Four Maryland lacrosse players receive preseason recognition

December 11, 2013 | WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team placed four student-athletes on the 2014Inside Lacrosse Face Off Yearbook Preseason All-America team, while three of those players were also selected to the ACC Preseason All-Conference team.

Senior defender Michael Ehrhardt led the Terrapin honorees with a first team All-America nod, while senior goalie Niko Amato and junior defender Goran Murray were selected to the second team. Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk was chosen as a third team All-American.

Maryland and Virginia each placed four combined players on the first, second and third teams, the most of any school on the list.

Ehrhardt, Amato and Murray were named to the preseason All-ACC squad, which was voted on by the conference’s six head coaches.

Ehrhardt, a native of Westbury, N.Y., was a second team USILA All-American in 2013 after leading the Maryland defense to a No. 9 national ranking in scoring defense, allowing just 8.21 goals per game. Ehrhardt finished the season third on the team with 53 groundballs and second on the squad with 15 caused turnovers.

Amato, a native of Conshohocken, Pa., enters his final season as a two-time All-American after ranking seventh in the nation with a .594 save percentage and ninth in the country with a 7.98 goals-against average. Amato finished fourth on the team with 30 groundballs and even added two assists.

Murray, a native of Merion Station, Pa., is a two-time All-American after finishing third on the team with 13 caused turnovers and seventh on the squad with 19 groundballs last season.

Chanenchuk, a native of Poquot, N.Y., was a second team USILA All-American last season after becoming the first Maryland midfielder to lead the team in goals scored since Chris Malone in 2000. Chanenchuk, who is a two-time All-American, finished the 2013 season with a team-best 23 goals and was second in points with 37. The junior shot .315 percent for the season and had a .616 shots-on-goal percentage.

Maryland posted a 10-4 record in 2014 and appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the 10th consecutive season, which represents the longest active streak in Division I men’s lacrosse. Head coach John Tillman’s team returns six starters, including all three close defenders and Amato in goal, as well as its top face-off man and one of its leading short-stick defensive midfielders. Maryland welcomes the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class, according to Inside Lacrosse, which features nine listed among Inside Lacrosse’s Power 100 Freshmen Rankings.