(Photo Courtesy of Maryland Athletics)
For the fourth time in program history and second consecutive season, the Maryland Terrapins are Big Ten Champions.
During the night cap of a Saturday filled with conference championship games, the Terrapins defeated the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 17-7 to move to 14-0 on the season and likely, officially, lock up the top seed in the NCAA Tournament.
It marks the second consecutive season in which the Terrapins have gone unbeaten against Big Ten teams and will go into the NCAA Tournament unbeaten.
Logan Wisnauskas scored four goals and dished out three assists to lead the way for the Terrapins’ offense. Anthony DeMaio also had four goals and two assists for six points while Jonathan Donville ended the night with four points off one goal and three assists.
Luke Wierman went 20-for-26 (76%) at the faceoff dot and Logan McNaney made nine saves in the 52-plus minutes of action he saw in between the pipes. SSDM Roman Puglise dished out one assists, grabbed five ground balls, and caused two turnovers as he made an impact on both ends.
A five-save first quarter from Rutgers’ Colin Kirst kept things close through the opening frame as the Terrapins led 5-2 entering the second quarter. However, it didn’t take long for Maryland to fully settle in, flex their muscle, and roll.
With 8:06 left in the opening frame, Logan Wisnauskas got on the board for the second time. From that point through the end of the first half, Maryland outscored Rutgers 6-0 to pull ahead 8-2 and start separating themselves for the opponent. A pair of consecutive scores from Keegan Khan and Eric Malever that came just over a minute apart early in the third quarter made it a 10-3 contest and really started putting this one out of reach.
Maryland ended the third quarter on a three-goal run before scoring four straight through the middle of the fourth quarter to officially seal the deal. All in all, the Terrapins outscored Rutgers 9-5 in the second half alone and 12-5 in the final three quarters.