COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland men’s lacrosse’s impact on Major League Lacrosse is unquestionable as 24 former Terrapins are listed on MLL rosters, including seven on the Ohio Machine alone.
And what a memorable debut it was.
Chanenchuk scored his first professional goal just 1:36 into his MLL career and then added another score before halftime to help the Hounds build a 9-7 lead at the break en route to a 17-14 victory, which snapped Denver’s MLL-record 25-game regular-season winning streak.
But, Chanenchuk and Ehrhardt, who had one groundball in his MLL debut, weren’t the only former Terps making a difference for the Hounds in the victory. Ryan Young (’11) was named the Player of the Game after scoring three goals to extend his point-scoring streak to 23 games. John Haus (’13) set his MLL career high with a game-high five points on three goals and two assists, including a goal and both assists in the decisive fourth quarter.
There were also impressive performances by former Terps on the other side of the field as well as Drew Snider (’12) had five points on three goals and two assists for the Outlaws. Jeremy Sieverts (’09) had four points on three goals, including one two-pointer.
Other former Terps on the field for the Charlotte-Denver shootout included two-time MLL Defensive Player of the Year Lee Zink (’04) for the Outlaws and Brett Schmidt (’11) and Joe Cummings (’12) for the Hounds.
The Maryland influence was also felt in the other three games on this past weekend’s schedule.
Joe Walters (’06), fresh off of his amazing performance in the NLL Championship Cup series, made his MLL season debut for the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Despite Walters’ two assists, the Bayhawks, which also boast former Terps Jesse Bernhardt (’13), Dan Burns (’11), Grant Catalino (’11) and Jeff Reynolds (’09) on the active roster, slipped to 1-5 with an 8-7 double-overtime loss at Rochester.
The Machine also have a roster littered with former Terps – Jake Bernhardt (’13), Kevin Cooper (’13), Brian Farrell (’11), Dan Groot (’09), Bill McGlone (’06), Brian Phipps (’10) and Max Schmidt (’11) – but the Machine also lost over the weekend to the Boston Cannons, 17-16, which received one score from Owen Blye (’13).
The surprise team of the MLL this season is the Florida Launch, which is in its inaugural season after being moved from Hamilton during the off-season. The Launch, whose defense is anchored by Joe Cinosky (’08), improved to 4-2 on the year with an 11-8 win at the New York Lizards. Cinosky was named the MLL's Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts vs. the Lizards.
Overall on the season, Sieverts continues to be among the league leaders with 19 points and is the league-leader in two-point goals with four. Snider is also among the Top 20 scorers in the league with 14 in the Outlaw’s six games.
Despite missing a game for the Bayhawks while serving as the volunteer assistant coach with the Terps this season, Jesse Bernhardt is fifth among non-faceoff men in the league with 21 groundballs. He has also scored twice and added an assist for Chesapeake.
Haus and Young are tied for the team lead on the Hounds with 10 points with each playing in five of Charlotte’s six games this season.
Fans can checkout all of the former Terps in action this weekend with all eight MLL teams taking the field on June 14. For a complete schedule of events, check out the MLL Schedule + Events page.