The question arising in my mind from Saturday’s Terrapins 18-6 assault on the Colgate Red Raiders is whether the game represents a return to early season form going into the NCAA Tournament, the emotions of Senior Day, or if it is a reflection of payback against an inferior opponent. Regardless, Maryland looked fresh, sharp and in full attack mode from the opening face off.
Speaking of face offs, Curtis Holmes found himself back in the circle for the Terps who struck quickly after Holmes controlled the opening face off. Jake Bernhardt attacked through the Red Raiders defense and rifled a shot from straight on to give Maryland a quick 1-0 lead. Colgate controlled the second face off but Niko Amato who was fairly well locked in came up with a save on the first shot of the game. The Terps worked the ball around with crisp passing that would characterize their play all day and found Mike Chanenchuk open on the left but Colgate’s goalie came up with the save. The Raiders cleared but a solid defensive play by Jake Bernhardt knocked the ball loose and picked it up off the ground to put the Terps back on the attack. This possession Chanenchuk attacked from the right side and ripped his shot into the net for a 2-0 lead.
Colgate again won the face off and tried to attack quickly but Amato was up to the task. However, Maryland, for the first of several times during the action, failed to clear. This time, the Terrapin defense came up with the stop as Colgate tried to enter a pass into the middle and Landon Carr picked up the ground ball. Maryland again spread the field and created an excellent open look for Joe LoCasio whose low shot was deflected off the goalie’s foot. Owen Blye retrieved the ground ball and the Terps worked Kevin Cooper free for a shot from 12 yards that was again saved but freshman attack David Goodwin was in the right place and flicked the ground ball into the net for the first goal of his Terrapin career. Holmes controlled the ensuing face off and, after a missed shot, Cooper triggered the offense from behind the net to a cutting Jay Carlson for the score in a play that resembled on run by the women’s lacrosse team. After Goran Murray forced a Colgate turnover Maryland decided it was time for a shampoo. In a case of lather, rinse repeat, Cooper and Carlson ran the same play with an identical result. Maryland five, Colgate nothing. The visitors finally broke through with just over four minutes remaining in the period as a one on one move got a Red Raider attack inside the Maryland defender for the last score of the period.
Colgate’s second leading scorer who had been closely and effectively marked by Murray finally scored to give the Red Raiders back to back goals for the first time in the game. The Maryland scoring parade resumed when John Haus attacking down the right alley beat his defender with a nifty one on one move to life the Terps lead back to four. On Colgate’s next possession, Amato again came up with a big save but his clearing pass was short and intercepted by the Red Raiders. Colgate again tried to cross the ball into the middle and again the Terrapin defense forced a turnover that led to Cooper’s first goal – a jump hook from eight yards out. Cooper picked up the ground ball on the face off and got behind the Colgate defense but the goalie save his quick shot. Refusing to learn from experience, Colgate again tried to center the ball from the side and the Maryland ‘D’ again forced a turnover. Rather than Carlson, Cooper found LoCasio for the ricket from 12 yards and an 8-2 Terrapin edge. Though Maryland failed to take advantage of a power play opportunity, Cooper found his way clear from behind the net for an unassisted goal. Maryland forced a Colgate turnover and Jake Bernhardt found Chanenchuk for the score and a 10-2 Terrapin lead. Colgate added a goal before halftime to cut the lead to 10-3.
The third period was an even affair with each squad registering two scores. Amato started the period with a big save on a high shot from his right. A tripping penalty gave the visitors a power play chance but the Terps killed the penalty with a defensive save, two wide shots and a save by Amato – who finished the day with twelve. Maryland cleared and Chanenchuk, attacking from the left after a Red Raiders offsides penalty, blew past his defender for an apparent score but was called for being in the crease negating the goal. However, Colgate was hit with a pushing penalty after the shot and the Terpps retained possession with a two man thirty second advantage. Haus had his shot blocked but Chanenchuk controlled the ground ball and found Billy Gribbin whose high shot from the left ripped the net to give Maryland an 8 goal lead. The teams traded turnovers for several minutes (with Maryland incurring the first moving pick call with about nine and a half minutes to go) before Colgate notched their fourth goal of the contest with just under 4:30 left in the period. Maryland got the score back quickly with Haus hitting a cutting Gribbin who racked up his second consecutive goal. The Red Raiders managed a goal with just over a minute remaining and the period ended with the Terps still holding a seven goal lead.
The Terps put together two quick scores to open the fourth. The first came when Jake Bernhardt found Chanenchuk open in the middle of the Colgate defense and the second coming on a spectacular over the shoulder, back to the goal shot from Carlson off a pass from Cooper who finished the game with a personal best six points on two goals and four assists. Coming from behind the net on the left Blye scored Maryland’s 15th goal of the day after the second of two consecutive turnovers forced by Murray. With about seven minutes to go, LoCasio hit Gribbin with a skip pass and Gribbin hit the net for his second score of the game. At the 6:57 mark, Coach Tillman pulled Amato to give some playing time to sophomore Kyle Bernlohr and, facing a Colgate power play, Bernlohr came up with a big save on the first shot he faced. Colgate did score, however, to cut the lead to ten. Maryland scored two late goals, one by Goodwin after a shot clock warning and the final goal of the day came from the crosse of freshman attack Tommy Forsberg who notched the second score of his Terrapin career. Next up for Maryland, the big wait on Sunday night to learn where, and who, they will play in the NCAA Tournament next weekend.
Todd Carton (AKA FHFAN)