Despite a deflating NCAA tournament loss to Cornell in the first round, the Maryland men’s lacrosse team has plenty to be proud of. Senior Long stick midfielder Jesse Bernhardt and senior midfielder John Haus were two of the four local players that were selected to the All-America teams by the USILA.
Bernhardt had a stellar senior campaign for the Terps as he scored four goals, recorded three assists, caused 25 turnovers, and picked up 59 groundballs. The Florida native was a second-team selection a season ago. On the other hand, Haus netted 18 goals and dished out 10 assists for Maryland and was an honorable mention All-America selection during his sophomore and junior seasons.
Maryland didn’t just have members on the first-team, but also had representatives on the second and third teams as well as an honorable mention. As was expected, junior goalie Niko Amato highlighted the second-team selections for the Terps. Amato had a spectacular year as he finished in the top 10 in both save percentage (.594) and goals-against-average (7.98). Junior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk and junior defenseman Michael Ehrhardt were also named to the second-team. After losing a goal scorer like Joe Cummings after last year, Chanenchuk was one of the key cogs on Maryland’s offense. The New York native scored 23 goals and recorded 14 assists for Maryland this season. Ehrhardt had a great year at the defensive end as he scooped up 53 ground balls (3.79 per game). Chanenchuk was named to the second-team last year as well while this was Ehrhardt’s first year making any of the All-America teams.
Sophomore defenseman Goran Murray was the lone Terp to be named to the All-America third-team. Murray picked up 19 ground balls for Maryland and appeared in all 14 games for the Terps. Murray was an honorable mention for his freshman campaign performance and has made significant strides during his first two seasons in College Park. Senior midfielder Landon Carr was named as an honorable mention. Carr scored a pair of goals and dished out three assists while grabbing 17 groundballs for the Terps in his senior season.
It’s a shame that these Maryland lacrosse stars have earned all these accolades and were never able to hoist a national championship trophy. The group of seniors did make two title game appearances and were so close to capturing the ultimate crown. It’s sad to see guys like Bernhardt, Haus, and Carr go but there is a large amount of impact recruits that could change the future for the Terps and that’s something to look forward to.