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No. 1 Maryland men's lacrosse team cruises past Stony Brook, 13-7

Maryland TerrapinsJohn Tillman

In a weekend littered with upsets, the top-ranked Maryland men's lacrosse team made sure it was not the biggest name on that list.

Scoring the game's first five goals, the Terps overwhelmed visiting Stony Brook, 13-7, before an announced crowd of 2,381 at Byrd Stadium on Sunday.

Over the weekend, No. 3 Notre Dame was upended, 8-7, by No. 20 Hofstra on Saturday, No. 4 Loyola was stunned, 9-8, by unranked Duke on Friday night, No. 5 Princeton fell, 16-15, to No. 9 North Carolina, and No. 6 Ohio State was edged, 10-9, by No. 8 Denver.

And the Seawolves (4-3) were no wallflower. They were riding a three-game winning streak that began with an 11-7 upset of then-No. 15 St. John's on Feb. 26.

"Obviously, we saw some scores and everything and it just shows that anybody can win," said senior attackman Kevin Cooper, who led Maryland with three points on two goals and one assist. "There's a lot of good teams out there and if you don't bring your 'A' game, there's a team that could come up and surprise you. So we obviously didn't want that to happen today."

The Terps had nine different players score a goal, and seven of those players each finished with two points.

"We try not to be too predictable in terms of how we play," said coach John Tillman, who has watched four different players lead the offense in goals this season. "We have a very unselfish group, a group that buys into sharing the ball, and [offensive coordinator] Ryan Moran does a really good job of putting those guys in spots. Hopefully, they understand the looks, and they are willing to make the extra pass. It's a lot of fun to work with a group like that."

Maryland, which improved to 5-0, quelled any idea of an upset by scoring all four goals in the first quarter. Freshman midfielder Bradlee Lord spun the ball from the right wing to sophomore midfielder Joe LoCascio at the top of the box, and he fired the ball over freshman goalkeeper Dan Shaughnessy 2 minutes, 38 seconds into the period.

The Terps extended their lead to two 63 seconds later when senior attackman Owen Blye curled around the left post, left junior defenseman George Benitez at the left wing, and rolled back to beat Shaughnessy from the doorstep.

Twenty-two seconds later, Cooper curled around the left post and pasted the top right corner. Senior short-stick defensive midfielder Landon Carr finished the quarter's scoring when he carried the ball over the midline and seeing no Stony Brook defenseman edge his way, ran down the right alley and top-shelfed his shot with 1:25 remaining.

Maryland has now outscored its opponents, 26-4, in the first quarter this season. The Seawolves were shut out in a quarter for the third time in 2013 and for the first time in the first period.

The Terps padded their lead 47 seconds into the second quarter when senior midfielder John Haus curled around the left post and sidearmed the ball into the cage.

Stony Brook snapped its drought 61 seconds later when freshman attackman Brody Eastwood converted a centering pass from sophomore midfielder Mike Andreassi to make the score 5-1, but Maryland scored two of the period's last three goals to enjoy a 7-2 advantage at halftime.

The Terps put the game out of reach by opening the third quarter with four unanswered goals.

Maryland dominated several statistical categories, including shots (30-24), ground balls (45-20) and faceoffs (20-4).

Andreassi paced the Seawolves with three points on two goals and one assist, but senior midfielder Jeff Tundo, who led the team in goals (15), assists (11) and points (26), was limited to just one goal by Maryland senior long-stick midfielder Jesse Bernhardt and junior defenseman Michael Ehrhardt.

"I think we just needed to get out and not give much space on the wings," Bernhardt said. "They're very good at getting into that island spot and taking some of those low-angle shots, and they can put them in the cage. We just had to make sure that we got under their hands and try to lock them up so that they didn't have a chance to do that."

edward.lee@baltsun.com

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