A great defensive performance led Maryland men's lacrosse to its first top-25 win of the season, beating Albany 10-7 Wednesday night at Maryland Stadium.
Senior Matt Dunn led a Terps' defense that held No. 11 Albany to just 13 shots on goal. Senior goalie Kyle Bernlohr saved seven shots, as the No. 6 Terrapins (4-2) never let the Great Danes get going. Albany is fifth in the nation in scoring average, but Maryland's defense was too good all game.
Maryland controlled the tempo throughout the night, with each offensive possession taking several minutes. The Terrapins moved the ball around, looking for (and often finding) cutters. Matt Rambo, Colin Heachok and Tim Rotanz each scored two goals to to lead the way.
Maryland faceoff man Austin Henningsen ensured Maryland had possession, winning 80 percent of his chances at the X.
Three Things to Know:
1. Possession is 9/10 of the game. The Terps dominated the tempo of the game, as they won the ball off almost every faceoff. After the faceoff win, the Terrapins could take their time on offense, knowing plenty more chances were coming. Albany, on the other hand, seemed to become impatient as the game went on.
2. Maryland's offense can take on any defense. After scoring five goals or less in losses to Yale and Notre Dame, two top defenses, there were questions surrounding Maryland's attack. The questions all have answers now, as Maryland has scored in double digits the last three games.
3. Maryland is tough. When Albany went on a 4-0 run to make it a one-goal game, it appeared Maryland may fold. But the Terrapins responded positively, scoring consecutive goals to put the Great Danes away.