Maryland crushes Bryant, punches ticket to Final Four

May 17, 2014 | WNST Staff

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Senior Mike Chanenchuk became the first Terp to register nine points in a game since 1979 with five goals and four assists to lead the No. 7 seed University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 16-8 win over Bryant in front of a record crowd of 13,519 at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium.

The Terps (13-3) will play the winner of the No. 6 seed Notre Dame/Albany game on Sat., May 24 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The Fighting Irish and Great Danes play in the second game of Saturday’s double-header at Shuart Stadium. The Bulldogs finish their season with a 16-5 record.

Maryland scored early and often and never took their foot off the gas pedal until the game was firmly in hand, beginning at the 13:37 mark of the first quarter when Chanenchuk scored unassisted on a laser to the lower left corner off of a dodge down the right alley.

The Terrapins scored three more goals over a span of just 2:03 to open up a 4-0 lead before Bryant even got possession of the ball.

Sophomore Henry West scored the next Maryland goal cutting to the middle of the field off of a feed from Chanenchuk at the 12:49 mark.

The lead grew to 3-0 with 12:02 on the clock when freshman Connor Cannizzaro slipped a slick little pass from behind the goal to junior Jay Carlson, who got behind his defender, on the crease for an easy one-timer.

Junior Joe LoCascio made it a 4-0 game with his first goal of the day, finishing a feed from Cannizzaro with a rip into the upper right corner of the Bryant goal with 10:46 to play in the first.

Bryant finally got its first possession of the day when Bulldog goalie Gunnar Waldt made a save on a shot by junior faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa as the clock neared the 10 minute mark. The Bulldogs capitalized on the chance with an unassisted goal by Tucker James at the 9:24 mark to end the Terps’ run.

But that just set off another mini-run that would find the Terrapins running off three straight goals, all of which featured Chanenchuk, to open a 7-1 lead.

Chanenchuk assisted on the first two goals of the run, feeding LoCascio at the 8:25 mark and then finding Cannizzaro wide open on the back post with a brilliant skip pass with 6:26 to play in the first.

Chanenchuk then capped off the run the same way he opened the game, scoring off of a dodge down the right alley with 4:47 left in the first. That play was started when sophomore Matt Dunn stripped James on the crease and seniorBrian Cooper came up with two crucial groundballs – one on the initial takeaway and another on the ensuing clear attempt.

Bryant closed out the first quarter scoring with an extra-man goal by Dan Sipperly at the 2:50 mark following a tripping call on Maryland freshman Matt Rambo.

The Terrapins opened the second quarter with a pair of quick unassisted goals from LoCascio, which finished off his first career hat trick, and Chanenchuk, which also finished his hat trick, to make it a 9-2 game with 11:16 to play in the first half.

But Bryant wouldn’t go quietly and their transition game sparked the Bulldogs. Waldt made a solid stop on a shot by Carlson, who was wide open on the crease, but the rebound bounced right to a Bryant defender and that ended with Shane Morrell scoring to make it a 9-3 game at the 8:21 mark.

The game settled down a bit as more than 4:00 passed before the next goal, but it was scored by the Bulldogs’ Colin Dunster to being Bryant back to within five goals.

The second half closed with a flurry as Bryant had a pair of chances, but Maryland got the ball back following a blocked shot with just over a minute to play. The Terrapins had two chances as time wound down, but both efforts from LoCascio and Cannizzaro missed the mark and Maryland took a 9-4 lead into the break.

Maryland extended its lead in the third quarter thanks to outscoring the Bulldogs 5-2 in the period.

Cannizzaro opened the scoring, running nearly 60 yards back and forth behind the net before finally cutting under his defender and beating Waldt from the doorstep at the 10:51 mark.

Chanenchuk then scored his fourth of the day on a left wing dodge after getting a step on his defender to give Maryland an 11-4 lead with 7:50 to play in the third.

After Morrell scored his second of the day for the Bulldogs, Carlson scored twice in a span of 19 seconds to open up a 13-5 lead for the Terps. Carlson’s second of the day came on an extra-man attempt. His own shot was blocked and went wide of the goal, but senior Rustin Bryant was there to pick up the loose ball and feed it back to Carlson on the crease for another one-timer.

Carlson then finished his hat trick by putting in another rebound goal at the 4:44 mark. Freshman Mac Pons got the groundball on the faceoff and pushed it forward to Rambo. His attempt was turned away by Waldt, but the rebound went right to Carlson, who put it back into the empty net.

Dunster scored his second of the day for Bryant with 2:57 left in the third to make it a seven-goal game at 13-6, but Maryland’s extra-man unit responded with 43 seconds left as Chanenchuk found Cannizzaro on the back side wide open for the easy finish.

Bryant opened the fourth with goals by Sipperly and Dunster, but the Terrapins answered back with an unassisted goal by Rambo with 5:42 to play to make it a 15-8 game.

Chanenchuk put the finishing touches on his masterpiece with an empty-net goal with 3:48 to play in the fourth, making the final 16-8.

Raffa won 14-of-20 faceoffs for the Terps with five groundballs, while senior Michael Ehrhardt and Cooper also finished five groundballs.

Game Notes:
• With today’s 16-8 win Maryland is now 2-0 all-time vs. Bryant and 1-0 in NCAA tournament play.
• Maryland is now 22-11 (.667) all-time in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. The Terrapins are making their 22nd appearance in the Final Four.
• With nine points on five goals and four assists, senior Mike Chanenchuk now has 16 hat tricks, 41 multi-point, 30 multi-goal and 13 multi-assist games for his career.
• With his nine points, Chanenchuk now has 119 for his Maryland career, vaulting him into a tie with Dick Corrigan (1954-58) for 28th on the Terps’ all-time points list.
• Chanenchuk’s five goals give him 76 for his Maryland career, moving him past Brian Zeller (74, 1996-2000) into 24th on the Terps’ all-time goals list.
• With three points on three goals, junior Jay Carlson now has nine hat tricks, 19 multi-point and 16 multi-goal games for his career.
• With three points on three goals, junior Joe LoCascio registered his first career hat trick and now has 10 multi-point and six multi-goal games for his career.
• With five points on three goal and two assists, freshman Connor Cannizzaro now has four hat tricks, 10 multi-point and nine multi-goal games and one multi-assist game for his career.