The No. 3 Maryland Terrapins men’s lacrosse team avoided another slow start on Saturday against the Navy Midshipmen in a 14-9 victory on the road. Logan Wisnauskas and Jared Bernhardt led the way, each securing hat tricks on the afternoon. Louis Dubick also added a career-high five goals on the day.
The Terps, coming off an 11-6 win against No. 16 Colgate, continued their early-season trend of struggling to begin games with a bang, but it was the veteran leadership of Wisnauskas and Bernhardt that helped the Terps comeback for the dominant win. Maryland’s (5-0) start will set them up for arguably their biggest game of the season so far next Sunday against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Maryland began the game with Louis Dubick’s sixth goal of the season off an assist from freshman Kyle Long. Navy, however, followed scoring the next three goals of the game to take an early lead putting Maryland in a similar spot they have been all season.
With five seconds remaining in the first quarter, Dubick struck again to bring the Terps within one goal to carry some momentum into the second frame. The late goal gave something for Maryland to build on for the rest of the day.
Wisnauskas and sophomore midfielder Bubba Fairman shortly complemented the early-scoring from Dubick with a pair of goals to give Maryland their first lead of the contest.
Following a second quarter goal from Navy’s Jack Sweeney, Maryland would score the next four goals of the game to take control of the game and pull forward with an 8-4 lead.
The two teams would exchange goals over the course of the third quarter to set up the fourth quarter for the Terps clinging to a 10-8 lead with a lot of lacrosse left to play. Head coach John Tillman’s Terps would score four goals in the fourth to extend the lead to six. Wisnauskas and Bernhardt both concluded their hat tricks in the period to preserve the 14-9 win for Maryland and continue their early dominance against the team’s non-conference opponents.
Goaltender Danny Dolan made nine saves in the game before letting sophomore backup goalie Andrew Morris finished out the game playing his first 58 seconds of the 2019 season.
As Maryland approaches two difficult opponents in Notre Dame and Albany, the Terps will look to extend their winning streak away from College Park, Maryland.