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Goalie Logan McNaney steals the show as No. 1 Maryland men’s lacrosse routs No. 12 Ohio State, 18-8, to win Big Ten title

COLLEGE PARK — Senior attackman Jared Bernhardt totaled seven points on a career high-tying six goals, and sophomore attackman Daniel Maltz added his eighth hat trick in nine games.

But their feats almost paled in comparison to the one player who scored the first goal of his career in the top-ranked Maryland men’s lacrosse team’s 18-8 throttling of No. 12 Ohio State Sunday evening before an announced at Maryland Stadium.

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Sophomore goalkeeper Logan McNaney’s 60-yard bomb with the Terps down two men because of simultaneous penalties in the third quarter highlighted their first 9-0 start since 1987 and their fifth Big Ten regular-season championship in six years.

It also was part of a streak of seven unanswered goals bridging the second and third quarters for Maryland, which has registered at least a 6-0 run in every game this spring.

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“It was pretty cool,” McNaney said almost nonchalantly.

With senior short-stick defensive midfielder Roman Pugliese serving a penalty for cross checking and junior defenseman Brett Makar flagged for tripping, the Buckeyes had a six-on-four extra-man opportunity for one minute with 13:32 left in the third quarter. But McNaney turned aside a shot (one of his game-high 12) by senior midfielder Griffin Hughes, and the Terps backed up the shot to regain possession.

With Ohio State employing a 10-man ride to try to force a turnover, McNaney collected a pass from senior defenseman Nick Grill, carried the ball a few strides, and then launched a shot from the 30-yard line of Capital One Field that sailed over graduate student goalie Alec Van de Bovenkamp and bounced once into an empty net that Van de Bovenkamp had just vacated stationed at the 10-yard line on the opposite end of the field.

“We just recognized they were in a 10-man ride,” said McNaney, who said he had not scored a goal since he was “seven or eight.” “I was taking space, and then the goalie came out. … I saw the goal open. Just decided to shoot, and it went in.”

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McNaney’s goal triggered a celebration among the Maryland players on the field and those on the sideline.

“I don’t think I’ve ever heard a 20-year-old scream like a 3-year-old, but that was a first,” senior midfielder Bubba Fairman quipped. “It was awesome. I think you could tell with our guys running onto the field how much that meant to us. And it gave us a lot of momentum. We practice 10-man all the time. So for our goalie to go out there and score and make the right play, it was phenomenal.”

Maryland's Jared Bernhardt leaps into Ohio State goalie Alec Van de Bovenkamp during a game Sunday in College.
Maryland's Jared Bernhardt leaps into Ohio State goalie Alec Van de Bovenkamp during a game Sunday in College. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun)

McNaney’s goal was one of at least four that the Terps scored against the Buckeyes when they went to a 10-man ride. Coach John Tillman said the team spends a considerable amount of time in practices dissecting how to attack 10-man rides.

“We know that there are certain teams that if you’re not successful against it, they’re going to do it all game long,” he said. “So you’ve got to be prepared. We try to be aggressive, and that’s usually something we talk about with the guys. Don’t be afraid to shoot the ball. When the goalie’s out and sometimes when they match it up the way that it is, the only person open is the goalie. So you’ve got to make sure you back it up, and you’ve got to make sure it gets there. Luckily, I’m not sure it was the fastest goal ever, but it got there. It was really good awareness by him.”

Maryland got its customary splendid performance from Bernhardt, who did not register a point in the first quarter as Ohio State sent two defenders and sometimes three after him. But he scored three consecutive goals in a 2:13 span in the second quarter to remind observers of his impact on a game.

“Jared just makes so many different plays in transition,” Tillman said. “So he’s going to get his opportunities, and he always has the green light, and we always trust him. So a lot of times for us, it’s just, ‘Hey, let’s make sure he touches it.’ He’ll make the right decision. If they help too much, he’ll move it. If they don’t respect him, he’ll take it to the goal. So it’s certainly nice to have a guy like that on our side.”

If there appeared to be one note of concern, injuries took a toll on redshirt senior attackman Logan Wisnauskas and junior long-stick midfielder John Geppert. Wisnauskas twisted his left ankle on Buckeyes freshman short-stick defensive midfielder Connor Cmiel’s left foot while backpedaling with 3:41 left in the second quarter, and Geppert needed assistance walking off the field with 9:57 left in the fourth.

Tillman said Geppert was bothered by cramps and pointed out that Wisnauskas returned in the second quarter and played in the second half.

Graduate student attackman Tre Leclaire paced Ohio State (4-5 overall and in the Big Ten) with two goals and one assist, but he also committed three turnovers while being shadowed by Grill. The loss matched the Buckeyes’ most lopsided of the season, but Fairman would not go as far as calling that the Terps’ most complete game of the year.

“I think we put a lot of pieces together. I think we have a lot of work to do,” he said. “I think in the middle of the field, this was definitely our most complete game. Our defense played phenomenal, too, and our goalie had a goal and a ton of saves. I think offensively, we can still work on a lot and get better. It’s not about who peaks now. It’s about who peaks at the end of the season. So we’re just going to keep working on the things we need to so that we can make sure we play complete games for the rest of the year.”

Regular-season finale

NO. 1 MARYLAND@JOHNS HOPKINS

Saturday, 2 p.m.

TV: ESPNU

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