COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Freshman Matt Rambo made his Terrapin debut a memorable one with four goals and two assists to lead the No. 6 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 16-3 victory over Mount St. Mary’s Saturday afternoon in front of 1,203 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk had three goals and an assist, while junior attackman Jay Carlson also chipped in with a hat trick for the Terps (1-0), who opened the season with a victory for the 21st-straight season.
Rambo’s six-point effort is the most points for a Terrapin making his Maryland debut since 2004 when sophomore Xander Ritz had seven points on three goals and four assists in his first game after transferring from Delaware. Rambo’s four goals were the most for a Maryland freshman in his collegiate debut since 2008 when Grant Catalino score four times in an 11-6 win at Georgetown.
Maryland jumped on the Mount (0-1) right from the start as Chanenchuk opened the scoring just 1:05 into the game with his first goal of the game. That kick-started a 5-0 run for the Terps.
The 2014 season got off to a good start for the Terrapin extra-man unit when senior Rustin Bryant found freshman Connor Cannizzaro open inside on the crease for an easy one-timer just 13 seconds into the first extra-man opportunity of the season to give Maryland a 2-0 lead.
Carlson scored his first of the season to up the lead to 3-0 at the 10:49 mark off of a nice inside feed from junior Kevin Forster, who made is return to the field after missing all of 2013 due to injury.
Rambo picked up his first collegiate goal just 19 seconds later with an unassisted effort.
The 5-0 run was capped off by sophomore Henry West, who picked up his first goal as a Terp with 5:35 left in the first quarter on a bounce shot from the right alley.
The Mount rallied near the end of the first quarter with goals from Ryan Lamon and Bubba Johnson to close the gap to 5-2 heading into the second quarter.
But the Terps scored six unanswered goals in the second to blow the game wide open.
Rambo and Chanenchuk scored back-to-back unassisted goals to give Maryland a 7-2 lead with just over 12:00 to play in the first half.
The extra-man unit cashed in again with 10:52 on the clock when junior midfielder Joe LoCascio ripped a laser into the top corner from the left alley to make it an 8-2 game.
Carlson netted his second of the game to put the Terps up by seven with 9:54 to play. Junior midfielder Bryan Cole made a nice move to dip under his defender and finish in close to up the Terps’ lead to 10-2 48 seconds later.
The first-half scoring was capped off with a transition goal that began with a terrific ride by senior midfielder Brian Cooper, who caused a Mountaineer turnover and picked up the groundball to begin the play. Cooper then pushed the ball into the box and found Rambo open for the easy shot and score with 6:13 to play.
The second half saw the Terps extend their scoring run to eight straight goals, beginning with Chanenchuk’s third of the game at the 14:904 mark. This one came on a big-time shot from the left top slot off of a feed from Cannizzaro.
Rambo closed out the run with his fourth of the game with 9:27 left in the third to make it a 13-2 Maryland lead.
Robert Jones scored an extra-man goal for Mount St. Mary’s with 3:39 remaining in the third to close the game to 10 goals, but Maryland responded with a goal by Cannizzaro off an assist from Rambo to up its lead to 14-3 at the 2:39 mark.
With time running down in the third, senior Michael Ehrhardt, who finished with three groundballs and three caused turnovers, caused a Mountaineer turnover and picked up the groundball to give the Terps the ball back. Carlson made the effort pay off with a spectacular underhand, back-handed sweeping shot off of a quick feed from Rambo with just two seconds left on the clock to make it a 15-3 Maryland advantage.
That’s the way it would stay until just two seconds remained in the fourth quarter when freshman midfielder Ben Chisolm scored his first collegiate goal on a rip from the right wing off of a feed from junior midfielder Zack Wholley.
Maryland’s defense was stout all day, allowing just 22 shots. Senior goalie Niko Amato played the first three quarters and made seven stops. Junior Kyle Bernlohr came in for the fourth quarter and recorded four saves for the Terps.
Maryland dominated possession thanks in large part to junior Charlie Raffa winning 8-of-12 faceoffs and picking up a game-high seven groundballs. Sophomore Jon Garino relieved Raffa as the team’s primary faceoff man in the second half and he won 4-of-6 draws with three groundballs and one caused turnover.
The Terps will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 15 when it welcomes in-state rival UMBC to Captial One Field for a noon start. That match is scheduled to be streamed live on TerpsTV.
• With today's 16-3 win Maryland is now 11-0 all-time vs. Mount St. Mary's.
• Maryland has won 21 straight season openers and is 85-3-1 all-time to start the season.
• With four points on three goals and an assist, senior Mike Chanenchuk now has 11 hat tricks, 28 multi-point and 20 multi-goal games for his career.
• With three points on three goals, junior Jay Carlson now has five hat tricks, 12 multi-point and 10 multi-goal games for his career.
• With six points on four goals and two assists, freshman Matt Rambo registered the first hat trick, multi-point, multi-goal and multi-assist game of his career.
• With three points on two goals and an assist, freshman Connor Cannizzaro registered the first multi-point and multi-goal game of his career.
• With his seven saves, senior Niko Amato now has 480 for his career, moving him out of a tie with Brian Phipps (2007-10) and past Jake Reed (479, 1974-77) for third place on Maryland’s all-time saves list.
• The Maryland defense held Mount St. Mary’s without a goal for 26:37 from 0:16 in the first quarter to 3:39 in the third quarter to register the team’s first 20-plus minute scoreless stretch of the season.