Maryland Lacrosse: Terps win share of Big Ten title

The Maryland lacrosse team continued their reign of terror on Sunday evening.

With a 10-8 win over Ohio State, the Terrapins clinched at least a share of the Big Ten regular season title.

Star attackman Matt Rambo led the way for Maryland with a five-point effort (two goals & three assists) while Bryan Cole and Colin Heacock each chipped in with two goals apiece. Maryland used a 7-0 scoring run spanning from the second to third quarter to help pave their way to victory.

The Buckeyes definitely gave the Terps all they could handle in the opening quarter. Ohio State held a 5-3 lead shortly after the second quarter began thanks to unassisted goals from Carter Brown, Trevor Hodgins, and Johnny Pearson.

Then the tide changed for Maryland.

With 5:36 left in the first half, Rambo took the ball behind the cage and spun off a pair of defenders before darting towards the cage. He drew the defense and Ohio State never slid to pick up a wide-open Henry West, who buried his ninth goal of the season to cut the deficit to 5-4.

Cole added a pair of goals in the final 3:03 of the second quarter to give the Terps a 6-5 lead at halftime. He was also one of seven Maryland players to scoop up multiple ground balls on the night.

The run continued as the second half began and Maryland started on a man-up advantage. Connor Kelly was behind the net and found Rambo wide open with no Buckeyes near him. Rambo stepped into a scorching shot that made its way past goalie Tom Carey to get the scoring started.

Heacock also came to play as he has all season for the Terps. The junior attackman recorded his first tally with 12:14 left in the third quarter as he made his way around a pick and was able to step in front for the goal.

With 5:26 remaining in the quarter, Heacock scored once again on a slam dunk goal. Rambo went around a pick from Isaiah Davis-Allen behind the cage before taking the ball right in front of Carey and dropped it off to Heacock for the easy conversion.

The Buckeyes did finally score with 3:26 left in the quarter to put an end to the Terps 7-0 outburst. Maryland held Ohio State scoreless for 24:42, which spanned nearly two whole quarters.

Ohio State did manage to add a pair of goals in the fourth quarter, but the damage had already been done by Maryland.

Maryland has a chance to win the outright Big Ten regular season title when they face Johns Hopkins on Saturday.