COLLEGE PARK – A total of five lead changes during Maryland and Ohio State’s Big Ten lacrosse matchup could not prevent the Terps from defeating the Buckeyes. An offensive spike from both teams in the first quarter (seven total goals) made it seem as if the contest would be tight throughout, but the Terps’ offense […]
COLLEGE PARK – A total of five lead changes during Maryland and Ohio State’s Big Ten lacrosse matchup could not prevent the Terps from defeating the Buckeyes.
An offensive spike from both teams in the first quarter (seven total goals) made it seem as if the contest would be tight throughout, but the Terps’ offense intensified throughout the second quarter and it became the catalyst for the 10-8 Maryland victory.
“Not necessarily our cleanest game, but I thought we played hard for 60 minutes,” Maryland Head Coach John Tillman said. “Offensively, I think the guys were a little more organized and played a bit faster than the other games.”
Four of the five lead changes occurred in the first quarter, with the final change happening in the second. With 45 seconds left in the second quarter, Maryland junior attacker Matt Rambo set up senior midfielder Bryan Cole for a goal and gave the Terps the lead at 6-5. It was in between the second and third quarters that Maryland put together a 7-0 run and ended the third quarter with a comfortable 10-6 lead.
“We weren’t really pressured. We just had to play our game,” Rambo said. “We knew we would have our opportunities and I knew our defense would make huge stops.”
Rambo finished the game with two goals. He also finished with three assists, contributing two of them during the 7-0 run.
The Terps have proven to be successful in Big Ten play, yet the wins were far from easy. Their margin of victory against Big Ten teams has been two points or less. In an April 10 overtime thriller, the Terps managed to pull out an 11-10 conference win over Penn State.
“It’s a good conference. Every game seems to be one-goal games and this one was obviously tight,” Tillman said. “It just says a lot about all the programs and the coaching staffs. They do a great job.
“You gotta be ready every week. Ohio State has been playing everybody tough. I think they’ve had five or six one-goal games. We didn’t expect too much different and the game kind of started that way.”
With less than three minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Buckeyes fought their way back into the game. Senior attacker Carter Brown found the back of the net twice during a 3-0 run. However, just as the Buckeyes attempted to cut the lead even more, the Terps’ defense stepped up to the challenges and regained control.
The mentality of the Maryland program is “day-to-day” and focusing on what lies in front of them and not ahead.
“We haven’t actually really talked about it,” Tilman said on the 10-game winning streak. “The goal is to win every game and whether we’ve lost one or we’ve won one, we have such a narrow focus of just having a good practice, making sure we’re prepared with film, and prepare as well as we can.”
Before the Big Ten Tournament kicks off on May 5, the Terps (11-2, 4-0) will travel to Baltimore this Saturday to hit the field against Johns Hopkins.