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