COLLEGE PARK, Md. – No. 6 Maryland played its most complete game of the year Saturday, scoring a season-high 17 goals in a 17-7 rout of Villanova at Maryland Stadium. The Terps (7-1) led wire-to-wire in the victory, getting goals from nine different players led by a six-point effort from sophomore Bubba Fairman (4 G, 2 A) and a five-point day from Jared Bernhardt (3 G, 2 A).
Maryland picked up right where it left off from its six-goal fourth quarter at Albany last weekend, scoring six in the first quarter against the Wildcats to work up an early 6-1 lead. After a four-goal UMD run to open the game, Villanova finally got on the board with a man up goal at the 4:22 mark.
Maryland would then score eight of the next nine, creating a nine-goal cushion heading into halftime with an 11-2 lead. Anthony DeMaio would score with just 17 seconds to go in the half, before Wesley Janeck won the ensuing faceoff and buried his first career goal to send Maryland’s sideline into a frenzy.
Maryland’s 11 first half goals were the most in a half since an 11-goal second half against Robert Morris last season in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Terps carried the momentum into the second half, scoring five third quarter goals to create further separation. Roman Puglise posted a team-high four ground balls while chipping in a goal and an assist, while DeMaio, Logan Wisnauskas and Louis Dubick all tallied two goals each.
Danny Dolan was excellent in the cage for the Terps, making 13 saves while allowing just five goals on the day. Maryland’s defense smothered Villanova’s offensive sets, forcing the Wildcats to make contested shots on Dolan all afternoon.
The Terps will be back home for their second of four straight home games Saturday, March 23 when North Carolina comes to town. The game will faceoff at 4:00 pm and will be broadcast on ESPNU.