With 115 degree heat down on the field and over 33,000 in attendance, the Maryland Terrapins ended the miraculous Brown Bears’ season thanks to Colin Heacocks overtime goal.
Maryland started out hot, going up 4-1 midway through the first quarter with goals from Heacock, Isaiah Davis-Allens beautiful step down shot, Matt Rambo’s only goal of the day and Dylan Maltz’s first. Brown answered with four straight goals to take a one goal lead. Connor Kelly tied the game at five to close out the first.
The Terps gave up two early goals to Brown to start the second quarter. Tim Rotanz and henry West would tie the game back up at seven a piece. Larken Kemp gave the Bears a one goal lead with his twister goal in the typical Brown transition game. Tillman’s squad went on a tear to end the third and start the fourth with five unanswered goals starting with Matt Dunn’s incredible thirty yard bomb on Browns ten man ride, followed up with a Heacock goal, Maltz’s second and third goals and Louis Dubick’s lone goal of the day.
Brown’s Bailey Tills and Dylan Molloy would give their team some life scoring back to back goals before West and Henry scored back to back goals for the second time, keeping the Terps’ lead at 14-10. As we all know though, no lead in lacrosse is ever safe. Lars Tiffany called timeout at this point for his team to regroup and to stop the bleeding. Whatever he said in the huddle at that point worked out well for his squad as they broke out with four goals thanks to Tills, Kyle Bellistri, Henry Blynn and Brendan Caputo to tie it at fourteen.
With 1:49 left in the game, Brown would win the face-off but Bernlohr would stop their attempt with a huge save. Maryland got the ball down to the offense and attempted to score but missed wide before calling time out with 9.03 seconds left. Rambo would turn the ball over with just a few seconds left in the fourth and Brown’s Jack Kelly tossed it down at Bernlohr to send the game into overtime.
It was a scrum for the ball off the face-off that ended with Maryland’s Matt Dunn coming up with the biggest ground ball of the game. Maryland got the ball on offense, subbed their main guys in and went to work on the Brown zone defense. Connor Kelly and Bryan Cole played a little two man game behind the cage, Kelly tossed it to Bryce who skipped it over the Brown defense to Rambo up top and he found Heacock on the crease wide open. Colin faked high once and buried it low on Kelly to send the Terrapins to the Championship game.
Maryland is now 17-2 this year, third one goal game win, and their second overtime win this season. The Terps will face their former ACC foe North Carolina in the NCAA Men’s Championship game at 1:00pm on Monday at Lincoln Financial Field.
Matt Rambo – 1G, 5A
Colin Heacock – 3G, 1A
Dylan Maltz – 3G
Connor Kelly – 1G, 1A
Bryan Cole – 2A, 2CT
Henry West – 2G
Matt Dunn – 1G, 2 CT
Tim Muller – 6GB
Tim Rotanz – 2G
Nick Manis – 1A
Isaiah Davis-Allen – 1G, 6GB, 1CT
Louis Dubick – 1G
Pat Young – 1A
Kyle Bernlohr – 11 Saves