The Terps started the third quarter hot to take the victory against eighth-ranked Virginia 9-6. Sophomore midfielder Henry West lead the way with a hat trick for an offense that had goals from six different players.
Early on, the defense looked sloppy and the Cavaliers took a 5-3 lead into halftime. Maryland endured a rough stretch until the 5:58 mark in the second quarter, when UVA’s offense propelled them to a 4-1. It was an all-around effort from the Cavaliers, who also had six different players score in today’s game.
But Maryland turned it around in the second half, outscoring the Cavs 6-1 in the second half. Henry West was the difference maker in today’s game, where his three goals and two assists help the offense get it together and sparked the comeback in the second half. Freshman midfielder Connor Cannizzaro had another great game, scoring two goals and an assist.
Today’s win has only confirmed that Maryland is a legitimate championship contender. The Terps have beaten three of the four top-10 teams they’ve played this season and have done a great job coming out at halftime adjusting to their opponents. Head coach John Tillman has an easier game up next, hosting Robert Morris next Saturday, before they take on Johns Hopkins in the annual Maryland rivalry.