Jay Carlson (St. Paul's) had four goals and an assist to pace No. 6 Maryland to a 19-6 win over Robert Morris on Wednesday night in men's lacrosse at Byrd Stadium.
Joe LoCascio jump-started the Terps (9-1) with the opening two goals of the game just 22 seconds apart.
His first goal came unassisted at 9:27; and was unassisted with his second was goal coming off an assist from Mike Chanenchuk.
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After the Colonials (4-6) cut the lead to one with their first goal of the game at the 7:02 mark, Maryland responded with three goals.
Freshman Matt Rambo scored two goals just a minute apart. The first came at 6:19 after LoCascio dodged from the wing and found the freshman on the crease for an easy turn-and-shoot. Rambo's second goal was a quick-release shot off an assist from fellow freshman Colin Heacock (Boys' Latin).
The Colonials cut the Maryland lead to 5-3 with two goals. The Terps defense responded, holding Robert Morris scoreless for the next 16:34 while the offense scored seven goals.
Five players scored during the run, including Carlson, who had three of his four goals on the day.
Henry West started the run at 12:18 of the second with a big overhand step-down shot off an assist from LoCascio.
After Carlson scored his first goal of the day, Chanenchuk increased the Maryland lead to 8-3 with a quick stick finish on the crease off an assist from junior Bryan Cole at the 5:13 mark.
Carlson then scored two straight goals, increasing the Terps' lead to 10-3 with 2:39 remaining in the opening half. Carlson's first goal was an impressive behind-the-back finish from the right goal line extended off a feed by freshman Tim Rotanz.
The final two goals of the half came from Michael Ehrhardt on a fast break goal and Jon Garino on an unassisted goal off a won faceoff. Garino's goal gave the Terps a 12-3 lead at the break.
After Robert Morris opened the second half scoring to cut the lead to 12-4 Maryland answered with four straight goals.
Rustin Bryant scored with 8:06 remaining in the third quarter on an unassisted goal around right goal line extended.
Maryland's riding effort earned the Terps their next goal. Carlson caused a Colonials turnover deep in their own end and found a wide-open Rambo in front of an empty net for the easy finish to extend the Maryland lead to 14-4. Carlson finished off the third quarter scoring with 21 seconds remaining in the quarter off an assist from Bryant.
Maryland opened the final quarter with a goal from redshirt sophomore Kevin Forster, who scored from the left alley inside the left post off an assist from West just 49 seconds after the opening faceoff.
The Colonials answered with two goals to cut the lead to 16-6, but that would be their final goals of the game, as the Maryland defense only allowed three Robert Morris goals in the final 44:13.
Maryland scored the final three goals of the game to give it a final score of 19-6. Freshman Ben Chisolm (South River) scored his second career goal with 3:42 remaining.Quinn Haley scored just over a minute off an assist from Tyler Brooke. Zack Wholley finished off the scoring with his first career goal with 1:38 left on the clock.
The Terps controlled the faceoff X with Garino winning 17 of 20 draws while collecting 13 ground balls, including 10 in the first half, on the day.
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