Coming off a loss at home against the No. 1 team in the country, the Maryland Terrapins men’s lacrosse team ventured back to the win column with a 16-12 victory over the visiting Michigan Wolverines.
Logan Wisnauskas and Jared Bernhardt stole the show for the Terrapins as both players combined for 10 goals and 6 assists against Michigan. Wisnauskas’ day was a historic one as the sophomore became the first player in Maryland lacrosse history to post at least 50 points in his first two seasons as a Terp. Bernhardt put his name in the record books, becoming the first Terrapin to record a hat trick in five consecutive games since 2004.
“It certainly helps when those guys get going because once they start get going, they draw more attention and it should open up other things,” Tillman said. “It also says that either they are making plays, or their teammates are looking for them.”
“Definitely a lot more comfortable,” Bernhardt said. “Just really unique having all the guys out there that can make a play. I don’t try to go out there and say, ‘Oh I need to score, oh I need to make an assist’ I just go out there and let the game come to me.”
Closing the first quarter tied at three, Maryland opened the floodgates with a seven-goal second period led by Bernhardt and Wisnauskas. Louis Dubick started the scoring in the second quarter with two goals in the first four minutes to give Maryland a 5-3 lead. Following Michigan freshman Bryce Clay’s 17th goal of the season, Maryland scored the final five goals before half to take a 10-4 lead into the locker room.
Maryland scored four goals in the final 1:17 of the half as all four were scored off the sticks of Bernhardt or Wisnauskas. The two snipers combined for more first half goals (6) than Michigan had as a team (4).
At the beginning of the second half, Michigan scored the first two goals of the third quarter causing Maryland to call a timeout with 8:28 remaining in the period. Michigan’s Avery Myers and Clay both scored early in the quarter to bring the lead down to four.
Following the timeout, Wisnauskas gave the Terps their first goal of the second half, but Michigan’s Decker Curran quickly brought the lead back to four. Michigan did make another run capitalizing on a solid third quarter to begin the final quarter trailing by just two.
Maryland would shut the door in the fourth leaving no room for a comeback as Wisnauskas and Bernhardt tallied three more combined. Maryland controlled possession late, securing the 16-12 win.
Senior defender Curtis Corley was thoroughly impressed with his freshman teammate Brett Makar, one of the young players shuffled around in the defense discussed by coach Tillman after the loss to Penn State last week. Makar rebounded with a tremendous game defensively, helping to preserve the win for the Terps.
“I’ve talked about Brett multiple times, he’s amazing,” senior Curtis Corley said. “I love having him down there. He’s a really good guy off the ball, good guy on the ball. I am just really thankful that we have him.”
Maryland 9-2 now travels to Piscataway, New Jersey to face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights next Sunday, trying to move to 2-1 in the Big Ten.