COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Bryan Cole and Joe LoCascio combined for five goals to lead Maryland to an 8-7 victory against Yale in the First Round of the 2015 NCAA championship Saturday afternoon at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
With the victory, the Terps advanced to their seventh NCAA quarterfinal in the past eight years, and will face the winner of North Carolina and Colgate next Sunday in Annapolis, Maryland.Maryland finished the game on a four-goal run after trailing 7-4 early in the fourth quarter. The run began with goals by Cole, LoCascio and Matt Rambo, and was capped off by junior midfielder Henry West’s game-winning goal with 5:07 remaining in the game.
The senior midfielder LoCascio netted the first two goals of the game to help Maryland to an early 2-0 advantage.
The Bulldogs and Terps would exchange first half goals as the two squads entered into the locker room tied, 3-3.
Cole found the back of the net to open up the scoring in the second half. The junior midfielder finished the game with two goals and the game-winning assist to West, and is averaging 4.0 points over his last three games.
Following Cole’s tally, Yale put together a four-goal run of its own and held a 7-4 lead with 14:16 remaining before the Terrapins came storming back.
Maryland’s fourth quarter comeback was fueled by strong faceoff play from senior Charlie Raffa, who went 3-of-5 at the X in the final frame.
Junior defenseman Matt Dunn drew the responsibility of checking Yale’s leading scorer, Conrad Oberbeck. Dunn held the Ivy League tournament MVP to just one goal on nine shots.
Junior netminder Kyle Bernlohr finished the game with eight saves.
Rambo notched one goal and two assists, while sophomore Colin Heacock tallied a goal on an extra-man opportunity.