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COLLEGE PARK – Career performances by sophomore Logan Wisnauskas and Anthony DeMaio were more than enough to lead the No. 4 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a thrashing 16-9 victory over No. 16 North Carolina on March 23 at Maryland Stadium.
After surrendering the first goal in the opening two minutes of the contest, Maryland (8-1) responded quickly with DeMaio scoring three goals in eight minutes, for his first hat trick in a Terps uniform.
The San Diego, California native added his fourth goal in the second half, establishing a new career high. DeMaio finished the game a career-high five points after assisting in two goals.
Meanwhile, Wisnauskas would be the catalyst for Maryland’s seven goals in the second period. The Sykesville, Maryland native was unstoppable in midfield all game long, setting up his teammates for easy scoring opportunities and finishing up his chances as well. He scored two of his four goals during the Terrapins second-quarter run.
“Both of those guys are more dynamic this year,” Maryland Head Coach John Tillman said, “so if you don’t slide to them and you leave them one-on-one, they can make some things happen.”
Wisnauskas added four assists, setting up a new career-high in points (8) for the sophomore. One of those assists went to senior attacker Louis Dubick, who capitalized in converting two circus goals. The Churchill High School alum would give Maryland an eight-point advantage heading into halftime after scoring his second goal off an alley-oop play from Kyle Long with 19 seconds remaining. Dubick completed his third hat trick of the season with a goal in the third quarter.
After halftime, senior Timmy Kelly scored two of his four goals in the first five minutes to start a mini-comeback for North Carolina (6-3). The Tar Heels would also score three straight, unanswered goals in the first four minutes of the final quarter. However, Maryland continued its possession-based offense to give the defense rest and hold on to the win.
With the victory, Maryland has won three straight games and have defeated two ranked teams before starting their Big 10 Conference schedule. They will hope to continue their dominating play when they host No. 1 Penn State on March 31.