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Three takeaways from No. 1 Maryland men’s lacrosse’s 23-12 rout of No. 2 Virginia

WASHINGTON D.C. — No. 1 Maryland men’s lacrosse kept its undefeated season alive Saturday, taking down No. 2 Virginia 23-12 at Audi Field in a rematch of the 2021 NCAA Championship game. Still unbeaten and finished with non conference play, the Terps will open a five-game conference slate to close out the regular season. Before that stretch begins, here are three takeaways from Maryland’s seventh-straight win:

Balanced offensive output once again led the day

As they have all season, the Terps once again spread out the scoring to grab the win. 11 different players scored, with 7 netting multiple goals in the win. The split distribution has paid dividends time again, as the offense remains multi-dimensional game in and game out.

While Maryland didn’t hesitate to rely on key players Logan Wisnauskas, Jonathan Donville and Keegan Khan, (10 goals and 5 assists), the rest of the team contributed in a game with just a little extra meaning. After coming up just a goal short in the last matchup between these two, the Terps left no doubt in the Audi Field rematch, scoring at will throughout the game. 

Brett Makar and Matt Rahill also contributed goals from their defensive spots — Makar on a fast break and Rahill with a three-quarter field rip during a ten-man ride — adding even more insurance for the Terps on the day.

“When Brett or Matt, when all those guys score, it’s definitely a big bench lifter,” Anthony DeMaio said. “It gets everyone going and everyone definitely feels confident, everyone’s super excited for those guys when they get that done.”

Transfers etch their names in the rivalry

Khan and Donville, along with Owen Murphy, weren’t Terps when the Cavaliers claimed the 2021 crown. In the latest chapter of the DMV area rivalry, they all made their impacts felt, more than doing their part in the Terps’ rout of the Cavaliers. 

Khan accounted for four goals and three assists out of the attack, while Donville and Murphy did their damage from the midfield. The pair combined for six goals and an assist, dominating the offensive end of the field for Maryland. 

Head coach John Tillman raved about the Terps’ transfer portal additions to begin the season and in their biggest game to this point in the regular season, they delivered.

“Obviously today was an exciting opportunity,” Khan said. “A chance to play Virginia out in an MLS stadium, it was a great week [of] preparation for us and yeah, I think all our guys were super excited.”

Maryland never let its foot off the gas

Looking at the final score, it would be easy to forget this was a matchup between the nation’s top two teams. After Maryland jumped out to a multi-goal lead with just over a minute to play in the first quarter, they never allowed the Cavaliers back within one, maintaining the edge the rest of the way.

When Virginia started to climb back at the start of the fourth, cutting the game to 15-11 with 11:29 to play, the Terps went on a 8-1 run to close out the game, leading to a blowout win for Tillman’s squad. 

Tillman spoke about how this game had a little added meaning, but nonetheless, was just another regular season game. With the sour taste of a last second championship defeat still lingering, Maryland ensured a different result, seeing the game all the way through the finish line.

“A lot of the guys that meant a lot to,” DeMaio said. “I think that we showed that today with the heart we played with all game. But in the end, it’s just getting better each week to win those games down the stretch. It’s not about being the best in March, you got to be the best down the stretch in May.”

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