Maryland men's lacrosse obliterated Princeton to the tune of a 17-5 win Saturday afternoon in Tiger territory.
Midfielder Colin Heacock led the Terps in scoring with his third hat trick on the season, and appears to be the team's offensive focal point with 12 goals through Maryland's first five games.
Dylan Maltz, Connor Kelly and UMBC transfer Pat Young each contributed a pair of goals in the well-rounded effort.
The Terps looked unstoppable from start to finish, opening up a 6-1 lead off of six different scorers in the first quarter alone. With 11 first half goals scored at an efficient clip, it's evident that Maryland's early season struggles are well behind them.
Despite their commanding lead, the Terps never took their foot off the gas pedal, scoring at ease on essentially every possession. Maryland tallied on six more goals in the second half, extending the lead so far that All-American goalkeeper Kyle Bernlohr was pulled for the second time this season, giving Dan Morris some valuable time between the posts to finish the game.
Three Things to Know:
1. As predicted, Maryland's offense figured it out: Concerns about the Terps' offense circulated after John Tillman's unit churned out just nine combined goals against powerhouses Yale and Notre Dame. The offense would stop at just one player, before an ill-advised shot would stall the offense even longer. In their current two game winning streak, the Terps have put up 29 goals and have done so with ease. Maryland worked the ball inside and out cleanly against Princeton, leading to 12 different scorers on the afternoon. Whatever Tillman's changed about the offense, it seems to be working.
2. Faceoffs will not be a problem: With the departure of senior faceoff Charlie Raffa in the offseason, Tillman originally said that they'd role with a committee of faceoffs to fill the void. However, Freshman Austin Henningsen has proved that he's not only a solid replacement, but can be the go-to man to start the possession. The New York native boasts a 64-percent advantage on his face-offs, showing plenty of poise in a position that was up in the air for most of the offseason. Against Princeton, Henningsen corralled half the faceoffs and notched his first goal on the season.
3. Maryland needs a home game: The Terps are 3-2 on the season, but have played just one home game in their home opener against High Point. After four straight road gamesâMaryland going 2-2âthe Terps will get a much-needed match in Byrd Stadium for the first time in about a month. They'll take on Albany, ranked No. 15 and coming off a dominant 16-4 win over UMass.