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The No. 2-ranked Maryland men’s lacrosse team (2-0) beat Saint Joseph’s (0-1) soundly 16-8 at Sweeney Field in Philadelphia Tuesday afternoon.
This was another high-scoring contest as the Terps scored 5 goals in the first quarter after scoring 15 overall against No. 17 Navy on Saturday. Matt Rambo was still on fire following a strong game against the Midshipmen, scoring a career-high in points on Tuesday against the Hawks with three goals and four assists. He now has 47 points in his last 8 games and is 35 goals away from breaking the school’s career goal record.
Rambo also passed Jim Wilkerson to move into eighth on the all-time goal scoring list as well.
Freshman Jared Bernhardt, who came in as the No. 3 recruit in the class of 2016, has already proven he is ready to play at the high level that was expected of him. Bernhardt scored his first career hat trick on Tuesday and added an assist to his point total.
After struggling against Navy this past Saturday, Austin Henningsen was back to the way he played all of last year. The sophomore was exceptional against the Hawks, going 19-26 on faceoffs. He also led the team in ground balls, scooping up six.
The remaining two-thirds of the starting attack, Colin Heacock and Dylan Maltz, continue to fuel this Terrapins team alongside Rambo. Heacock scored three goals and had an assist while Maltz added a goal and an assist of his own.
Isaiah Davis-Allen got his first goal of the season after he took a clear the length of the field by himself and fired a rocket from 15 yards out into the top left corner of the goal.
Junior midfielder Adam DiMillo scored his first career goal with 10 seconds left in the first half to send the Terps into the break with a 10-6 lead.
The game started to get out of hand for the Hawks in the third quarter. They did not score a goal for 20 minutes and 13 seconds of game time through the second and third quarters, allowing Maryland to jump out to a 13-6 lead during that stretch.
The Terps kept scoring in the fourth quarter with some of their back-ups in and would hold a lead 16-8 with one minute left in the game.
LSM Matt Neufeldt scored for a second straight game and has already established himself as one of the best long-pole fast break threats in the country.
Maryland plays their first home game of the season this Saturday when they host High Point at 1 p.m. in College Park.