Chanenchuk Leads No. 1 Maryland in Romp Over No. 19 Duke

DURHAM, N.C. Junior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk scored four goals and added two assists to lead top-ranked Maryland past 19th-ranked Duke, 16-7, as 2,055 spectators looked on at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.

The Terrapins (4-0, 1-0 ACC) never trailed after Owen Blye opened the scoring less than one minute into the contest. Chanenchuk had three goals as Maryland darted to a 7-1 lead in the opening 20 minutes of action.

"I thought defensively we played hard," said head coach John Danowski. "I thought Maryland was terrific and they certainly have earned a No. 1 spot in the country. It is well deserved. They have some terrific senior leadership. Dynamite players and they were terrific today. I thought we played harder [than in recent games], but we have to learn to play smarter. I love our kids and I believe we'll get better."

Midway through the second period, Duke's Josh Offit found the back of the net to pull the Blue Devils (2-4, 0-1 ACC) to within 7-3, but Maryland responded with consecutive goals to claim a 9-3 lead at halftime. Both teams netted one goal in the third quarter, and the Terrapins would eventually extend their advantage to 10 goals at 16-6 when Billy Gribbin scored with 4:35 remaining in the game.

Offit finished with two goals to lead Duke while Jordan Wolf handed out two assists. The Blue Devils utilized four goalkeepers, with starter Dan Wigrizer (2 saves & 5 goals against in 15:43) suffering the loss.

Ten different Terrapins registered goals on the day with Kevin Cooper, Jake Bernhardt and Jay Carlson posting two markers each. Goalkeeper Niko Amato recorded eight saves against six goals allowed while Charlie Raffa won 11 of 17 draws at the X.

Duke remains home to take on reigning NCAA champion Loyola on Friday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m.

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Junior Mike Chanenchuk set his career high with six points on four goals and two assists to lead the No. 1 University of Maryland men's lacrosse team to a 16-7 win over No. 19 Duke Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.

The Terps improve to 4-0 on the season and are now 1-0 in the ACC, while the Blue Devils drop to 2-4 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

Maryland's nine-goal victory over Duke is its highest margin of victory over the Blue Devils since 1984 when Maryland won 16-4 in College Park.

Duke controlled the opening faceoff, but a Miles Jones shot was blocked and senior Landon Carr picked up the groundball and pushed transition. Once into the Duke zone, Carr made a quick pass to senior Owen Blye, who buried a shot from the point to give the Terps a 1-0 lead less than a minute into the game.

Chanenchuk had three points in the first quarter, beginning with a lefty laser from near the top of the box to up Maryland's lead to 2-0 with 11:23 to go in the first.

After Duke got on the board with a goal by Christian Walsh, Chanenchuk struck again, this time on a right-handed runner from the left alley at the 1:31 mark.

That goal kicked off a 5-0 Maryland run that extended into the second quarter.

Chanenchuk was on the giving end of the next Terrapin goal, feeding senior Jake Bernhardt for the quick strike to make it a 4-1 Maryland lead with 50 seconds left in the first.

Junior Niko Amato was sensational in the first quarter. He was credited with just two stops, but both were big for the Terps. The first came to end a Duke extra-man opportunity and the second was near the end of the quarter as he stoned Jordan Wolf from the right alley.

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