Bernhardt’s overtime winner lifts Maryland over No. 7 Buckeyes

Jared Bernhardt has been a machine for the Maryland Terrapins lacrosse team this season, posting 38 goals and 23 assists entering Saturday’s game against No. 7 Ohio State. Bernhardt’s 40th goal of the season would end up a magical one, giving the Terps a 10-9 overtime win in Columbus, Ohio.

Maryland now sits at 11-3 on the season with three straight Big Ten conference wins. The win marks Maryland’s third overtime game of the season, giving the Terps much-needed experience as the NCAA Tournament is just around the corner.

In an important game for both teams, the start to the contest was lopsided in favor of Maryland. The Terps controlled possession, tacking on four of the five total goals in the first quarter to get ahead in the game.

Logan Wisnauskas scored a pair of goals in the quarter alongside Anthony DeMaio and Russell Masci. Maryland’s fast start was one the team had been hoping to receive over its last few games.

After the terrific first quarter from Maryland, the Buckeyes did not have much of an answer in the second. Goalkeeper Danny Dolan and the rest of the Terrapin’s defense held strong, heading into halftime only allowing two goals. Dolan’s five first-half saves aided Maryland’s early success.

Louis Dubick and Christian Zawadzki scored the only two goals of the second quarter for Maryland, who was clinging to a 6-2 lead heading into the break.

Maryland, however, did not show the same sort of intensity that was present in the first half  in the initial stages of the third quarter. Three Ohio State goals in the first nine minutes of the period quickly brought the Terps lead back within striking distance.

Roman Puglise did provide the Terps with the team’s lone goal of the third scoring with seven seconds remaining in the quarter. Heading into the final frame, Maryland held a 7-5 lead.

After the pace of the game picked up and a few more goals trickled in, Ohio State’s Jack Jasinski completed the Ohio State comeback to tie the lead at eight goals. Less than a minute later, Jackson Reid scored the go-ahead goal with 3:40 left to give Ohio State its first lead of the day.

Searching for the tying goal, it took until just 23 seconds were left in the game for Wisnauskas to score the tying goal and force an eventual overtime. In the overtime period, Jared Bernhardt galloped past two defenders before deking the Ohio State goaltender providing the winner.

Maryland will now end its regular season at home next Saturday against Johns Hopkins.