Junior Adam DiMillo (Bishop Timon-St. Jude) of West Seneca scored two first-half goals for Maryland Monday in the Terrapins' 9-6 triumph over Ohio State in the NCAA Division I lacrosse championship game before 28,971 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. It gave Maryland a sweep of the national titles after the women’s team had defeated Boston College in the title game on Sunday.
DiMillo, the 2014 Tom Borrelli Memorial Award winner as WNY's outstanding senior boys lacrosse player, carried the ball down the left wing and drove to the net to score his fourth of the season and tie the game at 2-all with 3:03 left in the first period. His other tally, with an assist from senior Matt Rambo, came from just outside the circle and made it 5-2 with 9:43 left in the second quarter. The scores came on DiMillo’s only shots in the game. He also was credited with a ground ball.
Ohio State (16-5) had leads of 1-0 and 2-1 but once the Terps got in front they managed to dominate time of possession thanks to their success on faceoffs (11-8) and Buckeyes' turnovers. Ohio State goalie Tom Carey had 13 saves while the Buckeyes had only 25 shots. Maryland (16-3) had 41.
Tim Rotanz scored three goals for Maryland, which was playing in its third straight national championship game but had not won the NCAA championship since 1976. Maryland senior defender Tim Muller was named the championship’s Most Outstanding Player.
"We knew we were going to have to play our best game to have a chance to win, so I want to tip my hat to Ohio State," said Maryland coach John Tillman. "I’m obviously very proud of our team. I’m happy for our state, our school, our students and our alums. Especially the alums, having waited so long. I think that was a big thing that motivated us was to try to bring a championship back for them, but also living in the moment, knowing that this was their time. I couldn’t be happier for our guys."