COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The fourth-ranked Maryland men’s lacrosse team exploded for seven goals in the second period and breezed past No. 16 North Carolina, 16-9, on Saturday afternoon inside Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.
Maryland (8-1), winners of three straight games, tallied its second most goals of the season as four different Terps registered hat tricks. Sophomores Logan Wisnauskas and Anthony DeMaio paced the offensive attack with four goals each. Wisnauskas added four assists to match his career-high of eight points, while DeMaio set a new career-highs in goals and points (5).
Junior Jared Bernhardt and senior Louis Dubick each chipped in three goals, while freshman Kyle Long and senior Will Snider each posted a goal and two assists. Sophomore Bubba Fairman also had a big day, dishing out a career-high three assists in the win.
The Terps were dominant in the faceoff X, led by senior Austin Henningsen, who recorded a career-high 22 faceoff wins in 26 attempts.
Maryland’s defense was also solid, holding the Tar Heels to their fewest goals of the season. Senior goal keeper Danny Dolan played nearly the entire game and registered 12 saves while in cage.
After UNC netted the first goal of the game, DeMaio began Maryland’s scoring barrage by tallying three straight goals. The Tar Heels got one back, but the Terps quickly responded and scored five consecutive goals spanning the end of the first quarter and the start of the second.
UNC’s Alex Trippi halted the Maryland run and cut the Tar Heels deficit to 8-3, but the Terps closed the period strong with three more goals to go into halftime leading 11-3. The 11 first half goals were the most by Maryland this season.
North Carolina attempted to claw its way back into the game, scoring the first two goals of the second half as Tim Kelly netted two of his team-high four goals in a three-minute span, but it wasn’t enough. The Terps scored four of the games next five goals and led 15-6 entering the fourth period.
Maryland is back in action on Sunday, March 31 when it hosts No. 1 Penn State. Opening faceoff is set for 7 p.m.