COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sophomore Henry West recorded his first career hat trick and totaled five points to help the No. 4 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team come from behind for a 9-6 win over No. 8 Virginia Sunday afternoon in front of 3,424 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
Virginia (8-3, 1-2 ACC) answered with the next four goals, two to close out the scoring in the first quarter and the first two to open the second, to take a 4-1 lead over the Terps with 8:26 seconds remaining in the first half.
West scored the next two goals for the Terps to cut the Cavaliers lead to 4-3 with 2:44 remaining in the half. West’s first goal was an unassisted runner down the right alley at the 5:58 mark of the second. Just over three minutes later he finished low-to-high in traffic off of a feed from freshman Collin Heacock.
James Pannell of Virginia finished off the first half scoring with 2:35 remaining to give the Cavaliers a 5-3 lead heading into halftime.
Maryland opened the second half with a four-goal run that would give the Terrapins a 7-5 advantage and the lead they ultimately wouldn’t surrender.
Cannizzaro started off the run with a goal at the 11:21 mark. The freshman dodged down the left alley and used a screen by fellow freshman Tim Rotanz to get free for the shot.
Under a minute later senior Mike Chanenchuk scored his lone goal of the day. Chanenchuk used a quick release from the left slot and finished into the top right corner to tie things up at 5-5.
Cannizzaro scored his second goal of the day with 7:48 remaining in the third quarter. The freshman finished from right goal line extended off an assist from West.
West finished Maryland’s scoring run with 5:49 remaining in the third to make it a 7-5 game. Chanenchuk fed West from the right alley and West buried a big overhand shot for his third goal of the day.
Maryland’s defense was terrific in the second half, allowing just nine Cavalier shots. Owen Van Arsdale scored Virginia’s only goal of the final 30 minutes of play to cut Maryland’s lead to 7-6 with 1:55 remaining in the third quarter. The Terrapins would go on to hold the Cavaliers scoreless for the final 16:55 of the game to protect their lead.
Maryland scored two insurance goals in the fourth quarter to extend the final score line to 9-6 in favor of the Terps.
Junior Joe LoCasio scored the first goal of the fourth quarter with an extra-man goal on a step down shot from the left alley off an assist from Chanenchuk.
Freshman Matt Rambo finished off the scoring with 3:37 remaining off an assist from West.
Maryland controlled the faceoff X with excellent play from junior Charlie Raffa, who won 14-of-19 draws.
Senior Niko Amato recorded his third double digit saves game of the season notching 10 saves on the day.
The Maryland defense held Virginia scoreless on their two extra man opportunities of the day. The defense caused five turnovers on the day.
Maryland won many of the hustle aspects of the day, controlling the groundball battle 35-22, as well as going 17-for-17 in clear attempts. Raffa led Maryland with 10 ground balls and Cannizzaro notched five groundballs as well.
The Terrapins wore special Under Armour Freedom uniforms to honor members of the U.S. military wounded while serving their country. The jerseys are being auctioned off on umterps.com with all proceeds going directly to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Maryland has a quick turnaround as it hosts Robert Morris on Wednesday, April 2 at Capital One Field. Faceoff for the first-ever meeting between the Terps and the Colonials is set for 5 p.m. and the game will be streamed live on TerpsTV.
• With today's 9-6 win Maryland is now 47-44 all-time vs. Virginia.
• With three points on a goal and two assists, senior Mike Chanenchuk now has 36 multi-point and 10 multi-assist games for his career.
• Chanenchuk extended his point-scoring streak to 32 games.
• With five points on three goals and two assist, sophomore Henry West netted his first career hat trick, his first career multi-goal and multi-assist game and now has three multi-point games for his career.
• With three points on two goals and an assist, freshman Connor Cannizzaro now has seven multi-point and five multi-goal games for his career.
• With 10 saves, senior Niko Amato recorded his 21st career game with double-digit saves.