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Men's Lacrosse Sinks Navy; Baseball is: "Just a bit outside" (Major League Reference)

The top ranked Maryland men’s lacrosse team took the bus down Route 50 to face off against in state rival Navy. Though the Midshipmen entered the game unranked and with a 3-7 record, the rivalry is one the Terps can never take lightly and the Middies gave the Terps all they could handle before falling by a final score of 11-8.

The Terps got off to a strong start as Charlie Raffa controlled the opening face off and Jake Bernhardt scored just 43 seconds in off a pass from John Haus. The defenses took over for several minutes but the Terps extended their lead to 2-0 midway through the quarter with Haus scoring quickly just six seconds after a Navy turnover. Raffa controlled the subsequent face off and took the ball took the ball straight at the goal but his shot went wide. His teammate Joe LoCascio picked him up and made a strong move finding the back of the net and giving Maryland a 3-0 lead that would hold to the end of the period.

Navy came out on fire in the second period. They played aggressively and behind strong goalkeeping and some Terrapin turnovers scored five straight to take a two goal lead. The Terps finally broke the Mid’s momentum when they scored on an extra man opportunity after a Navy pushing penalty. Haus picked up the goal with an assist from Mike Chanenchuk. Kevin Cooper scored the equalizer after another Navy turnover and the half ended with the teams tied at five apiece.

The Midshipmen carried some of their second period mojo into the early third scoring first to take a 6-5 lead. Jesse Bernhardt knocked the ball loose from the Nava attack, picked up the ground ball and an Owen Blye goal from Chanenchuk would again pull the Terps even. Maryland nosed back in front on another man up opportunity courtesy of Chanenchuk who scored off a pass from Billy Gribbin. After seven minutes of back and forth play, the Terrapins picked up their eighth goal of the night with 3:17 left in the period - again taking advantage of a man up opportunity. This time it was Blye with the assist and Gribbin with the goal. The Terp lead could have been larger but Navy’s goalie was particularly hot stopping ten shots in the first three periods.

Maryland struck first in the fourth after a Navy shot clock violation. Carlson scored with 11:59 to go. Cooper was credited with the assist. The goal gave the Terps a 9-6 lead and equaled their largest margin of the game. The Terps opened up a four goal lead halfway through the final period with Cooper banging home his second of the night. The teams traded goals over the next two minutes with Navy scoring to close to within three but Chanenchuk having a quick answer notching his second goal again extending the Terp lead to four at 11-7. Raffa, who had an impressive night winning face offs was called for a violation and the Midshipmen quickly capitalized scoring with just under four and a half minutes to go and closing the gap to three again and registering the final score of the night.

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The baseball team made its second trip of the season down Tobacco Road to take on the top ranked North Carolina Tar Heels in Chapel Hill in the opener of a three game weekend series. The story for them was not as positive as this one wasn’t close as the Heels stomped the Terps by a final of 12-4

Initially, the game looked like it would be a pitcher’s duel and the Terps managed only a single base runner through the first three innings with that coming leadoff first inning walk to Charlie White. It seemed that Terrapin ace Jimmy Reed would match this effort as the Heels had only a single through the first two innings. In the third, however, Reed lost the plate and after four walks and a single, the Terps trailed 3-0. Things got no better in the fourth as the home team struck for four more to take a 7-0 lead. The Carolina pitcher carried a no hitter into the sixth before Jose Cuas ended his bid for no-hitter and the shutout with a one out home run to left. The Tar Heels continued to pour it on scoring five more in the bottom of the seventh. The Terps picked up another run in the eighth with Cuas earning his second RBI of the night on a sac fly after Jack Cleary doubled and Greg Olenski slapped a pinch hit single to right. Maryland continued to fight - loading the bases with two out in the ninth and scoring two on Cleary's single. They loaded the bases again when Olenski walked but Cuas struck out to end the game.

Todd Carton (AKA FHFAN)

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