VILLANOVA, Pa. – Senior Charlie Raffa won 13-of-16 faceoffs and Matt Rambo totaled four points to lead the No. 8 Maryland men’s lacrosse team to an 11-2 victory over No. 15 Villanova Saturday.
The nation’s top scoring defense lived up to its billing, as the Terps held Villanova scoreless for stretches of 28:54 and 28:04 in the win. Goalkeeper Kyle Bernlohr made nine saves, improving his season save percentage to a nation’s best .708.
The Terps wasted little time jumping on the Wildcats, scoring a season-high five goals in the opening frame to take a 5-1 lead. Maryland notched two goals just 2:30 into the game on a pair of unassisted goals from Henry West and Bryan Cole.
Villanova cut Maryland’s lead in half on a goal by Sean Cerrone, but Maryland’s Colin Heacock answered right back with a rip from the left wing past Wildcat goalkeeper Greg Stamatov. Jay Carlson then tallied a pair of point blank goals on feeds from rambo and Connor Kelly.
Maryland padded its lead with three straight goals in the first six minutes of the second quarter on goals from Rambo, Dylan Maltz and Joe LoCascio. The Maltz goal was the beauty of the bunch, as he finished a fantastic no-look pass from Carlson.
The Terps defense was excellent in the half, holding Villanova scoreless for a stretch of 26:58 to close the half.
The Wildcats opened the second half with a tally, but the Terps returned the favor on a snipe from Rambo with five minutes left in the third.
Rambo then completed his hat trick midway through the fourth quarter, before Christian Zawadzki’s fired his first career goal to secure the Terrapin victory.
Kelly tallied a career-high three assists in the contest.
– Maryland moved to 9-0 all-time against Villanova, including 4-0 on the road.
– Maryland won its 26th consecutive games when scoring at least 10 goals.
– Maryland won its eighth straight game when holding an opponent under 10 goals, and 17th of last 18 games.
– The Terps have held their opponent scoreless for a stretch of at least 11 minutes in all six games they played.
– Jay Carlson stretched his goal-scoring streak to 10 games.
– Maryland has held its opponent to four goals or less in 4-of-6 games this season.