It took 42 years, but the Maryland Terrapins have hoisted the men’s lacrosse national championship trophy for a second time in program history. After missing out time and again on ending the drought, this team did it.
The Terps took down Ohio State 9-6 in a drama-filled final at Gillette Stadium. With the win, the Terps also took home the double championship in lacrosse, as the women’s team also won a national title earlier this month.
It was a battle early on, but Maryland found its stride late in the first quarter and began to get separation from the Buckeyes. Ohio State got the first goal of the game at the 11:02 mark of the first quarter, but the Terps responded back quickly with a goal just six minutes later.
OSU looked like it wanted control of the game though, scoring immediately off a time-out and taking back the one-goal lead. However, Maryland answered back with four straight goals and led 5-2 at the half.
HALF: Maryland 5, Ohio State 2
— Maryland Lacrosse (@TerpsMLax) May 29, 2017
OSU struck first in the second half, narrowing the gap on a goal at the 10:53 mark of the third quarter. It was once again a short-lived situation, as five minutes later the Terps re-took a three-goal lead.
It was all Terps in the third quarter despite the scoreline showing the three goals of separation. That was in large part due to Ohio State keeper Tom Carey, who recorded five saves in the third quarter alone.
But, it was Maryland’s relentless pressure that eventually won the day. Ohio State couldn’t avoid turnovers in crucial moments and credit to the Terps for creating that pressure. The game wasn’t full clinched until the final minute.
That came from junior Tim Rotanz, who rocketed home an empty-net goal with 59 seconds left. Adam DiMillo and Dylan Maltz both had a pair of goals, while Matt Rambo and Connor Kelly, who were the Terps’ leading scorers this season — scored one a piece in the win.
Finally, the Terps were able to put a full game together in the NCAA championship game, winning it after losing the last two seasons in the same game. Maryland also breaks the curse of making it to championship weekend and not getting to done. That happened 10 times since the 1975 triumph.