The perfect season continues with 17-11 Maryland victory. The #15 Vermont Catamounts (9-5) took on the #1 Maryland Terrapins (13-0) in NCAA D1 Playoffs.
The player of the game, Jared Bernhardt (6g 1a) started the party with 4:53 elapsed. It took JJ Levandowski (3g,1a) just 83 seconds to counter for Vermont. The counter-punching continued with Logan Wisnauskas (2g 1a) for the Terps, Thomas McConvey (3g 2a) matching making it a 2-2 game. Maryland warmed up and recorded goals from Bernhardt notching his 55th and two goals in :16 seconds with Joshua Coffman (1g,1a) with :26 on the clock followed by Bernhardt picking up his first-quarter hat trick with :10 showing to end the opening stanza at a 5-2 Terps edge.
The onslaught continued with Kyle Long (3g 1a) scoring. Bernhardt setting up Daniel Maltz (1g,2a) for his 37th and a 7-2 lead.
McConvey put home a Liam Limoges feed to end the rally and get it to a four-goal difference. Long was the playmaker on a fourth of the half for Bernhardt but, 1:11 later, Jonas Hunter (1g) picked up his fifth off the campaign to close the half with an 8-4 score.
The 2nd Half
Things settled down in the third with only four goals with Levandowski nailing a McConvey feed and just like that, a three-goal game.
The Catamount’s joy would be short-lived however with Bernhardt hitting his 58th, Bubba Fairman (1g) and Wisnauskas (31) ended the quarter with Maryland dialed in. 11-5. Liam Limoges (1g,2a) struck first in an effort to mount a Vermont comeback. It took :50 for Griffin Brown (2g) to douse the hopes.
The 13th from Kyle Long pushed it a 13-6 advantage but, the goal party was just getting cranked up. McConvey and Long exchanged goals as did Michael McCormack (1g) and Bernhardt. It was Griffin Brown and McConvey next doing the honors to get a 16-9 score.
Luke Wierman (1g) and Levandowski also exchanged goals before Tommy Burke (1g) closed the book on the 17-11 affair. Maryland takes on Notre Dame in the next round.
By the Numbers
The 17 goals were the most scored by Maryland in the tournament since 1998 when the Terps bested Loyola in the semi-final match-up, 19-8. The Terps Jeremy Shockey garnered 10 grounds and went 19 of 28 from the “X”. As a team, The Terps were 20 of 32. The perfect season continues.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.