#1 Terps Play At Villanova On Saturday
March 14, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 1 Maryland (5-0) men's lacrosse team takes to the road again, this time heading to the City of Brotherly Love for a Saturday night showdown at Villanova (1-4). The Terps and the Wildcats are slated for a 7 p.m. start at Villanova Stadium.
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Maryland is coming off of a 13-7 victory over Stony Brook in College Park on Sunday, March 10. Nine different Terps scored in the win with senior Kevin Cooper leading the way with three points on two goals and an assist. Sophomore Charlie Raffa won 15-of-18 faceoffs with a career-best 11 groundballs and also had a goal and an assist. Senior long pole Jesse Bernhardt turned in another solid performance with four groundballs and four caused turnovers. On the season Cooper leads the Terps with 18 points (11 goals, 7 assists), three points ahead of senior John Haus (8-7=15). Seniors Owen Blye and Jake Bernhardt rank second on the squad with nine goals apiece. Junior Niko Amato is ranked second in the NCAA with a 6.36 goals-against average and is sixth with a .600 save percentage.
Villanova enters Saturday's game with a 1-4 mark, but all four losses have come against ranked foes. Senior midfielder Jack Rice leads the Seawolves in goals (11) and points (11). Thomas Croonquist has wotn .552 percent of his faceoffs and leads the Wildcats with 35 groundballs. Villanova's goalie situation is up in the air. Freshman Greg Stamatov has started the Wildcats' first five games, but was lifted in the first half against Penn last Saturday and senior Billy Hurley stepped in an made 12 saves while allowing just five goals.
The Count Down
10 ... Since 2002 Maryland has won 98 of the 107 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .916 winning percentage.
9 ... Maryland is 114-25 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .820 winning percentage.
8 ... The Terps won only eight of 20 faceoffs last season vs. the Wildcats.
7 ... Kevin Cooper has seven multi-goal games during his Terrapin career.
6 ... Maryland is a perfect 6-0 in six all-time meetings with Villanova.
5 ... The Terps have won their first five games for the first time since 2010.
4 ... Maryland is ranked first in four NCAA statistical categories (scoring offense, scoring margin, points per game and shooting percentage).
3 ... Three Maryland players (Charlie Raffa, Jesse Bernhardt and Michael Ehrhardt) have 20 or more groundballs this season.
2 ... Maryland has shot 50 percent or better in three games in 2013.
1 ... The Terps' first midfield line has totaled 26 goals on 63 shots for a .397 shooting percentage.
Michael Corrado is in his seventh season season as a head coach, all at Villanova, and is 53-44 (.546).
Tillman is 1-0 in his only game vs. Villanova.
Series History vs. Villanova
Last season, Owen Blye set his career high with six points on four goals and two assists to lead the Terps to an 11-5 win over his hometown team. Maryland opened up a 7-0 lead and cruised to the victory. Niko Amato, another Philadelphia-area product, had 12 saves and six groundballs.
The 1998 meeting was the season-opener and the Terps came away with a 18-5 victory. Four Maryland players finished with three points apiece, led by Kevin Pasqualina's first career hat trick. Kevin Healy played the first 47 minutes in cage for the Terps and finished with six saves.
The Maryland Men's Lacrosse Blog
· Every Tuesday (except weeks with mid-week games) during the season the Maryland Men's Lacrosse Blog is posted to umterps.com. Catch up with the Terps with his season's editions below:
March 12: Exploring Maryland's Philly Roots
Maryland As The No. 1 Team
Overall, Maryland has played 25 games as the No. 1-ranked team and is 17-8 in those games.
This season, the Terps have played two games as the nation's outright top team and is 2-0, defeating Duke, 16-7, in Durham on March 2 and topping Stony Brook, 13-7, at home on March 10. The last time Maryland was the top team in the nation was in March of 2006 after the Terps defeated then-No. 1 Duke, 8-7 on the road in overtime. Maryland defeated Towson as the No. 1 team the following Saturday, but fell, 7-6 in double-OT, to Bucknell on Tuesday, March 14. The Terrapins were still No. 1 in their 9-4 win at UMBC to close out their two-week stay at the top of the polls.
The last time the Terps were the nation's top team was in April of 2004. Maryland's two-week run at the top of the polls ended with a 9-6 loss to No. 4 Navy in College Park.
This season's ranking is also the earliest the Terps have achieved the No. 1 ranking in a season. Previous to this week, the earliest Maryland was ranked No. 1 was March 10, 2006.
The longest Maryland has held on to the No. 1 ranking was seven weeks in 1987. That streak came to an end with a 13-8 loss to No. 4 Johns Hopkins in the NCAA Semifinals.
Get To 10 And Win
One axiom of lacrosse is that if you score 10 goals or more your chances of winning are pretty good. Well, a look at the results since 2002 shows that when Maryland scores 10 or more goals there's not just a pretty good chance the Terrapins will win; it's an almost certainty. Since 2002 Maryland has won 98 of the 107 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .916 winning percentage.
Maryland scored 10, but fell at North Carolina, 11-10, on March 24, 2012 and again came out on the losing end, despite scoring 11 in a 13-11 loss at Colgate on May 5, 2012. The Terps scored 11 vs. Johns Hopkins on April 16, 2011, but the Blue Jays won the game in overtime, 12-11. On April 3 of last season the Terps lost to No. 1 Virginia by a final of 11-10, giving Maryland its only loss when scoring 10 or more goals in 2010. In 2009 the Terps lost to Georgetown, 13-10 on Feb. 21 and lost again when scoring 10 in the ACC Semifinals in a 16-10 defeat at North Carolina. Prior to that, Maryland had not lost when scoring 10 or more goals since dropping an 11-10 decision to Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C. The Terrapins got to 10 goals in the 100th game against Johns Hopkins, but the Blue Jays took the game 14-10. Virginia is the only team to beat the Terps twice when allowing 10 or more goals. The Wahoos did it first in 2002 with another 11-10 decision.
Holding Opponents To Single-Digits
Since 2002 Maryland is 114-25 in games, for a .820 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 185 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 77.2 percent of the time.
Shooting Tells The Story
The difference between winning and losing for Maryland this season is simple - when the Terps shoot well they win. As it turns out 30% is the magic number for the Terps this season. Maryland is 5-0 on the year and has shot 30% or better in its five victories.
W- Mount St. Mary's: 23 goals, 46 shots = 50.0%
Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 60-4 (.938) when shooting 30% or better in a game. The only four losses were: 13-10 to Georgetown in 2009 (the Terps shot 10 of 30 for 33.3% vs. the Hoyas), 11-10 to No. 1 Virginia on April 3, 2010 (10 of 33 for 30.3%), 12-11 in overtime on April 16, 2011 to No. 3 Johns Hopkins (11 of 28 for 39.3%) and 13-11 at Colgate on May 5, 2012 (11 of 31 for 35.5%).
If 30% is the benchmark, then 40% shooting is in a class all to itself and Maryland has shot 40% or better in 14 games since the start of the 2008 season. Out of those 14 games, Maryland shot 50% or better in four of them.
Three Terps Named To Tewaaraton Watch List
Senior midfielders Jesse Bernhardt and John Haus are joined by junior goalie Niko Amato on the 2013 Tewaaraton Award Watch List. The Terrapin trio are three of 92 selections on the Watch List.
The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States. The selection committees are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by The Tewaaraton Foundation. Committees will make additions to these lists as the season progresses and athletes earn a spot along side these elite players. The lists will be narrowed to 25 men's and women's nominees in late April. In mid-May, five men's and five women's finalists will be announced. These finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C. for the 13th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian.
Terps On ESPNU
Maryland has had 44 games on ESPNU since 2006. Maryland is 25-19 (.568) all-time in games broadcast on ESPNU.
The Terps are scheduled to play five games (at Duke (W, 16-7), vs. UMBC, at Virginia, vs. Johns Hopkis and the ACC tournament semifinals) on ESPNU in 2013.
· Once again this season, the Terps will be wearing purple "MY" stickers, to show their support for the fight against pancreatic cancer, which touched everyone in the Maryland lacrosse familywith the passing of Maria Young on April 17, 2011.
· This past fall the Terps, Maryland alums and family and friends came together for the inaugural Forever Young Walk/Run for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness. More on Ms. Young and her amazing story can be found here: Forever Young.
· If you're interested in more information about the Lustgarten Foundation, including how to make a donation, click here to visit the foundation's website. You can also get more information on pancreatic cancer at CurePC.org.
In case you're wondering here are some facts about pancreatic cancer from the American Cancer Society:
· Maryland players will also be wearing gray stickers with the number 42 in honor of Zack Wholley's father, John, who passed away from brain cancer on August 28, 2011.
· If you're interested in more information, please visit the National Brain Tumor Society website.
In case you're wondering here are some facts about brain and spinal cord tumors from the American Cancer Society:
Maryland players will also be wearing teal stickers in honor of Andrew Walsh's mother, Gia, who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
· If you're interested in more information, please visit the Ovarian Cancer Institute website.
Here are some facts about ovarian cancer from the American Cancer Society and the Ovarian Cancer Institute:
Maryland In Season Openers
Maryland has an 84-3-1 (.960) lifetime record in season openers dating back to the 1924 season. The Terps have won their last 19 openers and 26 of the last 27, with the only loss coming to Duke in 1993, when they fell to Duke 9-5 on March 6.
After losing their 1925 opener to Yale, 5-3, the Terps went on to win 40 consecutive season openers from 1926 through 1967. The streak was broken when Maryland tied Princeton, 6-6, in the 1968 opener. Following the deadlock, Maryland went on to win its next 14 openers, giving the Terps a 54-0-1 record over a 57-year span (Maryland did not field a team in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II.)20 Straight in Season Openers
After beating Mount St. Mary's to open the 2013 season the Terps have an 20-game winning streak in season openers. Five of those wins came against Villanova (1994-98) and the last nine over Denver, Mount St. Mary's (twice), Air Force, Hobart, Duke, Georgetown (four times), Bellarmine (twice), Presbyterian, Detroit Mercy and Hartford. Over the 20-year stretch, Maryland outscored its foes 290-105 (an average score of 14.5-5.3) in those games.
The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 20 years. Maryland has not allowed an opponent to score 10 or more goals in a season opener since Syracuse beat the Terps, 16-13 on March 9, 1983.
Consecutive 10-Win Seasons
Maryland's 10-9 win over the Lehigh on May 11, 2012 extended the Terps' streak of double-digit win seasons to 10. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the D1scource.com).
How does Maryland's string of 10+ win seasons stack up against the rest of the college lacrosse programs? Take a look at programs with at least six-straight 10-win seasons:
Cornell's string of seven-straight 10+ win seasons came to an end in 2012 with a 9-4 final mark.
The 700 Club
· Maryland's 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 was the program's 700th victory in 84 seasons of varsity men's lacrosse. The Terps join Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Navy and Army as the only programs with 700 or more Division I wins.
· Two things that make Maryland's accomplishment all the more impressive is that the Terps reached the 700-win plateau in just their 84th season. Only Syracuse reached win No. 700 in as few seasons, but it took the Orange 53 more games than Maryland. In fact, Maryland needed only 940 games to reach 700 wins and only Johns Hopkins needed fewer games (932) to hit the historic number, but the Blue Jays did so in their 105th season.
Terps' 88th Season Of Lacrosse
The Terps boast an all-time record of 742-249-4 (.747), dating back to the first varsity team in 1924 (a team was not fielded in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II). Maryland has finished every one of its previous 87 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 12-6. The program reached the 700-win milestone with a 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 at Ludwig Field.
During the decade of the 2000s, Maryland went 111-49 for a .694 win percentage, making it the winningest decade in Terrapin lacrosse history. In the decade of the 1990s, Maryland posted a 95-47 record. The .669 winning percentage matched Maryland's win percentage of the 1980s when the Terps went 83-41 and also compiled a .669 win percentage. So far, Maryland is 25-9 in the 2010's for a .735 winning percentage.
A Family Affair
· Many school's refer to their sports programs as families, but the Maryland men's lacrosse program is truely a family affair. Since 2002, the Terps have had 13 sets of brothers, including three on this season's roster, don the red and black together for at least one season.
Harry & Thomas Alford: 2004-05-06-07
Five Taken In MLL Draft
Led by senior long pole Jesse Bernhardt, a record-tying five Maryland men's lacrosse student-athletes were chosen in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft.
Bernhardt was chosen fourth overall by the Chesapeake Bayhawks, becoming the second-highest Terrapin ever drafted in the MLL (Joe Walters, first overall selection in 2006). He is just the seventh Maryland player to be taken in the first round, joining Lee Zink (2004, 5th), Chris Passavia (2004, 6th), Walters, Bill McGlone (2006, 5th), Ray Megill (2007, 9th) and Joe Cinosky (2008, 9th).
Senior midfielder John Haus was the next Terrapin off the board, going to the Hamilton Nationals in the second round with the 15th overall selection. Haus was followed by senior midfielder Kevin Cooper, who went to the Bayhawks with the 16th overall pick.
The Denver Outlaws, which already has three Terps on its roster (Zink, Jeremy Sieverts and Drew Snider), were then next MLL squad to take a Maryland player, selecting senior midfielder Landon Carr with the 23rd overall selection.
The fifth Terp to be selected was senior attackman Owen Blye with the very next pick by the Charlotte Hounds.
The five players selected ties the school record for most players taken in the MLL draft. The 2011 senior class also had five players taken - Brian Farrell, Brett Schmidt, Dan Burns, Grant Catalino and Ryan Young.
Maryland's 2013 senior class also features redshirt senior midfielder Jake Bernhardt, who was selected by the Nationals with the 12th overall selection in the 2012 MLL collegiate draft.
2013 Team Captains
Three players have been named team captains for the 2013 season. The trio, which was selected by a combination of team vote and coaches' input, consists of seniors Jake Bernhardt, Jesse Bernhardt and Owen Blye. All three return as team captains from the 2012 squad.