COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The No. 1 Maryland men’s lacrosse team (7-1, 2-1 ACC) returns to action at local rival Navy (3-7, 1-4 Patriot) on Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• The game will be broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network with Dave Ryan handling the play-by-play and Evan Washburn providing the analysis.
• Maryland is coming off of a 9-7 win at then-No. 15 Virginia last Saturday in Charlottesville. Sophomore attackman Jay Carlson led the offense with three goals, including the game-winner, while senior midfielder John Haus also had three points on two goals and an assist. Junior goalie Niko Amato made 14 saves and also had an assist on a goal by senior long pole Jesse Bernhardt, who had a career-high two scores vs. the Cavaliers.
• For the season, senior attackman Kevin Cooper leads the Terps in points, goals and assists with 28, 15 and 13, respectively. Five other Terps have scored double-digit goals. Carlson also has 15, with Haus, Owen Blye and Jake Bernhardt each having 12 and junior Mike Chanenchuk has 11. Defensively, Amato has stopped 60.0 percent of the shots put on goal by opponents and has a 7.09 goals-against average, both of which leads the ACC. Sophomore faceoff man Charlie Raffa leads the team with 56 groundballs, while Jesse Bernhardt leads the team with 12 caused turnovers.
• The Midshipmen are coming off of a 12-7 loss at Lehigh last Saturday. After opening the season with back-to-back home wins over VMI and Detroit, Navy has gone 1-7 over its past eight games, but three of those losses were by just one goal and another was a two-goal loss. Navy’s offense is led by junior attackman Sam Jones, who has 17 goals and 10 assists on the season for 27 points. Senior goalie Nolan Hickey has started all 10 games in cage for the Mids, but was lifted in the fourth quarter vs. the Mountain Hawks on Saturday for freshman John Connors. Junior long pole Pat Kiernan leads the squad with 59 groundballs and 25 caused turnovers.
The Count Down
10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 99 of the 108 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .917 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 116-25 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .823 winning percentage.
8 … The Terps are ranked among the top 10 in eight team statistical categories by the NCAA.
7 … Maryland has shot 30% or better in six of its seven victories this season.t
6 … Six Terps have already reached double-digit in goals.
5 … Owen Blye has five career goals vs. the Midshipmen.
4 … Niko Amato is ranked fourth in the NCAA with a 7.09 goals-against average.
3 … The Terps have won three consecutive games in the series vs. Navy.
2 … Maryland and Navy are two of just six programs to have reached the 700-win mark.
1 … Jay Carlson’s .652 shooting percentage would lead the NCAA, but he is one shot shy of the 3.0 shots per game average required.
• John Tillman is in his sixth season as a head coach, and third with the Terps, with a 52-31 career record for a 62.7 winning percentage. Tillman is 32-12 (.727) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.
• Rick Sowell is in his second season as the head coach of Navy and has a 9-13 record coaching the Mids. Overall, he is in his 14th season as a head coach with a record of 95-94 (.503).
• Tillman has a 2-0 career record against Navy, with the 2011 and 2012 meetings as the Terps’ head coach being the only decisions. He has a 4-0 record vs. Sowell-coached teams, having won both meetings vs. Sowell’s Stony Brook teams while Tillman was at Harvard.
Series History vs. Navy
• The Maryland-Navy rivalry is the second-longest in Terrapin lacrosse history with Maryland holding a 53-33-1 advantage, dating to 1924. The 53 wins are the second-highest number of victories Maryland has against any team. Maryland has defeated Duke 61 times.
• Maryland has won 15 of the last 20 meetings. Prior to Maryland’s current three-game winning streak in the series, the Mids had won five of the previous six meetings.
• When Navy and Maryland get together it’s fair to assume it is going to be a close game. During the past 32 meetings, 17 have ended with a winning margin of one or two goals, including four straight 6-5 Terp victories from 1999-2002.
• The 2012 game was tied at 5-5 late in the second quarter, but Maryland scored eight of the game’s final nine goals to earn a 13-6 victory over Navy at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium on April 6. Senior Joe Cummings led the Terps with five points on three goals and two assists, while Owen Blye, Billy Gribbin and Drew Snider each chipped in two goals apiece. Curtis Holmeswon 15-of-20 faceoffs with seven groundballs for the Terrapins.
• The 2011 meeting saw the Terps outscore the Mids 6-1 in the first quarter en route to a 10-4 victory at a rain-soaked Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. A balanced-scoring attack was led by long pole Brian Farrell, midfielder Jake Bernhardt and attackman Owen Blye, who each scored two goals. Leading the defense was Max Schmidt with three caused turnover and two groundballs. Dan Burns and Curtis Holmes also finished with three groundballs. Redshirt freshman goalieNiko Amato finished the game with four saves. Aiding in the defensive effort was another solid face-off effort from Holmes, who won 10-of-18 draws.
• In 2010 the Terps got back on the winning side of the ledger with an 11-9 home win. The attack unit of Grant Catalino, Travis Reed and Ryan Young combined for eight goals and five assists to pace the Terps. Maryland dominated the Mids when the ball was on the ground, winning the groundball battle 47-26. Brian Farrell and Max Schmidt led the way for the Terps with five groundballs each. Brian Phipps finished the afternoon with 10 saves, to go along with four groundballs
• The one-goal game streak came to an end with a one-sided 10-4 Navy victory in Annapolis in 2009. Will Yeatman and Ryan Young scored two goals apiece for the Terps, but that was all the offense could muster. Maryland had a 2-1 lead after the first quarter, but Navy outscored the Terps 6-0 in the second and third quarters combined to take control of the game.
• The run of one-goal games was pushed to four in 2008 with a game that could have been dubbed “A Tale of Two Halves.” The Mids scored all five of their goals in the first half, while the Terps did the same in the second half, but could only muster four scores to give Navy a 5-4 decision. Jason Carter was tremendous in the second half for Maryland in cage, stopping six Navy shots. Offensively the Terps were led by Dan Groot and Max Ritz, who each had a goal and an assist and Ryan Young, who had a pair of assists.
• In a double-overtime thriller on April 6, 2007 in Annapolis the Terps pulled out a miraculous 8-7 win over the Mids, thanks in large part to three tremendous individual efforts. All-America defender Ray Megill provided the initial spark, getting the Terrapins back in the game after the Mids went on a three-goal run to build a two-goal lead. Megill took his first-ever collegiate face-off, won the ball clean and scored to cut the Navy advantage to one. Navy maintained a one-goal lead as the seconds dwindled down. As the clock neared 0:00, junior midfielder Drew Evans laced a low-to-high shot from 16 yards to send the game into overtime. After the game went to a second OT, sophomore midfielder Dan Groot snapped Navy’s three-game winning streak with a tough shot from the left alley.
• The one-goal games continued in 2006 as the Mids pulled out a 7-6 victory at Byrd Stadium on April 8. The game , which was scheduled for April 7, was pushed back a day due to a large thunderstorm. It was another last-second goal that lifted Navy to the win over the Terps. This time it was attackman Ian Dingman scoring the game-winner with just eights seconds left in the game. Joe Walters scored a pair of goals for Maryland, while Bill McGlone, Max Ritz, Dan Groot and Xander Ritz scored the remaining Maryland goals.
• The 2005 game was another of those one-goal affairs as the Mids and Terps battled into the game’s final seconds before Navy emerged with a 9-8 win on Graham Gill’s game-winning goal with 14 seconds left in the contest.
• The most goals the Terps have ever scored on the Mids in a single game came in 1998’s 21-7 Maryland victory.
• Maryland has also won all four meetings in the NCAA Tournament. The Terps captured their last national championship in 1975 with a 20-13 win over Navy. Maryland also defeated Navy in NCAA semifinal games in 1971, 1976 and 1979.
The Stretch: Carolina, Virginia, Navy, Hopkins
• Since 1978 Maryland’s schedule has been highlighted by a four-game stretch in the middle of its season: North Carolina, Virginia, Navy and Johns Hopkins. In the 36-year span only four times has the stretch been interrupted with another game added in between one of these traditional four (1981, 1997, 2001, 2003).
• Overall, Maryland is 65-77 (.458) since 1978 vs. those four teams during that time.
• The Terps have swept the four games only once – in 1987. Only twice (1981 & 1988) has Maryland lost all four games. Six times (1978, 1979, 1989, 1996, 1998, 2001) the Terps have won three of the four games. Johns Hopkins broke up the Terps’ bid for a perfect stretch four times, while Carolina and Virginia broke it up one time each.
Maryland As The No. 1 Team
• The Terps took over the top spot in the USILA Coaches’ Poll on Feb. 18 after two impressive wins to open the 2013 season. The Terps became the outright No. 1 team in the country on Feb. 25 following their 12-10 victory at then-No. 1 Loyola on Feb. 23 and held the top spot for four weeks until dropping to No. 2 following a 10-8 loss to North Carolina on Mar. 23. This was the ninth time Maryland has earned the No. 1 ranking since 1986.
• Maryland regained the No. 1 ranking in both polls on April 1, following its 9-7 win at Virginia and previous No. 1 Notre Dame’s 12-10 loss to St. Johns on March 30. This marks the first time that Maryland has regained the No. 1 ranking after having lost it during the season.
• Overall, Maryland has played 27 games as the No. 1-ranked team and is 18-9 in those games.
• This season, the Terps have played four games as the nation’s outright top team and is 3-1, defeating Duke, 16-7, in Durham on March 2, topping Stony Brook, 13-7, at home on March 10, going on the road to beat Villanova, 10-7, on March 16 and dropping a 10-8 decision to North Carolina on March 23.
• The last time Maryland was the top team in the nation was in March of 2006 after the Terps defeated then-No. 1 Duke, 8-7 on the road in overtime. Maryland defeated Towson as the No. 1 team the following Saturday, but fell, 7-6 in double-OT, to Bucknell on Tuesday, March 14. The Terrapins were still No. 1 in their 9-4 win at UMBC to close out their two-week stay at the top of the polls.
• The last time the Terps were the nation’s top team was in April of 2004. Maryland’s two-week run at the top of the polls ended with a 9-6 loss to No. 4 Navy in College Park.
• This season’s ranking is also the earliest the Terps have achieved the No. 1 ranking in a season. Previous to this week, the earliest Maryland was ranked No. 1 was March 10, 2006.
• The longest Maryland has held on to the No. 1 ranking was seven weeks in 1987. That streak came to an end with a 13-8 loss to No. 4 Johns Hopkins in the NCAA Semifinals.
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 99 of the 108 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .917 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 91.7 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 116-25 in games, for a .823 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 188 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 75.0 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 this season. Maryland is 7-1 on the year and has shot 30% or better in six of its seven victories and under that mark in its one defeat.
W- Mount St. Mary’s: 23 goals, 46 shots = 50.0%
W- at Hartford: 16 goals, 51 shots = 31.4%
W- at Loyola: 12 goals, 36 shots = 33.3%
W- at Duke: 16 goals, 29 shots = 55.2%
W- Stony Brook: 13 goals, 30 shots = 43.3%
W- at Villanova: 10 goals, 26 shots = 38.5%
L- North Carolina: 8 goals, 37 shots = 21.6%
L- at Virginia: 9 goals, 32 shots = 28.1%
• Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 61-4 (.938) 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 14 games since the start of the 2008 season. Out of those 14 games, Maryland shot 50% or better in four of them.
Three Terps Named To Tewaaraton Watch List
• Senior midfielders Jesse Bernhardt and John Haus are joined by junior goalie Niko Amato on the 2013 Tewaaraton Award Watch List. The Terrapin trio are three of 92 selections on the Watch List.
• The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States. The selection committees are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by The Tewaaraton Foundation. Committees will make additions to these lists as the season progresses and athletes earn a spot along side these elite players. The lists will be narrowed to 25 men’s and women’s nominees in late April. In mid-May, five men’s and five women’s finalists will be announced. These finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C. for the 13th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.
Bernhardt Named Senior CLASS Finalist
· Maryland senior long pole Jesse Bernhardt was named one of the 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. Fan voting consists of one-third of the final total to determine the winner, so click on the graphic to vote for Jesse. Fans can vote once per day per device, so come back every day to cast your vote for Jesse.
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 and Army 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’ 88th Season Of Lacrosse
• The Terps boast an all-time record of 744-250-4 (.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 87 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.
Terps On ESPNU
• Maryland has had 44 games on ESPNU since 2006. Maryland is 26-19 (.578) all-time in games broadcast on ESPNU.
• The Terps are scheduled to play four games (at Duke (W, 16-7), at Virginia (W, 9-7), vs. Johns Hopkis and the ACC tournament semifinals) on ESPNU in 2013.
· Once again this season, the Terps will be wearing purple “MY” stickers, to show their support for the fight against pancreatic cancer, which touched everyone in the Maryland lacrosse familywith the passing of Maria Young on April 17, 2011.
· This past fall the Terps, Maryland alums and family and friends came together for the inaugural Forever Young Walk/Run for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness. More on Ms. Young and her amazing story can be found here: Forever Young.
· If you’re interested in more information about the Lustgarten Foundation, including how to make a donation, click here to visit the foundation’s website. You can also get more information on pancreatic cancer at CurePC.org.
In case you’re wondering here are some facts about pancreatic cancer from the American Cancer Society:
· More than 43,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer present each year
· There are more than 36,000 deaths from pancreatic cancer each year
· The lifetime risk of having pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 71.
· The risk is about the same for both men and women.
· Maryland players will also be wearing gray stickers with the number 42 in honor of Zack Wholley’s father, John, who passed away from brain cancer on August 28, 2011.
· If you’re interested in more information, please visit the National Brain Tumor Society website.
In case you’re wondering here are some facts about brain and spinal cord tumors from the American Cancer Society:
· About 22,910 malignant tumors of the brain or spinal cord (12,630 in males and 10,280 in females) will be diagnosed. These numbers would likely be much higher if benign tumors were also included.
· About 13,700 people (7,720 males and 5,980 females) will die from these tumors.
· Overall, the chance that a person will develop a malignant tumor of the brain or spinal cord in his or her lifetime is about one in 150 for a man and one in 185 for a woman.
• Maryland players will also be wearing teal stickers in honor of Andrew Walsh’s mother, Gia, who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
· If you’re interested in more information, please visit the Ovarian Cancer Institute website.
Here are some facts about ovarian cancer from the American Cancer Society and the Ovarian Cancer Institute:
· Ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer among women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancers.
· Ovarian cancer will strike over 20,000 women this year.
· It ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.
· Ovarian cancer accounts for about 3% of all cancers in women. A woman’s risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 71.
· Currently, there are no effective means of early detection.
· Only 25% of cases are diagnosed early before the cancer has spread to the pelvic region. For these women, the 5-year survival rate is 90%.
Consecutive 10-Win Seasons
• Maryland’s 10-9 win over the Lehigh on May 11, 2012 extended the Terps’ streak of double-digit win seasons to 10. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the D1scource.com).
• How does Maryland’s string of 10+ win seasons stack up against the rest of the college lacrosse programs? Take a look at programs with at least six-straight 10-win seasons:
Maryland (10): 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)
Virginia (8): 2012 (12-4) 2011 (13-5), 2010 (16-2), 2009 (14-2), 2008 (14-4), 2007 (12-4), 2006 (17-0), 2005 (11-4)
Notre Dame (7): 2012 (13-3), 2011 (11-3), 2010 (10-7), 2009 (15-1), 2008 (14-3), 2007 (11-4), 2006 (10-5)
Duke (6): 2012 (15-5) 2011 (14-6), 2010 (16-4), 2009 (15-4), 2008 (18-2), 2007 ( 17-3)
Siena (6): 2012 (11-5), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-5), 2009 (12-6), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6)
• Cornell’s string of seven-straight 10+ win seasons came to an end in 2012 with a 9-4 final mark.
Maryland In Season Openers
• Maryland has an 84-3-1 (.960) 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.)
20 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 (twice), Air Force, Hobart, Duke, Georgetown (four times), Bellarmine (twice), Presbyterian, Detroit Mercy and Hartford. Over the 20-year stretch, Maryland outscored its foes 290-105 (an average score of 14.5-5.3) in those games.
• The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 20 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.
A Family Affair
· Many school’s refer to their sports programs as families, but the Maryland men’s lacrosse program is truely a family affair. Since 2002, 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: 2002
Chris & Willy Passavia: 2002-03
Brian & Michael Phipps: 2007
Max & Xander Ritz: 2005-06
Mark & Michael White: 2008-09-10-11
Five Taken In MLL Draft
• Led by senior long pole Jesse Bernhardt, a record-tying five Maryland men’s lacrosse student-athletes were chosen in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft.• Bernhardt was chosen fourth overall by the Chesapeake Bayhawks, becoming the second-highest Terrapin ever drafted in the MLL (Joe Walters, first overall selection in 2006). He is just the seventh Maryland player to be taken in the first round, joining Lee Zink (2004, 5th), Chris Passavia (2004, 6th), Walters, Bill McGlone (2006, 5th), Ray Megill (2007, 9th) and Joe Cinosky (2008, 9th).
• Senior midfielder John Haus was the next Terrapin off the board, going to the Hamilton Nationals in the second round with the 15th overall selection. Haus was followed by senior midfielder Kevin Cooper, who went to the Bayhawks with the 16th overall pick.
• The Denver Outlaws, which already has three Terps on its roster (Zink, Jeremy Sieverts and Drew Snider), were then next MLL squad to take a Maryland player, selecting senior midfielder Landon Carr with the 23rd overall selection.
• The fifth Terp to be selected was senior attackman Owen Blye with the very next pick by the Charlotte Hounds.
• The five players selected ties the school record for most players taken in the MLL draft. The 2011 senior class also had five players taken – Brian Farrell, Brett Schmidt, Dan Burns, Grant Catalino and Ryan Young.
• Maryland’s 2013 senior class also features redshirt senior midfielder Jake Bernhardt, who was selected by the Nationals with the 12th overall selection in the 2012 MLL collegiate draft.
2013 Team Captains
• Three players have been named team captains for the 2013 season. The trio, which was selected by a combination of team vote and coaches’ input, consists of seniors Jake Bernhardt, Jesse Bernhardt and Owen Blye. All three return as team captains from the 2012 squad.