SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Logan Wisnauskas and Will Snider both notched hat tricks, but an overtime goal from Brian Willetts of Notre Dame made the difference as the 17th-ranked Irish edged No. 2 Maryland 14-13 Sunday afternoon.
The overtime winner capped a wild back-and-forth affair at Loftus Sports Center, which saw Maryland (5-1) storm all the way back from a four-goal deficit to tie the game in the fourth quarter. Trailing 11-7, the Terps used a four-goal run with two goals from Jared Bernhardt and scores from Snider and Wisnauskas to knot the game at 11 with 10:45 to play.
Notre Dame (2-1) answered, netting back-to-back goals from Brendan Gleason to go up 13-11 with 3:33 to play. The Terps managed to regain possession on the faceoff, and a slick off-the-turf score on a rebound from Wisnauskas brought the visitors back within one.
Down to their final possession, a loose ball on a broken play found its way to Bubba Fairman’s stick as time wound down. Fairman found a streaking Wisnauskas on the right wing, who fed Anthony DeMaio at the goal to tie the game with 16 seconds to go.
Notre Dame had a late chance that went off the post, and a penalty on the play forced to the Terps to start overtime a man down.
Maryland raced out to a 4-1 lead in the first quarter, before Notre Dame used a four-goal spurt to take its first lead, 5-4, at the 6:37 mark in the second. The Terps trailed 7-5 at the break, before two straight goals from Snider tied things back up at seven in the third quarter.
The Terps had another strong day at the faceoff X, with Austin Henningsen and Justin Shockey combining to go 20-30 on the day.
Freshman Kyle Long had a breakout day for the Terps, scoring his first two career goals while totaling a career-best four points.
Maryland will be back on the road next Saturday, March 9 when the team travels to face Albany.