Top-Ranked#1 University of Maryland Men's Lacrosse Team Triumphs over Cornell University 9-7, in the 2022 NCAA Div I Men's Lacrosse Championship Game, Winning its fourth NCAA Men's Lacrosse National Crown..!
EAST HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT(SMI-SPORTS-UNIVERSITY, MAY 28-31)-The national ranked #1 and undefeated Maryland Men's lacrosse team defeated the 7-seeded Cornell 9-7, in the NCAA Div I Men's Lacrosse championship final game, winning its 4rd national title in program history, and finishing the season with a perfect record of 18-0, during a Memorial holiday weekend tournament at Rentschler Field in East Hartford Connecticut.
This is the 2nd NCAA Men's lacrosse title for the Maryland's Terrapins under the tenure of head coach John Tillman, and it's fourth overall in school program history.
Coach Tillman has managed to built one the best men's lacrosse program for the University of Maryland since he took over in 2011.
He has turned the Tarps men's lacrosse into a national powerhouse and amassed an impressive resume by leading the Maryland men's lacrosse team to eight NCAA Final Fours, six national title games, two NCAA national titles (2017 & 2022) and a spectacular 142-40 (.780) overall record.
Photo: John Tillman (Maryland's Head Coach)
The game started very even with both teams playing cautiously and trading counter-attacks back and forth in search of open holes in field for the first 7.5 minutes in the first quarter.
Cornell opened the score first at 07:28(07:32) through CJ Kirst, netting his 54 goal for the season to put the Big Red in front 1-0, with seven left in the first frame.
Maryland answered back with a goal on their own with Eric Malever scoring his 26 for the season at 05:47(09:13) assisted by Jack Brennan to tie the game at one with less than five minutes remaining in the quarter.
After tying the game, the Terrapins took control of the game with a solid defense and strong offensive attacks and in a span of 2:09 minutes, Anthony Demaio scored three consecutive goals to put Maryland in front 4-1, at the end of the first quarter.
Demaio registered his 30th goal for the season at 03:21(11:39) assisted by Logan Wisnauskas, 31st at 02:33(12:27) assisted by Kyle Long and & 32nd for the season assisted by Daniel Maltz at 01:12(13:48).
In the second quarter, the Terrapins picked-up where they left-off, controlled the ball offensively and neutralized the Cornell's offensive attack by limiting them to a single goal in a 22' minute time frame between the first and second quarter combined.
With two minutes into the second frame, Owen Prybylski scored his first goal for the season assisted by Anthony DeMaio at 13:00(02:00) to extend the lead for Maryland of 5-1, over the Big Red.
Cornell answered back a minute later with Cor Kirst scoring his 55 goal for the season and second of the game to cut the deficit to 5-2, at 11:49(03:10) in favor of Maryland.
The Terrapins kept the momentum going and with less than five minutes left in the second frame, Anthony Demaio and Logan Wisnauskas scored two more goals to put Maryland in front 7-2, at the half.
Demaio scored his fourth of the game at 4:54(10:06) and his 33rd for the season while Logan Wisnauskas registered his 60th goal for the season at 01:12(13:48), both assisted by Kyle Long.
In the third quarter, there were not any major changes on the field, the Terrapins kept the pressure and after continuos offensive attacks scored two more goals in a span of '42 seconds, Logan Wisnauskas scoring his 61st at 12:37(02:23) and Jonathan Danville netting his 31st at 11:55(03:05) with the assist of Logan Wisnauskas to increase the lead for Maryland of 9-2, over Cornell and what it appeared to seal the victory for Maryland.
With less than five minutes in the third frame and the rest of the fourth quarter, the Big Red seemed to resuscitate and scored five straight goals to get back into the game and cut the deficit to 9-7, but there was not sufficient time overcome the score which resulted with the Terrapins winning the game 9-7, over Cornell and claiming the 2022 NCAA Div I Men's Lacrosse title.
Photo: Anthony Demaio(Maryland' Scored 4-goals in the game)