Terps Brave Nor’easter To Take Down Crosstown MCLA Foe

Top ranked Maryland (DI, 3-0) claimed a 10-7 victory over their DC neighboor George Washington University (MCLA, 2-1) on Friday night, despite 30 mile an hour winds and torrential rain.
In a steady downpour that lasted the entire first half, the top ranked Terps could only manage a slim 1 point lead over the Colonials, at 3-2.  Both teams struggled with sloppy stick work and early season miscues as the blustering winds and wet pockets wreaked havoc and sticks and visibility.
Were it not for GW senior netminder Jack Dunford, the host Terrapins could have  blown the game wide open before the half. But Maryland finally figured out Dunford and the GWU defense, netting 6 goals in the 3rd quarter and establishing a comfortable lead. The Colonials would add a few more goals in the 4th quarter before finally succumbing to the Terps and their smothering defense, 10-7.

In assessing both squads, Maryland’s dominance was at the X and on the defensive end, as the Terps pushed the Colonial shorts ticks all over the field. However GWU is a much improved squad and features several dynamic players. With a roster of just 22 at game time, it was evident that the Colonials were  missing several key players,  and both squads are hopeful this series will continue in the future.

On offense the Terps were lead by some strong midfield play, as 3 of the top Maryland scores came from the middies. Garret Krug lead all Terrapins with 3 goals, while Sean Escalante and Jake Friedman netted 2 goals each.

George Washington will continue to challenge the top local NCLL teams as they take on Towson on Sunday.

Maryland continued it’s winning ways with a 10-5 victory over the Blarney Lacrosse Club the following evening. Blarney, a local Maryland Masters Club Team, is comprised of several ex-Terp players, including several who played for the ’98 Maryland squad that went undefeated and captioned the NCLL Championship.

The Terps will host Delaware Club on 3/10 in College Park.

 

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