ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Maryland men’s lacrosse underclassmen contingency of Jared Bernhardt, Logan Wisnauskas and Bubba Fairman combined for 12 points in a methodical 12-9 victory over 4th-seeded Rutgers in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals Saturday evening in Ann Arbor.
The win propelled the Terrapins (12-2) to the Big Ten Championship game, where it will face Johns Hopkins on Saturday night at 7 pm in Big Ten Network.
Senior Dan Morris was sensational in net for the Terps, making seven second half saves en route to a 12-save effort.
Wisnauskas matched his career-high with five points in the game, including a career-best three assists. Wisnauskas now has 31 goals on the season, which is the most for a Terrapin freshman since Joe Walters had 33 in 2003.
The turning point was late in the second quarter when Louis Dubick canned an extra-man feed from Wisnauskas to pull the Terps even, 5-5. The goal prompted a 3-0 run, including goals from Bernhardt and Fairman, which gave Maryland a 7-5 halftime lead.
Maryland would never relinquish the lead, as it played stout defense and held Rutgers (9-6) to a pair of goals in each of the closing quarters.
Curtis Corley was excellent defensively, forcing three turnovers, while Bryce Young and Nick Brozowski finished with four ground balls each. Austin Henningsen was 11-for-18 at the faceoff dot.