COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The No. 7-seeded Maryland men’s lacrosse team will face No. 6 seed Notre Dame in the semifinals of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at M&T Bank Stadium. Faceoff is set for 3:30 p.m., as the Terps (13-3 overall) battle the Fighting Irish (11-5) for the third time this season.
• The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2, as well as streamed on ESPN3.com and on wireless devices with the WatchESPN app. Eamon McAnaney will handle the play-by-play call, Quint Kessenich will provide the expert analysis and Paul Carcaterra will report from the sideline.
• Both games of the NCAA men’s lacrosse semifinals can be heard on Westwood One Sports. Jason Benetti will handle the play-by-play, while Mark Dixon will provide the expert analysis and Jason Horowitz will report from the sideline. Fans will be able to listen to the radio broadcast from anywhere online athttp://www.westwoodonesports.com and http://www.ncaa.com. The broadcast will also be available through theTune-In Radio app and via satellite radio through SiriusXM Radio (channel TBD).
• The Terps, who received an at-large bid, are making their 37th NCAA Tournament appearance, the second most of any school in NCAA history, while Notre Dame, which earned an automatic bid by winning the ACC tournament, is making its 19th appearance in the NCAA tournament.
• The winner of the Maryland/ND game will advance to the championship game and will face the winner of the No. 1 seed Duke (15-3)/No. 5 seed Denver (16-2) game on Monday, May 26 at 1 p.m. The Blue Devils and the Pioneers play in the first game on Saturday, which is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start in Baltimore.
• Maryland is 13-3 on the season following its 16-8 win over Bryant on May 17 in Hempstead, N.Y. Senior Mike Chanenchuk led the way with nine points vs. the Bulldogs and continues to lead the team this season with 57 points on 35 goals and 22 assists. He is followed by freshman Matt Rambo, who has 35 points on 30 goals and six assists, which is the highest output by a Terrapin freshman since 2008 when Grant Catalino finished with 42 points. JuniorCharlie Raffa has won 183-of-270 (.678) faceoffs this season, which ranks second in the nation, with a team-best 108 groundballs. Senior Michael Ehrhardt has made a seamless transition to the long-stick midfield spot and has 64 groundballs, which leads all non-faceoff men, and a team-best 28 caused turnovers to go along with two goals and two assists. Senior Niko Amato has started every game of his college career (66 straight) and boasts a 7.23 goals-against average (4th in the NCAA) with a .566 save percentage (8th in the NCAA) this season.
• Notre Dame is 11-5 on the season and has won its past five games. Sophomore attackman Matt Kavanagh leads the Irish offense with 65 points on 35 goals and 3- assists. Junior Conor Kelly started the past nine games in goal for the Irish and has a 10.70 goals-against average and is saving 48.0 percent of the shots opponents have put on goal. Senior faceoff specialist Liam O’Connor ranks 12th in the NCAA in faceoff win percentage with .599 on 193-of-322. He is also 16th in the nation in groundballs per game with 7.31 (117 total).
THE COUNT DOWN
10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 112 of the 121 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .926 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 131-27 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .829 winning percentage.
8 … Niko Amato has allowed eight or fewer goals in seven of 11 career NCAA tournament games.
7 … Maryland is 5-4 all-time as the No. 7 seed in the NCAA tournament.
6 … Six Maryland freshmen have combined to score 66 goals this season.
5 … This marks the fifth time that Maryland has been the No. 7 seed in the NCAA tournament.
4 … Only four Division I teams, including three of the Final Four teams, have a current streal of winning 10 or more games in a season for at least five seasons. Maryland leads that list with 12-straight 10+ win seasons.
3 … Mike Chanenchuk is averaging 3.0 points per game in seven NCAA tournament games as a Terp.
2 … Maryland is making its 22nd Final Four appearance and only two teams have appeared more in the national semifinals: Johns Hopkins (28) and Syracuse (26).
1 … Only one program – Maryland – has earned a bid in every NCAA tournament since 2003.
• John Tillman is in his seventh season as a head coach, and fourth with the Terps, with a 68-37 career record for a 64.8 winning percentage. Tillman is 48-18 (.727) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.
• Kevin Corrigan is in his 28th season as a head coach, with all but one of them at the helm of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. During his 28 years as a head coach he has compiled a 262-134 (.662) career record. At Notre Dame his record is 252-119 (.679).
TILLMAN IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• The meeting with Notre Dame will be John Tillman’s 12th NCAA tournament game as a head coach.
• Tillman is 3-1 all-time in first round games, leading the Terps to wins at No. 8 seed North Carolina, 13-6, in 2011, at No. 7 seed Lehigh, 10-9, in 2012 and at home vs. Cornell, 8-7, in 2014 as a No. 7 seed. Tillman’s lone defeat in the first round came in 2013 when the No. 6-seeded Terrapins were defeated at home by Cornell, 16-8.
• Tillman is 3-0 in quarterfinal games with a 2011 win over No. 1 seed Syracuse, 6-5 in overtime, in Foxborough, Mass., an 11-5 win over No. 2 seed Johns Hopkins in 2012 in Annapolis and a 16-8 win over Bryant in 2013 in Hempstead, N.Y.
• Tillman is 2-0 in semifinals with both wins coming over No. 3- seeded Duke teams. The Terps won over the No. 3-seeded Blue Devils, 9-4, in Baltimore in 2011 and then won 16-10 Duke in 2012 in Foxborough, Mass. Maryland would go on to lose both title games, dropping the 2011 game to No. 7 seed Virginia, 9-7, and the 2012 game to No. 1 seed Loyola, 9-3.
• Overall, Tillman is 8-3 (.727) in NCAA tournament games.
• The win over Hopkins in the 2012 quarters made Tillman the only coach in NCAA history to guide two unseeded teams to back-to-back appearances in the Final Four.
• As an assistant coach, Tillman helped guide Navy to four consecutive NCAA tournaments from 2004-07, including a run to the 2004 championship game.
MARYLAND’S 37TH TIME IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• Maryland is making its 37th overall NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013. The Terps have played in the second-most tournaments since the event began in 1971. Only Hopkins has played in more with the Blue Jays making their 42nd appearance this season. Virginia is third all-time with 36 NCAA appearances. The Terps have captured two NCAA championships, 1973 and 1975.
MARYLAND’S 12TH-STRAIGHT TRIP TO THE DANCE
• This season marks Maryland’s 12th-straight appearance in the NCAA tournament, which is the longest active streak in Division I men’s lacrosse. The Terps are the only program to appear in every NCAA tournament since the field was expanded to 16 teams in 2003.
MARYLAND’S RECORD IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• The Terps have won the fourth-most Division I NCAA Tournament games, compiling a 50-34 overall record in 83 games. Only Johns Hopkins (68-33) and Syracuse (62-23) have won more Division I tournament games. Virginia (48-31) is fourth, one game behind Maryland.
• Maryland is seventh by percentage (.595) among all teams ever to play in the tournament. Only Syracuse (62-23, .729), Princeton (30-14, .682), Johns Hopkins (68-33, .674), Duke (30-15, .667), Virginia (48-31, .608) are ahead of the Terps.
• The Terps have captured two titles. Only eight other schools have ever won the NCAA Championship: Syracuse (10), Johns Hopkins (9), Princeton (6), North Carolina (4), Virginia (5), Cornell (3), Duke (2) and Loyola (1).
MARYLAND AS THE NO. 7 SEED
• This marks the fourth time that Maryland has been named the No. 7 seed in the NCAA tournament. Maryland is 5-3 all-time as the No. 7 seed after the 8-7 win over Cornell in the first round on May 10 and the 16-8 win over Bryant in the quarterfinals on May 17.
• The Terps were previously a No. 7 seed in 1982, 1991, 2007 and 2008.
• In 1982, Maryland lost a first round game to Johns Hopkins by a 14-9 margin.
• In 1991, Maryland advanced to the Final Four, but lost to Towson, 15-11, in the semifinals.
• In 2007, the Terps were upset in the first round by UMBC, 13-9.
• The 2008 tournament saw the No. 7 Terps defeat Denver, 10-7, to advance to the quarters where they fell, 8-7 in overtime, to No. 2 seed Virginia in Annapolis.
SERIES HISTORY VS. NOTRE DAME
• Maryland and Notre Dame have only played seven times. The Terps won the first four games and the first game this season vs. Irish, but ND won in the quarterfinals of the 2010 NCAA tournament and in the semifinals of the 2014 ACC tournament.
• On a sloppy turf at PPL Park in the 2014 semifinals of the ACC tournament, the Fighting Irish took its only lead of the game with 6.5 seconds left and held on for a 6-5 win over the Terps on Apri. 25 in Chester, Pa. Only one player on both teams had multiple points in the game and Maryland had five different goal scorers. Senior goalie Niko Amato was stout in goal, making nine saves.
• Maryland never trailed when it played at No. 8 Notre Dame on April 19, 2014, but the Irish scored four straight goals to tie the game at 8-8 with 11:36 to play in the fourth quarter. But the Terrapins would go on their own 4-0 run over the final 8:51 with the final three goals coming from freshman Connor Cannizzaro to take a 12-8 victory and claim the 2014 ACC regular season championship. Senior Mike Chanenchuk had three goals and an assist, while juniorCharlie Raffa controlled the faceoff spot, winning a career-best 20-of-24 draws with nine groundballs.
• Senior Brian Phipps was sensational in cage for the Terps, stopping 13 Notre Dame shots, but the Fighting Irish scored four times in the first quarter and then held on for a 7-5 win over No. 3 seed Maryland in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament on May 22, 2010 in Princeton, N.J. ND’s Sean Rogers led all scorers with three goals, while junior Travis Reed led the Terrapins with a goal and an assist.
• These two teams met in the first round of the NCAA tournament in 2009 in South Bend, Ind., but it was the visiting, unseeded Terps that pulled off the 7-3 upset over the Fighting Irish. Dan Groot scored two goals, while Will Yeatman, who returned to the Notre Dame campus for the first time since transferring to Maryland prior to the 2009 season, and Ryan Young each had two assists. Brian Phipps was solid in cage for the Terps, stopping nine Irish shots.
• The teams played a one-for-one series in 2003 and 2004. Before that the team’s played their first-ever game in 1995 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament.
• It took two overtimes to decide the 2004 meeting between the Terps and the Irish, but in the end it was Maryland leaving Bryd Stadium with the 9-8 victory. Brendan Healy was the hero for the Terrapins, scoring the game-winner just nine seconds into the second overtime. Those heroics wouldn’t have been possible without some from J.R. Bordley, who’s goal with 19 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 8-8. Joe Walters led all scorers in the game with three goals, while goalie Tim McGinnis was sensation in cage for the Terps, stopping 16 Notre Dame shots.
• The 2003 meeting saw Maryland post a 10-4 win at Moose Krause Stadium in Notre Dame, Ind. on May 3. A stifling defense shutdown the Irish’s top two scorers as the then-No. 4 Terps gave coach Dave Cottle his 200th career coaching victory. The Terps’ All-American defense of Michael Howley, Chris Passavia and Lee Zink, along with goalie Danny McCormick, held Patrick Walsh and Dan Berger pointless. Zink had a huge game with nine groundballs and seven caused turnovers. On offense, Justin Smith, Ryan Moran, Joe Walters and Brian Hunt each had two goals.
• Maryland eliminated Notre Dame from the 1995 NCAA Tournament with a 19-11 win at Byrd Stadium on May 20, 1995. The Terps advanced to the national championship game for the first of three times in a four-year span that season. In that game, Maryland built a 10-2 lead with 5:59 left in the third quarter before the Irish mounted a furious comeback to cut the score to 11-10 Maryland with 9:48 left in the fourth quarter. But Maryland held on behind the Nation’s Outstanding Goalie of the Year Brian Dougherty, who made 16 saves. Ten different Terps scored goals including two each by Pat McGuire, Peter Hilgartner and Kip Fulks. Rob Chomo had four assists and a goal in the win.
THREE TIMES IN A SEASON
• Saturday’s game vs. Notre Dame will mark the seventh time Maryland will have played the same opponent three times in a season. The Terps have won the third meeting on four of the previous six occassions.
• Four of those three-time meetings have come against Duke with Maryland winning having a 3-1 record in NCAA tournament games. The Terps split the regular-season series with the Blue Devils in 2011 and 2012 and won all three games in 1992. The only season in which the two teams played three times and Maryland lost two was 2005 when Duke won the regular season and postseason games, but the Terps won in the ACC championship game in Baltimore.
• The Terps have played North Carolina and Virginia three times is a season once each. In 2008, Maryland won the regular season meeting over the Cavaliers in College Park, but lost in the ACC semifinals and NCAA quarterfinals. In 2011, Maryland lost the regular season game to UNC in Chapel Hill, but rebounded to defeat the Tar Heels in Durham in the ACC semifinals and then returned to Fetzer Field to top Carolina in the first round of the ACC tournament.
MARYLAND’S LARGEST NCAA TOURNAMENT WINS
• Maryland’s 16-8 win over Bryant in the quarterfinals on May 17, 2014 is one of just 14 NCAA tournament games in the Terps’ 50 career postseason wins to be won by a margin of eight goals or more.
• The biggest margin of victory for a Terrapin team in the NCAA tournament came in the 1973 quarterfinals when the eventual NCAA champions whalloped No. 8 seed Brown, 18-5. Nine different Terps scored in the game, led by Bob Mitchell with four goals and Frank Urso and Doug Schreiber, who each posted a hat trick.
• Here are Maryland’s largest margin on victories in NCAA tournament games:
12: #1 Maryland 16, #8 Brown 4; 1973 quarterfinals
11: #1 Maryland 18, #4 Washington & Lee 7; 1973 semifinals (Ed Mullen, Pat O’Meally & Frank Urso each had hat tricks)
11: #1 Maryland 22, #4 Navy 11; 1976 semifinals (Ed Mullen had 12 points on 7 goals and 5 assists)
11: #5 Maryland 19, #1 Loyola 8; 1998 semifinals (Matt Hahn and Scott Hochstadt had 5 and 4 goals, respectively)
10: #3 Maryland 15, #7 Washington & Lee 5; 1975 semifinals (Bert Caswell & Doug Radebaugh each had hat tricks)
9: #3 Maryland 10, #6 Air Force 1; 1971 quarterfinals (Jack Kaestner and Eric Nachlas each had 2 goals)
9: #1 Maryland 19, #4 Cornell 10; 1974 semifinals (Dave Dempsey, Ed Mullen and Roger Tuck each had hat tricks)
9: #1 Maryland 17, #8 Brown 8; 1976 quarterfinals (Bert Caswell & Frank Urso each had hat tricks)
9: #6 Maryland 13, #3 Virginia 4; 1983 quarterfinals (Mike Hubbard had a hat trick)
8: #3 Maryland 19, #6 Hofstra 11; 1975 quarterfinals (Bert Caswell, Bob Gilmartin & Frank Urso each had hat tricks)
8: #4 Maryland 16, #1 Johns Hopkins 8; 1995 semifinals (Todd Evans, Matt Hahn & Peter Hilgartner each had hat tricks)
8: #5 Maryland 18, Butler 10; 1998 first round (Matt Hahn had 4 goals and Andrew Whipple had a hat trick)
8: #2 Maryland 16, Denver 8; 2006 first round (Joe Walters & Max Ritz each had 6 points)
8: #7 Maryland 16, Bryant 8; 2014 quarterfinals (Mike Chanenchuk had 9 points on 5 goals and 4 assists)
• Maryland’s rally from a 5-1 deficit early in the third quarter in its 8-7 win over Cornell in the first round of the 2014 NCAA tournament was the program’s fourth comeback from a four-goal deficit since 2000.
Deficit, Opponent (Date), Final Score
5-1, 3Q, vs. Cornell (May 10, 2014), 8-7
5-1, 3Q, vs. North Carolina (April 22, 2011), 7-6
11-7, 3Q, at Georgetown (Feb. 27, 2010), 15-13
6-1, 3Q, at North Carolina (April 28, 2006), 10-9
ONE-GOAL GAMES IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• Maryland’s 8-7 win over Cornell in the first round of the NCAA tournament was the eighth one-goal victory in the Terps’ 48 tournament wins.
• Overall, the Terrapins have an 8-4 record all-time in one-goal decisions in NCAA tournament games.
• Six of the 12 one-goal games needed overtime to be decided and Maryland has a 4-2 record in those overtime games, including the 1973 championship game where the Terps defeated Johns Hopkins, 10-9 in double-overtime.
2014 1st Round: #7 Maryland 8, Cornell 7
2012 1st Round: Maryland 10, #9 Lehigh 9
2011 Quarterfinals: Maryland 6, #1 Syracuse 5, OT
2008 Quarterfinals: #2 Virginia 8, #7 Maryland 7, OT
2005 Quarterfinals: #3 Maryland 9, #6 Georgetown 8, OT
2004 Quarterfinals: #7 Princeton 9, #3 Maryland 8, OT
2001 Quarterfinals: #6 Towson 12, #3 Maryland 11
1998 Quarterfinals: #5 Maryland 11, #4 Johns Hopkins 10, OT
1997 Quarterfinals: Maryland 10, #2 Virginia 9
1997 Semifinals: Maryland 18, #3 Syracuse 17
1992 Quarterfinals: #3 Princeton 11, #6 Maryland 10
1973 Championship: #1 Maryland 10, #2 Johns Hopkins 9, 2OT.
WELCOME TO THE CLUB
• With his 10 saves vs. Navy in the 2014 regular season finale on May 3, senior goalie Niko Amato eclipsed the 600-save mark for his career. He is just the third Terrapin to reach 600 saves for his career, joining Kevin O’Leary (705, 1981-84) and Brian Dougherty (658, 1993-96).
• Amato is one of just four current goalies in NCAA Division I lacrosse with at least 600 career saves and is the only one whose team advanced to the NCAA tournament. The other goalies with at least 600 saves are: Austin Kraut (Penn State, 686), Nicholas Gibaldi (Wagner, 634) and Peter DeLuca (Jacksonville, 619).
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 112 of the 121 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .926 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 92.6 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 131-27 in games, for a .829 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 209 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 75.6 percent of the time.
SHOOTING TELLS THE STORY
• Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 70-4 (.946) 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%).
• Maryland is 13-3 on the year and shot 30% or better in eight of its 13 victories and just barely missed that mark in the win at Syracuse.W- Mount St. Mary’s: 16 goals, 44 shots = 36.4%
W- UMBC: 14 goals, 45 shots = 31.1%
W- at Syracuse: 16 goals, 55 shots = 29.1%
W- Duke: 10 goals, 44 shots = 22.7%
W- at Stony Brook: 11 goals, 48 shots = 22.9%
W- Villanova: 12 goals, 39 shots = 30.7%
W- at Michigan: 13 goals, 42 shots = 31.0%
L- at North Carolina: 8 goals, 30 shots = 26.7%
W- Virginia: 9 goals, 33 shots = 27.3%
W- Robert Morris: 19 goals, 36 shots = 52.8%
L- at Johns Hopkins: 6 goals, 31 shots = 19.4%
W- at Notre Dame: 12 goals, 40 shots = 30.0%
L- vs. Notre Dame: 5 goals, 37 shots = 13.5%
W- Navy: 12 goals, 39 shots = 30.8%
W- Cornell: 8 goals, 42 shots = 19.0%
W- vs. Bryant: 16 goals, 38 shots = 42.1%
• If 30% is the benchmark, then 40% shooting is in a class all to itself and Maryland has shot 40% or better in 17 games since the start of the 2008 season. Out of those 16 games, Maryland shot 50% or better in five of them.
NINE IS ENOUGH
• Senior Mike Chanenchuk scored five goals and added four assists for a career-best nine-point outing to lead the No. 7 seed Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a dominating 16-8 victory over Bryant in front of a record crowd at Shuart Stadium in the NCAA quarterfinals on Saturday.
• Chanenchuk, who scored the game-winner in the first round vs. Cornell with :02 left in the game, continued to make this a postseason to remember by doing something no other Terp has done in the past 35 years. His nine points is the most for a Terrapin player since March 28, 1979 when Bob Boneillo had 13 points on three goals and 10 assists vs. Duke.
• It has been nearly 38 years since the last time a Maryland player had nine points in a game with more goals than assists was May 23, 1976 when Ed Mullen had 12 points on seven goals and five assists in a 22-11 win over Navy in the NCAA semifinals.
• In the 89-season history of Maryland men’s lacrosse Chanenchuk is just the fifth player to post a documented nine-point game and is just the second Terp to have such a game in the NCAA tournament.
13 (3-10) by Bob Boneillo (Duke, March 26, 1979)
12 (7-5) by Ed Mullen (vs. Navy, May 23,1976 – NCAA Semifinals)
10 (6-4) by Pat O’Meally (at Navy, April 14, 1973)
9 (9-0) by Dick Corrigan (Navy, April 26, 1958)
9 (5-4) by Mike Chanenchuk (vs. Bryant, May 17, 2014 – NCAA Quarterfinals)
9 (4-5) by Bob Boneillo (Mt. Washington, 1979)
9 (3-6) by Ed Mullen (Army, April 21, 1973)
9 (3-6) by Bob Boneillo (Brown, April 4, 1978)
• Even if Chanenchuk only had the five goals his afternoon would have been momentous as it has been more than eight years since a Maryland player has had five goals in an NCAA tournament game. The last Terp to do so was Max Ritz vs. Denver in the first round in 2006 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
• The nine-point effort vaulted Chanenchuk over eight former Terps in career points and he is now tied for 28th with 119 points.
TERPS IN PRO STADIUMS
• Maryland has played 17 games in an NFL stadium. All-time the Terps are 10-7 (.588) in professional stadiums.
Record By Stadium:
M&T Bank Stadium: 7-4 (.636)
Gillette Stadium: 2-1 (.667)
Lincoln Financial Field: 1-2 (.333)
• The 2012 season saw the Terps play twice at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Maryland defeated No. 3 seed Duke, 16-10, in the NCAA semifinals, but fell to No. 1 seed Loyola, 9-3, in the championship game.
• In 2011, Maryland played No. 1 seed Syracuse in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament in Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., and the Terps pulled out a 6-5 victory in overtime. Maryland then defeated Duke, 9-5, and lost to Virginia, 9-7, in M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore in the Final Four.
• The Terps played two games in 2010 in NFL Stadiums in the regular season. Maryland defeated Duke 11-10 in overtime in the Face-Off Classic. Maryland returned to M&T Bank Stadium in April for the Day of Rivals and bested Johns Hopkins, 10-9.
• In 2009, Maryland topped Duke, 11-8, at the Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium and lost a 10-9 decision to Johns Hopkins in the inaugural Day of Rivals.
• In 2006, the Terps were 1-1 at M&T Bank Stadium, defeating North Carolina, 10-9, in the ACC semis at M&T Bank Stadium before dropping an 11-5 decision to Virginia in the finals. Maryland then lost to UMass, 8-5, at Lincoln Financial Field in the NCAA Semifinals.
• In 2005, Maryland was 3-1 in NFL stadiums – 1-1 at Lincoln Financial Field and 2-0 at M&T Bank Stadium.
• Maryland lost to Virginia in the 2003 NCAA Semifinals in M&T Bank Stadium.
• Thirteen proved to be an unlucky number for senior Mike Chanenchuk, who saw his 35-game point scoring streak, which dated back to the Johns Hopkins game on Apr. 14, 2012, come to an end in the Terps’ 6-5 loss to Notre Dame in the ACC semifinals. Overall, for his Maryland career Chanenchuk has tallied at least one point in 41 of 44 games.
• Chanenchuk’s point-scoring streak was the second longest since the 2004 season. The only other point-scoring streak longer belongs to Joe Walters, who had at least one point in 45 straight from Feb. 2004 to April 2006. Here’s a look at the Terps’ 20+ game point-scoring streaks since 2004.
45 – Joe Walters (2/28/04 – 4/30/06)
35 – Mike Chanenchuk (4/14/12 – present)
29 – Xander Ritz (2/26/05 – 4/30/06)
26 – Bill McGlone (2/28/04 – 4/23/05)
22 – Grant Catalino (3/3/08 – 3/28/09
20 – Max Ritz (5/6/06 – 5/13/07)
20 – Joe Cummings (5/28/11 – 5/28/12)
• In conjunction with his point-scoring streak, Chanenchuk also had an impressive 23-game goal-scoring streak going, but that came to an end in the 11-6 loss at Johns Hopkins on April 12 when he regiatered three assists, but didn’t score a goal. Prior to the Hopkins game, the last time Chanenchuk did not score a goal for the Terps was in the 23-6 season-opening win over Mount St. Mary’s on Feb. 8, 2013.
• The Terp with the longest current point-scoring streak is now freshman Matt Rambo, who has had at least one point in eight straight games.
FRESHMAN HAT TRICKS
• With four goals in his first college game, a 16-3 win over Mount St. Mary’s (Feb. 8), Matt Rambo became just the ninth Maryland men’s lacrosse freshman to record a hat trick since 1998. He followed that up with another hat trick in the 14-3 win over UMBC (Feb. 15) to become the first Terp to record back-to-back hat tricks in his first two collegiate games since Grant Catalino in 2008. Rambo netted his third hat trick of the season with four goals in the Terps’ 13-5 win at Michigan (March 18) and then added his fourth with three goals in the 19-6 win over Robert Morris (April 2).
• Rambo’s latest hat trick came in the Terps’ 8-7 victory over Cornell in the first round of the NCAA tournament (May 10). That is the first time a Terrapin freshman has recorded a hat trick in an NCAA tournament game since May 14, 2000 when Mike Mollot had three goals and four assists in a 14-12 win over Hofstra in the first round.
• Connor Cannizzaro scored his first hat trick with three goals in the Terps’ 16-8 win at Syracuse to become the 10th Terp freshman with a hat trick since 1998. This marks just the second time since 1998 that two freshman have recorded hat tricks in the same season. Cannizzaro netted his second career hat trick vs. Villanova on March 14 and added his third at Notre Dame on April 20.
• Cannizzaro matched Rambo with his own hat trick in an NCAA tournament game, scoring three goals while also adding two assists in Maryland’s 16-8 win in the quarterfinals vs. Bryant.
• Game-by-game stats haven’t been saved since the 1998 season, so the following chart can only go back to then, but here’s a look at freshman hat tricks (consecutive games are underlined):
Andrew Combs (1 in 1998): 3-0=3 vs. Towson, Mar. 7
Mike LaMonica (1 in 1999): 3-0=3 vs. Penn State, Mar. 17
Mike Mollot (1 in 2000): 3-4=7 vs. Hofstra, May 14 (NCAA first round)
Dan LaMonica (3 in 2001): 3-1=4 vs. Duke, Mar. 4; 3-1=4 vs. Johns Hopkins, Apr. 14; 3-1=4 vs. Virginia, Apr. 20 (ACC semifinals)
Joe Walters (6 in 2003): 4-1=5 at Towson, Mar. 8; 4-2=6 vs. Bucknell, Mar. 11; 4-0=4 vs. Butler, Mar. 25; 3-1=4 at Virginia, Mar. 29; 4-0=4 at Navy, Apr. 5; 3-1=4 vs. UMBC, Apr. 25
Grant Catalino (3 in 2008): 4-0=4 at Georgetown, Feb. 23; 3-1=4 at Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 26; 4-3=7 vs. Yale, May 3
Travis Reed (4 in 2008): 4-1=5 at Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 26; 3-0=3 at Duke, Mar. 1; 3-0=3 vs. Providence, Mar. 3; 3-2=5 vs. Virginia, Mar. 29
John Haus (1 in 2010): 3-0=3 vs. North Carolina, Apr. 23 (ACC semifinals)
Matt Rambo (4 in 2014): 4-2=6 vs. Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 8; 3-0=3 vs. UMBC, Feb. 15; 4-0=4 at Michigan, Mar. 18; 3-0 vs. Robert Morris, April 2; 3-0=3 vs. Cornell, May 10 (NCAA first round)
Connor Cannizzaro (3 in 2014): 3-1=4 at Syracuse, Feb. 22; 3-0=3 vs. Villanova, Mar. 14; at Notre Dame, April 20; 3-2=5 vs. Bryant, May 17 (NCAA quarterfinals)
DYNAMIC FRESHMAN DUOS
• Maryland freshmen Connor Cannizzaro, the 2014 ACC Freshman of the Year, and Matt Rambo have been two of the Terps’ dominant offensive players this season and have combined to total 69 points on 55 goals and 14 assists. That’s the highest total for a pair of Maryland freshmen since 2008 when Grant Catalino and Travis Reed totaled 73 points on 49 goals and 24 assists.
• Cannizzaro (25 goals) and Rambo (30 goals) have combined for the highest goal total for a pair of Maryland freshmen since 1973. Their 55 goals are two better than Andrew Whipple (24 goals) and Matt Hahn’s (29 goals) total of 53 in 16 games in 1995.
• Here’s a look at the highest scoring freshmen duos since 1973, which is the first year freshmen were eligible to compete in men’s lacrosse:
Andrew Whipple (24-20=44) & Matt Hahn (29-13=42): 53 goals, 33 assists = 86 points (1995, 16 games)
Bob Boneillo (17-27=44) & Pete Worstell (28-6=34): 45 goals, 33 assists = 78 points (1977, 10 games)
Grant Catalino (29-13=42) & Travis Reed (20-11=31): 49 goals, 24 assists = 73 points (2008, 16 games)
Matt Rambo (30-6=36) & Connor Cannizzaro (25-8=33): 55 goals, 14 assists = 69 points (2014, 16 games)
50 PERCENT OR MORE
• Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk scored five of the Terps’ 10 goals in the team’s 10-6 win over No. 1 Duke on March 1, 2014. That performance marks just the ninth time since 1998 that a Maryland player scored at least 50 percent of the team’s goals in a victory (with a five-goal minimum). Chanenchuk is the first Maryland player since 1998 to accomplish the feat at home.
• Here’s a look at Terps who have scored 50% or more of the team’s goals (min. 5 goals) in wins since 1998:
Mike Chanenchuk, 5 goals in 10-6 win vs. Duke (3/1/14)
Jay Carlson, 5 goals in 10-7 win at Villanova (3/16/13)
Joe Walters, 6 goals in 11-4 win at Johns Hopkins (4/15/06)
Joe Walters, 5 goals in 9-6 win at North Carolina (3/25/06)
Xander Ritz, 5 goals in 8-7 OT win at Duke (3/4/06)
Joe Walters, 6 goals in 12-11 win vs. Virginia in ACC finals (4/25/04)
Buggs Combs, 6 goals in 10-4 win at Delaware (3/17/01)
Scott Hochstadt, 6 goals in 9-4 win at Yale (5/1/99)
Scott Hochstadt, 7 goals in 14-11 win at Virginia in ACC finals (4/19/98)
• There are a couple others earlier than 1998, which includes a minimum of six goals scored (which is the minimum for the single-game records):
Rob Wurzburger, 6 goals in 12-7 win at Towson (3/26/88)
Dick Corrigan, 9 goals in 17-10 win over Navy (4/26/58)
UNIFORM AUCTION RAISES MORE THAN $25K FOR THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT
• During the March 30 game vs. Virginia, Maryland honored military men and women injured in the line of duty with a partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project. The Terrapins wore special Under Armour Freedom uniforms that were auctioned off at umterps.com. The auction raised more than $25,000 with 100% of the proceeds going directrly to the Wounded Warrior Project. The Maryland men’s lacrosse program and the Maryland athletics department thank everyone for their generous support.
UNDEFEATED HOME SEASONS
• The 2014 Maryland team is the first since 2001 and just the 11th since 1971 to go through the regular season undefeated at home.
• The 1972 team finished the regular season with a perfect 5-0 record at home and won its first NCAA tournament game at home, but lost at home to Johns Hopkins, 9-6, in the NCAA semifinals at Byrd Stadium.
* Maryland was 4-0 at Byrd Stadium, the win over UMBC on May 5 was at Ludwig Field
TILLMAN, AMATO AND CANNIZZARO EARN ACC HONORS
• Head coach John Tillman, senior goalie Niko Amato and freshman attackman Connor Cannizzaro were among the recipients of the annual ACC men’s lacrosse individual awards, the conference announced on May 1. Tillman was selected as the ACC Coach of the Year, while Amato and Cannizzaro were named the Defensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, respectively.
• Tillman earns his first ACC Coach of the Year honor after guiding the Terrapins to an 11-3 overall record, including a 4-1 mark in conference play, which earned Maryland the 2014 ACC Regular Season championship. Tillman, who is in his fourth season at the helm of the Maryland program, is the third Terrapin head coach to earn the honor, joining Dick Edell, who won the award in 1989, 1992 and 1998, and Dave Cottle, who won the award in 2004 and 2008.
• Amato, who is the first goalie in the history of the ACC to be named to the All-ACC squad four times, becomes the second Terp to win the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award in just the third season of the award’s existence. The native of Conshohocken, Pa., leads the conference with a 7.19 goals-against average, which is nearly a full goal less than the second-place goalie. He is also tops in the conference with a .577 save percentage. A four-time ACC Defensive Player of the Week honoree this season, Amato was at his best in conference games and had a 7.80 goals-against average with a .585 save percentage in the five regular season conference games. His standout performance of the season came in the Terps’ 10-6 victory over then-No. 1 Duke on March 1 when he recorded a season-best 17 saves, which is the most by an ACC goalie this year.
• Cannizzaro becomes the eighth Terrapin to earn the ACC Freshman of the Year award and is the first Maryland attackman to win the award since Joe Walters in 2003. The native of Cazenovia, N.Y., was solid throughout the season for the Terps, and is tied for third on the team with 26 points and is fourth with 20 goals. But Cannizzaro excelled in ACC games this season and ranks 10th in the conference in points per game (2.80) and goals per game (2.0). He scored three goals and added an assist in the Terps’ 16-8 win at Syracuse on Feb. 22 and matched that performance with three goals and an assist in Maryland’s 12-8 win at Notre Dame on April 19. He also had two goals and an assist in each of the Terps’ games vs. Virginia and North Carolina.
LEAGUE-BEST FIVE TERPS NAMED TO ALL-ACC TEAM
• Senior goalie Niko Amato became the first goalie in the history of the ACC to be named to the all-conference team for the fourth time in his career. He is just the fifth player ever to be a four-time honoree with Duke attackman Jordan Wolf joining him as the sixth player with his fourth selection this season.
Four-Time All-ACC Selections
Niko Amato (G, MD): 2011-14
Jordan Wolf (A, Duke): 2011-14
Michael Watson (A, UVa): 1994-97
Roddy Marino (A, UVa): 1983-87
Scott Gerham (M, UVa): 1981-84
Pete Worstell (M, MD): 1977-78, 1980-81
Stan Cockerton (A, NC State): 1977-80
• Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk, senior defender Michael Ehrhardt, junior defender Goran Murray and junior faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa are all first time honorees.
• The five All-ACC selections are the most for the Terps since 2006 when they also placed five on the all-conference team.
TERPS’ 89TH SEASON OF LACROSSE
• The Terps boast an all-time record of 760-256-4 (.747), dating back to the first varsity team in 1924 (a team was not fielded in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II). Maryland has finished every one of its previous 88 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 12-6. The program reached the 700-win milestone with a 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 at Ludwig Field and became just the fourth program with 750 wins with a 16-8 win at No. 2 Syracuse on Feb. 22, 2014.
• 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 58-22 in the 2010’s for a .728 winning percentage.
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.
Face-Off Magazine Preseason All-Americans
Michael Ehrhardt (1st)
Niko Amato (2nd)
Goran Murray (2nd)
Mike Chanenchuk (3rd)
National Player of the Week
Mike Chanenchuk (Mar. 3)
ACC Coach of the Year
ACC Defensive Player of the Year
ACC Freshman of the Year
Niko Amato (4th selection)
Mike Chanenchuk (1st selection)
Michael Ehrhardt (1st selection)
Goran Murray (1st selection)
Charlie Raffa (1st selection)
ACC All-Tournament Team
Offensive Player of the Week
Mike Chanenchuk (Mar. 4)
Connor Cannizzaro (Apr. 22)
Defensive Player of the Week
Niko Amato (Feb. 25)
Niko Amato (Mar. 4)
Niko Amato (Apr. 1)
Charlie Raffa (Apr. 22)
Niko Amato (May 6)
University of Maryland
Terp of the Week
Charlie Raffa (Feb. 28)
Connor Cannizzaro (Apr. 23)
Mike Chanenchuk (May 13)
Mike Chanenchuk (May 20)
CONSECUTIVE 10-WIN SEASONS
• Maryland’s 12-8 win at Notre Dame on April 20, 2014 extended the Terps’ streak of double-digit win seasons to 12, 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 (12): 2014 (13-3), 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 (9): 2014 (11-5), 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 (8): 2014 (15-3), 2013 (16-4), 2012 (15-5) 2011 (14-6), 2010 (16-4), 2009 (15-4), 2008 (18-2), 2007 ( 17-3)
North Carolina (6): 2014 (10-5), 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.
TERPS ON ESPNU
• Maryland has had 53 games on ESPNU since 2006. Maryland is 29-24 (.547) all-time in games broadcast on ESPNU.
• The Terps played five games (at North Carolina, vs. Virginia, at Johns Hopkins, at Notre Dame, vs. Notre Dame in the ACC tournament semifinals and vs. Cornell in the first round of the NCAA tournament) on ESPNU in 2014.
• Maryland has played 80 different opponents in its 89 seasons, including the first-ever meeting between the Terps and Michigan and then vs. Robert Morris earlier this season. In the Terps’ 80 first-time meetings Maryland is 76-4 (.950) in those games. Adelphi (12-13, 1982), Army (0-3, 1923), Syracuse (3-10, 1927) and Yale (3-5, 1925) are the only schools to beat the Terps the first time the schools met on a lacrosse field.
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.
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 21-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.
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.