Newcomers Khan and Murphy Lead Maryland Over High Point (recap)
Losing a player like Jared Bernhardt usually means a period of adjustment before things run smoothly. This is not the case for Maryland lacrosse. Fifth year player Loagan Wisnaukas was given the famed number 1 jersey in the offseason and yesterday he showed why. He had 5 goals and 3 assists in the Terps 21-13 season opening win over High Point. The Terps led 6-1 after the first quarter and never looked back.
Coach John Tillman continues to benefit from the transfer portal. Johns Hopkins transfer Owen Murphy had 4 goals in his Terps debut while grad student Keegan Khan (Villanova) added 4 goals and 2 assists.
In Annapolis Mount St Mary’s benefited from two Navy own goals to beat the Midshipmen 11-9. The first one was when a Navy defenseman didn’t have the ball secured in his stick when he started to cradle. It flew out of the stick and into the goal. In the third quarter a Mountaineer shot hit Navy goalie Pat Ryan and went into traffic in front of the cage. Eventually it bounced off of a Navy defender’s leg and into the goal.
Cormac Giblin had 5 goals for MSM while Griffin McGinley had 21 saves. Dane Swanson and Patrick Skalniak each had 3 goals and 2 assists for the Midshipmen. Xavier Arline didn’t play for Navy. The top recruit decided to play lacrosse this season after focusing on his football duties as a plebe. He is still recovering from an ankle injury sustained in the Army/Navy football game but should be back soon.
The other local team in action was Johns Hopkins. The Blue Jays beat Jacksonville 11-8. Jack Keogh had 2 goals and 3 assists while Connor DeSimone added 3 goals and 1 assist. The Dolphins were led by Max Waldbaum with four goals and one assist. Luke Millican had 17 saves.
Next week’s schedule brings two local matchups. On Friday night Johns Hopkins travels to Towson for a 6pm game. On Saturday Loyola travels to College Park for a noon face-off on BTN. Meanwhile Navy hosts Mercer on ESPN+ & Mount St Mary’s heads to Delaware. Those games are also noon.