The Perfect Season Continues

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.

Vegas Trip

In-Game Action

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.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.