ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The top-seeded Maryland men’s lacrosse team used a six-goal run in the second half to knock off Cornell 13-8 in the NCAA Quarterfinal round Sunday. The Terps will now advance to the Final Four for the fifth consecutive season, and seventh time in the last eight years under head coach John Tillman.
Jared Bernhardt and Bubba Fairman paced the Maryland offense with three goals each, while Logan Wisnauskas and Anthony DeMaio both posted two goals to help clinch the five-goal victory. Fairman’s game-high five points (three goals, two assists) were a career high. Maryland will face the winner of Sunday’s second quarterfinal matchup in Annapolis between Johns Hopkins and Duke.
After weathering a short two-goal run by the Big Red to end the first half, Maryland came out firing in the second after killing a 30-second penalty to start the period. Wisnauskas got Maryland’s definitive run started with the first goal of the half at 12:43, before Fairman scored his first of three in the third quarter to give the Terps an 8-4 advantage.
Colin Giblin added a strike to give the Terps a 5-0 edge in the third quarter, before they took their largest lead of the day after DeMaio made it 12-4 with 12:02 to go. The Maryland defense stifled the Big Red attack throughout the half, leading to a 22:20 scoring drought into the fourth quarter.
Cornell would keep things interesting late, going on a four-goal run in the middle of the fourth to trim the lead to 12-8 at 6:12. Bernhardt helped shut the door, scoring his third of the day with 5:39 remaining before the Terps drained clock late to seal the five-goal victory.
It was a quick first quarter of action at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, as Bernhardt buried the only goal of the period with 9:35 remaining. It would be the first of two shutout periods for the Terrapin defensive unit on the afternoon, before both teams picked up the offense in the second quarter.
Wisnauskas and Bernhardt would extend the lead to 3-0 in the opening five minutes of the second quarter, before Cornell’s Clarke Perterson got his team on the board at 10:42.
Both sides would exchange goals before the Terps went on a quick two-score run to force a Cornell timeout at 4:56. The Big Red would claw back within two, but the Terps still brought a 6-4 edge into the locker room at half.
Dan Morris made a game-high eight saves for a 50% clip on the day in the net.
With his second assist on the day, Logan Wisnauskas posted the most points (47) by a Terrapin freshman since 2001.
John Tillman has now posted a perfect 7-0 mark in the NCAA Quarterfinal round while at Maryland.