The No. 3 Maryland men’s lacrosse team reaped the benefits of an outstanding game from its junior playmaker Jared Bernhardt on Saturday, as the attackman tallied five goals in the team’s 10-9 win against the visiting richmond Spiders.
“We played a decent 45 minutes and not a very good 15,” head coach John Tillman said. “You get 47 shots, you hope you would score more than 10 goals. You win that many face-offs, you would hope that you cash those in [and] we didn’t. But we didn’t die, we found a way to win.”
Maryland survived a late-run from the Spiders, who brought the game within one goal after Maryland led by six after three quarters. With the victory, Maryland has started 2-0 for the third consecutive season under John Tillman. After the game, Bernhardt explained how the early starts help the younger players get more comfortable.
“I think it’s big,” Bernhardt said. “Obviously just showing the younger guys that they are doing a great job especially on scout.”
Maryland began the day wasting no time taking the lead as Bernhardt embarked on his career-game with a goal just 49 seconds into the day. Just under two minutes later, sophomore Bubba Fairman added another quick score with a snipe from the point.
Before the end of the first quarter, Bernhardt had completed his hat trick by scoring three of Maryland’s first four goals of the contest. The hat trick was the 10th of Bernhardt’s career and first since last year’s game in May against Cornell. Bernhardt’s brilliant first half set the tone for the remainder of the game for the Terps.
“We started slow against Bucknell and even in our scrimmages early on and I felt like coming out and setting the tone,” Bernhardt said. “[I’m] not really the most vocal person, but trying to lead by example.”
The second quarter began with another quick Maryland goal as Fairman scored his second of the day, unassisted, to extend the Terps lead to three goals.
After Richmond junior midfielder Tyler Shoults brought the Terrapin lead back to two goals, Maryland scored three unanswered to end the first half, including two goals from Bernhardt. The five first half goals from the junior tied a career-high and propelled Maryland to an 8-3 lead at the halftime break.
In a rather low-scoring third quarter, Maryland’s junior attackman Steven Shollenberger scored his first goal of the season to put the Terps up by their largest lead of the game at six goals. After Richmond answered, Logan Wisnauskas continued his early-season hot streak by scoring his fifth goal of the season in just two games.
With a 10-4 lead heading into the final quarter, Maryland needed to play sound defense to preserve the win and move to 2-0 on the season. That defense would struggle to contain Richmond’s Ryan Lanchbury however, as the sophomore attackman scored four goals in a late comeback effort by the Spiders.
After five unanswered goals, four of which from Lanchbury, Maryland came away victorious with a one-goal win. The Terps advance to 2-0 on the season and will face the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia next weekend.