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Men’s Lacrosse Clinches Share of Big Ten Title

Top-Ranked Terps Defeat Ohio State, 19-12, Following Second-Half Rally

By Maryland Athletics Staff

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The Terps celebrate their victory over Ohio State in College Park on Saturday, remaining undefeated this season.

Photo by Zach Bland/Maryland Athletics

No. 1-ranked Maryland came back twice to clinch a share of the 2022 Big Ten Championship with a 19-12 victory over No. 9 Ohio State on Saturday at Maryland Stadium. This marked the Terps’ sixth Big Ten title and the second consecutive year that they earned it against the Buckeyes.

This season, Maryland is a perfect 11-0 overall and 4-0 in the Big Ten. Ohio State fell to 8-4 and 2-2 in the Big Ten.

The Terps faced their largest deficit of the season Saturday when they trailed the Buckeyes 7-3 early in the second quarter. Four Maryland goals tied up the game at halftime, 7-7. The team was later down 10-9 in the third quarter but used a decisive 8-1 run to pull away from the Buckeyes, outscoring Ohio State 12-5 in the second half.

“Guys showed a lot of fight and resiliency today,” Maryland Head Coach John Tillman tweeted after the victory. “Not our cleanest game but love the heart and selflessness of this group.”

Fifth-year attackman Logan Wisnauskas scored seven points—adding to his lead as the all-time Maryland point scorer with 299—and tied his season high with five goals. Jonathan Donville (one goal and three assists) and Eric Malever (two goals and two assists) each scored four points. Colby Smith led Ohio State with three goals, while Jack Myers had two goals and four assists for six points.

The Terps started the game with a 2-0 lead on goals by Malever and Roman Puglise. Ohio State answered with two goals by Scott White and Jason Knox to tie the game at 2-2. After Maryland’s Anthony DeMaio made it 3-2, Ohio State’s five straight goals were the longest run by a Maryland opponent this season.

Wisnauskas got Maryland back on the scoreboard after nearly 15 minutes of being held scoreless with two goals in a span of 1:46 to cut the Terps' deficit to 7-5 with 7:14 left in the first half. Jonathan Donville and Jack Koras scored to close to half and level the score at 7-7.

The Terps reeled off five goals in the third quarter as Wisnauskas (X2), Puglise, Keegan Khan, and Wierman all tallied in the third frame as Maryland took a 12-11 lead going into the fourth. Maryland also brought in 10 ground balls in the third quarter after brining in just nine in the first half combined.

The Terps then notched the first five goals of the fourth quarter as DeMaio, Malever, Wisnauskas, Khan and Jack Brennan all scored in the first seven and a half minutes.

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