ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Maryland men’s lacrosse underclassmen contingency of Jared Bernhardt, Logan Wisnauskas and Bubba Fairman combined for 12 points in a methodical 12-9 victory over 4th-seeded Rutgers in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals Saturday evening in Ann Arbor.
The win propelled the Terrapins (12-2) to the Big Ten Championship game, where it will face the winner of Johns Hopkins and Ohio State Saturday night at 7 pm in Big Ten Network.
Senior Dan Morris was sensational in net for the Terps, making seven second half saves en route to a 12-save effort.
Wisnauskas matched his career-high with five points in the game, including a career-best three assists. Wisnauskas now has 31 goals on the season, which is the most for a Terrapin freshman since Joe Walters had 33 in 2003.
The turning point was late in the second quarter when Louis Dubick canned an extra-man feed from Wisnauskas to pull the Terps even, 5-5. The goal prompted a 3-0 run, including goals from Bernhardt and Fairman, which gave Maryland a 7-5 halftime lead.
Maryland would never relinquish the lead, as it played stout defense and held Rutgers (9-6) to a pair of goals in each of the closing quarters.