May 28, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; Maryland Terrapins midfield Kevin Cooper (left) and attack Owen Blye (13) celebrate after a goal against the Loyola Greyhounds during the first half of the NCAA Division I Men
For Maryland fans, it’s always nice to layeth the smacketh down on Duke in any sporting event. On Saturday, the Terrapins lacrosse team did just that during a high scoring affair at Koskinen Stadium. Maryland scored 16 goals for the second time this season thanks to a career game by junior Mike Chanenchuk. The midfielder came into the game with five points total, but set a career high in points with six on four goals and two assists.
The Terrapins started off the game hot and never looked back, with senior Owen Bly blasting a shot in off a pass from fellow senior Landon Carr a mere minute into the game. After that, it was a whole lot of Chanenchuk for the remainder of the game. He followed up Bly’s goal with a slingshot of his own from the top of the box a few minutes after that to give the Terrapins a 2-0 lead.
Next up, it was the Blue Devils turn to strike, with Christian Walsh scoring for Duke shortly after Chanenchuk’s goal. Of course, the junior continued his onslaught with a right handed dagger of his own, which spurred a 5-0 run by the Terrapins that gave them a cushion for the remainder of the game. By halftime, they had a 9-3 advantage, and continued to pile on the points for the rest of the game thanks to Chanenchuk’s playmaking.
The win brought the #1 ranked Terrapins to 4-0 on the year, as well as 1-0 in the ACC. Meanwhile, the Blue Devils fell to 2-4 on the year and 0-1 in conference play. The victory was the largest margin of victory against the Blue Devils since 1984, when Maryland took home a 16-4 victory.
Next up, Maryland faces in-state rival UMBC in College Park on the 6th. The Terriers are 1-3 on the year, having just recently lost earlier Saturday to Fairfield 14-9.