February 24, 2012

Cummings Career-High Leads Terps Over Hoyas

from press release

Joe Cummings had a career-high six points (4g, 2a) as No. 7 Maryland cruised past Georgetown 16-11.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senior Joe Cummings set a career-high with six points and senior Michael Shakespeare tallied his first career hat trick to lead the No. 7 Maryland men's lacrosse team to a 16-11 win over Georgetown Friday night at the Multi-Sport Facility.

Maryland got off to a quick start thanks to a pushing penalty on the Hoyas. Sophomore Rustin Bryant slipped a quick pass to Cummings on the crease and Cummings one-timed it for the 1-0 lead at the 11:59 mark.

The lead grew to 2-0 20 seconds later when senior Shakespeare made a tough play in tight space around the crease to get off a shot and beat Hoya goalie CT Fisher.

Georgetown got on the board at the 9:56 mark with an unassisted goal by Jason McFadden, but Maryland would go on a 4-0 run to take control of the game.

Redshirt sophomore Mike Chanenchuk started the run with an unassisted man-up goal with 7:24 left in the first. As the Hoya penalty wound down Chanenchuk steeped in from the left alley and just ripped a shot past Fisher to make it 3-1 Terps.

Shakespeare scored his second of the night, hitting on a low-to-low shot from 12 yards out off an assist from junior Kevin Cooper at the 6:07 mark of the first.

Cooper opened the scoring in the second quarter with an easy goal just over a minute into the second. Cummings had the ball behind the cage and flipped an easy pass to Cooper on the crease after Cooper lost his defender with a great off-ball cut.

The run was capped by junior Billy Gribbin's goal from the right alley. Gribbin beat Fisher inside the near pip to make the score 6-1 at the 10:44 mark.

Brian Casey snapped the run with 7:20 left in the second, but Maryland answered right back to push its lead back to five at 7-2. A face-off violation gave the Terps the ball and it ended up in a scramble with junior Landon Carr. He then spun out of traffic and finished past Fisher.

Georgetown scored the last two goals to pull to within three goals heading into halftime, but that was as close as it would get. Maryland went on another four-goal run to take an 11-4 lead in the third.

Cummings scored the first two goals of the run, finishing near identical cuts to the crease each time. Junior John Haus assisted the first goal, while Cooper had the second helper.

Haus then scored off an assist from Cummings to make it a 10-4 game with 8:06 left in the third.

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