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Ball movement key in Terps win over Penn

By: Charlie Wright

Faceoff specialist Joe Garino had a lot of success at the X and helped Maryland control possession for long stretches of time without Penn even getting an opportunity.

Faceoff specialist Jon Garino had a lot of success at the X and helped Maryland control possession for long stretches of time without Penn even getting an opportunity.

Maryland seemed to learn their lesson from their loss to Yale. When Maryland fell on Saturday, they were stagnant on offense and failed to top double-digit goals for the second game in a row. Tuesday was a different story, as the No. 10 Terps cruised to an 11-7 victory over No. 11 Penn.

The offense came out firing, with a goal on their first possession for the third consecutive game. But it wasn’t smooth sailing right away. The Terps would then have three straight scores negated, by an illegal screen and two crease violations, respectively. Then, Matt Rambo found the back of the net for the fourth time this season and Penn did not have the ball on their offensive end until there were less than 10 minutes left in the first quarter. Meanwhile, Joe LoCascio and Jay Carlson added to the goal total.

The key was excellent passing and movement away from the ball, which created open shots and easy looks.

“Getting off to a good start and getting four in the first quarter I thought was good. I think so much of it was ball movement, ball movement, ball movement,” coach John Tillman said.

Rambo finished with three goals and also added two assists. It was his penetration and quick passing that created opportunities on offense. The Terps had seven assists on the day, which is one more than their goal total from Saturday.

“It was what we wanted. Sharing it, moving, just everybody getting involved and not letting the ball die…which is what happened on Saturday,” Tillman said.

As for the defense, a strength in the first two games, it was solid once again. The Quakers went just 7-for-26 shooting, and goalie Kyle Bernlohr made eight saves. Penn’s offense was stifled, save for the performance by Joe McCallion. The midfielder scored four times, twice in each half. He kept the Quakers in the game, cutting the deficit to 3-2 in the first quarter, although that would be as close as they would get.

“He’s an accurate shooter, it’s tough to read. That kid could bring it,” Bernlohr said on facing McCallion.

Bernlohr, who last week was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, gave up three goals in the first quarter but just four the rest of the way.

“I started making a few saves and it kind of builds your momentum. It’s a big confidence position, so once I got a few down I started feeling a little bit better,” he said.

Bernlohr received help from Jon Garino, who went 14 for 22 from the X and kept possession with the Terps for the majority of the game. Garino was pressed into service in the second half against Yale, after faceoff stud Charlie Raffa struggled. Raffa did not dress against Penn because of injury, and Garino filled in admirably.

“He was really good on the whistle, he was really disciplined,” Tillman said. “When we’re getting faceoff wins that makes a big difference.”

Tillman added he felt Raffa could have played today in an “emergency situation,” and his condition will be reevaluated before Saturday’s contest against Drexel. As for Garino, he’ll be ready.

“When it’s my time to step up, it’s something I have to be prepared to do. I just go out there and try to do my job,” Garino said.

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Charlie Wright

Staff Writer
Charlie is a lifelong sports fan who grew up cheering for hometown teams. He developed a passion for writing in high school and chose to pursue the profession in college. Charlie followed most of his family to the University of Maryland, where he is pursuing a degree in journalism. He plans to enter the sports journalism field after graduation, hopefully covering a local team.

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