So far this season the No. 6 Maryland Terrapins lacrosse team has proven to be a tough out when opponents have to travel to College Park, Maryland. This trend continued Saturday as Maryland scored a season-high 17 goals against the visiting Villanova Wildcats in a 17-7 lopsided win.
With the win, Maryland now is 4-0 at home this season scoring an average of 12 goals per game while playing at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. The dynamic offensive duo of Bubba Fairman and Jared Bernhardt both provided hat tricks on the afternoon as well as combining for four total assists. Maryland’s stand-out goalkeeper Danny Dolan had another fantastic day compiling 13 saves while between the pipes for the Terps. With the win, the Terps move to 7-1 on the season.
Fairman began the scoring for Maryland as the sophomore midfielder scored an unassisted goal just under two minutes into the game. The goal was then complemented by five other scores in the first quarter in a six-goal first quarter for the Terps. Logan Wisnauskas, Anthony DeMaio and Christian Zawadzki all added to the scoresheet in the high-scoring first. Villanova’s Connor Kirst scored the lone goal for the Wildcats in the period.
The second quarter was much of the same for both teams from a scoring standpoint. Bernhardt scored the first goal of the second for Maryland, extending the lead to six goals before Jimmy Gabrielsen of the Wildcats scored to bring it back to five. The rest of the quarter was all Terrapins, as a 5-0 run to conclude the half put Maryland in front by a whopping 10 goals with a score line of 12-2.
In the second half, Villanova was never able to control the pace of the game, giving Maryland the edge to stay in front for the remainder of the game. After Bernhardt completed his hat trick to begin the second half, Villanova’s Matt Campbell and Corey McManus brought the lead down to eight goals. Bubba Fairman quickly responded with two goals in a row to extend the lead back to 10. Roman Puglise concluded the scoring in the third frame with 19 seconds left to put Maryland up 16-5.
Maryland slowed the pace in the fourth quarter, only allowing two goals while on its way to a commanding 17-7 win over the Wildcats.
The Terps will look to continue an undefeated streak at home next Saturday welcoming an old-ACC rival to College Park in the North Carolina Tar Heels.