The Maryland men’s lacrosse team only led for the final two seconds against Cornell in last week’s NCAA first round game.
The story was a tad different on Saturday afternoon as the Terrapins scored early and often on their way to a 13-8 win over Bryant in the NCAA quarterfinals at Hofstra.
Midfielder Mike Chanenchuk had an afternoon for the ages, recording nine points (five goals & four assists) for the Terps. Chanenchuk was the first Maryland player to have a nine-point game since Bob Boneillo had 13 points against Duke in 1979.
However, Chanenchuk wasn’t the only Terp that stuffed the stat sheet. Midfielder Joe LoCasio also recorded a hat trick in Maryland’s win. It was a homecoming of sorts for the duo who starred at St. Anthony’s High School on Long Island.
The Terps got off to a fast start and looked to be well in control of the game.
After Chanenchuk potted the opening goal, with 12:49 remaining in the first quarter, Henry West was able to get space and fire a rocket past Gunnar Waldt to give Maryland a 2-0 lead.
Just 47 seconds later, attackman Connor Cannizzaro occupied his real estate behind the cage and set up Jay Carlson for an easy slam dunk goal in front. In the opening three minutes, the Terps jumped out to a 3-0 lead and were clicking on all cylinders.
Just a little while later, Cannizzaro displayed his patience once again. The New York native waited for Bryant to double team him and feed an open Joe LoCasio for a beautiful goal to make it 4-0.
In the opening five minutes, Charlie Raffa won all six draws at the X. It was a huge part of the gameplan for Maryland and led to their early success.
Chanenchuk had things cooking early on against the Bulldogs. He was able scored his second goal of the game as he got away from his defender and beat Waldt to give Maryland a 7-1 lead in the first quarter. The senior midfielder played a role in five of Maryland’s first seven goals to give himself five points in the opening quarter.
Maryland was able to cruise to the easy win. The Terps face the winner of the Albany/Notre Dame game that is currently being played.