Maryland men’s lacrosse bounces back with 15-12 win vs. Syracuse

Maryland men’s lacrosse got back into the win column at home on Saturday afternoon.

It was a game of runs, but three goals over a four-minute span in the fourth quarter helped seal a 15-12 win over 16th-ranked Syracuse.

Five different Terps finished with multi-goal performances after posting 50 shots, their most since facing Virginia last season. “I just feel like we got better flow today. I think that was a focus during the week, just getting more people involved,” head coach John Tillman said after the win. “Everything was highlighted from stick work, our balancing of the field, decision-making, our patience and shot selection…today you could sense that the guys were in rhythm and in sync.”

After Maryland scored three goals in the first three minutes of the games, the Orange answered right back with three consecutive goals of their own. Maryland then scored the next four and took a 9-5 lead into the locker room, but the Orange cut the lead in half after scoring consecutive goals to start the third quarter. But Maryland would respond right back with Dante Trader’s first career goal sandwiched between Kelly’s third and fourth goals to extend the lead to five, the largest for the Terps all day. The Orange would again assemble another run heading into the fourth quarter, but Trader’s second goal capped off a three-goal run for Maryland to seal the victory.

Daniel Kelly’s four goals and two assists led the way for Maryland’s offense, while Jack Koras punched in three goals and an assist, while two-sport star Dante Trader Jr. punched in his first two collegiate goals. Luke Wierman left no doubt on faceoffs after winning 24 of his 31 attempts to tie his career high, while also scooping 12 groundballs.

With Logan McNaney sidelined and on crutches pregame, grad transfer Teddy Dolan made his first career start as a Terp and made nine saves. After Tillman cautioned that the news of McNaney sidelined for the season was premature, pessimism overtook his tone postgame when asked about his star goalie. “I don’t plan on seeing him anytime soon.”

Maryland now extends their home win streak to 20 and have won 37 of their last 39 games dating back to 2020.

Maryland will travel to Princeton next Saturday for a 1 PM start.

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