No. 6 Maryland Cruises by Mount St. Mary's in 2014 Opener

COLLEGE PARK, Md. Freshman Matt Rambo made his Terrapin debut a memorable one with four goals and two assists to lead the No. 6 University of Maryland men's lacrosse team to a 16-3 victory over Mount St. Mary's Saturday afternoon in front of 1,203 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk had three goals and an assist, while junior attackman Jay Carlson also chipped in with a hat trick for the Terps (1-0), who opened the season with a victory for the 21st-straight season.

Rambo's six-point effort is the most points for a Terrapin making his Maryland debut since 2004 when sophomore Xander Ritz had seven points on three goals and four assists in his first game after transferring from Delaware. Rambo's four goals were the most for a Maryland freshman in his collegiate debut since 2008 when Grant Catalino score four times in an 11-6 win at Georgetown.

Maryland jumped on the Mount (0-1) right from the start as Chanenchuk opened the scoring just 1:05 into the game with his first goal of the game. That kick-started a 5-0 run for the Terps.

The 2014 season got off to a good start for the Terrapin extra-man unit when senior Rustin Bryant found freshman Connor Cannizzaro open inside on the crease for an easy one-timer just 13 seconds into the first extra-man opportunity of the season to give Maryland a 2-0 lead.

Carlson scored his first of the season to up the lead to 3-0 at the 10:49 mark off of a nice inside feed from junior Kevin Forster, who made is return to the field after missing all of 2013 due to injury.

Rambo picked up his first collegiate goal just 19 seconds later with an unassisted effort.

The 5-0 run was capped off by sophomore Henry West, who picked up his first goal as a Terp with 5:35 left in the first quarter on a bounce shot from the right alley.

The Mount rallied near the end of the first quarter with goals from Ryan Lamon and Bubba Johnson to close the gap to 5-2 heading into the second quarter.

But the Terps scored six unanswered goals in the second to blow the game wide open.

Rambo and Chanenchuk scored back-to-back unassisted goals to give Maryland a 7-2 lead with just over 12:00 to play in the first half.

The extra-man unit cashed in again with 10:52 on the clock when junior midfielder Joe LoCascio ripped a laser into the top corner from the left alley to make it an 8-2 game.

Carlson netted his second of the game to put the Terps up by seven with 9:54 to play. Junior midfielder Bryan Colemade a nice move to dip under his defender and finish in close to up the Terps' lead to 10-2 48 seconds later.

The first-half scoring was capped off with a transition goal that began with a terrific ride by senior midfielder Brian Cooper, who caused a Mountaineer turnover and picked up the groundball to begin the play. Cooper then pushed the ball into the box and found Rambo open for the easy shot and score with 6:13 to play.

The second half saw the Terps extend their scoring run to eight straight goals, beginning with Chanenchuk's third of the game at the 14:904 mark. This one came on a big-time shot from the left top slot off of a feed from Cannizzaro.

Rambo closed out the run with his fourth of the game with 9:27 left in the third to make it a 13-2 Maryland lead.

Robert Jones scored an extra-man goal for Mount St. Mary's with 3:39 remaining in the third to close the game to 10 goals, but Maryland responded with a goal by Cannizzaro off an assist from Rambo to up its lead to 14-3 at the 2:39 mark.

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2014-02-08



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