Maryland opens lacrosse season Saturday against Mt. St. Mary’s

February 07, 2014 | WNST Staff

The No. 6 Maryland (0-0) men’s lacrosse team opens its 2014 season with a Saturday afternoon game vs. in-state foe Mount St. Mary’s. The Terps and the Mount are slated for a noon start at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 8.

• This marks the first time since 1991-1994 that the Terps have opened four consecutive seasons at home.

• Maryland is coming off of a 2013 season that saw the Terps earn their 11th straight bid into the NCAA tournament, which is the longest current streak among Division I teams. This season the Terrapins return seven of 13 starters. Junior Jay Carlson (20g, 2a) returns at attack, while senior Mike Chanenchuk (23g, 4a) is back on the first midfield. The entire close defense of senior Michael Ehrhardt (53gb, 15ct) and juniors Casey Ikeda (14gb, 10ct) and Goran Murray (19gb, 13ct) return in front of senior goalie Niko Amato, who is back as the starter for the fourth season. Starting short stick defensive midfielder Brian Cooper is also back. Also back is junior faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa, who took 215 of the team’s 324 faceoffs in 2013.

• Mount St. Mary’s returns only three players that scored a goal last season, led by junior midfielder Clayton Wainer (4-0=4). Senior Chris Klaiber returns for his senior season in net for the Mount after posting an 11.57 goals-against average and a .449 save percentage as the team’s full-time starter in 2012. The Mount returns two starting close defenders in senior Shane Pierce and junior Kyle O’Brien.


• Fans will be able to watch the Maryland-Mount St. Mary’s game live on TerpsTV, which is a subscription service that offers exclusive video and audio content.

• The game vs. the Mount will be the first of seven Maryland men’s lacrosse games that will be streamed on TerpsTV in 2014. Maryland’s games vs. UMBC (Feb. 15), Duke (Mar. 1), Villanova (Mar. 14), Robert Morris (Apr. 2) and Navy (May 3) will also be streamed live.

• A four-month subscription, which will cover all of the men’s lacrosse games on TerpsTV, is available for $29.95. The service is also available for an annual subscription price of $79.95 or a monthly subscription of $9.95 per month. Click here to sign-up today!


Ticket Information: Tickets are available for the game. Fans may call 1-800-IM-A-TERP from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or online by clicking here. Tickets will also be available at the south end of Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium beginning 90 minutes prior to game time. Mezzanine seats are available for $20, while general admission seating is $10. Youth and senior general admission seats are $5. University of Maryland students are admitted free with a valid student ID. Gates will open 60 minutes prior to faceoff and fans may enter Captial One Field at Byrd Stadium via Gates H and I (main south gate). All will call tickets and passes can be picked up at Gate J.

Game Promotions: For a complete list of game day promotions click here.

Group Opportunities: Groups of 15 or more can save BIG with $4 tickets for 2013 Maryland men’s lacrosse games. For just an additional $4 per person you can upgrade to the FANTASY PACKAGE for groups of 40 or more in which each group will receive the following:

• Official Maryland Lacrosse T-shirt
• Invitation-only autograph session
• Opportunity to participate in pregame fan tunnel
• In-game public address & video board recognition

For more group opportunities, including birthday party options, e-mail Jordan Looby.

Event Media: In addition to being streamed live on TerpsTV, the game can also be heard on Live Stats will also be available for the game and can be accessed by clicking here.

Parking: General Information: After 4 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends, there is no charge for parking in Lots Z1 or 1b or in Regents Drive Garage. Lots R2 and R3 are limited to vehicles displaying current valid permits for the respective lots at all times. Weekdays Before 4 p.m.: Fans arriving on campus before 4 p.m. on weekdays should park in Union Lane Garage (located between Cole Field House and Stamp Student Union). Rates are $2.00 per hour ($10.00 per day maximum). The garage may only be accessed via Campus Drive and Union Lane, at the top level of the garage. The exit lanes are located at the bottom level of the garage. If the Union Lane Garage is unavailable, fans should park in the Stadium Drive Garage located behind Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Regulations at the Stadium Drive Garage are similar to those at Union Lane Garage. Rates at Stadium Drive Garage are $2 per hour ($10 per day maximum). Stadium Drive Garage is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to midnight. The Stadium Drive Garage is closed on weekends.

Weekdays After 4 p.m. – Fans arriving on campus after 4 p.m. on weekdays can park free in Lot Z1 or Lot 1b, both of which are located between Cole Field House and Ludwig Field, or in Regents Drive Garage, which is located on Regents Drive between Stadium Drive and Field House Drive. However, due to the construction of the new Biosciences Research Building on Field House Drive between Stamp Student Union and the Bio-Psych Building, fans should note that the walk from Regents to Shipley will be longer than usual because of limited or no pedestrian access in certain construction areas on Field House Drive. Directional signs will be posted.

Tailgating: The University of Maryland’s Department of Public Safety provides detailed “Tailgating Tips.” Of note is the University’s definition of a tailgate: “A tailgate has a variety of food and beverages, including non-alcoholic beverages, available in sufficient quantities for the number of people attending.”


10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 101 of the 110 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .918 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 119-26 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .821 winning percentage.
8 … Eight returning Terps scored at least one goal in the 2013 opener vs. the Mount.
7 … Seven of the previous 10 meetings between the Terps and the Mount were held in College Park.
6 … Mike Chanenchuk has totaled six points on three goals and three assists in his three previous season openers.
5 … Maryland will play five regular-season conference games for the first time this season.
4 … Four Terps were selected in the MLL Draft in January with Michael Ehrhardt becoming the Terps’ 8th first round pick.
3 … Coach Tillman’s 35 wins is the most ever for a Maryland head coach in his first three seasons.
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 61.8 winning percentage. Tillman is 35-15 (.700) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.

• The Mount’s Tom Gravante is in his 19th season as a head coach, all at Mount St. Mary’s, and has a 128-154 (.454) record.


• Maryland has won all 10 meetings against Mount St. Mary’s dating back to the first match-up in 1988. The Terps topped the Mount 19-8 in that first game. They followed that with a 21-2 win in 1989, an 18-7 victory in 1994, a 19-3 blowout in the 2000 season opener and a 12-4 win at Emmitsburg on April 24, 2001. Maryland picked up its last shutout on Feb. 26, 2002 with an 18-0 victory. Maryland won back-to-back games in 2007 and 2008. The Terps took an 18-3 home win over the Mount on March 20, 2007 and then defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 17-7, in a downpour at Waldron Family Stadium in 2008. The series resumed in 2011 in Emmitsburg with the Terps winning, 12-8. The series returned to the season opener for the Terps in 2013 and No. 2 Maryland won that one 23-6.

• Senior Jake Bernhardt returned to action after missing the entire 2011 season with a career-best four-goal outing to lead the Terps to a 23-6 season-opening win over the Mount on Feb. 12, 2013. Senior Kevin Cooper led the Terps with six points on three goals and three assists, while senior John Haus was close behind with five points on two goals and three assists. Maryland dominated the faceoff X, winning 25-of-32 draws, including sophomore Charlie Raffa going 8-for-11 with a game-high six groundballs.

• Senior Joe Cummings had a hat trick and an assist, to reach the 100-point mark in his career, to lead the Terps to a 12-8 road victory. Owen Blye led Maryland in scoring with five points on two goals and three assists, while freshmanCharlie Raffa won 6-of-10 faceoffs.

• Maryland’s freshman attack trio of Travis Reed (4-1), Grant Catalino (3-1) and Ryan Young (2-1) combined to total 12 points to lead the Terps to a 17-7 victory at a rain-soaked Waldon Family Stadium in 2008. Bryn Holmes won 9-of-10 faceoffs, caused two turnovers and picked up five groundballs.

• Maryland’s 18-3 victory in 2007 featured a seven-point effort by Michael Phipps on a hat trick and four assists. In total, 13 Terps scored goals in the win.

• The series took a five-year hiatus since these two teams met in 2002. That game marks the last time Maryland has shutout an opponent. The 18-0 victory was the program’s first shutout since 1970. Five Terps scored two or more goals in the victory. Leading the way was senior captain Mike Morsell, who had a career-day with seven points on four goals and three assists.

• The 2001 game was the first between the teams at the Mount. In that game, 2001 grads Chris Malone (3 goals, 1 assist) and Andrew “Buggs” Combs (3 goals) led the offense. Dan LaMonica and Mike Mollot each had two goals.

• Maryland has outscored Mount St. Mary’s 125-27 in the seven games, never allowing the Mount more than seven goals.

• Against teams from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Maryland is 9-0 all-time with seven wins coming against the Mount and one win each over Providence in 1999 and VMI in 1993.


• Every Tuesday during the season the Maryland Men’s Lacrosse Blog is posted to Catch up with the Terps with his season’s editions below:

February 4: The 2014 Season Is Here


• 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.)


• 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.


• 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 101 of the 110 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .918 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.


• The Terps have been extremely impressive (winning 91.8 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 119-26 in games, for a .821 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 194 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 74.7 percent of the time.


• 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

• 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.


• 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.


• The Terps boast an all-time record of 740-253-4 (.744), 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 85 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 10-6. 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.


• 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.


• 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 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.


• 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.


• 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.