A Nail-biter in College Park

By Connor Bell

As expected, the showdown between these two top 25 Maryland lacrosse teams would come down to the last seconds of the game. As the blue sky became black before a 7p.m. game that pitted interstate rivals against each other, The No.3 Terps knew they were in for a challenge versus the No.19 Greyhounds because of their history together.

Jay Carlson celebrates after one of his three goals in the Terps victory over Loyola. (Courtesy of UMTerps.com)
Jay Carlson celebrates after one of his three goals in the Terps victory over Loyola. (Courtesy of UMTerps.com)

These two squads faced off in the 2012 Men’s Lacrosse championship, a game in which Loyola handed the Terrapin’s their second straight championship loss in two years, but the Terps would not be silenced this time. A close game from the start, Loyola took a early two goal lead in the first period, but Maryland ended up tightening its defense to only allow one more goal that first quarter as the offense fired back with four goals of their own. This game featured multiple lead changes and ties, but the Terrapins lead for most of the second half thanks to a six goal output by the Maryland offense.

Fans everywhere thought the Terps had this one in the bag with a two goal lead heading late into the fourth period, but goals at the (6:17) and (5:45) mark by Loyola put the pressure on the Terps to find the strength to score another goal before overtime started. Then out of nowhere midfielder Brian Cole scored what would eventually be the game winning shot at the (3:05) mark as the Terrapins defense held off a final onslaught by the Loyola offense. This game gave the Terrapins 10 wins on the season as they travel to New Jersey to play Rutgers this Sunday.

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