In the big news of the day, the number on ranked Maryland men's lacrosse team traveled to Durham and stomped the Duke Blue Devils by a score of 16-7. Oh, you think the men's basketball win today at Wake Forest is the big news? Okay, then. For those among you interested in lacrosse, the game went something like this: The Terps scored first and second. Owen Blye led off the scoring less than a minute in off an assist from Landon Carr and Mike Chanenchuk followed with the first of his four goals on the afternoon about two and a half minutes later. The teams went scoreless for the next 4 minutes before Duke halved the Maryland lead. Chanenchuk seemed to get a bit irritated at this impertinence so he scored another unassisted goal and fed Jake Bernhardt for another goal that put the Terps ahead 4-1 at the end of the first period. Maryland carried this energy into the second quarter with Chanenchuk, Jay Carlson, and Brendan Saylor each finding the back of the net within the first three and a half minutes. The outburst put the Terrapins up by six at 7-1. Each team would score twice over the remainder of the quarter with Maryland’s goals coming from Charlie Raffa and Carlson. The Terps held the six goal spread leading 9-3 at halftime.
The third quarter was a defensive back and forth with each team scoring only once in the period. Maryland’s goal came from, you guessed it, Chanenchuk. The Terps once again took umbrage at scoring only a single goal in the third so Bernhardt and Bradlee Lord remedied that indignity each scoring within the first three minutes of the closing stanza to put the Maryland up by eight 12-4. Duke cut the lead to five but Kevin Cooper scored back to back goals the second coming off an assist from Chanenchuk in an extra man situation. The Terrapins would stretch the lead to ten off scores by Joe LoCascio and Billy Gribbin before Duke brought the final margin back into single digits scoring a meaningless goal with 15 seconds remaining in the game. Niko Amato was stellar in goal for Maryland notching six saves and the Terps dominated in the circle winning 17 of 27 face offs. The Terps put their number one ranking on the line against in system rival (and my alma mater) the UMBC Retrievers Wednesday evening. Face-off is scheduled for 5:00 pm in College Park.
The baseball team continued its successful home stand at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium in a double header with Princeton sweeping the Tigers 16-3 and 9-2. In the opener, Maryland followed the adage “score early and score often” erupting for eight runs in the home half of the first. As is often the case, Charlie White got things started reaching base after being hit by a pitch. The Terps loaded the bases on a walk and another hit batsman before Kyle Convissar picked up two rbi with a single to left. Maryland’s next three runs came courtesy of the Princeton starter who walked four of the next five hitters. After a Tigers pitching change White, batting for the second time in the inning single to center knocking in Lamonte Wade, Jr. K.J. Hockady finished the Maryalnd scoring with a single to left that brought home Greg Olinski and Matt Bosse. The Terps added three more in the second, two in the third and singletons in the sixth, seventh and eighth. Junior Brady Kirkpatrick gave Maryland seven strong innings on the hill giving up only one run on a bases empty homer in the fourth while striking out six and walking only one. Kyle Convissar had a standout game at the plate going 5 for 6, knocking in five and scoring twice.
The Terps didn’t score as early in the nightcap as they did in the opener but they did score in bunches. Two walks, a hit batter and a K.J. Hockaday ground out opend the scoring for Maryland in the bottom of the third. With runners at the corners, Convissar’s infield single brought home Charlie White and the Terrapins led 2-0 at the end of three. The Terps added two more in the bottom of the fourth. Blake Schmidt led off with a single, advanced to second on Jack Cleary’s sacrifice bunt, and to third on a Mike Monteville single. He scored on Jose Cuas’s but that also advanced Monteville. Monteville scored on Charlie White’s single to center. Princeton cut the lead in half scoring twice in the top of the seventh. Like their lacrosse mates in Durham, the baseball team took offense at the Tigers’ efforts and answered by scoring 5 in the bottom half of the inning. The highlight of the inning was White’s double to right center that knocked in Monteville and Cleary. White was the offensive star of the second game going 2 for 2 with 3 rbi and reaching base in all five plate appearances. He added three stolen bases to the mix. The Terps again got strong starting pitching this time from freshman Kevin Mooney who tossed six innings of shutout ball. Maryland wraps up the series with Princeton tomorrow. First pitch is set for 1:00 pm.
Details from Florida are again sparse but the softball team had another tough day falling to Hofstra 11-3 and Fairfield by a score of 9-8. The Terps have one more chance to grab a win taking on Notre Dame tomorrow at 1:30 in the last of their early season tournament games. Maryland will get its first taste of home in a doubleheader against Seton Hall Tuesday night. The first game starts at 5:00 pm.
Todd Carton (AKA FHFAN)