One year after a heartbreaking one-goal loss to Virginia in the NCAA men’s lacrosse championship game, Maryland defeated Cornell, 9-7, in the 2022 national title game to finish off one of the best seasons in men’s lacrosse history.
The Terps finished the season 18-0 and outscored opponents 318-162 on the year. After winning the Big Ten regular-season and tournament championships, Maryland ran through the NCAA Tournament by beating Vermont, Virginia, Princeton and Cornell by a combined score of 61-29. The Terps withstood a 4-0 fourth-quarter run by Cornell to win the title.
The last undefeated champion was Virginia in 2006.
“It’s not something we really talk about or think about a lot. All I wanted to do was see these kids not crying this year,” Maryland head coach John Tillman said of the undefeated season during a postgame interview on ESPN. “Last year, to see the tears, I feel so bad for guys like Nick Grill and Jared Bernhardt and all the seniors last year that didn’t get this chance, but our guys were focused all year long and I give them a lot of credit.”
Sixth-year midfielder Anthony DeMaio had four goals and fifth-year attackman Logan Wisnauskas, a Tewaaraton Award finalist, had two goals, but the best player on the field for Maryland was junior goalie Logan McNaney, who made 17 saves and 36 during the Final Four.
On a day when the Terps’ vaunted offense struggled with sloppiness (22 turnovers), McNaney stepped up big time to finish the job in East Hartford, Conn., the same place Maryland fell short last year.
“Coming in Friday, we had our first practice of the weekend,” McNaney told ESPN. “I can speak for a lot of the guys on this team. We walked out with some emotion, and we realized that we had to really work our butts off to get to this position and win today.”
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