The No. 6 Maryland (1-0) men’s lacrosse team wraps up its two-game homestand to open the 2014 season with a Saturday afternoon game vs. in-state foe UMBC.
• This marks the first time since 1933 that the Terrapins have opened the season with consecutive games vs. in-state opponents. That season saw Maryland play Navy and Washington College in its first two games.
• Maryland is coming off of its 2014 season opener that saw the Terps extend their season-opening winning streak to 21 with a 16-3 victory over Mount St. Mary’s. Freshman Matt Rambo had an impressive collegiate debut, scoring four goals and adding two assists. Senior Mike Chanenchuk was close behind with four points on three goals and one assist, while junior Jay Carlson netted a hat trick. Junior Charlie Raffa won 8-of-12 faceoffs with seven groundballs, while senior Michael Ehrhardt led the defense with three groundballs and three caused turnovers. Senior Niko Amato made seven saves in just 45 minutes of action.
• UMBC, which is making its 2014 debut, returns seven starters from its 2013 team that finished with a 7-8 mark. Sophomore midfielder Pat Young is coming off of an outstanding freshman campaign that saw him finish second on the team with 39 points 32 goals and seven assists. Sophomore Nate Lewnes is the leading returning assist man with 10 helpers in 2013. Junior Wes DiRito was set to return as the Retreivers starting goalie, but will be sidelined with a foot injury. That leaves junior college transfer James Maxwell and freshmen Connor Gordon and Ruston Soudor to battle for the starting goalie spot.
THE COUNT DOWN
10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 102 of the 111 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .919 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 120-26 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .822 winning percentage.
8 … Maryland and UMBC have split the last eight meetings of the series.
7 … Seven current Terps saw action in Maryland’s 15-6 win over UMBC in 2011, which was the last time the two teams played in College Park.
6 … Grant Catalino had six goals vs. the Retrievers when the two teams played in 2011.
5 … Five Terrapin alums were named to the 30-man roster of the 2014 U.S. National Team.
4 … Matt Rambo’s four goals in his debut were the most for a Terp freshman in the season opener since 2008 when Grant Catalino had four at Georgetown.
3 … With his seven saves vs. Mount St. Mary’s, Niko Amato moved into third place on the school’s all-time saves list with 480.
2 … Maryland will open the season with two consecutive home games for the first time since 2011.
1 … Only one program – Maryland – has earned a bid in every NCAA tournament since the field expanded to 16 in 2003.
• John Tillman is in his seventh season as a head coach, and fourth with the Terps, with a 55-34 career record for a 62.2 winning percentage. Tillman is 36-15 (.706) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.
• Don Zimmerman is in his 28th season season as a head coach and holds a lifetime record of 220-146 (.601). He has been the head coach at UMBC for 20 years and is 147-131 (.529) with the Retrievers.
• Coach Tillman is 1-1 all-time vs. UMBC as a head coach.
SERIES HISTORY VS. UMBC
• Maryland holds a 26-8 lifetime advantage in 34 meetings with state rival UMBC. Maryland has won 10 of the last 14 games, but the Retrievers have taken four of the last six. Prior to that, UMBC had not defeated the Terps since taking back-to-back games in 1998 and 1999.
• Maryland and UMBC were scheduled to meet in College Park on March 6, 2013 in College Park, but inclement weather forced the game to be cancelled. It was the first season the two teams didn’t play since 1981.
• The Retrievers stunned the fourth-ranked Terrapins, 8-7, in a Tuesday night game at UMBC Stadium on March 6, 2012. Maryland looked to have the game in control in the fourth quarter, leading 6-3, but UMBC scored five-straight goals in the fourth quarter to take an 8-6 lead. John Haus, who led the Terps with two goals and an assist, scored with 1:31 left in the fourth to make it a one-goal game and Maryland had the ball with 30 seconds remaining, but the Terps had too many men on the field turned the ball over to end the game.
• For the second straight season Grant Catalino tied his career high with seven points to lead the Terps to a 15-6 rout of the Retrievers in 2011. Catalino scored six goals, which also tied his career high, while Joe Cummings also set a career-best with four goals. Niko Amato allowed just five goals during his 55:03 and made 12 saves.
• In 2010, Grant Catalino tied his career high with seven points to lead the Terps to their first victory over the Retrievers since the 2007 regular season. Catalino combined with fellow attackmen Travis Reed and Ryan Young for 14 points in the 13-7 win. Senior Brian Phipps made 12 saves for Maryland, while Max Schmidt led the defender with three groundballs and three caused turnovers.
• The Retrievers won their third straight over the Terps, taking a 9-7 victory at Ludwig Field in 2009. Grant Catalino and Ryan Young each had hat tricks for Maryland, but the Terrapins couldn’t overcome a three-goal halftime deficit.
• In 2008 the two teams hooked up in a Friday night game that saw the Retreivers eek out a 9-8 win in triple-overtime. The Terps used a 3-0 scoring blitz in the fourth quarter to take an 8-7 lead, but UMBC tied the game with just 5.8 seconds to go to send the game into OT. Max Ritz led the Terrapins with two goals and an assist, while Grant Catalino and Drew Evans each had a goal and an assist.
• In the 2007 NCAA Tournament Maryland jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but the Retrievers responded by going on a 9-2 run spanning the second and third quarters to advance to the quarterfinals. Max Ritz and Dan Groot each had four points for the Terps, while Bryn Holmes won 10-of-14 face-offs and picked up a career-high nine groundballs.
• Earlier in 2007, Maryland topped the Retrievers, 11-7, at Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium. Sophomore midfielder Jeremy Sieverts scored his first hat trick as a Terp, while junior attackman Max Ritz chipped in with two goals and an assist. Senior defender Ray Megill scored the first poitnts of his career with a goal and an assist.
• The Terps entered the 2006 game as the No. 1 team in the nation and the Retrievers were looking for the upset. Maryland only led by one heading into the fourth quarter, but the Terrapin defense shutout UMBC for the final 15 minutes, allowing the offense to score four unanswered goals to take home a 9-4 win. The senior trio of Bill McGlone (2-2=4), Xander Ritz (3-0=3) and Joe Walters (3-0=3) were the main weapons for the Terrapins but it was junior attackman Michael Phipps that scored the game-winning goal.
• In 2005 Joe Walters tied then-career highs with six goals and seven points to lead No. 4 Maryland to a 16-10 win over the Retrievers at Byrd Stadium. First team All-American Bill McGlone also had a career day for the Terps, setting his career high with five goals in the victory. Brendan Healy scored twice and added a pair of assists, while long pole Ryan Clarke set his career high with six groundballs. The Terrapins dominated possession, thanks in large part to winning 20 of 29 face-offs. David Tamberrino won 14 of 18, tying his personal best for wins in a game.
• In 2004 Joe Walters lead the Terps to a hard-fought 9-4 win with a natural hat trick in the second quarter. The Maryland defense was sensational, holding UMBC scoreless for 29:12 bridging the second through the fourth quarters. Terp goalie Tim McGinnis made 13 saves, including eight in the fourth quarter to preserve the victory.
• In the 2003 game in College Park, Mike Mollot and Joe Walters each had three goals while former Retriever Justin Smith had two goals and two assists in his first game vs. his former team.
• This will be just the 10th time the two teams will play in the month of March. The 2003 game on April 25 was the first time since 1977, that Maryland-UMBC game was not be played in May. The UMBC game had been the last contest on Maryland’s regular-season schedule for the 13 years, dating 1990 through 2002, with Maryland winning 10 of 13 regular-season finales.
GET TO 10 AND WIN
• One axiom of lacrosse is that if you score 10 goals or more your chances of winning are pretty good. Well, a look at the results since 2002 shows that when Maryland scores 10 or more goals there’s not just a pretty good chance the Terrapins will win; it’s an almost certainty. Since 2002 Maryland has won 102 of the 111 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .919 winning percentage.
• Maryland scored 10, but fell at North Carolina, 11-10, on March 24, 2012 and again came out on the losing end, despite scoring 11 in a 13-11 loss at Colgate on May 5, 2012. The Terps scored 11 vs. Johns Hopkins on April 16, 2011, but the Blue Jays won the game in overtime, 12-11. On April 3 of last season the Terps lost to No. 1 Virginia by a final of 11-10, giving Maryland its only loss when scoring 10 or more goals in 2010. In 2009 the Terps lost to Georgetown, 13-10 on Feb. 21 and lost again when scoring 10 in the ACC Semifinals in a 16-10 defeat at North Carolina. Prior to that, Maryland had not lost when scoring 10 or more goals since dropping an 11-10 decision to Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C. The Terrapins got to 10 goals in the 100th game against Johns Hopkins, but the Blue Jays took the game 14-10. Virginia is the only team to beat the Terps twice when allowing 10 or more goals. The Wahoos did it first in 2002 with another 11-10 decision.
HOLDING OPPONENTS TO SINGLE-DIGITS
• The Terps have been extremely impressive (winning 91.9 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 120-26 in games, for a .822 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 195 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 74.9 percent of the time.
SHOOTING TELLS THE STORY
• The difference between winning and losing for Maryland this season is simple – when the Terps shoot well they win. As it turns out 30% is the magic number for the Terps historically and this season as well. Maryland is 1-0 on the year and shot 30% or better in its first victory.
W- Mount St. Mary’s: 16 goals, 44 shots = 36.4%
• Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 63-4 (.940) 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.
MARYLAND IN SEASON OPENERS
• Maryland has an 85-3-1 (.961) lifetime record in season openers dating back to the 1924 season. The Terps have won their last 19 openers and 26 of the last 27, with the only loss coming to Duke in 1993, when they fell to Duke 9-5 on March 6.
• After losing their 1925 opener to Yale, 5-3, the Terps went on to win 40 consecutive season openers from 1926 through 1967. The streak was broken when Maryland tied Princeton, 6-6, in the 1968 opener. Following the deadlock, Maryland went on to win its next 14 openers, giving the Terps a 54-0-1 record over a 57-year span (Maryland did not field a team in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II.)
21 STRAIGHT IN SEASON OPENERS
• After beating Mount St. Mary’s to open the 2013 season the Terps have an 20-game winning streak in season openers. Five of those wins came against Villanova (1994-98) and the last nine over Denver, Mount St. Mary’s (three times), Air Force, Hobart, Duke, Georgetown (four times), Bellarmine (twice), Presbyterian, Detroit Mercy and Hartford. Over the 20-year stretch, Maryland outscored its foes 306-108 (an average score of 14.6-5.1) in those games.
• The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 21 years. Maryland has not allowed an opponent to score 10 or more goals in a season opener since Syracuse beat the Terps, 16-13 on March 9, 1983.
CONSECUTIVE 10-WIN SEASONS
• Maryland’s 18-6 win over the Colgate on May 4, 2013 extended the Terps’ streak of double-digit win seasons to 11, which is the longest active streak in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the D1scource.com).
• There are only four programs with a current streak of at least five-straight 10-win seasons:
Maryland (11): 2013 (10-4), 2012 (12-6), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-4), 2009 (10-7), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6), 2006 (12-5), 2005 (11-6), 2004 (13-3), 2003 (12-4)
Notre Dame (8): 2013 (11-4), 2012 (13-3), 2011 (11-3), 2010 (10-7), 2009 (15-1), 2008 (14-3), 2007 (11-4), 2006 (10-5)
Duke (7): 2013 (16-5), 2012 (15-5) 2011 (14-6), 2010 (16-4), 2009 (15-4), 2008 (18-2), 2007 ( 17-3)
North Carolina (5): 2013 (13-4), 2012 (11-6), 2011 (10-6), 2010 (13-3), 2009 (12-6)
• Cornell’s string of seven-straight 10+ win seasons came to an end in 2012 with a 9-4 final mark. Virginia’s streak of eight-consecutive seasons with 10+ wins ended in 2013 with a 7-8 record, while Siena saw its run of six 10-win seasons end with an 8-9 mark this season.
THE 700 CLUB
• Maryland’s 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 was the program’s 700th victory in 84 seasons of varsity men’s lacrosse. The Terps join Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Navy, Army and Cornell as the only programs with 700 or more Division I wins.
• Two things that make Maryland’s accomplishment all the more impressive is that the Terps reached the 700-win plateau in just their 84th season. Only Syracuse reached win No. 700 in as few seasons, but it took the Orange 53 more games than Maryland. In fact, Maryland needed only 940 games to reach 700 wins and only Johns Hopkins needed fewer games (932) to hit the historic number, but the Blue Jays did so in their 105th season.
TERPS’ 89TH SEASON OF LACROSSE
• The Terps boast an all-time record of 748-253-4 (.748), dating back to the first varsity team in 1924 (a team was not fielded in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II). Maryland has finished every one of its previous 88 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 12-6. The program reached the 700-win milestone with a 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 at Ludwig Field.
• 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.
A FAMILY AFFAIR
• Many school’s refer to their sports programs as families, but the Maryland men’s lacrosse program is truly a family affair. Since 2001, the Terps have had 13 sets of brothers, including three on this season’s roster, don the red and black together for at least one season.
Harry & Thomas Alford: 2004-05-06-07
Jake & Jesse Bernhardt: 2010-11-12-13
Justin & Owen Blye: 2009-10-11
Brian & Kevin Cooper: 2011-12-13
Billy & Bobby Gribbin: 2012-13
Brendan & Ian Healy: 2003-04-05
Bryn & Curtis Holmes: 2010
Bryn & Travis Holmes: 2007
Dan & Mike LaMonica: 2001-02
Chris & Willy Passavia: 2001-02-03
Brian & Michael Phipps: 2007
Max & Xander Ritz: 2005-06
Mark & Michael White: 2008-09-10-11
• The 2014 season is the first since 2000 that the Terps have not had a brother combination on the roster.
FOUR TAKEN IN MLL DRAFT
• Led by senior defender Michael Ehrhardt, four Maryland men’s lacrosse student-athletes were chosen in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft.
• Ehrhardt was chosen seventh overall by the Charlotte Hounds, becoming the eighth Maryland player to be taken in the first round, joining Lee Zink (2004, 5th), Chris Passavia (2004, 6th), Joe Walters (2006, 1st), Bill McGlone (2006, 5th), Ray Megill (2007, 9th), Joe Cinosky (2008, 9th) and Jesse Bernhardt (2013, 4th).
• Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk was the next Terrapin off the board, also joining the Hounds as the 11th overall selection.
• The third Terp to be selected was senior goalie Niko Amato, becoming the first Terp to join the Florida Launch, with the 29th overall selection.
• The final Terp to be drafted was senior short-stick defensive midfielder Brian Cooper, who earned the distinction of being 2014’s MLL equivalent of “Mr. Irrelevant” as the final selection of the draft, going with the 64th overall selection to the Chesapeake Bayhawks.
FIVE TERP ALUMS SELECTED FOR TEAM USA
• Five Maryland men’s lacrosse alumni were named to the 30-man roster for the U.S. National Team that will compete at the 2014 FIL World Championships from July 10-19 in Denver.
• Jesse Bernhardt (2013), Dan Burns (2011), Jeff Reynolds (2009), Drew Snider (2012) and Lee Zink (2004) made the team, which was selected from an original pool of 98 players through a seven-month selection process.
• Maryland’s five selections are tied for the most of any college program with Johns Hopkins, which also has five alums among the 30-man roster.
2014 TEAM CAPTAINS
• Four players have been named team captains for the 2014 season. The quartet, which was selected by a combination of team vote and coaches’ input, consists of seniors Tyler Adelsberger, Niko Amato, Mike Chanenchukand Michael Ehrhardt.
BIG TEN LACROSSE STARTS IN 2015
• The University of Maryland’s men’s lacrosse team will compete in the Big Ten Conference beginning with the 2015 season, following an announcement from the conference office on June 3, 2013 that the Big Ten has secured six men’s teams when Johns Hopkins was accepted as a sport affiliate member for men’s lacrosse only beginning with the 2014-15 academic year to give the Big Ten six men’s programs, joining Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers.
• The six programs that will comprise Big Ten men’s lacrosse boast 56 national championships, with schools that have competed for more than a century. Johns Hopkins has been an independent since 1883 and leads all schools with 44 national championships. Maryland has claimed 11 national titles, while Rutgers has also won a national championship. The Scarlet Knights launched men’s lacrosse in 1887, followed by programs starting in 1913 for Penn State, 1924 for Maryland and 1953 for Ohio State. Michigan instituted a men’s lacrosse program in 2012. Maryland, Ohio State and Penn State each qualified for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship in 2013, with the Buckeyes advancing to the quarterfinals.