The Maryland Terrapins’ men’s lacrosse team began their 2019 season cruising to a 11-6 win against the visiting Bucknell Bison.
“Proud of the effort [and] proud of our guys,” head coach John Tillman said. “Total team win and certainly I think we improved from the experience.”
Sophomore midfielder Logan Wisnauskas led the way for Maryland, scoring four goals and adding an assist. Attackmen Anthony DeMaio and Jared Bernhardt also contributed their share of points with two goals and an assist each. Making his first start as a Terrapin, goalkeeper Danny Dolan finished with 11 saves in a strong debut for the senior. The first start from Dolan impressed his head coach and set the stage for the rest of the season.
“I thought Danny gave us everything we could have asked for in his first start,” Tillman said. “He got better as the game went on. I thought he made some good decisions in the clear game.”
Maryland began the contest on its heels, as the visiting Bison showed a lot of energy and physicality in the early stages of the game. After a couple turnovers and failed clearances, Bucknell senior midfielder Reed Malas opened the scoring on the first shot on goal for either team.
After the shaky start, Maryland quickly regrouped, scoring two goals just over a minute apart. Junior midfielder Christian Zawadzki and DeMaio scored for the Terps to give the team their first lead of the day. Wisnauskas, one of the Terps’ three 30-plus goal scorers last season, tallied his first score of the season to bolster the lead to two.
The two teams played even lacrosse in the second quarter, exchanging goals before the Terps headed into the break with just a two-goal lead. The first half was highlighted by a couple great saves by Bucknell senior goalie Christian Klipstein.
“[Bucknell] pretty much held us in check for the first half,” said Wisnauskas. “Coach told us to put an emphasis on coming out in the third quarter, like the first five minutes and make sure we made our statement and we came out firing.”
Maryland began the second half applying much more pressure on Bucknell’s senior goalkeeper. Senior attackman Louis Dubick scored off an assist from Wisnauskas to give Maryland a fresh three-goal lead. That lead would shortly be extended by Wisnauskas as he continued his tremendous day completing the hat trick.
With the departure of Connor Kelly, Bernhardt will look to replicate the success that Kelly had at the program. After a first half which entailed three shots and no points for the junior, he rebounded with a goal and an assist in the third quarter.
Maryland’s defense stifled Bucknell in the second half, forcing multiple shot clock violations and only allowing one goal in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Bison did not go down without a fight, scoring two goals in 40 seconds to force Maryland head coach John Tillman to call a timeout with 9:09 remaining in the game. Out of the timeout, Bernhardt tallied an important goal to calm his fellow Terrapin teammates and extend the lead back to four goals. DeMaio added one last goal for the Terps to conclude the scoring and give Maryland their first victory of the season.
Maryland will stay in College Park, Maryland to face the visiting Richmond Spiders next weekend.