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Logan Wisnauskas sets all-time program points record as Maryland men’s lacrosse trounces Rutgers, 17-9

With his team comfortably in the front from the start, it took three quarters for Logan Wisnauskas to nab his third point of the game.

But when he finally did, feeding Eric Malever on the crease for his first assist of the day, Wisnauskas stood alone atop the record books.

Wisnauskas finished the game with four points on three goals and an assist, and became the Terps all-time leader in points, reaching 292 career points. Thanks in part to a dominant performance from Wisnauskas and the rest of the offense, No. 1 Maryland men’s lacrosse continued its unbeaten streak over top teams Sunday night, downing No. 4 Rutgers at home, 17-9.

Playing at Capital One Field for the first time in 43 days, the Terps rode the home energy to an early advantage. Five goals in the first five minutes saw the Terps jump out to an early 5-0 advantage. 

Wisnauskas netted two in that span, tying him with Jared Bernhardt for the all-time Maryland points record at 290. Bernhardt, who recently participated in Maryland football’s pro day in preparation for the NFL Draft, was on hand for the contest.

“He’s one of my best friends,” Wisnauskas. “We got to catch up a little bit. Talk about football and stuff. Hopefully he gets drafted here soon, which would be pretty cool for him.”

The Scarlet Knights finally found their footing, as Shane Knoblock and Mitch Bartolo snuck shots past Logan McNaney on the other end. Jonathan Donville snagged his first of the day moments later, as Maryland held a 6-2 lead after one quarter. 

Knobloch broke the ice in the second quarter, scoring his second of the game — but the Rutgers run didn’t last. Owen Murphy pushed the lead back to four with a goal just thirty seconds later, and on the Terps’ next possession, Jack Brennan added to it. 

Brennan caught the ball wide open and with his hands free, before unloading a rocket of a shot right past Scarlet Knights’ keeper, Colin Kirst. Brennan was the sixth different Terp to score a goal in the game, doing so with less than 18 minutes played.

Following Brennan’s goal, Keegan Khan grabbed two quick scores, giving him a first-half hat trick. Brennan Kamish responded with another goal for Rutgers, but Jack Koras quickly offset it with his first of the game. 

The Scarlet Knights controlled possession more during the second quarter, but couldn’t string anything together, as the Terps led 11-4 at the break.

A litany of goals in the first half gave way to a more defensive start in the second. Nick Teresky scored just over four minutes into the third quarter, but it didn’t become a recurring theme for Rutgers, which struggled to maintain offensive consistency.

Then, Wisnauskas made history. 

Leading by a wide margin, Wisnauskas drove toward the crease before dropping the ball to Malever, putting the Terps ahead 12-5 and himself atop the all-time points list with 291 career points. 

“He doesn’t play any different whether he scores or he doesn’t score, he just loves playing,” head coach John Tillman said. “To have that ability to be pushing yourself, yet being in a team concept and always being selfless, that’s not easy to find.”

Khan added his fourth goal of the game on Maryland’s next possession, again building on the Terps’ sizable advantage. Kyle Long followed up with an unassisted score of his own and with one quarter to play, the damage had been done. 

Bryan Cameron and Ross Scott netted goals for Rutgers to start the fourth quarter, but it was simply too little, too late. Anthony DeMaio scored on an extra-man chance for the Terps shortly after, becoming the ninth Terp to score in the game.

Cameron added another Scarlet Knights’ goal as time waned, but Maryland cruised to another consecutive victory. On the way, Daniel Kelly scored his fourth goal of the game, and became the tenth player to score for the Terps.

Maryland moved to 10-0 with two games remaining in the regular season, steamrolling toward postseason play. With Wisnauskas and company dominating at an astounding rate, the Terps seem poised to give themselves a chance to finish what they started when they came up just short in 2021. 

“A place like Maryland, it’s awesome, you know [a] rich tradition,” Wisnauskas said. “You come here and it’s really truly a brotherhood. It’s awesome to be a part of for sure.”

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