Sunday, May 17, 2015

Reaction, Photos: Maryland 14, North Carolina 7 in NCAA Quarters

Reaction, Photos: Maryland 14, North Carolina 7 in NCAA Quarters




No. 6 seed Maryland will return to Championship Weekend following a 14-7 romp over third-seeded North Carolina at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium Sunday in the last matchup of the NCAA Quarterfinals. 
The Terps dominated in all facets of the game against the Tar Heels - offense, defense and specials teams.  
Maryland’s shooters showed up to play Sunday, scoring a season-high 14 goals against the Tar Heels. Maryland junior midfielder Bryan Cole led the team with five points on a game-high four goals and one assist. Senior kiddie Joe LoCascio added a goal and three assists. Freshman Connor Kelly added three goals, working on second midfield.
“We wanted to focus on us playing fast, making good decisions, and I think we did that today,” Cole said. “Connor Kelly gave us a really good lift. It’s great to see that hard work pays off. The defense helped us play fast, which helped. Only giving up seven goals to a great offense is a great achievement. I think Coach Conry did well scheming this week.”
Special teams also helped key the victory. Senior face-off midfielder Charlie Raffa finished 12 of 19 at the dot, and junior goalie Kyle Bernlohr made 12 saves. Those matchups allowed the Terps to dictate tempo early in the contest. 
“The face-offs were going to be critical,” Maryland coach John Tillman said. “The wings did a terrific job. We shot very well. We shared the ball. Coach [Kevin] Conry did a great job with the defense. The slid and recovered very well and Kyle [Bernlohr] came up with timely saves. I’m really proud of our guys and happy for them.”
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