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Spencer Parlier | | May 30, 2022

Maryland beats Cornell to win the NCAA men's lacrosse national championship

Photo by Larry French/NCAA Photos via Getty Images Eric Malever celebrates a goal in Maryland's victory over Cornell. Eric Malever celebrates a goal in Maryland's victory over Cornell.

The 2022 Maryland Terrapins have solidified themselves as one of the best men's lacrosse teams in collegiate history.

They held off a late rally and defeated Cornell, 9-7, Monday in East Hartford, Conn., to become the first undefeated DI men's lacrosse champion since 2006. The Terps' win over Cornell puts them in elite company as one of only 13 teams in DI history to finish the season undefeated as the national champions. 

Maryland dominated for three periods, outscoring the Big Red 9-3 and stifling Cornell on the defensive end thanks to 13 saves from goalie Logan McNaney in the first three periods.

Cornell had other plans in the final frame though. The Ivy League program outscored the Terrapins 4-0 in the fourth to cut the lead to 9-7 thanks to goals from Michael Long, Hugh Kelleher, Spencer Wirtheim and CJ Kirst. Kirst led the Big Red with two goals. 

It wasn't enough to get over the hump for the Big Red though, as a fatigued Maryland team was able to run out the clock and seal the championship for the Terrapins. 

Maryland was led by Anthony DeMaio, who had four goals on Monday afternoon, but the real star of the show was goalie Logan McNaney who recorded 17 saves — 13 of which came in the first three periods. 

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