Annapolis, Md. – Under the lights and in the spotlight, Friday night the No. 1 Maryland Terrapins take their talents into Annapolis for a game against the Navy Midshipmen in another in-state battle for the Terps.
The Terrapins might have gotten lucky this season with the Midshipmen who are normally battle-tested and up to the task, but so far this year the Midshipmen are 3-7 and by Navy lacrosse standards, are having a disappointing season. The Midshipmen have lost their last four games and are looking to bounce back against Maryland tomorrow so they can build off of it, but the Terrapins have got to be expecting them to come out hyped and ready to produce early on in the game.
The key for the Terrapins is to not come out in the beginning of the game being sluggish and unproductive. The Midshipmen are going to look to build momentum early in the first quarter and Maryland has to be able to counter them. For Maryland, senior attackman Kevin Cooper and senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk need to produce early and often. Chaenechuk’s play this season has lifted the play of his teammates all season long and Friday night is no exception. Chanenchuk has 37 points this season including 18 assists and if he has at least four points in this game the Terrapins will be hard to defeat. The other key to the Terrapins is Niko Amato. The Terps net-minder is playing terrific this year with a GAA of 7 and he is showing no signs of slowing down.