THE BEST! Maryland No. 1 wins national championship to end perfect season 18-0

EAST HARTFORD, CT — The Maryland men’s lacrosse team lives by the Be The Best mantra. On Memorial Day Monday, the No. 1 Terrapins showed they were their best ever, capping a perfect 18-0 season by winning the 2022 National Championship with a 9-7 win over seventh-placed Cornell. standings, at Rentschler Field.

Maryland set an NCAA record for most wins in an undefeated season by becoming the first undefeated NCAA men’s lacrosse champion since 2006, when Virginia ended a 17-0 campaign.

This is Maryland’s fourth NCAA title, previously won in 1973, 1975 and 2017 and the 13th men’s lacrosse national championship, winning nine USILA crowns. Overall, this is Maryland Athletics’ 47th national championship and the first since the women’s lacrosse program won its record 15th time in 2019.

In his final match as Terp, Logan Wisnauskas had four points on two goals and two assists. He became the first Terp to record 100 points in a single season, breaking the record of 99 set by Jared Bernhardt last season. His help on by Anthony De Maio first goal of the game in the first quarter set the record. DeMaio’s second goal, 48 seconds later, was the 100th goal of his career.

DeMaio led the Terps with a season-high four goals, his fifth hat trick in his last six games, all in the playoffs. He added an assist for a five-point game. He scored his 100th career goal in the first quarter, as he scored the last three goals of the first quarter – in the space of 2:09 at the end of the quarter. He had 17 in the playoffs after scoring 16 in 12 regular season games.

The Terps defense was excellent all afternoon. Goalkeeper Logan McNaney, the 2020 NCAA Tournament MVP, made 17 saves and finished with 61 saves in the NCAA Tournament. Maryland was suffocating and shutting down the Big Red for much of the day. Matt Rahill stopped the country’s top scorer, Jack Piatelli (65 goals entering the game), limiting him to one goal and one assist. Maryland held Cornell scoreless for a 22:15 span between the second and third quarters.

The other Terps goals came Jonathan Donville, Eric Maleverand Owen Prybylsky.

Kyle Long got three assists. For Maryland, all nine team goals were assisted, including the game’s first nine. With those assists, Maryland set an NCAA record for most assists in a season by a team, surpassing ALbany’s record of 204 in 2015.

Cornell finished the season 14-5. CJ Kirst led the Big Red with two goals.

 

Break down the action

  • Both defenses were solid early on as no one scored for the first 7:32 of the game before Cornell’s Kirst scored. The Terps tied the game as Malever ripped a stream of Jack Brenan with 5:47 left in the first quarter. Demaio then recorded the natural hat trick with three goals in 2:09. That put the Terps up 4-1 to end the period.
  • In the second trimester, Owen Prybylsky scored the first goal of the season to give Maryland a 5-1 advantage. Kirst collected one for Cornell before DeMaio added his fourth of the first half. Wisnaukas came on the board just before halftime to make it 7-2 at intermission. Cornell shot just 2 of 22 in the first half while McNaney made 10 saves in the half. All seven Terps goals in the first half were assisted.
  • Wisnauskas opened the scoring in the second half and Donville scored against his old side to make it 9-2. The Terps held Cornell scoreless for 22:15 before Aiden Blake scored with 4:34 left in the third quarter. The Terps led 9-3 after three.
  • In the fourth quarter, Cornell cut the deficit to two at 9-7 with four straight goals.

National champions

  • Maryland won its 47th national championship in all sports.
  • A total of eight different teams have won a title, with men’s lacrosse winning 12 (three NCAA and nine USILA).
  • The last team from Maryland to win a title was women’s lacrosse in 2019, when it won its sporting record 15th crown.
  • In the 2000s, won national championships in seven sports, including men’s basketball (2002), women’s basketball (2006), field hockey (2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011), men’s lacrosse (2017 ) women’s lacrosse (2000, 2001, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019), men’s soccer (2005, 2008, 2018) and competitive cheering (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010).

Maryland NCAA Numbers

  • It was Maryland’s 44th appearance in program history, second of any program, and NCAA’s 19th-best consecutive appearance.
  • Maryland’s first-ever NCAA appearance came in 1971 when the Terps lost in the championship game to top-seeded Cornell and former Terp Richie Moran. Moran died at the end of April.
  • In the team’s 44 appearances, the program is now 70-40 all-time in the tournament with 28 Final Four trips and 16 league games with four national championships.
  • Since 2011 under Coach Tillman, the Terps have appeared in every tournament, gone 28-9 and earned nine Championship weekend appearances.
  • The Terps are the number one seed in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time under Tillman (2016-17-18-22) and the ninth time in program history. Maryland is 22-6 all-time as the number one seed, advancing to the semifinals nine times.
  • Coach Tillman has 160 wins at Maryland and 180 overall. The other three coaches in this Final Four have totaled 139 in their schools and 204 wins in total.
  • The Terps finished the fourth perfect season as champions in the last 30 years, joining 1997 Princeton, 2005 Johns Hopkins and 2006 Virginia.

Wisnauskas watch

  • Wisnauskas finished with four points and now has 340 in his career with 205 goals and 135 assists. He is Maryland’s all-time leading scorer and scorer. He is third in assists behind Ray Altman (146) and Bob Boneillo (143).
  • With 205 goals, Wisnauskas is the fourth all-time leading scorer in men’s college lacrosse history. He surpassed Chris Gray (204 at Boston University and North Carolina.
  • On the NCAA men’s lacrosse all-time scoring list, Wisnauskas ranks 11th in career points. Next on the list with 343 is Joe Vasta, who played for the Air Force from 1983 to 1986. Chris Gray, who finished his career in North Carolina this season, is the all-time leader with 401.
  • Wisnauskas became the first Terp with 100 points in a season as he broke by Jared Bernhardt single-season record of 99 set last season.
  • Wisnauskas is now second in single-season goals in Maryland history with 59, behind Bernhardt’s 71 last season.
  • The Sykesville native has scored one point in all 75 games of his career.
  • He has several points in the last 59 games of his career.

Numbers to know

1: The Terps are the first team in NCAA lacrosse history to go 18-0 in a season.
• 2: John Tilman won his second NCAA championship, also winning the title in 2017.
• ten: Owen Prybylsky scored the Terps’ 10th goal of the season with the pole. It was his first of the season.
17: DeMaio scored four playoff goals with five hat tricks in the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments after having none in the regular season. He scored 16 goals in 12 regular season games.
16: The Terps notched their 16th streak of five or more goals this season, bridging the gap between the first and second quarters.
17: McNaney has made 17 saves and now has 61 saves in three NCAA Tournament games in 2022.
33: The Terps scored their 33rd goal by a non-offensive player (tight defenders, defensive midfielders and face-off men) while Prybylski scored in the second quarter.
41: Wisnauskas recorded his 41st career hat trick in the game.
• 43: Maryland have won 43 straight games holding their opponents to less than 10 goals.
• 57: Maryland added to its streak of 57 consecutive games with at least one player recording a hat trick in a game, dating back to February 2, 2019.
100: Wisnauskas became the first Terp to post 100 points in a single season, with a first-quarter assist.
100: DeMaio became the 17th Terp to score 100 goals in his career.
• 116: Maryland is 116-11 since Tillman took over the program in 2011 when he allowed nine or fewer goals for a .913 winning percentage.
• 139: Since Tillman took over the program in 2011, Maryland has won 139 of 155 games in which it has scored 10 or more goals for an .897 winning percentage.
• 160: Wierman now has 160 ground balls to rank second in single-season ground balls, just behind Andy Claxton with 171 in 1991.
• 205: The Terps set an NCAA record for most assists in a season with nine on Monday, surpassing Albany’s record of 204 in 2015.
205: Wisnauskas has scored two goals, more than the fourth career goal in NCAA history.
• 298: Wierman continues to add to his school record for head-to-head wins in a season, with 13 wins on Monday to give him 298.
• 451: Wierman also added to his school record for faceoffs taken of 451 with 20 on Monday.

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