THE BEST! No. 1 Maryland Wins National Championship To Complete Perfect 18-0 Season

THE BEST!  No. 1 Maryland Wins National Championship To Complete Perfect 18-0 Season

EAST HARTFORD, CT — The Maryland men’s lacrosse team lives by the mantra Be The Best.’ On Memorial Day Monday, the No. 1 Terrapins showed they are the best of all-time, completing a perfect 18-0 season in winning the 2022 National Championship with a 9-7 victory over seventh-ranked Cornell at Rentschler Field.

Maryland set an NCAA record for most wins in a season without a loss in becoming the first undefeated NCAA men’s lacrosse champion since 2006 when Virginia finished a 17-0 campaign.

This is Maryland’s fourth NCAA title, previously winning in 1973, 1975 and 2017 and 13th overall men’s lacrosse national championship, winning nine USILA crowns. Overall, it is Maryland Athletics’ 47th national championship and first since the women’s lacrosse program won its record 15th time in 2019.

In his final game as a Terp, Logan Wisnauskas racked up four points on two goals and two assists. He became the first Terp to record 100 points in a single season, breaking the record of 99 set by Jared Bernhardt last season. His assist on Anthony DeMaio’s first goal of the game in the first quarter set the record. DeMaio’s second goal, 48 seconds later, was the 100th tally of his career.

DeMaio led the Terps with a season-high four goals, his fifth hat trick in his last six games, all in the postseason. I have added one assist for a five-point game. He scored his 100th career goal in the first quarter, as he scored the final three goals of the first quarter — in the span of 2:09 late in the quarter. He had 17 in the postseason after scoring 16 in 12 regular-season games.

The Terps’ defense was stellar all afternoon. goalies logan mcnaney, the 2020 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player, made 17 saves and finished with 61 saves in the NCAA Tournament. Maryland was stiffening and shutting down the Big Red much of the day. matt rahill shutdown the nation’s leading scorer Jack Piatelli (65 goals entering the game), limiting him to one goal and one assist. Maryland held Cornell scoreless for a span of 22:15 crossing from the second to the third quarter.

The Terps’ other goals came Jonathan Donville, Eric Malverand Owen Prybylski.

Kyle Long had three assists. For Maryland all nine of the team’s goals were assisted including the first nine of the game. With those assists, Maryland set an NCAA record for most assists in a season by a team, surpassing the record of 204 by ALbany in 2015.

Cornell finished the season 14-5. CJ Kirst led the Big Red with two goals.


Breaking Down The Action

  • Both defenses were strong early as no one scored for the game’s first 7:32 before Cornell’s Kirst scored. The Terps evened the game as Malever ripped a feed from Jack Brennan with 5:47 left in the first quarter. Demaio then recorded the natrual hat trick with three goals in a span of 2:09. That put the Terps up 4-1 to end the period.
  • In the second quarter, Owen Prybylski scored the first goal of the season to give Maryland a 5-1 edge. Kirst got one back for Cornell before DeMaio added his fourth of the first half. Wisnaukas got on the board just before halftime to make it 7-2 at intermission. Cornell was just 2-of-22 shooting in the first half as McNaney made 10 saves in the half. All seven of the Terps’ goals in the first half were assisted.
  • Wisnauskas opened the second half’s scoring and Donville scored against his former team to make it 9-2. The Terps held Cornell scoreless for 22:15 before Aiden Blake scored with 4:34 left in the third quarter. The Terps led 9-3 after three.
  • In the fourth quarter, Cornell closed the gap to two at 9-7 with four straight goals.

National Champs

  • Maryland won its 47th National Championship in all sports.
  • Overall, eight different teams have won a title, with men’s lacrosse winning 12 (three NCAA and nine USILA).
  • The last Maryland team to win a title was women’s lacrosse in 2019, when they won their sport-record 15th crown.
  • In the 2000s, you have won National Championships in seven sports including men’s basketball (2002), women’s basketball (2006), field hockey (2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011), men’s lacrosse (2017) women’s lacrosse (2000, 2001, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019), men’s soccer (2005, 2008, 2018), and competitive cheer (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010).

Maryland’s NCAA Numbers

  • This was Maryland’s 44th appearance in program history, second-most of any program, and an NCAA-best 19th straight appearance.
  • Maryland’s first ever NCAA appearance came in 1971 when the Terps lost in the championship game to top-seeded Cornell and former Terp Richie Moran. Moran passed away in late April.
  • In the team’s 44 appearances the program is now 70-40 all-time in the tournament with 28 Final Four trips and 16 Championship Games with four National Championships.
  • Since 2011 under Coach Tillman, the Terps have made every tournament, gone 28-9, and earned nine Championship Weekend appearances.
  • The Terps are the number one overall seed in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time under Tillman (2016-17-18-22) and the ninth time in program history. Maryland is 22-6 all-time as the top seed, advancing to the semifinals on all nine occasions.
  • Coach Tillman has 160 wins at Maryland and 180 total. The three other coaches in this Final Four combined for 139 at their schools and 204 total victories.
  • The Terps completed the fourth perfect season as Champions in the last 30 years joining 1997 Princeton, 2005 Johns Hopkins, and 2006 Virginia.

Wisnauskas Watch

  • Wisnauskas finished with four points and now has 340 in his career on 205 goals and 135 assists. He is Maryland’s all-time leading point scorer and goal scorer. He’s third in assists behind Ray Altman (146) and Bob Boneillo (143).
  • With 205 goals, Wisnauskas is the fourth all-time leading goal scorer in the history of men’s college lacrosse. I have passed Chris Gray (204 at Boston University and North Carolina.
  • On the all-time NCAA men’s lacrosse scoring list, Wisnauskas stands 11th in career points. Next on the list with 343 is Joe Vasta, who played at Air Force from 1983-86. Chris Gray, who finished his career at North Carolina this season, is the all-time leader with 401.
  • Wisnauskas became the first Terp with 100 points in a season as he broke Jared Bernhardt’s single-season record of 99 set last season.
  • Wisnauskas is now second for most goals in a single-season in Maryland history with his 59, behind Bernhardt’s 71, set last season.
  • The Sykesville native recorded a point in all 75 games of his career.
  • He has multiple points in the final 59 games of his career.

Numbers To Know

1: The Terps are the first team in NCAA lacrosse history to go 18-0 in a season.
• two: John Tillmann won his second NCAA Championship, also winning the title in 2017.
• 10: Owen Prybylski scored the Terps’ 10th pole goal of the season. It was his first of the season.
17: DeMaio had four goals in the postseason with five hat tricks in the Big Ten and NCAA Tournaments after he had none in the regular season. He had 16 goals in the regular season’s 12 games.
16: The Terps had their 16th run of five goals or more this season, bridging the first and second quarters.
17: McNaney made 17 saves and now has 61 saves in three NCAA Tournament games in 2022.
33: The Terps had their 33rd goal by a non-offensive player (close defensemen, defensive midfielders and face-off men) as Prybylski scored in the second quarter.
41: Wisnauskas recorded his 41st career hat trick in the game.
• 43: Maryland has won 43 consecutive games when holding opponents to less than 10 goals.
• 57: Maryland added to its streak of 57 consecutive games with at least one player recording a hat trick in a game, dating to Feb. 2, 2019.
100: Wisnauskas became the first Terp to post 100 points in a single season, with a first-quarter assist.
100: DeMaio became the 17th Terp to score 100 goals in his career.
• 116: Maryland is 116-11 since Tillman took over the program in 2011 when it allows nine goals or less, for a .913 winning percentage.
• 139: Since Tillman took over the program in 2011, Maryland has won 139 of the 155 games in which it has scored 10 or more goals for a .897 winning percentage.
• 160: Wiermann now has 160 groundballs to stand second in single-season groundballs, second only to Andy Claxton with 171 in 1991.
• 205: The Terps set an NCAA record for most assists in a season with nine on Monday, surpassing the record of 204 by Albany in 2015.
205: Wisnauskas scored two goals, to more than fourth in career goals in NCAA history.
• 298: Wiermann continues to add to his school record for face-off wins in a season, with 13 wins Monday to give him 298.
• 451: Wierman also added to his school record for face-offs taken of 451 with 20 Mondays.

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