Our #1 ranked Maryland Lacrosse team just finished up their game against the Navy Midshipmen at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Our Terps were victorious over the Midshipmen by a final score of 11-8. It was a very solid effort from the Midshipmen who fell to 3-8 on the season but had the Terps locked in a tight battle and were on top for significant portions of the contest.
The Terps started hot going up 1-0 on their first possession from a goal by Jake Bernhardt from John Haus 43 seconds into the contest. A rocket shot from John Haus from the right alley off of a pass from Owen Blye put the Terps up 2-0 at 7:13 of the first quarter. It was only 26 seconds later and the Terps were up 3-0 as Joe LoCascio ripped one into the upper right corner. Then came then Navy run. Navy took advantage of a extra man opportunity with a goal from Tucker Hull at 14:44 of the 2nd quarter. Soon after at 13:15 from in tight TJ Hanzsche scored to cut the lead to 1. Navy struck quickly again as Sam Jones tied it at 3 at 11:29. 2:22 later and unassisted it was Jones again to put the Midshipmen up 1. Then on a fastbreak it was TJ Hanzsche again and just like that it was 5-3 Navy. At 7:26 on an EMO it was Haus from Chanenchuk and the Terps cut the lead to one. Chanenchuk had it about 20 yards out and found Haus on the cut and on the crease he cut the deficit to 1. At 3:34 off of a fastbreak Kevin Cooper struck to tie the game at 5. There was no further scoring and both teams went in at halftime at 5-5.
Dabbs scored for Navy from a tight angle at 13:29 of the 3rd and put them back up 6-5. Maryland tied it up quickly at 11:50 with Owen Blye off of a nice feed inside from Chanenchuk. Maryland went ahead at 10:03 on the EMO as Channy took the pass from Gribbin and from about 10 yards he put the Terps up 7-6. At 3:17 the Terps went up 8-6 on the EMO with Gribbin involved again this time he scored and the Terps saw out the 3rd period up 8-6. The Terps struck again at 11:59 of the 4Q as Carlson lost his defender and Cooper found him for the easy shot and goal. A 4-0 run and Maryland was ahead 9-6. At 7:30 of the 4Q Maryland continued to pull ahead as Kevin Cooper split a double team and made it 10-6 for the Terrapins. Durkin struck unassisted for the Midshipmen at 5:59 to cut the lead to 10-7 before 49 seconds later Chanenchuk on a right alley dodge made it 11-7 Maryland. At 4:21 Dabbs got his second for Navy to cut the lead again to 3. The Terps would hang on though and seal the victory 11-8.
Navy played a real good game tonight and certainly did not make it easy for Maryland. Nonetheless the Terps got the job done and were very explosive on offense. The boys improve to 8-1 on the year and will remain the #1 team in the country on Monday morning. That will then commence Hopkins week in which the Terps will take on their heated rival the #11 ranked Johns Hopkins Blue Jays in the biggest rivalry in all of College Lacrosse. Till then, Go Terps!