The No. 7 Maryland (9-2) men’s lacrosse team looks to win the ACC regular season title on Saturday, April 19 when it plays at No. 8 Notre Dame (6-4) at Arlotta Stadium. Faceoff between the Terps and the Fighting Irish is scheduled for noon.
• Maryland will look to rebound from its second loss of the season, an 11-6 defeat at Johns Hopkins last Saturday. Senior Rustin Bryant and juniors Joe LoCascio and Henry West each had two goals vs. the Blue Jays, while senior Mike Chanenchuk had three assists. Chanenchuk continues to lead the team this season with 40 points on 25 goals and 15 assists. He is followed by freshman Matt Rambo, who has 26 points on 21 goals and five assists. Junior faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa has won 112-of-175 (.640) faceoffs this season with a team-best 74 groundballs. Senior Michael Ehrhardt has made a seamless transition to the long-stick midfield spot and has 39 groundballs, which leads all non-faceoff men, and a team-best 22 caused turnovers to go along with two goals and an assist. Senior Niko Amato has started every game of his college career (61 straight) and boasts a 7.32 goals-against average (5th in the NCAA) with a .575 save percentage (7th in the NCAA) this season.
• Notre Dame is 6-4 on the season following its 15-5 home win over Robert Morris last Saturday. Sophomore attackman Matt Kavanaugh leads the Irish offense with 40 points on 21 goals and 19 assists. Freshman Shane Doss has started the last seven games in net for ND and has an 8.53 goals-against average and is saving 47.9 percent of the shots opponents have put on goal. Senior faceoff specialist Liam O’Connor ranks third in the NCAA in faceoff win percentage with .644 on 139-of-216. He is also ninth in the nation in groundballs per game with 8.60 (86 total).
Field to face No. 8 Johns Hopkins (6-3) on Saturday, April 12. Faceoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Once again it only matters to be #1 after Memorial Day. The Coaches poll has Maryland #3.
Maryland is in sole possession of first place in the league, which would seem to be a perfect rebuttal of a ACC preseason poll that had picked the team to finish last. Tillman, however, chose to accentuate the positive rather than the negative.
“We thought we had potential,” he said. “We thought this team could have some success this year. I’m very proud of what the guys have done so far. I’m proud of how they’ve approached it. It doesn’t mean you’re always going to win, but since the day they got here, this team has worked hard and they’ve bought into being a team. We have a lot of guys that don’t get recognized on game day, but they’re on the scout team, they’ve sacrificed, they’ve lifted weights, they’ve gotten up early. We’ve had guys get hurt and play through injuries. The older guys have accepted the younger guys, and the younger guys have basically been ego-less since the day they walked in here.
“I’ve appreciated their approach, and I think that put us in a position to have a chance. We knew we’d have a chance, but it doesn’t always mean that it’s going to work because we know how talented the teams in this league are. So we’re in the mix and I think we’re right there with a lot of other teams. So that’s what we’ve got to talk about with our team. There are a lot of good teams out there and you’re one of them, and it’s a matter of what you do going forward, how we learn as we go, how we improve, and we need to get better every day to be what we want to be.”
from Ed Lee’s article in the Sun
Maryland is coming off of its first loss of the season last Saturday, 11-8, at then-No. 6 North Carolina. Freshmen Connor Cannizzaro and Colin Heacock scored two goals apiece to pace the offense, while junior Charlie Raffa dominated possession, winning 16-of-23 faceoffs with eight groundballs. Senior Mike Chanenchuk leads the team this season with 31 points on 22 goals and nine assists. He is followed by freshman Matt Rambo, who has 21 points on 17 goals and four assists. Raffa has won 83-of-135 (.598) faceoffs this season with a team-best 55 groundballs. Senior Michael Ehrhardt has made a seamless transition to the long-stick midfield spot and has 32 groundballs, which leads all non-faceoff men, and a team-best 18 caused turnovers. Senior Niko Amato has started every game of his college career (58 straight) and boasts a 7.10 goals-against average, which ranks 5th in the NCAA, this season with a .578 save percentage.
Virginia is 8-2 on the season following its 20-3 win over VMI on Monday, March 24. The Cavaliers boast the No. 6-ranked offense in the nation, scoring 13.8 goals per game. Senior attackman Mark Cockerton leads the UVa offense with 43 points on 32 goals and 11 assists. Junior attackman Owen Van Arsdale leads Virginia with 22 assists and is third overall with 30 points. Freshman Matt Barrett has started all 10 games in net for the Cavs and has an 11.30 goals-against average and is saving 46.2 percent of the shots opponents have put on goal. Junior faceoff specialist Mick Parks has taken 176 of Virginia’s 275 faceoffs with 92 wins (.523) and 39 groundballs to his credit.
Junior Jay Carlson netted a hat trick in the first half and had four goals in total to lead the No. 1 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 13-5 win over Michigan on Tuesday afternoon at Michigan Stadium.
The Terrapins improve to 7-0 overall on the season with the win, while the Wolverines fall below .500 at 4-5.
Alexander Tumminello, a 2015 middie for St. Thomas Aquinas, has committed to the University of Maryland. Tumminello had a great Hot Beds tournament with Team Florida last summer making the All-Star roster.
Tumminello plays for Florida X-Treme and said, “I want to thank my coaches and, most of all my brother and my mother for supporting me.” from floridalacrossenews.com
From left to right—Conor Cannizzaro, Colin Heacock, Tim Rotanz, Matt Rambo
The 2014 season can’t start soon enough for me.
The University of Maryland’s men’s and women’s lacrosse teams will compete in the Big Ten Conference beginning with the 2015 season, following an announcement from the conference office on Monday that the Big Ten has secured six men’s and six women’s lacrosse teams.
Earlier today, 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, which also field women’s programs and will be joined on the women’s side by Northwestern. Big Ten rules allow for a conference championship when six institutions sponsor a program in any given sport.
“The Big Ten is an outstanding conference and we’re thrilled that it will be able to be the conference home for two of our most successful programs in men’s and women’s lacrosse,” said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “Lacrosse is important to our university and to our state and the addition of Johns Hopkins as a sport affiliate member for men’s lacrosse shows that it is important to the Big Ten now and in the future.”
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 this season, with the Buckeyes advancing to the quarterfinals.
“This is an exciting development for the sport of lacrosse,” said Maryland men’s head coach John Tillman. “We’re looking forward to competing as a Big Ten program against Penn State, Ohio State, Rutgers, Michigan and Johns Hopkins and embrace the challenges that lie ahead in the future.”
Big Ten women’s lacrosse will feature teams that have won 23 national championships and 19 of the 32 NCAA championships, including eight of the last nine. Maryland has won 11 national championships, with 10 NCAA crowns, including seven straight from 1995 to 2001 and most recently in 2010. Northwestern has claimed seven NCAA titles, highlighted by five consecutive from 2005 to 2009 and most recently in 2012. Penn State has earned five national championships, including NCAA titles in 1987 and 1989. The Terrapins, Wildcats and Nittany Lions earned berths in the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship this season. Penn State advanced to the quarterfinals, Northwestern reached the national semifinals and Maryland was edged in triple overtime in the national championship game.
“To be a part of a conference from the ground up is exciting for our program and we are anxious to put our thumbprint on Big Ten lacrosse,” said Maryland women’s head coach Cathy Reese. “It is going to be a highly competitive league and with former Terps coaching at five of the six institutions, I believe there is a lot to be excited about as we make this transition in 2014-15 and begin a new chapter in the rich history of Maryland women’s lacrosse.”
With the addition of Maryland and Rutgers in 2014, the broad-based athletic programs of the 14 Big Ten institutions will sponsor nearly 350 teams in 42 different sports with almost 9,500 student-athletes, more than any other conference. The Big Ten currently features 25 official conference sports, 12 for men and 13 for women, but is set to add men’s ice hockey as the 26th conference sport in the fall. Men’s and women’s lacrosse will become the conference’s 27th and 28th official sports in 2014-15.
Some of the topics for tonight’s show:
Terrapin Lacrosse coach John Tillman is scheduled to call in tonight to preview the Maryland Cornell game
Comments on the AQ and how it hurt the field this year
Predictions for Final Four
Terps break scoring drought defeat Colgate 18-6
Lady Terps #1 Seed in Tournament —1st game Sunday ar 12PM
Patrick Mullins and Alyssa Thomas Named Maryland athletes of the year
More on Alex Len
Jimmy Reed’s stock is rising
Antonio Barton Visiting Maryland this weekend
Terps to play Ohio State in Big 10 Challenge