The Maryland lacrosse team has had no problem producing on the offensive end throughout the 2017 season.
In Sunday’s 18-9 NCAA Tournament win over Albany, the Terrapins used an 8-0 first half run to run past the Great Danes.
Entering Sunday’s contest, Albany owned the top scoring offense in the nation. Star attackman Connor Fields, who is a Tewaaraton Award finalist, was limited to just four points on the afternoon.
The two teams jockeyed for position early in the first quarter. Maryland received early goals from Matt Rambo and Bryce Young, but Albany rebounded to tie the game on tallies from Fields and Adam Osika.
Then the Terps absolutely exploded to take control of the game.
Connor Kelly, Tim Rotanz, and Rambo were the three big reasons for the outburst. Each player added a pair of goals while Rambo contributed two assists as well.
Rambo put together his second consecutive eight-point game as he totaled four goals and four assists. The senior attackman recorded two goals and six assists against Bryant in their NCAA Tournament opener last Sunday.
In the first five minutes of the second quarter, Maryland found the back of the cage on four different occasions. Two of those tallies came courtesy of Kelly, who reached the 40-goal plateau on Sunday afternoon.
Kelly played like a man possessed throughout the bulk of the game. He was often able to dodge his way through the Albany defense and make plays all by himself.
Maryland also receive production from some unlikely sources during their eight-goal run.
Midfielder Ben Chisolm and long-pole defender Tim Muller each added a goal apiece for the Terps. Chisolm was set by attackman Dylan Maltz and Muller received a beautiful feed from long-stick midfielder Isaiah Davis-Allen.
Chisolm’s tally was just his seventh goal of the season while Muller’s was only his fourth. Maryland’s ability to get out in transition allowed Muller to get into perfect position for the long-pole goal.
Maryland’s offense is one of the best in the country and they’re clearly playing their most impressive lacrosse of the season. That’s something that the Terps are going to need to rely on going forward in addition to their smothering defense.
Maryland will face Denver on Saturday in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. The Pioneers currently own the number-five offense in college lacrosse, so the road to a national title isn’t going to get any easier.