After sweating through the selection show to see if they earned an at-large bid, the Maryland men’s lacrosse team was set to face the No. 6 Towson Tigers in the first round. Heading in as an underdog, a rarity for the Terps, Jared Bernhardt’s season-saving goal to force overtime paired with Louis Dubick’s game-winner were the stories of the day in a thrilling 14-13 win.
Maryland has had a knack for finishing games in dramatic fashion this year. Against both Ohio State and Penn, Maryland was forced to dig deep and provide the winning goal in an overtime period. On Sunday, they were tasked with the same objective.
In an even matchup for the majority of the afternoon, it took an overtime period to determine who would face Virginia in the next round of the tournament. Dubick was the veteran hero Maryland needed. The senior scored his 29th goal of the season with 2:21 remaining in the extra session to keep Maryland’s season alive in the tournament.
The Terps opened an early 3-1 lead within the first quarter as some of their secondary scorers found the back of the net. Kyle Long and Matt Rahill, who combined for eight goals in the regular season, scored two of the first three goals for Maryland.
The two-goal lead was short lived as Towson completed a 6-0 run to take a 7-3 lead in the middle stages of the second quarter. Maryland would rebound with two goals to end the half, limiting the damage to just a two-goal deficit.
Dubick and Bubba Fairman scored in the third quarter to tie the game at eight. Towson’s Brody McLean and Timmy Monahan concluded the third with goals in the final 1:54 of the quarter to maintain a two-goal lead.
In an extremely high-scoring fourth quarter, Maryland scored four straight to take a 12-10 lead and take its first lead since the second quarter. With Maryland inheriting all the momentum, it was time for Towson to take control. The Tigers scored three straight to take a one-goal lead with 1:50 left in the game.
With all the historic moments from Maryland leaders over the last couple years, from Connor Kelly to Matt Rambo, it was time for Jared Bernhardt to etch his name into Maryland’s latest clutch moments from its top players. Bernhardt forced overtime with a season-saving goal with just three seconds remaining in the game.
The goal from Bernhardt set up Dubick’s game-winner for the Terps. Head coach John Tillman and his team will now look to stay alive in the quarterfinals against Virginia.