COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Four members of the University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team were named first team USILA All-Americans and another was selected to the second team, which were announced Thursday.
Senior goalie Niko Amato, senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk, senior long stick midfielder Michael Ehrhardt and junior defender Goran Murray all earned first team honors, while junior faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa was a second team selection.
Amato, a native of Conshohocken, Pa., earns his third All-America award after ranking fourth in the nation with a 7.23 goals against average and eighth with a .566 save percentage. The 2014 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and the first goalie to ever be a four-time All-ACC selection, Amato is just the second Maryland goalie to guide his team to three Final Four berths and has started all 66 games of his collegiate career. He is also just the fifth goalie in Maryland history to earn All-America honors three times during his career and is the first during the NCAA tournament era.
Chanenchuk, a native of Poquott, N.Y., earns his third overall All-America award and second as a Terp after leading the team in goals for the second straight season and also leading the team in points and assists. The senior, who has 13 points in the Terps two NCAA tournament games this season, is also tied for the team lead with three game-winning goals this year.
Ehrhardt, a native of Westbury, N.Y., earns his second All-America honor after leading the Maryland defense to a No. 1 national ranking in scoring defense, allowing just 7.0 goals per game. Ehrhardt ranks second overall and first among non-faceoff men on the team with 64 groundballs and leads the squad with 28 caused turnovers. Ehrhardt has also been a factor in Maryland’s transition offense, scoring two goals and adding two assists. This is Ehrhardt’s first All-America honor as a long pole. He earned second team honors in 2013 as a close defenseman.
Murray, a native of Merion Station, Pa., earns his third All-America honor after helping the Terrapin defense rank No. 1 nationally in scoring defense. He has 17 groundballs and 10 caused turnovers for the season. Murray is just the 10th defender in the 89-season history of Maryland men’s lacrosse to earn All-America honors three times.
Raffa, a native of Syosset, N.Y., earns his first All-America honor after posting one of the finest seasons ever for a Maryland faceoff man. Raffa ranks second in the nation with a .678 faceoff winning percentage and is 11th in the country in groundballs per game at 7.71. He has totaled 108 groundballs heading into the NCAA semifinals, which is the sixth-most groundballs in a single season for a Terp since 1981 when groundballs were first officially kept. Raffa has also scored five goals and added one assist this season.
The four first team selections mark the most for a Terrapin team since 1976 when Mike Farrell, Ed Mullen, Roger Tuck and Frank Urso were first team honorees.
The No. 7-seeded Terps face No. 6 seed Notre Dame on Saturday, May 24, in the Final Four in Baltimore. The Terps/Fighting Irish match-up will be the second game of the Saturday doubleheader that features No. 1 Duke meeting No. 5 Denver in the first game at 1 p.m.