In a hard-fought and determined effort, the No. 4 Maryland men’s lacrosse team overcame No. 1 Virginia in overtime, 14-13, in a match that truly tested the mettle of both squads.
The Terps were led by senior attackman Mike Preston, whose hat trick, including the game-winning goal in the extra period, proved to be the difference in the contest. Maryland’s offense was largely ineffectual in the first half, with Preston accounting for the bulk of their scoring in the opening stanza. But the Terps’ defense was stout in the second half, as they held Virginia to just three goals.
In the overtime period, Maryland continued to be resolute and unrelenting in their effort. With the game tied at 13, Preston’s goal with less than a minute to go in the extra period proved to be the difference-maker. His shot was precise and powerful, and it found its mark, sealing the victory for the Terps.
The contest was a testament to the tenacity and fortitude of both teams, and the victory was a huge boost for Maryland, who now has a record of 8-2. Preston’s heroics were the pivotal factor in the match, and his performance will not soon be forgotten.