Maryland men’s lacrosse took care of business against a familiar foe on Saturday, defeating Navy 14-9 in Annapolis.
Louis Dubick had his highest-scoring day as a Terp, hitting on a career-high five goals to lead the Maryland attack. Logan Wisnauskas and Jared Bernhardt did their thing as well, scoring three goals each, while Anthony DeMaio, Russell Masci and Bubba Fairman had a goal a piece. For the Midshipmen, Nick Cole and Christian Daniel led the way with three goals each, while Greyson Torain had two and freshman Jack Sweeney had one.
The Maryland attack outshot Navy’s offense 40-32, leading in shots on goal as well with 25 to Navy’s 18. The Terps also dominated on ground balls, winning the battle by a wide margin at 38-19.
Justin Shockey saw a return to the rotation at the faceoff X after not seeing any action on Tuesday, taking a majority of the reps this time around. The sophomore finished 16-of-23 on the day, with senior Austin Henningsen taking just three draws and succeeding on two.
Much like the Terps’ previous game, both teams started slow scoring-wise. Through the first 10 minutes, the lone goal had come from Dubick as neither team could find a rhythm offensively. Navy eventually picked things up, though, scoring three unanswered to go ahead 3-1. Dubick added another goal with five seconds left in the quarter to make it 3-2 after one.
The scoring continued to pick up into the second, with the Terps putting five past Navy’s Ryan Kern to give Maryland seven goals before the half. Goalie Danny Dolan was able to hold Navy to just one in the second period, getting help from pipes of the goal in doing so. The Terps headed into the locker room with a 7-4 lead.
Things began to tighten up into the third quarter, as Maryland was looking primed to pull away after a Russell Masci goal put the Terps up 9-5, but Navy was able to pull back with three late goals to cut it to 10-8 heading the fourth.
But the Terps were able to shut the door on any potential upset with some strong offensive play in the fourth and a few big saves on an EMO by Dolan. Dubick, Bernhardt and Wisnauskas all kept up the scoring, and Dolan kept to give Maryland a lead that Navy wasn’t able to overcome.
The Terps will head to South Bend next Saturday for their biggest game of the season to this point as they face Notre Dame.
Three things to know
1. Second-half offense! After a few suspect second half performances where the Terp offense looked a bit out of sorts late in games, Maryland put together its best second half of the season thus far. By scoring seven goals after halftime and holding Navy to just one goal in the fourth, the Terps were able to gain separation down the stretch.
2. Maryland’s attack unit looks very strong. With two spots on the attack set aside for Bernhardt and Wisnauskas, some wondered who would assume that third spot and how that player would fare in that role. Louis Dubick has shown so far that he’s more than capable of thriving in that role with his performance Saturday, which now has him at 10 goals through five games. Dubick being a legitimate threat offensively, paired with Bernhardt and Wisnauskas, makes this offense even more dangerous.
3. Maryland finishes February undefeated. The Terps are officially out of their early season stretch of games, going 5-0 against their February opponents for the fourth time since 2013. The win also puts John Tillman’s record in February at 27-2, and has the Terps firmly near the top of college lacrosse in 2019.