STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Long Island natives senior Mike Chanenchuk and freshman Tim Rotanz combined to score six goals to lead the No. 1 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to an 11-8 victory over Stony Brook Saturday afternoon in front of 2,964 at LaValle Stadium.
Maryland improves to 5-0 on the season, while Stony Brook falls to 2-3.
After a bit of a shaky start for both teams Maryland scored first when Chanenchuk connected on a runner down the left alley for a 1-0 Terrapin lead at the 10:42 mark.
The Seawolves answered back less than a minute later on an unassisted goal by Mike Andreassi, but Maryland rattled off three unanswered goals to take a 4-1 lead going into the second quarter.
Freshman Matt Rambo scored an unassisted goal at 9:26 to give the Terps the lead back. Chanenchuk netted his second of the day with 7:24 to play in the first to make it a 3-1 game.
Maryland’s extra-man unit closed out the scoring in the first with junior Jay Carlson connecting from the left wing off of a feed from junior Joe LoCascio at the 5:42 mark.
A slashing penalty on Stony Brook’s Bryan Judge in the final seconds of the first quarter gave the Terrapins another extra-man opportunity at the start of the second quarter. The Seawolves left Chanenchuk all alone at the top of the formation and the Poquott, N.Y., native stepped into a shot and ripped his third goal of the game into the upper left corner.
Sophomore Henry West extended the Terrapin lead to 6-1 with an unassisted goal at the 12:24 mark of the second.
Stony Brook ended the Terps’ scoring run at five goals with an extra-man goal by Brody Eastwood with 8:46 to play in the first half.
Freshman Tim Rotanz made his Maryland debut one to remember with his first collegiate goal at the 5:56 mark of the second. It didn’t take him long to score his second career goal either; just 17 seconds apart to be exact.
Senior Michael Ehrhardt caused a Stony Brook turnover, scooped up the groundball near midfield and made a perfect pass to Rotanz in stride for an easy score on the Seawolves’ goalie Hayden Johnstone with 5:39 to play to give Maryland the 8-2 lead going into halftime.
The Seawolves got on the board first in the second half on Brody Eastwood’s goal at the 11:15 mark, but Maryland struck right back less than two minutes later. Freshman Colin Heacock skipped a pass across the field to a wide-open Bryan Cole and the junior ripped a shot from the right alley to put the Terps back on top by six goals at 9-3.
The Seawolves opened the fourth quarter on a 4-0 run, with two goals coming from Matt Schultz, to cut Maryland’s lead back to two goals with 8:24 to play.
The Terps ended the run with 6:41 on the clock when West found Cole in the slot and Cole quickly turned and finished to make it a 10-7 game. The play really began back near the midfield with a caused turnover and groundball from senior Brian Cooper to stymie a Stony Brook opportunity.
Chanenchuk then scored exactly two minutes later, his fourth of the game, to give Maryland a four-goal cushion at 11-7.
Andreassi scored his second of the game with 1:12 to go to make it an 11-8 game.
Senior goalie Niko Amato was stout in net for the Terps, making nine saves on the day. Ehrhardt led the defensive effort for the Terps with three groundballs and two caused turnovers. Cooper also finished with three groundballs and one caused turnover.
Maryland returns to action in a special Friday night game vs. Villanova on March 14. Faceoff for the game between the Terps and Wildcats is set for 7 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium and the game will be streamed live on TerpsTV.
• With today’s 11-8 win Maryland is now 3-0 all-time vs. Stony Brook.
• With four points on four goals, senior Mike Chanenchuk now has 13 hat tricks, 32 multi-point and 24 multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on two goals, junior Bryan Cole registered the first multi-goal and second multi-point game of his career.
• With two points on two goals, freshman Tim Rotanz registered the first multi-point and multi-goal game of his career.