Maryland avoid late collapse, overcome North Carolina 11-7 in Pacific Coast Shootout

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Maryland avoided another fourth quarter collapse from an unlikely source, defenseman Bryce Young.

 

It was Young’s transition goal with 4:26 left in the game that stopped North Carolina’s mounting momentum. Going into the fourth quarter with a 9-4 lead, the No. 2 Terps (7-1) looked as though they were going to blow another lead due to penalties and faceoff violations.

 

A goal and an assist from midfielder Will Perry to make it 9-6 had the Maryland defense reeling. A faceoff violation followed by two Terrapin penalties showed signs of another collapse, yet the defense stood strong and the No. 20 Tar Heels (6-4) could not score with the extra man.

 

But then Chris Cloutier happened.

 

His one-handed goal cut the lead to 9-7, and things looked bleak for Maryland’s defense. Then, senior captain Bryce Young stepped up with one of the most crucial goals of the season to spur the Terps to an 11-7 victory.

 

Young spotted a numbers advantage on the dead ball restart and charged up the field from the unsettled clear, barely surveying his options with only one thing in mind: shoot.

 

Young’s goal shifted all the momentum back to the Terrapins before redshirt freshman attackman Logan Wisnauskas sealed the game with an open net goal to both finalize the result and keep his goal-scoring streak alive at eight games.

 

The Terps won the Pacific Coast Shootout for the second time against North Carolina in front of almost 7,000 fans in Costa Mesa, California behind Young’s late heroics, senior midfielder Connor Kelly’s four goals and faceoff specialist Justin Shockey’s dominance from the X.

 

The first half was all the Shockey show. The freshman faceoff specialist won seven of eight faceoffs in the opening half to give Maryland the majority of the possessions, in which the offense drew out to long possessions with multiple shot clocks. Shockey finished the game winning 16-of-20 overall.

 

Kelly got things going after six minutes of intense action with a left-handed goal on the run after gaining separation with a right to left split dodge. While the first quarter finished only 2-0, there were plenty of hits and end to end action.

 

Kelly scored his second and Maryland’s fifth of the half on an EMO that probably could have been saved.

 

Sophomore attackman Jared Bernhardt’s two first half goals were almost identical shots coming around the goal late in the possession. California native Anthony DeMaio assisted a cutting Adam DiMillo for Maryland’s third goal in the dying seconds of the shot clock.

 

North Carolina’s faceoff specialist Ryan O’Connell’s only faceoff win came in the first half, in which he scored a lefty wrap around goal coming around the net while Shockey was playing defense. That must have sparked Shockey’s competitive edge, as he won the next nine faceoffs.

 

Matt Cunningham scored a rebound goal with just two seconds left in the first half to give the Tar Heels some momentum heading into the second half down 5-2.

 

However, goals from Kelly, Bernhardt and DeMaio allowed the Terps to build their lead before the Tar Heels could answer. That answer came from Perry, who made his presence known in the second half to try and spark a comeback.

 

The comeback effort, however, came short for North Carolina, who now have lost its last four games and will face five top-15 ranked opponents in a row. Maryland on the other hand have won two in a row since losing to the No. 1 Albany Great Danes.

 

The Terps will start Big Ten conference play against their former defensive coordinator Kevin Conry and Michigan Wolverines next Saturday in Ann Arbor at 12 p.m.

Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown

Recruiting Writer at The Left Bench
Kevin Brown is a journalism student at the University of Maryland. Kevin is from Bear, Delaware and has covered three beats and recruiting profiles for The Left Bench. He is also active with The Left Bench TV.
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Kevin Brown is a journalism student at the University of Maryland. Kevin is from Bear, Delaware and has covered three beats and recruiting profiles for The Left Bench. He is also active with The Left Bench TV.