Four goals from junior midfielder Colin Heacock and a three-goal run helped Maryland men's lacrosse defeat Drexel, 12-8, Tuesday night in Philadelphia.
Heacock started scoring just after the second half began, picking up a loose ball and firing past Drexel goalie Jimmy Joe Granito to give No. 11 Maryland (2-2) a 5-3 lead. Two Drexel goals tied the game up again with seven minutes left in the third quarter, but the Terrapins had more than enough firepower to respond.
Pat Young scored his second goal of the game, followed by Matt Rambo completing his hat trick with four minutes left in the third quarter. Redshirt sophomore Tim Rotanz netted goal number two on the day, and the Terrapins never looked back.
Heacock scored three more times in the fourth quarter, including with 1:38 left in the game to put the game out of reach for the Dragons (1-3). The four goals set a career-high for the junior, who came into the game with five goals on the season.
Senior goalie Kyle Bernlohr played well for the Terps, holding the Dragons below their season average of 10 goals per game. He had two big saves on the day, including one with less than three minutes left as the Terrapins were holding onto a three-goal lead.
Three things to know
1. Any Terrapin can carry the scoring load on any given night. While Matt Rambo is the Terrapins' star attacker, Maryland proved everyone on offense is a capable scorer. Heacock almost doubled his season goals in the win, and Tim Rotanz's two goals were his first of the season. Defenses can't game plan around stopping one player on Maryland, making the Terrapins very difficult to stop.
2. Kyle Bernlohr is for real. The senior goalie and reigning Markland Kelly Jr. Award winner prevented any chance of a Drexel upset, stopping the Dragons time and time again. Bernlohr looks to be in top-form already.
3. Maryland needs to start playing up to its potential. Beating one-win Drexel by four goals is not good enough for a team this talented. With a brutal three-game stretch against Princeton, No. 10 North Carolina and No. 15 Albany coming up, the Terrapins need to prove their high preseason rankings had merit.