The Maryland lacrosse team got all they could handle from Albany on Wednesday.
The Terps edged Albany 10-7 on Wednesday in a hard-fought battle.
Maryland were led by attackman Matt Rambo and midfielder Bryan Cole, who both had three-point performances. Attackman Colin Heacock also found the back of the cage twice in the win.
The Terps were very methodical in the early going and were content with stretching out their possessions until the right became available. It seemed to work wonders as Maryland finally scored with 9:41 remaining in the opening quarter.
Rambo made his way to the outside of the hash marks before firing a bounce pass over to Lucas Gradinger. Gradinger then delivered the extra pass to attackman Tim Rotanz, who stepped into a strong shot to beat Blaze Riorden to give the Terps a 1-0 lead.
Just over a minute later, attackman Dylan Maltz made his way from behind the cage and rifled an unassisted goal past Riorden. The goal was Maltz’s seventh tally of the season and was part of a two-point evening.
The Terps took a 7-3 into halftime after second quarter goals from Cole, Rambo, and Rotanz. Maryland outshot Albany 25-8 in the first half, which was part of the reason for the commanding halftime advantage.
However, the Great Danes would not go quietly.
Albany found the back of the cages three times in the third quarter. Sean Eccles, Seth Oakes, and John Maloney each scored a goal for the Great Danes to cut the lead to 7-6 heading into the final quarter.
Part of the reason for their resurgence was the fact that Riorden was getting the ball out quickly, which allowed Albany to get down the field in a hurry.
Once the fourth quarter began, Maryland seemed to get back on track.
After Austin Henningsen won one of his 16 face-offs to start off the fourth quarter, Maryland was found to find the back of the cage on their first possession of the quarter. Cole took a hand-off pass and made his way outside the hash marks. He drew the defense to his side and dished the ball back out to midfielder Connor Kelly for the wide-open goal to put Maryland up 8-6.
About three minutes later, Albany’s A.J. Kluck was assessed a one-minute slashing penalty. On the man-up advantage, precision passing allowed Rambo to find Heacock right in the slot for the easy goal to make it 9-6 with 11:01 left in the game.
That sealed the game for Maryland.
The Terps currently have won three consecutive games after falling to Notre Dame and Yale early on. Maryland returns to the field on Saturday, March 26 for a 2:00 p.m. tilt against North Carolina.