ANNAPOLIS, Md. (MD Athletic Dept.)- Six Terps registered multiple points, including a game-high four by junior Mike Chanenchuk, to lead the No. 1 University of Maryland men's lacrosse team to an 11-8 victory at Navy Friday night in front of 6,961 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The Terrapins are now 8-1 on the season, marking the program's best record through nine games since 2004. The Midshipmen fall to 3-8 with the defeat. Maryland has now won four-straight in the series with Navy.
Maryland got on the board quickly, just 43 seconds into the game when senior John Haus found senior Jake Bernhardt in the left alley and Bernhardt ripped a shot into the net for a 1-0 lead.
Haus was on the other end of the Terps' second goal, taking a feed from senior Owen Blye in the right alley and stepped into a shot that beat Navy goalie Nolan Hickey to make it a 2-0 lead with 7:13 left in the first.
The lead grew to 3-0 at the 6:47 mark when sophomore Joe LoCascio dodged down the left alley and laced a shot into the upper right corner.
Navy started the second quarter with a two-man advantage with penalties on Maryland's Matt Dunn and Jesse Bernhardt and Tucker Hull gave the Mids their first goal of the game just 16 seconds into the second.
That goal started a five-goal run that gave the Midshipmen a 5-3 lead with 8:34 left in the second. T.J. Hanzsche scored the second and fifth goals of the run, while Sam Jones put in goals three and four for Navy.
The Navy scoring run ended just as it began, with a penalty, except this time it was the Terps converting on the extra-man opportunity. Hanzsche was called for a push at the 7:55 mark and Chanenchuk made a good look inside to find Haus on the crease and Haus slipped a shot past Hickey to pull the Terps to within a goal with 7:26 left in the second.
Maryland tied the game at 5-5 less than three minutes later with a transition opportunity that started when sophomore Casey Ikeda stripped Navy's Gabe Voumard. Haus scooped up the groundball and started the break. Sophomore Jay Carlson got the ball on the left side of the crease, but moved it on to senior Kevin Cooper, who scored easily to tie the game.
Navy opened up the second half with an unassisted goal by Bryce Dabbs less than two minutes into the third, but Maryland tied the game at 6-6 when Chanenchuk slipped a slick pass into Blye on the crease with 11:50 to play, which was the beginning of a 5-0 scoring spurt for the Terps.
The Terps regained the lead for the first time since the Mids tied the game at 3-3 with 11:29 left in the second quarter when they converted on their second extra-man chance of the night. Senior Billy Gribbin found Chanenchuk at the top of the formation and Chanenchuk scored on a big top-shelf shot to give Maryland a 7-6 lead with 10:03 to go in the third.
Maryland's extra-man unit poured in its third goal of the game to give the Terps an 8-6 lead at the 3:17 mark. This time it was Gribbin hitting a shot from the right wing off of a feed from Blye.
The Terps opened the fourth quarter with another inside goal as Cooper found Carlson on the crease to make it a 9-6 Maryland lead.
Maryland's lead was upped to 10-6 with an unassisted goal by Cooper. He split a double-team and managed to get a shot past Hickey inside the near post with 7:30 left to play.
Navy ended the 5-0 Terrapin run with an unassisted goal by Pat Durkin with 5:59 left on the clock, but Chanenchuk made it a four-goal lead once again when he hit on a runner down the right alley 49 seconds later.
The Mids trimmed the Maryland lead back to three when Dabbs scored his second of the game with 4:21 remaining, but that would all Navy could muster and the Terps were able to pull out the victory.
Sophomore Charlie Raffa dominated the faceoff X, winning 14-of-21 draws with seven groundballs. Senior long pole Jesse Bernhardt led the Maryland defense with six groundballs to go along with one caused turnover.
Junior goalie Niko Amato finished with six saves for the Terps, while Hickey was credited with 15 for the Mids.
"Lacrosse's Greatest Rivalry" renews for the 110th time next Saturday, April 13 when Maryland hosts Johns Hopkins at 3 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The annual Alumni Reunion is set to take place on April 13 as well and the 1973 NCAA championship team will be honored at halftime.
No.1 Terps Edge Navy 11-8
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