Sunday Recap: Maryland, Lehigh Take Top Spots in Big Ten and Patriot League

(Photo Courtesy of Maryland Athletics)

The Maryland Terrapins have locked up the top spot in the Big Ten Tournament after taking down Ohio State 18-8 to take the Big Ten regular season title.

After things being all knotted up at 2 to end the first quarter, the Terrapins settled in and blew the game wide open, as they often do. Maryland outscored the Buckeyes 16-6 in the final three quarters of play, which includes a 6-1 second quarter to get up 8-3 at the half, to breakaway and put the game away. Maryland scored seven straight from the 5:02 mark in the second through the 8:07 mark in the third and ended the contest on a 4-1 run.

Jared Bernhardt tied his season-high with six goals and added an assists to lead the Terrapins offense while Logan McNaney made 12 saves and showed off his Steph Curry range, nailing a 60-yard bomb from the defensive zone to break the Ohio State 10-man ride. Oh yeah, and Maryland was two-men down when that goal happened.

Ohio State was led by Tre LeClaire with two goals and an assist while Jack Myers and Johnny Wiseman each had two goals.

Lehigh Grabs Top Patriot League Tournament Seed

The Lehigh Mountain Hawks defeated cross-town, arch-rival Lafayette for the second time in three days to stay unbeaten and lockup the top seed in the Patriot League Tournament, which the Mountain Hawks will play hosts to.

The win also marks the 116th win at Lehigh for head coach Kevin Cassese, making him the winningest coach in program history.

Lehigh overcame a fierce, three-goal Lafayette run to start the fourth quarter and cut the Mountain Hawks lead to just 12-11 with 9:16 left in regulation. Lehigh answered with two of their own in the final 8:21 of the contest to pull ahead 14-11 and secure the win.

Kalman Kraham got a shot off for Lafayette at the 3:38 mark to potentially cut the Lehigh lead back down to one, but it would ring off the post and the Mountain Hawks were able to retain possession and get two shots off before Andrew Eichelberger put in the final goal of the game.

Mike Sisselberger went 23-for-27, scooped up 21 ground balls, and scored a goal to provide a huge spark for the Mountain Hawks. Christian Mule’ had three goals and an assists while Andrew Eichelberger had himself a hat trick.

Peter Lehman had four goals and an assists to lead the Lafayette offense while Ryan Ness made 14 saves in cage.

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