Terps Finish a Perfect 12-0 Big Ten Conference Season Defeating Hopkins 12-10 for the Big Ten Championship

from Keith Snedden at umterps.com

The #1-ranked and undefeated Maryland men’s lacrosse team won its third Big Ten Tournament Championship on Saturday night at Panzer Stadium, rallying to beat Johns Hopkins, 12-10. The Terps (12-0) have captured the Big Ten Conference’s automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament as the bracket and seeding will be unveiled on Sunday night at 9 p.m., on ESPNU.
Kyle Long’s goal with 5:34 left in the fourth quarter gave Maryland the lead for good at 10-9 as the Terps reeled off five goals in a row in the second half to rally from a 9-6 deficit early in the third quarter. Daniel Maltz scored a team-high three goals, including two in the decisive fourth quarter.

Jared Bernhardt was named the Tournament MVP after recording 10 goals and three assists for 13 points in the event.

– Maryland won its third Big Ten Tournament title and first since 2017. The Terps’ other title came in 2016.
– Overall, this is Maryland’s 43rd men’s lacrosse conference championship, including regular-season and tournament titles.
– This is Maryland’s seventh conference tournament championship, winning the ACC Tournament four times (1998, 2004, 2005, 2011) in addition to the three Big Ten crowns (2016, 2017, 2021).

– Maryland beat Johns Hopkins for the third time this season, winning twice in the regular-season, 18-10 on March 6 and 14-13 on April 24.
– This season marked the first time since The Rivalry started in 1924 that the teams played three times in the same season – with Maryland winning all three games.
– Johns Hopkins leads the all-time series 67-47-1.
– Maryland lost both of its previous meetings with Hopkins in the Big Ten Tournament with the Blue Jays eliminating Maryland in the Semifinals in both 2018 and 2019.

– At 12-0, Maryland is off to its best start since after starting 12-0 in 1987. That season ended at 12-1 with a loss to Johns Hopkins in the NCAA Semifinals.
– Maryland has never started a season 13-0 as they would be able to do in the NCAA Tournament next week.
– The last time Maryland had an undefeated season was in 1973, when the NCAA Champion Terps went 10-0.

– Tewaraaton Trophy favorite Jared Bernhardt etched his name atop another Maryland record on Saturday night. Bernhardt set the Maryland record for goals in a single-season with two in the game, surpassing Mark Douglas’ record of 52 set in 1991. Bernhardt now has 53 and counting in 2021.
– Bernhardt set the record with his 53rd goal on a dart with 12:20 left in the first quarter.
– He added to his program record for career points with three and now has 266.
– His all-time program record for career goals is now 184 after tallying two against Hopkins. Bernhardt also holds the program record for goals per game with 4.42 per game.

– Hopkins led by three goals on several occasions at 8-5 in the second quarter and 9-6 in the third quarter before the Terps mounted their comeback.
– Maryland reeled off five consecutive goals in the second half to complete the comeback.
– Long gave Maryland its first lead since 4-3 with 7:11 elapsed into the game, putting the Terps up 10-9 with 5:34 left in regulation – which proved to be the game-winning goal.  Maltz tied the game at 9-9 with 11:17 left in the fourth quarter. Maltz’ third goal of the game put the Terps up 11-9. Anthony DeMaio finished the scoring with a goal with 21 seconds left.
– In the third quarter, down 9-6, Maryland scored the final two goals of the quarter on tallies by Bernhardt and Bubba Fairman to trail 9-8 heading to the fourth quarter.
– Hopkins’ Joey Epstein (three goals) scored the first two goals of the second quarter while holding Maryland off the scoreboard for nearly 15 minutes as the Jays were up 8-5 when Eric Holden scored his second goal of the season with 1:15 left in the first half to make it 8-6 at halftime.
– The teams traded three-goals runs in the first quarter as Hopkins led 3-1 after Jared Bernhardt opened the game’s scoring. Then Maryland ripped off three goals to regain a 4-3 lead. The Jays came back with three goals to retake the advantage 6-4 with 2:35 left in the first quarter. Logan Wisnauskas’ second goal of the game wrapped up the first quarter scoring with Hopkins leading 6-5.

– After allowing six goals in the first quarter, the Terps’ defense tightened up and allowed just two goals over the final 45 minutes and one in the final 44:01.
– That included a stretch of 27:17 of holding the Blue Jays without a goal for from 14:01 left in the third quarter until 1:44 was left in the fourth quarter.

– After seeing his goal-scoring streak end at 35 games in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinal, Logan Wisnauskas was back in the goal-scoring column with two goals in the game along with an assist for three points.
– Wisnauskas, who had four assists in that semifinal, now has points in 54 consecutive games, the third-longest active streak in the country.
– On the all-time lists, Wisnauskas stands fifth in career points with 221; sixth in career goals with 132.
– He moved to a tie for 12th on the all-time career assists lists as he now has 891, passing Ed Mullen (89) and tying Mike Hynes (91).

– DeMaio had two goals and two assists for four points has he extended his point-scoring streak to 38 games.
– DeMaio now has 29 career multi-point games and 12 career multi-assist games.
– Kyle Long had that winning goal and two assists for his 19th multi-point game and 12th multi-assist game of his career.

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