red Puck Bus to D.C. Families and children are welcomed and encouraged to join us!

It’s a great night out!

Your PayPal receipt is your ticket and we always throw you an email 48 hours before the game to confirm everything. All you need to do is purchase and we’ll see you at the bus. We bring the game tickets with us. Nice and easy!

If you have any questions, throw me a note: nasty@wnst.net

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Maryland to face Arizona State in CBE Hall of Fame Classic semis

Posted on 06 August 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic Championship Round Matchups Set

Gary Williams to be inducted into College Basketball HOF Nov. 23

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced today the matchups for the championship round of the 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic. All four games of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., will be televised live on ESPN networks. In addition, former Maryland men’s basketball coach Gary Williams will be enshrined into the National Collegeiate Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City on Sunday, November 23.

On Monday, November 24, Arizona State will take on Maryland at 7:00pm ET on ESPNUfollowed by Alabama and Iowa State at 9:30pm ET on ESPN2.  On Tuesday, November 25, the consolation game will tip off at 7:00pm ET on ESPN3, followed by the 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic championship game at 9:30pm ET on ESPNU.

The Terps are 1-1 all-time against the Sun Devils, last meeting in 1994 at the Maui Invitational. Maryland went 2-2 in its only other appearance in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in 2007.

Tickets for the championship round games at Sprint Center may be purchased by visiting www.cbehalloffameclassic.com, www.axs.com, by phone at 888-929-7849, or in person at Sprint Center Box Office.

For more information on the CBE Hall of Fame Classic, please visit www.cbehalloffameclassic.com and follow us on Twitter at @CBEHOFClassic.

 

—- CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS —-

Semifinal Doubleheader

Sprint Center – Kansas City, Mo.

Monday, November 24 – 7:00 PM ET

Arizona State vs. Maryland (ESPNU)

Alabama vs. Iowa State (ESPN2)

 

Championship Doubleheader

Sprint Center – Kansas City, Mo.

Tuesday, November 25 – 7:00 PM ET

Consolation Game (ESPN3)    Championship Game (ESPNU)

 

About the CBE Hall of Fame Classic

The CBE Hall of Fame Classic is named after the College Basketball Experience, the award-winning and highly interactive college basketball fan facility adjacent to Sprint Center, which also features the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Opened in October 2007, the College Basketball Experience is the nation’s only facility that celebrates, in its entirety, the sport of men’s collegiate basketball. The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame hosts an Induction Celebration on the Sunday before the tournament, celebrating Hall of Fame collegiate careers.  The tournament, in partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), was initially established in 2001 as the Guardians Classic.  Founded in 1927, the NABC, since its inception, has acted as a guardian of the game of basketball by furthering the best interests of the game as well as the players and coaches who participate.   The NABC engages in many efforts to enhance the college basketball experience for players, coaches and fans.  The CBE Hall of Fame Classic is produced by Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc., www.blueridgesports.com.  Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc. is a sports management firm based in the Shenandoah Valley city of Winchester, Virginia.    Sponsorship opportunities for the CBE Hall of Fame Classic and National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Induction celebration are available through Premier Sports by contacting Laurie Bollig, lbollig@premiersportsonline.com.  To find out more, visit: www.cbehalloffameclassic.com and follow us on Twitter @CBEHOFClassic.

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Duke to face Notre Dame for NCAA Championship Monday in Baltimore

Posted on 25 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Game 20
No. 3 Duke (16-3) vs. No. 5 Notre Dame (12-5)
NCAA Championship
May 26, 2014 | 1 p.m. | ESPN2
Baltimore, Md. | M&T Bank Stadium
 
Setting the Scene
• Duke advanced to its fifth NCAA title game with a 15-12 win over Denver
• The Blue Devils face off against Notre Dame in the championship match for the second time overall
• Notre Dame advanced on an 11-6 win over ACC foe Maryland, earning its second appearance in title match
The Series History
• Duke and Notre Dame meet for the second time this season and 16th time overall
• The Blue Devils hold a 9-6 lead in the series and a 3-1 edge in NCAA Tournament games
• Duke won the 2014 regular season game 15-7 in South Bend

Tale Of The Tape
Category Duke Notre Dame
Overall Record

16-3

12-5

Shots/Game

41.8

37.4

Goals/Game

15.05

12

Assists/Game

9.11

6.12

Points/Game

24.2

18.2

Shot %

0.36

0.321

GAA

9.68

9.46

GBs/Game

35.2

31.1

EMO

24-65 (.369)

35-66 (.530)

Man Down

53-80 (.662)

33-57 (.579)

Clears

319-356 (.896)

227-262 (.866)

Faceoff %

305-528 (.578)

238-426  (.559)

Duke by the Numbers
2-2 – The Blue Devils’ record in NCAA title games
298 – Career points for Jordan Wolf, two shy of becoming the second ACC player to reach 300
169 – Points this season by Duke’s first midfield line of Class, Jones and Walsh – the most by a unit in school history
97 – Points this season for Jordan Wolf, three shy of becoming the first Blue Devil to record 100 points in a season
18 – Points for Myles Jones in three NCAA Tournament games, five shy of Matt Danowski’s Duke record 23
4 – Goals for Kyle Keenan on four shots in semifinal win over Denver
468 – Career ground balls for Brendan Fowler, five shy of taking over the No. 4 spot in NCAA history
488 – Faceoffs taken by Brendan Fowler in 2014, second in NCAA single season history to his 526 taken last year
32 – Career hat tricks for Jordan Wolf, including 13 this season
18 – Goals per game average for the Blue Devils in the three tournament games this year
8.00 – Goals allowed by per game by Notre Dame in its three NCAA Tournament games
How Duke Got Here
Duke junior Kyle Keenan registered four goals and Jordan Wolf added five points to help the Blue Devils to a 15-12 win over Denver … Junior goaltender Kyle Turri came off the bench to make four saves in 13:46 of action to hold off the Pioneers down the stretch … Deemer Class added three goals and Chad Cohan had two … Christian Walsh dished out a game-high three assists.
How Notre Dame Got Here
Matt Kavanagh had five goals and seven points overall to lead Notre Dame to an 11-6 win over Maryland … Connor Doyle added four points … Matt Landis forced three turnovers in the Irish’s defensive effort and Connor Kelly made 14 saves against the Terps.
Last Time We Met
Jordan Wolf tallied four goals and three assists and  Deemer Class added five goals and two assists to lead the No. 3 Blue Devils to a 15-7 win over seventh-ranked Notre Dame in early April … Duke held Notre Dame scoreless for 21:57 en route to a 5-1 lead early in the second quarter … Duke led by as many as 10 and held Irish leading scorer Matt Kavanagh without a goal and to just two shots overall in the game … The Irish won the faceoff battle 15-10.
The Streak Continues
Duke has won seven straight NCAA Tournament games … The Blue Devils are trying to become the first repeat champion since Syracuse won in 2008 and 2009 and the sixth program to do so in NCAA history … The Blue Devils are the lone squad to reach eight consecutive championship weekends in the 21st century … Since 2000, Duke, Syracuse and Virginia have landed in the NCAA semifinal round nine times … Maryland and Johns Hopkins have seven appearances … Overall Syracuse holds the record with 22 straight from 1983-2004.
In common
Duke and Notre Dame share eight common opponents, including four non-conference foes … The Blue Devils went 7-2 against the eight foes, while the Irish were 8-3 in the 11 meetings with the eight squads.

Opponent Duke Notre Dame
Jacksonville W, 16-10 W, 19-7
North Carolina W, 9-8 (OT) W, 11-10
Denver W, 14-10 L, 7-10
Virginia W, 17-15 W, 18-9
Syracuse W, 21-7, L, 15-16 L, 10-11, W, 15-14
Marquette W, 20-9 W, 12-7
Maryland L, 6-10 L, 8-12, W, 6-5, W, 11-6
Harvard W, 17-11 W, 13-5
Danowski in Rematches
Head coach John Danowski is 21-8 in rematches from regular season games during his eight seasons at Duke … He is 15-7 in rematches when the Blue Devils win the regular season contest … This marks the first time Duke has faced Notre Dame in the postseason after winning the regular season game … In non-conference rematches, Duke is 7-2 with the two losses coming against Johns Hopkins.
NCAA Tournament Notes
• Duke is making its fifth appearance in the NCAA title game and second consecutive
• The Blue Devils are 31-15 all-time in the NCAA Tournament … The 31 wins are sixth among Division I teams … Duke is 2-2 in championship games
• Jordan Wolf leads all current Blue Devils with 48 career NCAA Tournament points (28g, 20a) … Josh Dionne andChristian Walsh have 25.
• Duke has won 25 of its past 31 NCAA playoff games and seven straight … Three of the losses have come against Johns Hopkins in 2005 and 2007 title games and 2008 semifinals
• Overall, the Blue Devils are 26-6 in NCAA action when scoring at least 10 goals and 1-9 when held to single digits
A Win Over Notre Dame Would
• Give Duke its second consecutive NCAA Championship and third overall
• Mark the first time a team has won consecutive championships since Syracuse did so in 2008 and 2009
• Be the program’s 32nd NCAA Tournament victory
• Make Duke 63-58-1 all-time in the month of May
• Give John Danowski his 347th career victory, 128th at Duke and 27th in the NCAA Tournament
• Be the program’s 508th victory
 
2014 Wolf Moving Up Single-Season Charts
With five points against Denver, Wolf moved into a tie with mentor Matt Danowski on the Duke single-season scoring chart with 97 points … Wolf is fourth in goals and seventh in assists … He is two points shy of becoming the first Duke player and 13th in NCAA history to reach 100 points in a single season.

Category DUKE ACC NCAA
Points (97) T-1st T-1st T-15th
Goals (62) 4th 4th T-13th
Assists (35) 7th NA NA
Wolf Climbing Career Lists
Wolf continues to move up the Duke, ACC and NCAA career lists … His 298 points (182 goals and 116 assists) rank second in Duke and ACC history and ninth in NCAA history … His 182 goals are third in Duke history, fourth in the ACC and 10th all-time in the NCAA records book … He is two points shy of becoming the second player in ACC history and ninth in NCAA history to reach 300 career points.

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Duke tops Denver, reaches NCAA Championship Game again

Posted on 24 May 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE — (AP) Attackman Kyle Keenan scored four goals, Jordan Wolf had three goals and two assists, and top-seeded Duke defeated No. 5 Denver 15-12 in the NCAA semifinals Saturday.

Deemer Class added three goals for Duke (16-3), which will seek its second consecutive national championship and third overall Monday against the winner of the second semifinal between Maryland and Notre Dame.

Attackman Wesley Berg scored five goals for Denver (16-3), which has lost all three of its semifinal appearances. Jack Bobzien added three goals for the Pioneers.

Denver scored three straight goals to pull within 11-10 with 13:46 left. The two teams then traded scores before Duke reeled off three goals in a row to hold off the comeback attempt.

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Hopkins’ season ends at hands of Duke in NCAA Tournament

Posted on 18 May 2014 by WNST Staff

NEWARK, DE – The top-seeded Duke mens’s lacrosse team scored the first six goals of the game and seven of the final eight as the Blue Devils eased past unseeded Johns Hopkins, 19-11, in the NCAA Quarterfinals at Delaware Stadium on the campus of the University of Delaware on Sunday. The Devils improve to 15-3 and advance to the NCAA Semifinals for the eighth straight season, while Johns Hopkins had its season end with an 11-5 record.

Johns Hopkins had cut the early 6-0 deficit to 12-8 at the half and got back to-back goals from sophomore Holden Cattoni in the first six minutes of the second half to slice the deficit to 12-10 with 9:16 left in the third quarter. From there, Duke scored the next two goals to push the lead to 14-10 and then controlled the fourth quarter to secure the win.

After Cattoni’s pair, Duke’s Jordan Wolf pushed the lead to 13-10 with an unassisted goal just 52 seconds later. The Blue Jays killed off a man-down situation a short time later and twice had possession with a chance to cut farther into the lead, but a pair of turnovers ultimately led to another goal by Wolf to account for the 14-10 Blue Devil lead at the end of the third quarter.

A goal by junior Wells Stanwick just 46 seconds into the fourth quarter made it 14-11 with plenty of time remaining, but that would be the last goal of the game for the Blue Jays, who held Duke scoreless for the first six minutes of the final period before a Case Matheis goal at the 8:54 mark ignited a 5-0 game-ending run for the Devils. Matheis bookended the run, which included two more goals by Wolf and one by Myles Jones.

The late-game surge didn’t look like it would be necessary early on as the Blue Devils led 6-0 before the game was 10 minutes old and 7-3 at the end of the first quarter. Josh Dionne scored three of his four goals on the day in the first 14 minutes as the Blue Devils scored on seven of their 14 first-quarter shots.

The Blue Jays slowly started to creep back into the game late in the first quarter as Rob Guida and Brandon Benn scored back-to-back goals in a span of just under a minute and Guida answered Dionne’s third tally with an extra-man goal in the final minute to make it 7-3.

Like they had in the first quarter, the Devils struck quickly in the second as Dionne’s extra-man goal just under two minutes into the period was followed by the first of Wolf’s five goals on the day 76 seconds later.

Duke pushed the lead to first-half high of seven at 12-5 with an unassisted goal by Jones with just over five minutes left in the first half, but the Blue Jays scored the final three goals of the half to account for a 12-8 halftime score. Cattoni opened the spree when he scored off an assist from Stanwick, while Reed and freshman John Crawley added unassisted strikes in the final 2:24.

Reed would get the helper on Cattoni’s two goals early in the third quarter, but Wolf answered a short time later to spark the 7-1 game-ending run for the Blue Devils, who methodically ran their offense and pulled away to lock down their spot in the national semifinals.

Wolf paced the Blue Devils with five goals and three assists, while Jones (3g, 4a) Matheis (3g, 2a) and Dionne (4g) all finished with at least four points. Senior Brendan Fowler won 17-of-33 faceoffs and grabbed 13 ground balls for Duke, which held advantages in shots (44-35) and ground balls (37-19).

Guida and Cattoni both posted hat tricks and Reed added the one goal and a career-high four assists to give the Blue Jays’ first midfield a combined seven goals and four assists. Stanwick added a goal and three assists and senior Eric Schneider finished with 10 saves in goal for the Blue Jays.

Notes: Benn (40) and Brown (40) are the first Johns Hopkins teammates to score 40 or more goals in the same season since Terry Riordan (52) and Brian Piccola (41) in 1995 … this is just the third time its been done • Stanwick’s three assists give him 44 on the year, the fourth-highest single-season total in school history • Stanwick’s 67 points are the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Riordan had 69 in 1995 • Johns Hopkins was 3-for-3 on EMO and finished the season 30-of-55 (.545).

#8 Johns Hopkins (11-5) 3-5-2-1/11
#3 Duke (15-3) 7-5-2-5/19

GoalsJ: Guida-3, Cattoni-3, Reed, Stanwick, Brown, Benn, Crawley. D: Wolf-5, Dionne-4, Jones-3, Matheis-3, Walsh-2, Keenan-2. Assists: J: Reed-4, Stanwick-3, Brown. D: Jones-4, Wolf-3, Matheis-2, Cohan, Haus, Keenan, Walsh. Saves:J: Schneider-10, Ryan-0. D: Aaron-3, Turri-1. Shots: J-35, D-44. EMOJ: 3-for-3. D: 1-for-3. Attendance: TBA.

 

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Hopkins eyes return to Final Four Saturday against Duke

Posted on 17 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Television:  ESPNU

The Game: Unseeded Johns Hopkins (11-4) makes the short drive up Route 95 to Newark, Delaware to take on top-seeded Duke (14-3) in the NCAA Quarterfinals. Game time from Delaware Stadium on the campus of the University of Delaware is set for noon on Sunday, May 18.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the 40th time in school history with a 14-8 victory at eighth-seeded Virginia last Sunday. High-powered Duke jumped all over visiting Air Force and cruised to a 20-9 victory to secure its spot in the NCAA Quarterfinals for the eighth straight year.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Duke are meeting for the 18th time in a series that dates to a 22-0 Blue Jay victory in 1942. Johns Hopkins leads the all-time series 12-5. A complete series history can be found on page 14.

Hitting 100: Last week’s game at Virginia was the 100th NCAA Tournament game in Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse history. The Blue Jays improved to 68-32 all-time in the NCAAs with the win against the Cavaliers.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Duke with an all-time record of 944-307-15 (.752). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Poll Position: Johns Hopkins was ranked eighth in final regular season USILA Coaches Poll and seventh in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Duke finished the regular season ranked third in both polls.

Pietramala Ties Bob Scott: Dave Pietramala picked up his 158th victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the 14-8 victory at Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The 158 victories matches Bob Scott’s record for most wins by a Johns Hopkins lacrosse coach. Scott won 158 from 1955-74 and guided JHU to seven national championships, including the program’s first NCAA title in 1974. That 17-12 win over Maryland in the 1974 title game was the final game of Scott’s coaching career.

All-Time vs. Top Seed: This week’s game against top-seeded Duke will be Johns Hopkins’ 15th against the number one seed since the inception of the NCAA Tournament in 1971. Johns Hopkins is 6-8 in its prevous 14 games against the number one seed, including 2-1 under Pietramala and 2-0 vs. Duke (2007, 2008).

At Delaware Stadium in the NCAAs: Johns Hopkins has played two previous NCAA Tournament games at Delaware Stadium. The Blue Jays topped Syracuse, 13-10, in the 1984 national championship game and fell to North Carolina, 10-9, in overtime in the 1986 NCAA Semifinals. Dave Pietramala was a freshman on that 1986 team.

Last Time at Delaware Stadium: Dave Pietramala has coached one previous game at Delaware Stadium as Johns Hopkins defeated Delaware, 18-5, on February 22, 2011.

Calling For Better Weather: The game-time temperature for Johns Hopkins’ last trip to Delaware Stadium on February 22, 2011 was 32 degrees and blustery. A quick-hitting snow storm dropped approximately four inches of snow on the Maryland-Delaware area from February 21-22 in 2011. The forcast for this Sunday calls for a temperature approximately 40 degrees warmer (71 and mostly sunny as of press time).

New Blue: The Johns Hopkins lineup features six new starters after a large senior class departed Homewood last spring. The six are spread throughout the lineup and include Eric Schneider (G), Rob Enright (D), John Kelly (D), Holden Cattoni(M), Connor Reed (M) and Ryan Brown (A). Brown did start four games at midfield last season, but made the move to his natural attack position this season, and Enright had five career starts through his first two seasons.

New Blue II: In addition to the six new starters in the lineup, the overall Blue Jay roster is also vastly different than a year ago. Gone are 11 seniors who exhausted their eligibility and in their place are 17 freshmen.

Youth Will be Served: Johns Hopkins is fielding one of the youngest rosters in the nation this season as 17 of the team’s 49 players are freshmen and 29 are either freshmen or sophomores. Only nine of the 49 are seniors and two of those nine – Eric Schneider and Phil Castronova – have an extra year of eligibility and are planning to return for the 2015 season.

For Starters: Entering the 2014 season, the entire 49-man Johns Hopkins roster counted a total of 132 combined career starts to its credit. Of those 132, Rob Guida (38), Jack Reilly (30), Brandon Benn (29) and Wells Stanwick (17) accounted 114, or 86.7%. No other returning player had started more than five games for the Blue Jays. By contrast, last year’s 11-man senior class graduated with a combined 321 starts with six of those 11 players earning 45 or more starts during their careers.

An Offensive Group: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Duke averaging 12.13 goals per game and the Blue Jays have scored at least 10 goals in all but two games this season. Entering the game against the Blue Devils, JHU ranks 10th in the nation in scoring offense, eighth in assists per game (7.40) and ninth in points per game (19.53).

Sharing the Ball: An effective part of the Blue Jay offense this season has been the ability to move the ball and that has shown up in the percentage of the team’s goals that have been assisted thus far. Through 15 games, 111 of JHU’s 182 goals have been assisted, or 61.0%. Only three times since 2003 has Johns Hopkins finished a season with more than 60% of its goals being assisted. The 2003 team assisted on 67.4% of its goals, while the 2004 (64.3%) and 2009 (62.4%) teams also eclipsed the 60% mark.

Extra, Extra: Johns Hopkins did not convert on either of its extra-man opportunities against Virginia and is now 27-of-52 (.519) for the year. The Blue Jays rank fourth in the nation in extra-man offense heading into the Duke game. Brandon Benn (7 EMO goals), Ryan Brown (7), Holden Cattoni (6) and Wells Stanwick (5) have combined to score 25 of JHU’s 27 EMO goals this season.
The 27 extra-man goals for the Blue Jays this season match last season’s total (also in 14 games), although the 27 this season have come in 14 fewer chances. The last time Johns Hopkins scored more than 27 extra-man goals was in 2004, when JHU scored 32 in 15 games. The highest extra-man percentage for Johns Hopkins under head coach Dave Pietramala was .471 in 2003 (40-of-85).

Kennedy, Faceoff Unit Shine: Behind the efforts of junior Drew Kennedy, Johns Hopkins ranks 14th in the nation in faceoff winning percentage entering this week’s game against Duke. On the year, the Blue Jays have won 208-of-360 (.578) as a team.
For his part, Kennedy has been a workhorse as he is 181-of-303 (.697) through 15 games and also has a team-high 130 ground balls thus far. He ranks among the national leaders in faceoff winning percentage (13th) and ground balls per game (9th / 8.56). Kennedy’s 181 faceoff wins are the fourth-highest single-season total in school history, whlie his 303 attempts are tied for third. In addition, his 130 ground balls rank sixth and are the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Eric Wedin had 131 in 2000.

Holding Them Down: The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for long stretches at key points this season. The 15 teams Johns Hopkins has played thus far have 22 scoreless droughts of 11 minutes or longer and 15 of 15 minutes or longer. In last week’s win at Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the Blue Jays held the Cavaliers scoreless for stretches of 18:17 in the first half and 20:29 to close the game.

More Holding: Johns Hopkins has held each of its 15 opponents under its season scoring average thus far. The Blue Jays held Albany to just eight goals (just over half of what the Great Danes entered the game averaging) and Maryland to just six goals (less than half the Terps’ average entering the game). In all, JHU has held 11 of its 15 opponents to nine goals or less.

Schneider Anchoring Defense: Including the win last week at Virginia, senior goalie Eric Schneider has gotten hot as the weather has gotten better. In the last seven games, Schneider has played 405 of the team’s 420 minutes and boasts a 7.11 GAA and a .613 save percentage over that time.
With his recent performances, which include a 17-save performance at Navy and a 12-save effort last week at Virginia, Schneider now has an 8.15 GAA and .568 save percentage on the year. He ranks sixth in the nation in GAA and ninth in save percentage.

Attack Driven: Johns Hopkins’ starting attack unit of senior Brandon Benn, junior Wells Stanwick and sophomore Ryan Brown is being counted on to lead the way offensively for the Blue Jays this season and the trio has been up to the task thus far. They have combined for at least three goals and seven points in all 15 games this season, with 11 goals against UMBC, 10 against Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and nine goals against both Towson and Princeton. The trio has a pair of 16-point games to its credit (Towosn, UMBC) and a 14-point effort as well (Princeton). The three started the first 10 games together before Brown sat out the game at Mount St. Mary’s.

Welcome to the Club: Senior Brandon Benn became the 17th player in school history to reach the 100-goal mark with his four-goal effort at Navy. Benn is now ranked ninth on JHU’s career goal-scoring list with 108.

Another Welcome: Brandon Benn’s four goals against Navy pushed his total for the season past 30 goals (he now has 39). This marks the third consecutive season he has scored 30+ goals, making him the first Johns Hopkins player since Terry Riordan (1992-95) to score 30 or more goals in three straight seasons. Riordan scored more than 30 goals in each of his four seasons (only player in school history to do that).

50-50: Junior Wells Stanwick (63 points) and sophomore Ryan Brown (52) are the first Johns Hopkins teammates to top 50 points in the same season since Kyle Barrie(57) and Bobby Benson (53) turned the trick in 2003.

35-35: Sophomore Ryan Brown (39 goals) and senior Brandon Benn (39) are the first Johns Hopkins teammates to top 35 goals in the same season since Bobby Benson(41) and Kyle Barrie (37) in 2003.

Just in Case: Should Ryan Brown and Brandon Benn both score at least one goal agianst Duke, they would become just the third set of Johns Hopkins teammates to reach the 40-goal mark in the same season. Below is a look the two previous instances when JHU produced a pair of 40-goal scorers in the same season:

1995 – Terry Riordan (52) & Brian Piccola (41)
1974 – Franz Wittelsberger (45) & Jack Thomas (42)

In Overtime: With the 11-10 loss at Virginia earlier this season, Johns Hopkins is now 20-11 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala; this includes the 10-9 triple overtime victory against Ohio State in the season opener. The Blue Jays have won four of their last six overtime games dating back to late in the 2011 season.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays were ranked eighth in the final regular season USILA Coaches Poll of the 2014 season. 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.

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Sawyer, Pontrello combine for 11 goals as Loyola doubles up Duke

Posted on 09 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Sawyer, Pontrello Combine For 11 Goals As MLAX Downs No. 4 Duke

BALTIMORE – Matt Sawyer scored a career-high six goals, and Nikko Pontrello added five, as No. 5 Loyola University Maryland defeated fourth-ranked Duke University, 14-7, in front of 3,912 fans at Ridley Athletic Complex and a national television audience on CBS Sports Network Sunday night.

The Greyhounds (5-1 overall) trailed, 4-3, after the first quarter, but they scored 11 of the final 14 goals in the victory.

Sawyer scored three of his goals during a 5-0 Loyola run that started the second quarter, and his four in the first half matched half of his eight career goals entering the game. Pontrello scored in each quarter and had the first two of the third quarter.

Jordan Wolf’s goal with 2:50 left in the first quarter gave Duke (4-2) a 4-3 advantage that it would hold for the remainder of the period, but Sawyer face-dodged a defender and came free down the left alley to score his second of the game 56 ticks into the second quarter.

That goal sparked five unanswered goals that would stretch into a 7-1 Greyhounds run.

Pontrello backed down a defender on the left side of the crease and scored from close in to put Loyola in front, ultimately for good. Sawyer scored just under four minutes later, recording his second man-up goal of the night off a Justin Ward assist, and Brian Schultz was the recipient of a Ward cross-field pass at 8:14, and the senior ripped a hard shot inside the opposite post.

Ward’s assist on the Schultz goal was the 85th of his collegiate career, moving him into first-place in Loyola’s NCAA Division I history (since 1982) and passing the previous best by Jim Blanding. Ward fiished the game with five points on a goal and four assists.

Schultz’s goal at 8:14 made it a 7-4 Loyola advantage, and Sawyer tacked on another goal, unassisted after a long dodge to push the lead to four with 2:49 left in the first half.

Christian Walsh snapped Duke’s scoreless stretch at 16 minutes, 18 seconds, hitting a high-to-low shot from 12 yards out off a Dionne assist, bring the Blue Devils within three, 8-5, at halftime.

Loyola started the third quarter two men up after three penalties were called on a Duke player, and another was whistled on another. Pontrello tallied a goal for the Greyhounds on the extra-man opportunity at 13:14, his first of two-straight goals in the third quarter.

Duke got a goal back as Deemer Class scored on a Myles Jones assist with 4:14 left in the third quarter, but Loyola did not allow a Blue Devils goal for more than 11 minutes.

By that time, Sawyer, Pontrello and Ward had all scored in the fourth quarter, and Loyola was up 13-7 after Jones tallied one for the Blue Devils with 8:11 left.

Sawyer tacked on his sixth goal with 3:40 left in the game. It marked the second time this season that a Loyola player has scored six in a game (Pontrello at Holy Cross). It is also the second time a member of the Sawyer family has scored six against Duke at Ridley Athletic Complex. His older brother, three-time All-American Mike, tallied six goals and two assists in a 13-8 Loyola win on March 10, 2012.

Defensively, the Greyhounds held Duke’s two leading goal-scorers, Jordan Wolf (12 goals, 10 assists entering the game) and Dionne (12, 2) to one goal each.

Jack Runkel made nine saves on 16 shots on goal, while Loyola outshot the Blue Devils, 39-31.

Duke won 13-of-23 faceoffs in the game, but Loyola won the ground ball category, 35-34. Joe Fletcher led the Greyhounds with seven ground balls, while Pontrello, Runkel, Brian Sherlock, Graham Savio and Jason Crane each had three.

The Greyhounds move back into Patriot League play on Saturday, March 15, when they host the U.S. Military Academy at 1 p.m.

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Red hot Loyola welcomes Duke for Sunday night showdown

Posted on 08 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Duke Blue Devils

Sunday, March 9, 2014  |  6:00 p.m.

Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex | CBS Sports Network

 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland returns to Ridley Athletic Complex to host a nationally televised game on Sunday, March 9, at 6 p.m., against Duke University.

The game features the last two NCAA Champions (Loyola 2012, Duke 2013).

The Greyhounds are fourth nationally in goals per game, averaging 15.25, and they are also fourth in scoring margin with a +7.0 mark in their five games.

Nikko Pontrello moved up to fifth in the nation in goals per game (3.75) after scoring four last Saturday at Lehigh.

Loyola has won its first two Patriot League games – at Holy Cross and Lehigh – by a combined score of 30-11.

Three Loyola players – Nikko Pontrello (offensive), Pat Laconi (defensive), and Jack Runkel (goalkeeper) – swept the Patriot League weekly awards on Monday following the win at Lehigh.

Loyola had used a 67-39 advantage in ground balls the past two Saturdays in wins over Holy Cross and Lehigh. Its 23-groundball advantage was the largest the Greyhounds have posted in Charley Toomey’s nine years as head coach, eclipsing a margin of 20 in 2008 against St. John’s.

Last Time Out

The Greyhounds moved to 2-0 in the Patriot League with a 14-7 victory over then-No. 14 Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa., on Saturday, March 1.

Kevin Ryan scored a career-high five goals, and Nikko Pontrello added four goals and an assist, in the win. Brian Schultz and Pat Laconi added one each.

Justin Ward posted his fifth multi-assist in as many games this season with four against the Mountain Hawks, while Jeff Chase recorded the first of his career with three.

After Loyola took a 3-1 lead in the first quarter, Lehigh scored two in a row to tie the game at 3-3 heading into the second quarter. Pontrelllo, however, scored three unanswered, and Schultz added one before the end of the half, and the Greyhounds were up 7-3 going into halftime.

Lehigh opened the second-half scoring with a goal at 11:39, but Laconi, Ryan (twice) and Matt Sawyer scored in the third quarter to put Loyola up 10-4 heading into the final 15 minutes.

Jack Runkel posted a season-high 13 saves in goal for the Greyhounds, and Graham Savio won 15-of-24 at the face-off ‘X’, picking up six ground balls.

 

 

Turn On The Television

Sunday’s game will be broadcast live, nationally on CBS Sports Network. Dave Ryan will call the play-by-play, and Evan Washburn will handle the analysis of the action.

The game is one of four that will feature the Greyhounds on the network. Home games against Bucknell University and Johns Hopkins University, as well as the Greyhounds contest at Georgetown University, will air on the channel.

 

In The Polls

Loyola moved up in the polls following its win last week over then-No. 14 Lehigh. The Greyhounds are now fifth in both the USILA Coaches’ Poll and Warrior/Inside Lacrosse media polls, and they are fourth in the Lacrosse Magazine rankings.

Duke enters the game ranked third in the in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse and Lacrosse Magazine versions and fourth in the coaches’ poll.

 

Series History

Sunday will be the 27th meeting all-time between the Blue Devils and the Greyhounds, with Duke holding a 16-10 advantage in a series that dates back to 1946.

Including this year, the teams have played during the regular-season for 15-straight (since 2000). Twice during that span, 2008 and 2013, the teams have also met in NCAA Tournament action.

The Blue Devils won last year’s regular-season meeting, 9-8, outscoring Loyola 5-3 in the fourth quarter. Josh Offit’s goal with 12:26 left in regulation gave Duke its first lead since the second quarter, 6-5, but Sean O’Sullivan struck on an extra-man opportunity for Loyola, and the Greyhounds tied the game less than two minutes later. Offitt and Christian Walsh, however, scored back-to-back goals to put the Blue Devils in front for good.

The teams met again in the NCAA First Round, playing what would become to many the game of the year. Duke edged the Greyhounds, 12-11 in double-overtime. Case Mathias tied the game at 11-11 on a goal with 65 seconds left in regulation, and he scored the winner 2:20 into the second overtime.

Mathias led Duke with three goals, while Zach Herreweyers scored three for Loyola, and Justin Ward had five assists.

Duke had won five-straight over Loyola and eight of nine, before the Greyhounds defeated the Blue Devils, 13-8, on March 10, 2012, in Baltimore.

 

Games Of Runs

Loyola has used significant runs in all five of its games this season, and it has had four stretches of seven or more unanswered goals. In all the Greyhounds have nine runs of 3-0 or better. Here is a look at their four best scoring stretches:

Opponent Run Time Covered   Opponent Run Time Covered
at Holy Cross 14-0 38:58   Towson 10-0 16:38
at Virginia 9-0 14:18   Towson 7-0 18:37

 

 

Pontrello Putting Up Points

Nikko Pontrello had his fifth multi-goal game is as many contests to open the season on Saturday when he scored a pair four goals at Lehigh. The game came a week after he set a career-high with six goals at Holy Cross. The junior attacker scored twice in the opener against Virginia, and he then recorded three versus both Penn State and Towson. His final goal against the Nittany Lions came 19 seconds into overtime and lifted Loyola to a 12-11 win. In his career, Loyola is now 7-0 in games that he scored three or more goals.

Pontrello leads the Greyhounds with 19 goals and 24 points through four games. He has already eclipsed his goal total from last year when he finished his sophomore campaign with 16.

He leads the Patriot League and is fifth nationally in goals per game (3.8), while he is second and 11th in points per game (4.8).

 

Ryan Racks Up Goals

Kevin Ryan has tied his previous, or set new career-highs in each of the Greyhounds’ last three games, bringing his season total to 11. The senior midfielder posted a pair of goals against Towson to match his previous best, and he then set a new high with three at Holy Cross.

Ryan broke that mark with a five-goal game at Lehigh last Saturday, scoring four in the second half to help push the Greyhounds to a 14-7 win. Loyola is 4-0 all-time when Ryan scored two or more goals.

 

Ward Playing The Role

Justin Ward has continued to be the quarterback of the Greyhounds’ offense this year, passing out nine combined assists in the last two contests. He is fourth in the nation, and tops in the Patriot League, with 3.0 assists per game this year.

Ward is in his third year as a starter on attack for the Greyhound after earning USILA All-America Honorable Mention last year after finishing tops on the team in points (62) and assists (35) and second in goals (27). His 62 points ranked tied for fifth in school single-season Division I history, and his 35 assists check in at third on that list.

With four assists at Lehigh, Ward moved past into second place in Loyola’s Division I history with 82. He is two assists back of Jim Blanding for first place. Ward is also 17th in school Division I history in total points with 125.

 

Midfield Scoring

Entering the 2014 season, Loyola was looking to replace five of its top seven offensive midfielders from a year ago, a group that included All-American Davis Butts, as well as first middies Chris Layne and Sean O’Sullivan. As a group, the five contributed 47 goals, 29 assists and 76 points, right at 25 percent of the Greyhounds total in each.

This year, Loyola’s first and second midfield units have scored nearly 47 percent of the team’s goals, a total of 35. Kevin Ryan has scored eight goals in the last two games and is second on the team with 11 total. Tyler Albrecht is third on the squad with eight goals, while Brian Sherlock has six goals and four assists.

 

Stopping Shots

After opening the season with a .214 save percentage in the opener at Virginia, Jack Runkel has played to a .662 mark, saving 45 out of 68 shots on goal he’s faced. In the last three games against Towson, Holy Cross and Lehigh, Runkel made 33 saves and allowed just 12 goals (.733).

The senior goalkeeper, who earned 2012 NCAA Championships All-Tournament honors, has a goals against average of 7.62 this season and a cumulative saves percentage of .585 through five games.

In three years as a starter for the Greyhounds, Runkel has a 7.93 goals against average and .551 saves percentage. His record between the pipes is 31-6. He is tied with Penn State’s Austin Kaut for second in wins among active goalkeepers. Runkel and Kaut trail Maryland’s Niko Amato who has 39 victories. Both Kaut and Amato, however, are four-year starters, while Runkel did not start until early in his sophomore season.

 

Not Just Defensive Midfield

Short-stick defensive midfielder Pat Laconi was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week on March 3 after matching his career-high with two goals at Lehigh.

The senior, who is a team co-captain and Preseason All-American, also scored twice against Towson, and his four goals match his total from a year ago when he scored four times and assisted on six. Laconi also is second on the team with seven caused turnovers this season.

 

Schultz Stepping Up

In his first year as a starter on attack for the Greyhounds, senior Brian Schultz has parlayed his opportunity into a solid start to the season. Through five games, Schultz has scored nine goals, third most on the team, and six assisted, second behind team-leader Justin Ward.

Entering this season, Schultz had seen most of his playing time on extra-man opportunities for the Greyhounds. As a sophomore and junior, he posted a combined three goals and five assists.

 

Hot Hand

Steve Vaikness, Loyola’s volunteer assistant coach lauded by many in the media as the top faceoff teacher in the nation, has pulled the right strings in the first five games with a faceoff group of Blake Burkhart, Brendan Donovan and Graham Savio.

In the Virginia game, Savio came in to win 11-of-18 restarts, and Donovan then provided wins in 4-of-7 during a critical stretch at Penn State. Burkhart shined against Towson, winning 10-of-14 as Loyola jumped out to a big lead. It was Savio again at Holy Cross, as the freshman won 14-of-18 draws.

Savio then took all of the faceoffs at Lehigh, winning a career-high 15-of-24.

As a unit, Loyola is winning 53.8 percent of faceoffs, up from last year’s mark of 46.5.

 

Fletch, White And Blue

Senior defender Joe Fletcher was the long current collegiate player selected as part of one of 52 players who made up the United States Men’s National Team training roster this fall, and the day before Loyola’s season-opener, he found out he is one of 30 players who made the cut for the team that will compete at the 2014 World Cup in Denver.

Against Holy Cross, Fletcher set a career-high with eight ground balls, eclipsing his previous total of seven set on three different occasions. In a pair of games against Towson and the Crusaders, he had 11 ground balls and three caused turnovers. This season, the Preseason All-American is second on Loyola with 18 ground balls, and he leads the squad with 10 caused turnovers. His 55 career caused turnovers are third all-time at Loyola behind the 90 of P.T. Ricci and 88 of Scott Ratliff.

 

Tyler’s Time

As a freshman in 2013, Tyler Albrecht saw limited action for the Greyhounds, mostly coming off the wings on faceoffs and occasional offensive midfield shifts. His role has changed dramatically in his second season, and the Canadian midfielder is making the most of it.

Albrecht is a starter on Loyola’s first midfield with Matt Sawyer and Brian Sherlock, and he has three multi-goal games in five outings this year. Albrecht scored twice in the season-opener at Virginia, and he recorded hat tricks with three each against Penn State and Towson. He is third on the team with eight goals.

In addition to his offensive work, Albrecht has continued to be a two-way middie, playing on the wings for faceoffs and defensive shifts. He had five ground balls and two caused turnovers against Towson.

 

Tewaaraton Watch, Senior CLASS Award List Pair

Two of Loyola’s senior co-captains were named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List when it was released last week. Joe Fletcher and Justin Ward were among the 50 players nationally to receive recognition.

They were also two of 20 players nationally to be named candidates for the Senior CLASS Award that seniors who have performed at a high level athletically and in the classroom and who have used their platforms as student-athletes to make positive impacts in the community.

 

Margin In Two

As Loyola outscored Towson and Holy Cross by a combined 28 goals, 36-8, it took a bit of time to find precedent for the last time the Greyhounds won back-to-back games by such a margin. The last time Loyola won two by 28 or more goals goes back to the Dave Cottle-coached 1996 team that beat Saint Joseph’s, 26-6, on April 10 and C.W. Post, 17-5, on April 13. That combined margin of victory was 32 goals, 43-11.

The last time Loyola scored a combined 36 goals in consecutive games was 2007 when it tallied 19 against Fairfield on April 21 and 17 versus Hobart a week later. The last time the Greyhounds yielded eight or fewer in back-to-back outings was 2001 when they beat Radford, 18-5, on April 11, and Butler, 12-3, on April 14.

 

Patriot League Honors

Loyola players have earned seven Patriot League weekly awards over the last two weeks. Nikko Pontrello (Offensive) and Jack Runkel (Goalkeeper) won their second awards in as many weeks on Monday, March 3, while Pat Laconi (Defensive, March 3), Joe Fletcher (Defensive, February 24) and Brian Sherlock (Rookie, February 24) also were honored.

Romar Dennis won the initial Rookie of the Week Award this year after scoring twice in the season-opener at Virginia.

 

Up Next

The Greyhounds step back into Patriot League play on Saturday, March 15, when they host the U.S. Military Academy at Ridley Athletic Complex in a 1 p.m. game.

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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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