EAST HARTFORD, CT – Maryland’s No. 1 returns to the NCAA Championship Game for the seventh time in 11 tournaments and the 16th time in program history as the Terps beat fifth-seeded Princeton 13-8 on Saturday at Rentschler Field in the NCAA semifinals. Maryland is only the second team in NCAA history to go 17-0, joining 2006 Virginia, the last undefeated national champion team. The Terps will face seventh-seeded Cornell in the title game Monday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
Logan Wisnauskas scored four goals, including the 200th of his career, in the second quarter. His fourth goal of the game gave him 203 in his career, surpassing Jared Bernhardt for the most part in the illustrious history of Maryland.
Kegan Khan registered three goals, scoring the first three goals for the Terps in the game and finished with five points, adding two assists.
Jonathan Donvillewho will face his former school Cornell on Monday, had a goal and two assists for three points. Owen Murphy scored a pair of goals, in the space of seven seconds in the third quarter.
Maryland’s other goals came from Kyle Long, Bubba Fairman and Jack Brenan as seven different Terps scored in the game.
In order to, Logan McNaney made a career-high 19 saves. Pole Ajax Zappitello had four turnovers and two ground balls. Short-stick Fairman caused three turnovers, caught three ground balls and scored his fourth goal of the season from defensive position.
Princeton finished the season 11-5, seven different players scored one goal.
Break down the action
• Khan scored Maryland’s first three goals as the Terps took a 3-1 lead with 5:38 left in the first quarter. The Terps led 5-1 after the first quarter as Kyle Long and Bubba Fairman added goals. McNaney made six saves in the quarter.
• Princeton opened the scoring in the second quarter, but Wisnauskas responded to make it 6-2. The Tigers scored the last two goals of the second quarter to retire at intermission, 7-4.
• In the third quarter, Wisnauskas opened the scoring with the first goal of the quarter to make it 8-4. After a Brennan goal, Murphy scored twice in seven seconds to increase that lead to 11-4. The Tigers scored the quarter’s final two goals for an 11-6 score after the third. Maryland fended off Princeton on a three-minute penalty, allowing just one goal between the second and third quarters.
• Wisnauskas opened the scoring in the fourth with their third goal of the game with 8:57 left in the game, making it 12-6.
- Maryland is playing its 44th NCAA tournament appearance in program history and its 19th straight NCAA appearance.
- Maryland is now 69-40 all-time in NCAA Tournament games with three national championships (1973, 1975, 2017). Only Johns Hopkins (71) has more wins.
- The Terps are now making their 16th trip to the NCAA Championship game. Maryland NCAA Finals appearances: 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2021, 2022.
- John Tilman is now 27-9 in NCAA Tournament games at Maryland with seven Finals appearances. The 27 wins are the sixth all-time in NCAA men’s lacrosse history.
- The Terps are 16-12 all-time in NCAA Tournament semifinal games, winning five of their last six semifinal games.
- Maryland is now 21-6 all-time as the top seed, advancing to the NCAA Semifinals all 20 times.
- Wisnauskas (four goals) recorded his Maryland-record 40th hat-trick in 74 games in a Maryland uniform. It was his 14th hat trick of the season.
- He finished with four points and now has 336 in his career on 203 goals and 133 assists. He is Maryland’s all-time leading scorer and is now surpassed Jared Bernhardt for most goals in the program’s history. He is third in assists behind Ray Altman (146) and Bob Boneillo (143).
- On the NCAA men’s lacrosse all-time scoring list, Wisnauskas ranks 11th in career points. Next on the list with 343 is Joe Vasta, who played for the Air Force from 1983 to 1986. Chris Gray, who finished his career in North Carolina this season, is the all-time leader with 401.
- Wisnauskas is now second in single-season goals in Maryland history with 57, behind Bernhardt’s 71 last season.
- He is also second in most points in a season with 98, second only to Bernhardt’s record of 99, set last year.
- The Sykesville native has scored a point in 74 consecutive games, each in his career.
- He has accumulated several points in his last 58 games.
Numbers to know
• 1: The Terps are 17-0 for the first time in history.
• 3: Terps scored three EMO goals in the game (Khan, Donville, Wisnauksas)
• seven: John Tilman will coach in the NCAA Championship Game for the seventh time, winning the title in 2017.
• 9: Khan scored his ninth hat-trick of the season, scoring the first three goals of the match for the Terps.
• 11: Khan scored in 11 consecutive games, as he opened the scoring for the game.
• 12: The Terps scored multiple goals in 10 seconds or less for the 12th time this season when Murphy scored twice in seven seconds in the third quarter.
• 16: The Terps will be playing their 16th NCAA championship game.
• 19: Logan McNaney made a season-high 19 saves and now has 44 in three NCAA Tournament games in 2022.
• 32: The Terps scored their 32nd goal by a non-offensive player (close defenders, defensive midfielders and face-off men) while Bubba Fairman scored in the first quarter.
• 40: Wisnauskas recorded his 40th career hat trick in the game.
• 41: Maryland has scored 10 or more goals in 41 straight games.
• 42: Maryland has won 42 consecutive games by holding its opponents to less than 10 goals.
• 56: Maryland added to its streak of 56 consecutive games with at least one player recording a hat trick in a game, dating back to February 2, 2019.
• 115: Maryland is 115-11 since Tillman took over the program in 2011 when he allowed nine or fewer goals for a .912 winning percentage.
• 139: Since Tillman took over the program in 2011, Maryland has won 139 of 155 games in which it has scored 10 or more goals for a .902 winning percentage.
• 152: Wierman now has 152 to rank second in single-season ground balls, just behind Andy Claxton with 171 in 1991.
• 285: Wierman continues to add to his school record for head-to-head wins in a season, with 13 wins on Saturday to give him 285.
• 441: Wierman also added to his school record for faceoffs taken of 441 with 22 today.
• 200: Wisnauskas scored his 200th career goal, becoming the sixth player in NCAA history to reach that milestone.
• The No. 1 Terps will play in the NCAA Championship Game on Monday, May 30, against No. 7 seed Cornell at 1 p.m., in a match that will air on ESPN and air nationally on Westwood One Radio.
• The Terps and Big Red have played in the NCAA Tournament six times, with each team winning three. Maryland won the last meeting, 13-8, in the 2018 quarterfinals.
• The Terps and Big Red played in the title match of 1976, the Big Red’s last championship, as they beat the Terps, 16-13.
• Maryland Head Coach John Tilman played at Cornell under legendary coach Richie Moran.
• Graduate student from Maryland Jonathan Donville graduated from Cornell and was All-American for the Big Red before coming to Maryland.