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Rambo (@LaSalle_Sports) leads Maryland back into Final Four

Monday, 23rd May 2016

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/23/16
From Press Release

The No. 1 Maryland men’s lacrosse team defeated No. 8 Syracuse, 13-7, in the quarterfinals Saturday afternoon in Providence, R.I. behind a four-goal performance from Matt Rambo (La Salle, Duke’s L.C.). The junior attackman tied a career high in goals and points with six as he added two assists on the day.

With the win, their 15th in a row, the Terps (16-2) set a program record with their 16th win of the season and advanced to their third straight Final Four and fifth in the last six years. They will face No. 5 Brown Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia at 2:30 p.m.

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Senior goalie Kyle Bernlohr was superb from the opening whistle, finishing with a career-high 15 saves. Senior midfielder Pat Young and junior attackman Dylan Maltz also starred for the Terrapin offense, notching four and three goals, respectively.

Matt Rambo celebrates one of his four goals. The La Salle grad will make a Final Four homecoming  - Photo by Rene Schleicher

Matt Rambo celebrates one of his four goals. The La Salle grad will make a Final Four homecoming – Photo by Rene Schleicher

Syracuse (12-5) opened up the scoring to take a 1-0 lead early in the contest. Maryland would respond with a five-goal run spanning the first and second quarters to gain a lead they would not give up, never allowing the Orange to get closer than three goals throughout the game.

Rambo kicked off the Maryland scoring with a left-handed power dodge from behind the goal. Young, sophomore midfielder Connor Kelly and Maltz all added assisted goals to round out the opening quarter. Kelly would finish the day with two goals. Maryland showcased their unselfish style of offense with nine goals coming by way of an assist.

It was Maltz who struck first in the second frame off a Rambo assist in what would be a back and forth quarter. After a Syracuse goal Rambo found Maltz once more to complete the first half hat trick.

The Orange defense threw in a wrinkle with a zone defense, but the Terps were able to crack it as Rambo got underneath the defense and finished a Cole feed for a 7-3 halftime lead – one of four assists for the senior midfielder.

The Syracuse offense would build some momentum in the third quarter, putting together its lone back-to-back goal series on the day. Maryland took a 9-6 lead into the final frame.

The Maryland defense would limit Syracuse to just one fourth quarter goal as the Terp offense netted four to put the game out of reach.

Next week’s national semifinal will be televised live on ESPN2

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