Strong defense leads Maryland LAX to 12-3 win over Drexel

February 28, 2015 | WNST Staff


COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Jay Carlson notched his first hat trick of the season to lead the No. 10 Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 12-3 victory over Drexel on Saturday afternoon at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

Meeting for the first time since 1943, the Dragons jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before the Maryland (3-1) defense buckled down to hold them scoreless for 56:17. The Terps scored 12 unanswered during the Drexel’s scoring drought, which was the longest since Maryland held Penn scoreless for 51:12 in 2008.

Bryan Cole jumpstarted the Terrapin offense when he found Matt Rambo with 3:02 remaining in the first quarter to kick off the scoring for the Terps.

Cole then found the back of the net himself to knot the score at 2-2 with 14:11 left in the second quarter.

The offensive domination continued with three straight goals from Carlson, who has scored in a team-leading eight consecutive games.

Kyle Bernlohr finished with 11 saves to lead the strong defensive performance along with Casey Ikeda who caused three turnovers. Dan Morris also made a save in relief of Bernlohr.

A pair of freshman, Connor Kelly and Bryce Young each tallied their first career goals for the 3-1 Terrapins.

The Terps return to action Saturday, March 7 for a noon tilt against Princeton at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.


– Jay Carlson scored his ninth career game-winning goal, moving into a tie with Grant Catalino and Joe Cummings for second in Maryland history. Joe Walters (2003-06) holds the program record with 13 goals

– Charlie Raffa moved into a tie for fourth all-time in ground balls with Bryn Holmes (236)

– Maryland moved to 2-0 all-time against Drexel

– Maryland improved to 39-3 all-time in the month of February, including 13-1 under Tillman

– The Terps have won 11 consecutive regular season home games, dating back to 2013

– Bobby Gribbin scored his first goal since May 4, 2013

– Freshmen Bryce Young and Connor Kelly scored their first career goals

– Dan Morris, Tyler Brooke, Colin Giblin, Christian Zawadzki, Josh Reinson and James Bull made their first career appearances for Maryland