A big day in College Park, Maryland. #1 The Maryland Terrapins (9-0) clinched the Big East title with an 18-8 defeat of the 12th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes.
Jared Bernhardt (6g,1a) and Daniel Maltz (4g,1a) led the offense. The story in this one is a goalie goal from Logan McNaney.
More on that in a bit. A back and forth first quarter saw Logan Wisnauskas (1g,2a) give the Terps a lead at the 14:53 mark.
Jackson Reid (1g.1a) countered five minutes later with Johnny Wiseman (2g) putting it to 2-1. Jack Koras (1g) notched his first goal on the same day his brother nailed a hole in one at Penn State. The first ended deadlocked at 2-2.
Things opened up a bit in the second. It started with Anthony DeMaio (2g) and Daniel Maltz giving Maryland a 4-2 lead. Connor Cmiel (1g,1a) cut the deficit to 4-3. In just 2:13, Jared Bernhardt took over with a natural hat trick, and with :30 on the clock. Maltz scored to close the half with the home team up, 8-3. The Maryland onslaught went to seven goals produced by the highlight of the day from Logan McNanay.
Maryland was two men short with penalties on Roman Pugliese for cross-checking and Brett Makar for Tripping. Ohio State was attempting to force a turnover with a ten-man ride. That left the net unprotected and McNaney realized the situation and brought the ball upfield and fired a 60 yard shot that ended up dead center in the Buckeyes net. Maltz and Anthony DeMaio would add to the deluge making it an 11-3 affair.
Tre LeClaire (2g,1a) ended the onslaught but Bernhardt countered followed by an OSU marker from Jack Myers (2g) assisted by LeClaire before Bernhardt tallied his 38th to end the third with Maryland in control, 13-5. Kyle Long (3a) set up Maltz for his 31st but the Buckeyes answered with LeClaire (27th) and Wiseman scoring for the 9th time cutting it to a 14-7 game. Bernhardt, Eric Malever (1g,3a) followed by Jack Sawyer (1g) had an answer pushing it to 17-7. Myers stopped the run before Eric Holder (1g) closed the scoring.
Did You Know?
Shots went 42-36 for Maryland with the Terps having a 25-21 edge with shots on goal. Turnovers were almost even with the Terps having 14 to OSU and their 13, Ground Balls were the same status only OSU had a 35-34 edge. Justin Inacio went 16 of 29 from the “X”. What a big day in College Park, Maryland.