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NCAA Lacrosse Championship 2022: Maryland Beats Cornell to Complete Perfect Season

Erin WalshMay 30, 2022

AP Photo/Bryan Woolston

The No. 1 Maryland Terrapins defeated the No. 7 Cornell Big Red 9-7 in the 2022 NCAA men's lacrosse championship on Monday at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut, for their first title since 2017 and fourth in school history. 

The win pushed Maryland's record to 18-0 and they became the 13th team in NCAA men's lacrosse history to complete a perfect season. 

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πŸ†PURE PERFECTION πŸ†<br><br>(1) <a href="https://twitter.com/TerpsMLax?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TerpsMLax</a> defeats (7) Cornell, 9-7, and completes the first perfect season since 2006! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NCAAMLAX?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NCAAMLAX</a> <a href="https://t.co/VawOzB0uEK">pic.twitter.com/VawOzB0uEK</a>

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πŒπ€π‘π˜π‹π€ππƒ - 𝐔𝐍𝐃𝐄𝐅𝐄𝐓𝐄𝐃 ππ€π“πˆπŽππ€π‹ π‚π‡π€πŒππˆπŽππ’ πŸ† <a href="https://twitter.com/TerpsMLax?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TerpsMLax</a> completes the 18-0 season with a 9-7 win over <a href="https://twitter.com/CornellLacrosse?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CornellLacrosse</a>. <a href="https://t.co/YrrN3Nb1qS">pic.twitter.com/YrrN3Nb1qS</a>

The Terrapins got out to an impressive start despite giving up the first goal of the game on a shot from Cornell's CJ Kirst with 7:28 left in the first period. Maryland bounced back when Eric Malever came around from behind the net to tie the game 1-1 with 5:47 left in the first.

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Malever Money πŸ€‘<br><br>Terps tie it at one apiece. <a href="https://t.co/Bznr245zza">pic.twitter.com/Bznr245zza</a>

Following Malever's goal, Maryland went on to score four consecutive goals, inflating their lead to 5-1 with 13 minutes remaining in the second period. Anthony DeMaio scored three of those goals before finding Owen Prybylski in transition for the team's fifth tally. 

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⏰ TONY TIME ⏰<br><br>DeMaio puts Maryland ahead 2-1 late in the first quarter.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BeTheBest?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BeTheBest</a> <a href="https://t.co/j5J1fJqZj9">pic.twitter.com/j5J1fJqZj9</a>

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It's Tony Time 😎<br><br>DeMaio scores hat trick to help <a href="https://twitter.com/TerpsMLax?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TerpsMLax</a> gain a 4-1 at the end of the first. <br><br>πŸ“Ί <a href="https://twitter.com/espn?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@espn</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NCAAMLAX?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NCAAMLAX</a> <a href="https://t.co/d4bGHO8RNz">pic.twitter.com/d4bGHO8RNz</a>

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OWEN PRYBYLSKI! WHAT A TIME FOR HIS FIRST GOAL OF THE SEASON! <a href="https://t.co/OACRN5oesS">pic.twitter.com/OACRN5oesS</a>

Kirst responded with his second goal of the game with 11:49 remaining in the second period to cut Maryland's lead to 5-2, but the Terrapins added two more goals from DeMaio and Logan Wisnauskas to take a 7-2 lead into halftime. 

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We know <a href="https://twitter.com/mikegolicjr?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mikegolicjr</a> loves mayo. But what about DeMaio???<br><br>Tony's fourth of the half makes it 6-2. <a href="https://t.co/Xwnaj6k3of">pic.twitter.com/Xwnaj6k3of</a>

While Maryland started the second half with two quick goals from Wisnauskas and Jonathan Donville, the Terrapins' momentum faded and they allowed the Big Red to get back into the game when Aiden Blake scored with 4:34 remaining in the third period to make it 9-3.

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Wisnauskas on 🎯<a href="https://twitter.com/TerpsMLax?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TerpsMLax</a> leads 9-2 and all of their goals have been assisted. <br><br>πŸ“Ί <a href="https://twitter.com/espn?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@espn</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NCAAMLAX?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NCAAMLAX</a> <a href="https://t.co/zy7pJ09oKp">pic.twitter.com/zy7pJ09oKp</a>

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DONVILLE ON THE DOORSTEP! <br><br>All nine Terrapin goals today have been assisted. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BeTheBest?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BeTheBest</a> <a href="https://t.co/4eH6tGfKtv">pic.twitter.com/4eH6tGfKtv</a>

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Aidan Blake with a quick-stick goal on a nice feed from John Piatelli gets <a href="https://twitter.com/CornellLacrosse?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Cornelllacrosse</a> on the board in the second half. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/YellCornell?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#YellCornell</a> <a href="https://t.co/FY236nf5s7">pic.twitter.com/FY236nf5s7</a>

Cornell dominated the fourth period, outscoring Maryland 4-0 on goals from Michael Long, Hugh Kelleher, Spencer Wirtheim and John Piatelli, but the Big Red's comeback fell short as they couldn't overcome the big first half from the Terps. 

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Michael Long nets one in for the Big Red ‼️<a href="https://twitter.com/CornellLacrosse?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CornellLacrosse</a>'s looking to rally in the fourth πŸ’ͺ<br><br>πŸ“Ί <a href="https://twitter.com/espn?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@espn</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NCAAMLAX?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NCAAMLAX</a> x πŸŽ₯ <a href="https://twitter.com/USALacrosseMag?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@USALacrosseMag</a> <a href="https://t.co/M5ARZO5rTy">pic.twitter.com/M5ARZO5rTy</a>

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Spencer Wirtheim scores the second straight goal for <a href="https://twitter.com/CornellLacrosse?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CornellLacrosse</a>πŸ‘€<br><br>The Big Red are three goals away from tying this game. <br><br>πŸ“Ί <a href="https://twitter.com/espn?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@espn</a><br> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NCAAMLAX?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NCAAMLAX</a> x <a href="https://twitter.com/CUBigRedGameday?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CUBigRedGameday</a> <a href="https://t.co/PbGNVnMspO">pic.twitter.com/PbGNVnMspO</a>

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HUGH WITH THE HAMMER πŸ”¨ <a href="https://twitter.com/CornellLacrosse?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CornellLacrosse</a> with back-to-back goals and trails 9-6 to <a href="https://twitter.com/TerpsMLax?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TerpsMLax</a>.<br><br>This is getting, well, interesting. <a href="https://t.co/AvUkmqFKM8">pic.twitter.com/AvUkmqFKM8</a>

Maryland goaltender Logan McNaney essentially won the game for his team as he remained solid through Cornell's fourth-period onslaught. He made 17 saves on 40 shots and made a number of key saves in the final minutes of Monday's game. 

It was the perfect end to a perfect season for the Terrapins, who dominated each of their opponents en route to the championship game, defeating Vermont, Virginia and Princeton in the NCAA tournament before holding off Cornell for the title. 

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