The Virginia men’s lacrosse team will face a blast from the past on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Maryland was a founding member of the ACC since 1953, but in 2014, the Terrapins went in search of a big payday and landed in the Big Ten.
Virginia and Maryland last played in what was an annual rivalry game in 2014 — a contest the Terrapins won, 9-6. The Terrapins won three of their final five meetings with the Cavaliers. The rivalry resumes at noon on Saturday at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, New York.
Here is a look at Maryland and the route the Terrapins took to their sixth straight NCAA quarterfinal.
First round photo finish
Maryland entered the tournament unseeded, but on Sunday, the Terrapins knocked off No. 6 Towson in dramatic fashion. They erased a four-goal deficit and advanced with a 14-13 overtime win.
With three seconds left in regulation, junior Jared Bernhardt scored to tie the game and force overtime. With 2:21 remaining in the extra period, senior Louis Dubick buried the game winner to clinch Maryland’s first overtime win in an NCAA Tournament game since a 2016 semifinal win over Brown.
Sophomores Logan Wisnauskas and Bubba Fairman led the Terps with three goals each. Wisnaukas notched four points on the day, which set a new Maryland record for points in a season by a second-year with 74.
Senior goalie Danny Dolan finished with his second consecutive 15-save performance. This season, he has 182 saves and a .521 save percentage.
Trial by fire
This spring, Maryland (12-4, 3-2 Big Ten) faced many of the best teams the country has to offer.
The Terrapins own an 11-6 win over Colgate, which was No. 16 at the time, and a 16-9 victory over then-No. 19 North Carolina. Maryland also beat Big Ten rival Ohio State (then No. 9), 10-9, in overtime.
Maryland came up just short in a 13-10 loss to the No. 1 team in the nation, Penn State. The Terps fell, 14-13, in overtime at Notre Dame (then No. 19), and two of their losses this season were against perennial powerhouse Johns Hopkins.
Virginia (14-3, 3-1 ACC) faced its own daunting schedule. Four of the first five teams the Cavaliers faced this season were ranked. They won three straight overtime games against Princeton, Syracuse and Brown, they own two wins over both Notre Dame and North Carolina and they traveled to Baltimore and beat Johns Hopkins, 16-11.
Star power on both rosters
Last week, Bernhardt was named one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award, which is given annually to the top men’s and women’s lacrosse players in the nation. It’s the third year in a row that Maryland has produced a finalist.
This season, Bernhardt has three game-winning goals to his credit, including one in the Terps’ overtime win against Ohio State. He leads the team with 47 goals and is second with 73 points.
On Sunday, Bernhardt was one of five Maryland players named All-Americans in an Inside Lacrosse poll of more than 20 media members. He was a third-team pick, while Wisnauskas (42 goals, 33 assists), defender Curtis Corley, midfielder Roman Puglise (44 ground balls) and attack Anthony DeMaio (14 goals, 18 assists) were all honorable mention selections.
Virginia’s Dox Aitken (38 goals, 6 assists) was named a first-team All-American in the same media poll. Fellow midfielder Ryan Conrad (24 goals, 17 assists, 79 ground balls) and long stick middie Jared Conners (4 goals, 46 ground balls) made the second-team cut, and Michael Kraus (34 goals, 28 assists) was an honorable mention pick.
The winner of Saturday’s game in New York will travel to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia the following weekend to face the winner of Notre Dame and Duke in the Final Four.