With the NCAA Tournament right around the corner, the Maryland Terrapins men’s lacrosse team needed a rebound game after falling to Notre Dame in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament last weekend.
Behind a five-goal first quarter, the Terps defeated Navy 12-6 on Senior Day on Saturday afternoon to close out the regular season. Attackmen Jay Carlson and Matt Rambo each had three-point games as they had two goals and one assist apiece.
After rolling his ankle eight days ago against Notre Dane, Mike Chanenchuk started at attack, but didn’t play most of the game aside from playing on Maryland’s extra-man opportunities. In his absence, Carlson saw the bulk of the playing time at attack and really thrived in Chanenchuk’s absence. Carlson hadn’t started a game since March 22 against North Carolina, but still managed to have a three-point game and a team-leading seven groundballs.
Midfielder Joe LoCasio also had a strong game with a pair of goals and was second on the team in shots with six.
Maryland got the scoring started early on as defender Casey Ikeda found the back of the cage just 2:53 into the game. On the ensuing face-off, midfielder Charlie Raffa committed a violation and Navy capitalized with Tucker Hall beating senior goalie Niko Amato to tie the game.
The Terps responded to score the next five goals, including a pair of even-strength goals by Rambo. Attackman Connor Cannizzaro also tallied a goal to give him 20 goals for the season.
The Midshipmen netted three of the five goals in the second quarter and cut Maryland’s lead to 7-4 at the half.
Raffa won the opening face-off in the second half and took the ball down the field for an unassisted tally to increase Maryland’s lead to 8-4. Attackman Rustin Bryant, LoCasio, attackman Colin Heacock, and attackman Kevin Forster each scored a goal in the second to ensure the victory.
On Senior Day, Maryland’s seniors shined as Bryant netted a goal and Amato had 10 saves in a winning effort. The Terps will now have to wait until Sunday night to find out who they will be facing in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Selection Show gets underway at 9 p.m. on ESPNU. We’ll have the latest bracketology heading into Sunday evening in addition to a post on Maryland’s draw in the opening round.