With some playing time to close out the game, Daniel Kelly still found a way to put on a show.
The Terps attacker caught a pass over the heart of the crease, contorting his body and turning, while whipping in an underhanded shot to grab Maryland’s 20th goal of the game.
Logan Wisnauskas, Anthony DeMaio, Keegan Khan and Owen Murphy combined for 20 points in three quarters as No. 1 Maryland men’s lacrosse moved onto the next round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday, after dispatching Vermont at home, 21-5.
“That team had been hot and they’ve been kind of rolling,” coach John Tillman said. “This has traditionally been a tough, tough weekend for us, but the guys did a great job.”
It took a quarter for the Terps to find their usual groove, as Vermont goalie Ryan Cornell did his best to stymie the Maryland attack, racking up three saves in the opening quarter.
Despite some solid net tending, the Terps rushed out to a 3-1 advantage, scoring twice in the opening minute of the contest. Liam Limoges got the Catamounts on the board, but the rest of the Vermont offense struggled to put anything concrete together.
In the second quarter, Maryland started rolling.
The Terps rattled off eight unanswered goals to blow a semi-close game wide open, displaying the offensive firepower that landed them the top seed in the bracket.
Cornell added four more saves in the period, but constant peppering of shots and dominance from Luke Wierman at the faceoff x kept Vermont on its heels.
Wierman won 13-of-16 faceoffs in the first half, giving Maryland plenty of chances to build and expand on the once slim lead. At the break, Maryland led 12-2.
“I think they had a couple of kids who made some really good plays in the first quarter,” Jonathan Donville said. “I think we worked on [protecting our stick], we got out in transition, won faceoffs, kind of got ourselves rolling.”
Maryland kept its foot on the pedal to open the third quarter. Already comfortably in front, the Terps outscored Vermont 6-1 in the third quarter, widening their lead that much further.
By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, Tillman was in position to empty the bench, with the result not in doubt.
Vermont scored a pair of goals to open the final frame, but it was ultimately just window dressing as Maryland controlled the action from basically start to finish.
Wisnauskas finished the game with four goals and two assists, again leading the Terps offense on the stat sheet. Logan McNaney finished the game with 11 saves in three quarters, chalking up another sound display in net.
With the win, Maryland will now square off with Virginia, in a rematch of last year’s National Championship. Maryland beat the Cavaliers by 11 goals when they played during the regular season.
“It’s exciting, I mean a pretty familiar opponent,” Matt Rahill said. “We both know each other pretty well. We’re gonna need a great week of prep. They’re a great team, I think a lot of people kind of forgot how good they actually are, so definitely can’t take them lightly.”
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