Sunday Recap: Maryland, Penn State Start Second Half of Season With Wins

(Photo Courtesy of Maryland Athletics)

The Maryland Terrapins remain undefeated, as they defeated the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 13-9 in a rematch from just two weeks ago to open up the second half of the season.

Jared Bernhardt continued to prove why he deserves, at least, a spot on that state at the Tweaaraton Award ceremony this May. The fifth-year attackman had four goals and two assists for six points in the contest to lead the Terrapins’ offense. Three of his goals came in the second quarter, as he aided a Maryland 7-0 run from late in the first through late in the second to help put them ahead 8-5 at the half after trailing 4-2 entering the second period of play.

Outside of Bernhardt, Logan Wisnauskas and Kyle Long each had four points with two goals and two assists, apiece. Justin Shockey went 15-for-25 at the dot and Logan McNaney made seven saves while Brett Makar held Kieran Mullins to just one assist – his only game of the season without a goal and lowest point output since being held to just one goal in the Scarlet Knights’ opener against Penn State.

Rutgers, who was led by two-goal outings from Adam Charalambides and Shane Knobloch, cut the Maryland lead down to two goals three times in the second half, including early in the fourth quarter following a power play goal from Eric Civetti and a full strength goal from Adam Charalambides to start the fourth. However, Maryland always had an answer. They ended the contest with two of their own following that two-goal Rutgers run to open the final stanza. Logan Wisnauskas put in the final goal of the game with 3:30 to play following a relentless ride from Kyle Long.

Turnovers plagued Rutgers throughout the contest, ending with 18 total (only 7 were caused). 11 of those 18 turnovers came in the second half alone. In contrast, Maryland committed 19 turnovers with 10 of them being caused. Additionally, Maryland outshot Rutgers 40-34 and had seven assisted goals opposed to just one assisted goal for the Scarlet Knights.

Maryland moves to 6-0 on the season while Rutgers drops to 4-2 with both of their losses coming against the Terrapins.

Penn State Gets Revenge on Johns Hopkins

Just two weeks after suffering a devastating 13-6 loss at Homewood, the Penn State Nittany Lions welcomed the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays to Panzer stadium to begin the second half of the season, and Penn State was able to come out on top, 11-8. The win marks the Nittany Lions’ second of the season and first since early March. Penn State and Johns Hopkins both sit with 2-4 record after Sunday’s contest.

After a slow start to the season, Mac O’Keefe made his presence know on Sunday. The fifth-year attackman led the Nittany Lions with four goals and one assist for five point, which included two of the Nittany Lions’ three first-quarter goals to make a 3-3 game entering the second. O’Keefe added two more in the fourth quarter to help seal he deal.

Additionally, Gerard Arceri had his best game of the season, going 15-for-19 (78%) at the dot. Arceri was especially good in the second half, only losing one of 10 draws in the final two frames. Colby Kneese also returned to form after a lackluster day a week ago, making 15 saves in the Penn State victory.

Following a fairly even first quarter, Penn State turned up the heat in the second period and went on a four-goal run to close out the half and take the 7-4 lead. Johns Hopkins lone goal of the quarter came via Joey Epstein to get the scoring started in the second.

The Blue Jays outscored the Nittany Lions in the third 3-2 to make it a one-goal and tied things up at 8 with a Garrett Degon goal at the 12:52 mark in the fourth. But while Johns Hopkins was able to come back and tie it, they would never be able to regain a lead as Penn State ended the contest with three of their own, including a full strength and power play goal from O’Keefe. Jack Traynor put in the final goal of the contest to put the cherry on top for the home squad.

Cole Williams, who was moved back to attack today, led Johns Hopkins with two goals and one assist. Josh Kirson made nine saves to anchor the Blue Jays’ defense.

Other Scores

  • In their first game back after a two week pause, the Navy Midshipmen held off the Bucknell Bison 13-10. Spencer Rees recorded 17 saves in the win for Navy.
  • Tommy Schelling put up six points (5G/1A) to lead Lehigh past Colgate 15-10.

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