COLLEGE PARK — The Maryland men's lacrosse team had almost two years to stew over its last meeting with UMBC. So after Thursday's winter storm, what was another two-hour delay, anyway?
The No. 11 Terps used their pent-up frustration wisely, taking advantage of a 6-0 first half to dispose of the Retrievers, 14-3, before an announced 702 Saturday at Byrd Stadium.
Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk had a game-high five points on two goals and three assists and freshman attackman Matt Rambo scored his second hat trick in as many games in a matchup postponed two hours from its noon start to give Maryland's grounds crew more time to clear the field of snow.
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Maryland (2-0) had plenty of motivation after losing, 8-7, to UMBC on March 6, 2012, the Retrievers' fourth win in six meetings. Last year's game was canceled because of snow, and senior goalkeeper Niko Amato did his best Saturday to downplay the notion of revenge.
"The last time we played them, we gave up [eight] goals to them, and all week, we kept seeing film of that," said Amato, who made eight saves before getting pulled in favor of junior Kyle Bernlohr for the final five minutes of the game. "We kind of just wanted to come out here and have a good showing and beat a quality opponent."
The Terps were suffocating on defense. Maryland shut out an opponent in a half for the first time since April 4, 2008, when the team held Navy scoreless in the second half of an eventual 5-4 loss.
Paired with last Saturday's 16-3 rout of Mount St. Mary's, the Terps held back-to-back opponents to three goals or fewer for the first time since throttling Delaware, 20-3, on April 29, 1987, and UMBC, 11-3, on May 2, 1987.
UMBC (0-1) took just four shots in the second quarter and three in the fourth, lost the ground ball battle 40-17, and committed nine of its game-high 14 turnovers in the first half.
Maryland coach John Tillman said the team learned a lot from watching film of its 2012 loss to the Retrievers.
"They had long, drawn-out possessions, and we felt like we were probably too conservative and we needed to extend at times, change up what we did a little bit just to keep them off balance, because they did such a great job of executing last time," he said.
"So we wanted to create more tempo and more possessions in the game, at least play a faster game not knowing what would happen. But we thought that if it was a faster tempo, that potentially could help us this time."
UMBC's upset bid looked promising after Maryland scored just one goal in the first quarter, but the floodgates opened in the second. Rambo opened the scoring by curling around the left post and bouncing a shot past Retrievers redshirt freshman goalie Connor Gordon (game-high 15 saves) 78 seconds into the period.
Freshman midfielder Connor Cannizzaro beat Gordon from a sharp angle left of the cage with 10:07 left, and Rambo took a pass from Chanenchuk before rifling the ball into the top left corner 44 seconds later.
Nearly a minute later, junior attackman Jay Carlson curled around the left post and dumped the ball past Gordon despite landing in the crease (officials ruled that he had scored before committing what would have been a violation), and junior midfielder Joe LoCascio scored on a laser-fast shot from the high slot with 5:56 left in the quarter.
UMBC had been last shut out in a half on April 1, 2011, in the first half of an eventual 16-5 loss to Stony Brook.
The Retrievers got their first goal of the game and season with 7:55 left in the third quarter when sophomore midfielder Pat Young took a pass from sophomore midfielder Jack Gannon and whistled a shot past Amato from up top. But UMBC never got closer than five as the Terps improved to 27-8 all time against their in-state rival.
Young, Gannon and senior midfielder Zach Linkous (St. Paul's) each posted a goal and an assist for the Retrievers, but they lacked the firepower to test Maryland's veteran defense.
"It's the first game for us, and we're disappointed with the outcome," coach Don Zimmerman said. "There's a lot of things we can obviously work to improve on. A lot of those things are basic things, and those are the things that we pride ourselves on. So it hurts, but there's a lot of lacrosse left and we've got to put this behind us and get ready for the next one."