COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sophomore Matt Rambo led all scorers with five points on three goals and two assists to guide the No. 3 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 12-5 victory over Penn State in front of 4, 052 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The Terrapins also celebrated the careers of eight seniors: Mike Bender, Jay Carlson, Bobby Gribbin, Casey Ikeda, Joe LoCascio, Eric Parnon, Charlie Raffa and Zack Wholley
With the victory, the Terps improved to 9-1 on the season and 2-0 in Big Ten Conference play, while the Nittany Lions fell to 3-7 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
Maryland wasted no time in opening up a 3-0 lead in the first 5:14 of the first quarter with all three goals coming from the starting attack.
Sophomore Dylan Maltz got things started with an unassisted goal less than two minutes into the game. Senior Carlson made it a 2-0 lead at the 11:35 mark, finishing off a nice feed from Rambo. Rambo then netted his first at 9:26 with an assist coming from Maltz.
Penn State’s Mike Sutton scored his first of three goals on the afternoon to stem the tide for a moment with 7:56 left in the first, but Maryland then went on a 5-0 run to open up an 8-1 lead.
Sophomore Isaiah Davis-Allen scooped up the groundball off the faceoff following Sutton’s goal and scored his third goal of the season. After a Bryan Cole goal make it a 5-1 Terrapin lead, senior Ikeda triggered Maryland’s transition game and assisted on Rambo’s second goal of the day.
Junior Henry West scored his first of two on the day at the 2:14 mark and Carlson finished the run with his second goal with 38 seconds left on the clock.
Sutton gave Penn State a lift as the first quarter came to a close, beating the clock with a shot to make it an 8-2 game going into the second quarter.
Only one goal was added in the second quarter and that came on a 6-on-4 extra-man opportunity for the Nittany Lions at the 4:37 mark.
Maryland answered back in the third quarter with a pair of goals. Sophomore Colin Heacock took a slick feed from Rambo and slipped an extra-man goal past Nittany Lion goalie Connor Darcy less than a minute into the third. Rambo then finished his hat trick by scoring off of a feed from Carlson with 12:23 left on the third quarter clock.
The Terps and Nittany Lions traded off goals in the fourth quarter. LoCascio opened the fourth quarter with an unassisted goal at the 12:34 mark. After Sutton finished his hat trick at 11:34, West scored his final tally of the game at the 9:25 mark. Penn State’s Mike Aronow closed out the scoring with 1:58 left on the clock.
Maryland’s defensive dominance continued through this game as the Terps limited the Nittany Lions to just 20 shots. Junior goalie Kyle Bernlohr finished the day with 8 saves and allowed four goals. Redshirt freshman Dan Morris played the final 6:53 and made three stops.
Sophomore Jon Garino was solid at the faceoff X winning 8-of-10 draws with a game-high seven groundballs.
Maryland has a quick turnaround as it hosts in-state foe Loyola on Wednesday, April 8 at 7 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The game between the Terps and the Greyhounds will be streamed live on BTN2Go.com.
– Maryland improved to 30-0 all-time against Penn State.
– The Terps won their 30th consecutive game when scoring at least 10 goals.
– The Terps held Michigan scoreless for a stretch of 21:44 – the ninth time in 10 games Maryland has held an opponent scoreless for 20+ minutes.
– Maryland moved to 49-3 all-time under John Tillman when leading at halftime.
– Maryland is 5-0 this season against unranked opponents.
– Matt Rambo tied his career high with two assists. He now has nine hat tricks, 10 multi-point and 10 multi-goal games for his career.