Blye Nets Five as No. 2-Ranked Maryland Glides by Hartford

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Senior Owen Blye scored a career-high five goals to lead the No. 2 University of Maryland men's lacrosse team to a convincing 16-4 win at Hartford in front of 1,747 at Alumni Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Maryland got out of the box quick, going up 1-0 just 1:05 into the game when Blye came around right goal line extended and beat Hartford goalie Frank Piechota with a quick fake high before finishing with bouncer.

The lead jumped to 3-0 with two more unassisted goals. Senior Kevin Cooper scored his first of the game, converting off of a scramble on a Maryland clear attempt at the 10:42 mark. Then senior Jake Bernhardt blew past his defender to get to the middle of the box and ripped a shot into the top right corner with 8:55 to go in the first.

An illegal body check on the Hawks' Brendan Lake gave the Terps' an extra-man chance and junior Mike Chanenchuk scored off of a feed by senior John Haus at the 7:01 mark to make it a 4-0 Maryland lead.

Hartford got on the board with 1:03 left in the first with an extra-man score by Andrew Cacchio.

But the Terps would take a four-goal lead into the quarter break thanks to a score by Cooper. Piechota got a piece of it, but the ball trickled over the line for a 5-1 Maryland lead with just 30 seconds to go in the first.

The second quarter started just like the first with the Terps' scoring quickly. With just 1:17 ticked off the clock, a quick restart caught Piechota out of the crease and Cooper found Haus wide open in front of the net for the easy score.

The lead grew to 7-1 for the Terps at the 10:30 mark when Haus picked up his second assist of the game by finding Blye on left goal line extended with a pinpoint pass.

Sophomore Jay Carlson scored his first of the season to make it a seven-goal Terrapin lead with a quick turn-and-shoot from just above right goal line extended with 7:24 to play in the second.

Maryland's transition game kicked into gear for the next goal as a Hawks turnover went the other way with senior Landon Carr pushing the tempo. He gave the ball up to senior Jesse Bernhardt and the long pole bounced a shot into the Hartford net with 6:37 left in the quarter.

Blye scored twice to open the third quarter to build the lead to 11-1. He scored his third of the game, going right past a Hawk defender to get in close and beat Piechota off side high. Blye then made it a 10-goal lead with an extra-man goal off an assist by Chanenchuk with 9:32 to go in the third.

Cooper finished his hat trick with an unassisted goal through the legs of the Hawks' goalie to give Maryland a 13-1 lead at the 8:08 mark.

Drew Haig ended the Hartford scoring drought at 25:37 with an unassisted goal at the 5:56 mark of the third.

But Maryland answered right back with Carlson scoring his second of the day with 3:43 to play in the quarter. The goal was officially unassisted with Carlson dipping under his defender to get free, but Haus slipped a terrific pass to Carlson to set up the score.

The Terps closed out the quarter with a goal by senior Billy Gribbin with 2:03 to play. After being robbed several times earlier in the game by Piechota, Gribbin got one into the net, finishing off a nice feed from sophomore Joe LoCascio to make it a 15-2 Maryland lead.

Hartford made it a 12-goal deficit early in the fourth quarter with Jared Franze scoring off a feed from Garrett Dollard.

The Hawks scored back-to-back goals for the first time in the game when Cooper Del Zotto found the back of the net to make it a 15-4 game with 9:48 to go in the fourth.

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