COSTA MESA, Calif. – Freshman Justin Shockey won 16-of-20 faceoffs and picked up 12 ground balls to lead the No. 2 Maryland men’s lacrosse team to an 11-7 victory over No. 19 North Carolina Saturday evening in the Pacific Coast Shootout.
The win propelled Maryland to a 7-1 non-conference record, as it prepares to open Big Ten action next weekend at Michigan.
Senior Connor Kelly (4g) and sophomore Jared Bernhardt (3g, 1a) combined for eight points in the win, while California native Anthony DeMaio had a goal and an assist.
It was the Terrapins’ third trip to California for the West Coast event. Maryland is now 2-0 against UNC in the shootout, having also beat them in 2015.
The Terrapin defense was excellent in the first half, holding the Tar Heels to just one goal in the first 29:58. The strong play buoyed the Maryland offense, which jumped out to a 5-1 advantage behind two goals each from Bernhardt and Kelly. Adam DiMillo also scored in the frame.
Maryland started the second half strong with a 3-0 goal run to open an 8-2 lead on goals by Kelly, Bernhardt and DeMaio.
North Carolina (6-4) scored five of the next six goals, but senior defender Bryce Young put the game away with his first goal of the season in transition.
The Terps will fly back to Maryland Sunday afternoon as they prepare to open Big Ten play against Michigan next Saturday.