Maryland Survives Princeton to Advance to Championship Game

It wasn’t always pretty, but the Terps made plays when they needed to and Logan McNaney was outstanding as Maryland held on to advance to the championship game with a 13-8 win over Princeton.

After a lengthy lightning delay during the first semifinals, Maryland came out of the gates on fire. Keegan Khan had a first quarter hat trick to help give the Terps a 5-1 lead heading into the second quarter. Khan, who finished with 3 goals and 2 assists was crucial to the win cause Princeton started to get to Maryland. A turning point in the game was when John Geppert was assessed a 3 minute, unreleasable penalty at the end of the first half. The penalty not only killed any momentum that they had, but it potentially could have let Princeton go on a long run. Fortunately, the Terps defense only let up one goal, with a ton of credit going to goalie Logan McNaney.

McNaney played the game of his life yesterday. He finished with a career high 19 saves, and every one was needed. He made all the saves he should’ve made and a bunch of incredible saves to keep the Tigers from going on a long run. With this performance, he should be in the conversation of tournament MVP up to this point.

Logan Wisnauskas was his usual self, finishing with 4 goals, including his 200th of his career. His fourth goal gave him 203 for his career, passing Jared Bernhardt for most in program history. His goals, like McNaney’s saves all came at important points in the game and made sure that Maryland maintained a comfortable lead.

Entering Championship Monday with a perfect 17-0 record, the Terps will face seventh-ranked Cornell at 1 PM on ESPN. The two teams will meet for the first time in the Championship game since 1976 when Big Red won their first title.

Cornell enters Monday’s matchup 14-4 on the season after defeating Rutgers 17-10 in the first game of the Final Four. Jon Piatelli notched five of Big Red’s 17 goals to match a program-record 65 goals this season. While Terps’ goalie notched a season-high 19 saves in Saturday’s win, Cornell goalie Colin Kirst recorded 13 of his own against Rutgers. Despite a weather delay like the Terps endured, Cornell put the game away early and entered the fourth quarter with a 14-5 advantage.

On Monday, Maryland will make their seventh appearance in the NCAA Championship Game in the last 11 years and the 16th time in program history. Maryland is also just the second team in NCAA history to be 17-0, joining the 2006 Virginia who is the last undefeated national championship.