The No. 3 Maryland Terrapins men’s lacrosse team escaped Franklin Field in Philadelphia with a 13-12 overtime win over the Pennsylvania Quakers on Saturday. Maryland’s Roman Puglise scored the game-winner to continue the early season winning streak.
Goalkeeper Danny Dolan stole the show in Philly tying his career-high for saves in a game with 18. Dolan’s biggest save of the game came just moments before the end of the final quarter as Dolan stopped Penn defender Kyle Thornton’s shot attempt to force overtime.
In overtime it was the sophomore midfielder Puglise who was the hero for the Terps after shooting stick-side off the pass from senior Nick Brozowski. Puglise immediately rejoiced with the rest of the Maryland bench quickly after the game-winner.
In an extremely hard-fought gritty game from both teams, Penn began the day scoring four of the game’s first five goals to take an early three-goal lead before Logan Wisnauskas brought it to two right before the end of the first quarter.
The third-ranked Terps would respond in the second however, scoring five goals in the second period to take a 7-5 lead into the half. Wisnauskas completed the hat trick during this stretch, guiding Maryland back into the lead.
After their late run in the second quarter, John Tillman’s Terps continued their scoring in the third as Bubba Fairman and Jared Bernhardt added to the scoring column for Maryland. With a 9-5 lead early in the third, it looked like Maryland would finally take control of the game and pull away from the physical Quakers. Penn, however, had no intentions of going down easy.
After two goals to end the third quarter, Penn brought the lead within one following a goal by sophomore Sean Lulley. Maryland was able to extend their lead back to three through two of their main scorers – Louis Dubick and Wisnauskas – but it was Penn who scored the next four goals to steal the momentum and take the late lead.
With 7:47 left in the game, Penn’s junior attackman Adam Goldner scored his third goal of the game putting Maryland in an unthinkable spot. Five minutes of stagnant scoring passed before Logan Wisnauskas continued his fantastic scoring day with a clutch goal with just under three minutes remaining in regulation. This set up the game-saving stop from Dolan to force overtime where Puglise would eventually score.
Maryland struggled through portions of the game to match the tempo from the Quakers. Penn won the face-off battle 21-6 as well as the shots on goal total 30-25. Maryland will have their sights set to continuing this strong start against Colgate back in College Park, Maryland on Tuesday.