Maryland Blows Out Michigan 20-9 in Season Opener
After 350 days off it would be a reasonable prediction that Maryland would come out a bit flatfooted, especially in a sport like lacrosse where repetition is the most important thing. But the exact opposite happened. Maryland flew out to an early lead, scoring five goals in the first quarter. From there, the Terps never looked back.
To start the second quarter, Michigan did get the first goal, but after that the Maryland offense turned on the burners. Five straight goals then came, three of which coming from Daniel Maltz and two of those coming on extra man opportunities.
In the third quarter, nothing changed. The Terps continued their dominance, scoring two more to start off the third quarter, the make it seven in a row. Michigan was then finally able to get back on the board after a 17-minute scoring drought but at that point, it was too late to mount any sort of comeback. The Terrapins were up 12-3, dominating every aspect of the game. Maryland then ended the 3rd quarter scoring three more goals to make it 15-3 at the end of the quarter. Michigan’s 8 turnovers in the 3rd along with Maryland’s perfect 9-9 clearing was simply too much to keep up with.
The fourth quarter did turn out to be a bit different than the three before it. Michigan was finally able to get some points on the board as Maryland was resting their starters. The Wolverines went on a four-goal run to bring the score within 10 for the first time since there were five minutes left in the 3rd quarter. Maryland was able to calm down though after that finishing the game on a 3-1 run to make the final score 20-9.
This offensive domination from the Terps was enough for the most goals in a conference game in 38 years. Back then lacrosse looked like a completely different sport.
Next week the Terps head to Happy Valley to play Penn State on Friday night. The start time is scheduled for 5:30 and the game will be broadcasted on BTN. The game preview will be coming next week!