No. 7 Maryland Uses Q2 Burst to Knock off No. 1 Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – In its second-ever visit to the Carrier Dome, No. 7 Maryland (3-0, 1-0 ACC) defeated No. 1 Syracuse (2-1, 0-1 ACC), 16-8, in the inaugural ACC contest for the Orange Saturday, Feb. 22. The Terps outscored the Orange 14-5 after the first quarter, including a 10-2 margin in the second frame, to hand Syracuse its first loss of the season.

Redshirt sophomore Dylan Donahue (Camillus, N.Y.) paced the Orange with four points, including a career-high three assists. Redshirt junior Henry Schoonmaker (Portland, Ore.) notched three goals for his first hat trick of the year.

For Maryland, Connor Cannizzaro of nearby Cazenovia, N.Y. and attackman Jay Carlson both had three goals and one assist. The Terps also got two goals apiece from Matt Rambo, Mike Chanenchuk and Charlie Raffa. In addition to his two goals, Raffa was 19 for 26 (.731) at the faceoff X and tied his career high with 11 ground balls.

“Not much to say other than my hat is off to Maryland,” SU head coach John Desko said. “I thought they handled the pressure of coming into the Carrier Dome extremely well. They had a couple of freshmen running around out there that didn't seem intimidated at all. I thought they played very well and had a good game plan.”

Syracuse scored two goals on its first three shots and led 3-2 after the first quarter. A man-up tally by senior Derek Maltz (Ashburn, Va.) at the 12:37 mark of the second period pushed the SU advantage to 4-2.

From there it was all Maryland.

The Terps went on an 8-0 run to pull ahead 10-4. Six of Maryland's eight goals during the stretch came in the span of 2:26, including two man-up goals after 30-second penalties against the Orange for too many faceoff violations.

SU captain Hakeem Lecky (Nantucket, Mass.) finally stopped the Maryland run, scoring unassisted with 5:42 to play before halftime, but Chanenchuk and Kevin Forster responded with goals for the Terps to make the score 12-5 Maryland at the half.

In the third quarter, the Terps increased their advantage to 16-5 on consecutive goals by Carlson, Cannizzaro, Joe LoCascio and Bryan Cole. Schoonmaker's second of the afternoon made it 16-6 with 1:34 to go in the period. He and Randy Staats (Six Nations, Ontario, Canada) tallied the only goals of the fourth quarter to close the game's scoring.

SU senior goalie Dominic Lamolinara (Arnold, Md.) played the first 23:37 and recorded seven saves, including six in the opening quarter. Junior Bobby Wardwell (Clifton Park, N.Y.) replaced him and totaled nine second-half saves.

Maryland held the advantage in shots (55-32), ground balls (36-17) and faceoffs (19-8). During their 10-goal second quarter, the Terps scored on 77 percent (10-13) of their shots, won 9 of 13 (.692) faceoffs and claimed 11 ground balls to SU's five.

Niko Amato played the entire game in goal for Maryland and recorded 11 saves.

The Orange continues ACC play next Saturday, March 1 when it visits Virginia for a 7:30 p.m. contest at Klöckner Stadium. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and rebroadcast Sunday, March 2 on ESPNU.

Game Notes: Staats made his first career start on attack ... After transferring to SU from North Carolina before the 2013 season, Nicky Galasso (West Islip, N.Y.) made his Orange debut in the opening quarter as a member of the man-up unit and second midfield line. Galasso attempted three shots in the game, including one that hit the post ... The loss ends SU's three-game home winning streak ... Maryland's margin of victory was the largest for an SU opponent since 2007 when Johns Hopkins defeated the Orange, 17-9.

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