The University of Maryland Terrapins had a monumental weekend in their back-to-back wins against Delaware and Georgetown.
The Friday game against Delaware was not only Senior Night, but also perhaps the most electrifying game of the year.
The game started out dismally, the Terps unable to stop four goals that the Blue Hens unleashed upon the defense and freshman goaltender Tanner MacPhee. Following the first period, Kevin Russell, now in goal, let one more in before sealing the floodgates and becoming a main key to the Terrapins’ eventual success.
“I wasn’t ready for the first goal, but collected myself, and was good from there,” said the senior goaltender. Concerning the early deficit, Russell noted the precarious position his team was in. “Teams can go two places from there: they can just continue to get their butts kicked, or they can just turn it around and fight. And we fought.”
Helping the team to battle back from their first ten minutes were scorers Andrew Stewart, Dom Cuomo, Avery Clair, Tom Jaquay, and Tyler Glaze. After regulation and overtime, the game – still unresolved – went into a rare shootout.
Seniors Dom Cuomo and Kevin Russell came up big in order to win the shootout, and the game.
“It was a great effort coming back from 4-0,” said Cuomo. “We never lost the fight. Just battled back, and it was a great, great win.”
The Saturday game against Georgetown proved to be more of the same, as the Terrapins rode the emotional wave from Friday and emerged victorious in a 3-2 win.
“We match up pretty well with Georgetown. The guys that have been around here for a few years remember losing the ACC Championship to them so, for us, there is a little more motivation when they come up on the schedule,” said junior Jake Kaplan.
“We knew this game would be pretty difficult coming off an emotional senior night Friday. We made sure we were ready to go. “
According to Kaplan, the team is still focused on one game at a time, and aims to overcome opponents in this weekend’s Crab Pot Tournament before looking toward the post-season.