Maryland men's lacrosse used a strong second half to beat High Point 15-10 in its season opener Saturday. Bryan Cole led the No. 4 Terrapins (1-0) with seven points, including a hat trick. Colin Heacock and Dylan Maltz added hat tricks of their own, as eight different Terps scored.
The Terps started the game slow, finding themselves in a 6-4 deficit at halftime. High Point's high-powered trio of Dan Lomas, Michael LeClair and Matt Thistle scored seven of the Panther's 10 goals, and appeared poised to knock off the heavily favored Terrapins.
Starting the second half up a man, Maryland found Louis Dubick in front of the crease. The freshman displayed quick hands by catching and shooting in one motion, scoring his first career goal.
The game was back and forth in the third quarter, with neither team able to take more than a two-goal lead. Down by two with a minute left, High Point freshman Alex Woodall won the faceoff and outran the Maryland defense, bouncing a shot between Maryland goalie Kyle Bernlohr's legs to cut the Terps' lead to one.
But Maryland would not let High Point get that close again. Redshirt freshman Nick Brozowski picked a good time to score his first career goal, as the long stick midfielder found the back of the net just four seconds before the third quarter ended.
The Terrapins limited the Panthers to one goal on six shots in the fourth quarter, and ended up winning 15-10.
Three things to know:
1. Maryland's balanced attack was on display. Not only did eight different Terrapins score, but over half of the goals were assisted. Maryland showed it has the capability to beat defenders one-on-one or through teamwork.
2. High Point came ready to play. The Panthers have yet to win a game, but they started the game like a team expecting to take down top opponents. They played No. 3 Duke last week and will face No. 14 Virginia next week. If the three headed monster of Lomas, Thistle and LClair keep performing, High Point is going to upset someone.
3. John Tillman proved why he is such a good coach. Down 6-4 at halftime, the Terrapins came out and scored twice in just over three minutes. They never seemed panicked or rushed, and used their superior talent to finish the game on an 11-4 run. Tillman's second-half adjustments changed the game.