The full force of Maryland's offense was on display Tuesday in Philadelphia, as the Terrapins used seven different goal scorers in a 13-8 win over Penn.
Maryland men's lacrosse showcased its impressive firepower in the first half while proving it has a top-level defense in the second half. Matt Rambo and Colin Heacock led the team in scoring with three goals each, while four different players tallied assists.
No. 5 Maryland (6-2) started the game fast, scoring 10 first-half goals, nearly as many as they scored in their previous game, a 11-8 win over then-No. 12 North Carolina. Maryland scored a goal with less than 15 seconds left in both the first and second quarter, helping to create momentum going into the breaks.
The third quarter proved to be an offensive struggle for the Terps, as they scored only one goal in the quarter. Kyle Bernlohr and the defense stepped up for those 15 minutes, allowing only one goal. Bernlohr saved four shots in the quarter to prevent the Quakers from getting too close.
Penn scored first in the fourth quarter, but Bryan Cole's second and Matt Rambo's third put the game away for the Terrapins, giving them their fifth straight win. Maryland is now 12-0 all time against Penn.
Three things to know
1. Maryland's offense is hard to contain: Maryland may not have a facilitator like Penn's Nick Doktor, the nation's leader in assists, but they have no problem scoring. Everyone on the field is a threat to score or assist, preventing defenses from doubling down on one player. Penn's defense held them to only three second-half goals, but by that time the damage was already done.
2. The Terrapins can win low scoring games: Maryland's offense was clicking Tuesday, particularly in the first half, where they tallied 10 of their 13 goals. But in the second half it was all defense, as Bernlohr and Co. refused to let Penn gain momentum. Bernlohr and Matt Dunn, a Preseason Second-Team All-American, shut down the Quakers for the second half to secure the victory for the Terps.
3. Maryland's win streak could reach double digits: Maryland proved it was a top-five team Tuesday, finding ways to win even when their offense wasn't clicking. They play only one Top 25 team in their next four matchups, No. 20 Penn State, who is ranked this week for the first time all season. Their fifth game is against arch-rival Navy, who the Terrapins haven't lost to since 2009.