A temperate March afternoon couldn’t compensate for the Terps’ cold start on offense, as Villanova downed No. 4 Maryland men's lacrosse, 13-12, in overtime for the Terps’ second straight loss.
Villanova’s Jack Frocarro, Danny Seibel and Christian Cuccinello combined for ten goals, as the Wildcats will move to 3-4 on the season with a top-five win on their resume.
Matt Rambo put Maryland on his back when it mattered most, notching three late-game goals to keep the Terps alive when all seemed lost. The senior finished with four goals, and is now No. 1 all-time for points in program history with 200.
Maryland’s offense has been unproductive as of late, and the opening quarter against Villanova was no different. Mistimed passes, errant shots and a sluggish pace plagued the start of the game for the attack. The Terps worked it around plenty, but didn’t penetrate enough to create easy looks.
In the Terps’ first possession of the game, the attack swung it around the perimeter before Heacock settled on an ill-advised shot from outside. Junior Connor Kelly notched the Terps’ first goal following a nasty spin move on a ‘Nova defender, but that was all the offense had going for it.
Three different players got on the board for the Wildcats and early, as Saturday marked the first win over Maryland in program history.
The second quarter only got worse for Maryland’s defense, as the Wildcats wasted no time scoring three straight to give themselves a cushy 6-1 lead well into the second quarter.
Able to cut the lead 7-4 by halftime thanks to a 3-1 scoring run, the more telling stat is how the Terps generated that offense. Maryland’s four first-half goals all came unassisted, while the Wildcats’ registered six assists on their seven goals.
‘Nova appeared to be running away with the contest with 10-5 lead by the third quarter, but goals by Tim Rotanz and Dylan Maltz gave life to the bench and the offense.
This is when Rambo put the team on his back, scoring three straight to bring Maryland within one before Tim Rotanz equalized it at 12-12 heading into overtime.
Seibel, with a man draped on him and his back turned to goalie Dan Morris, let one fly and it found the back of the net.
This will be a tough one for Maryland to swallow, and the Terps drop to 4-2 on the season.
Three Things to Know
1. The Terps have Matt Rambo to thank. The Terps were dead to rights on their way to a second straight loss, but Rambo kicked it into overdrive. The senior notched three unassisted goals, and was a man possessed who wouldn’t go down fighting. If the Terps had won, it would’ve been because of him.
2. Jon Garino picked up the slack at faceoff. The senior came into the game with just five appearances at the X, but he played like the every-week starter. Garino finished 15-for-18 on the day, and was almost the difference maker in an otherwise stellar performance.
3. Maryland still didn’t share the ball
Coming into the game, the Terps had registered assists on 40 of the team’s 66 goals. Kelly and Jared Bernhardt were the only players with assists, and Maryland registered just two assists on their 12 goals scored.