Maryland vs. Johns Hopkins
April 16, 2011
The Game Story:
COLLEGE PARK, MD - When a series is being renewed for the 107th time, it's not easy to play a game that ranks among the all-time best. While no one has seen all 107 meetings, it's probably say to say that third-ranked Johns Hopkins' 12-11 overtime win at fourth-ranked Maryland deserves such consideration, even if time is the only true judge of such things.

Time. For a time it looked like the senior-laden Terps would run away from the young Blue Jays. For a time it then seemed the Blue Jays had so much momentum that an overtime game-winner from senior Kyle Wharton wouldn't be necessary. When they stopped keeping time, 16 seconds remained in the first overtime and Wharton's goal had extended JHU's winning streak to four - three of which have come by a goal.

The Blue Jays trailed 7-2 at the half and 8-3 after Grant Catalino answered Chris Boland's strike early in the third quarter. With momentum on the Terps' side, the Blue Jays rallied for a win that, for a time, didn't seem possible.

Freshman Eric Ruhl jumped started a stunning 8-1 run with his seventh goal of the season midway through the third quarter. Maryland still had a four-goal lead at 8-4 when the third-quarter clock ticked under the three-minute mark, but freshman Phil Castronova found Boland alone on the doorstep with 2:55 remaining to make it 8-5 and Boland intercepted a clearing pass on the crease and scored again with nine seconds left in the third period to make it 8-6 entering the fourth quarter.

Wharton netted the first of his two goals after he blew home an eight-yarder after a perfect skip pass from sophomore John Greeley just 74 seconds into the fourth quarter and Boland scored two minutes later on a high-to-high shot from just above the goal line after coming from behind the cage to tie the game a 8-8.




It didn't take much time - 56 seconds to be exact - for the Terps to regain the lead as Jake Bernhartdt scored from seven yards out, but Hopkins, which managed just three shots in the first quarter, struck for three goals in less than three minutes midway through the period to take an 11-9 lead.

Sophomore Zach Palmer's highlight reel behind the back shot from the slot snuck inside the crossbar with 8:35 remaining and junior Marshall Burkhart too a nifty pass from Ruhl cutting across the front of the goal and beat Maryland's Niko Amato from six yards out to give JHU a 10-9 lead 41 seconds after Palmer's goal. When Boland capped his five-goal performance just over two minutes later, it appeared extra time wouldn't be needed.

Maryland, to its credit, dug deep and scored twice in a 62-second span to knot the game at 11-11. Senior Ryan Young used a pick to the side of the goal to get free and scored hits 14th goal of the season and Joe Cummings added the equalized with 2:40 remaining in regulation.

Neither team scored down the stretch - JHU failed on a extra-man chance and Maryland turned the ball over with 12 seconds remaining - so the greatest rivalry in college lacrosse headed to extra time for the fifth time in the last 14 meetings.

By all accounts, Maryland had the game won - twice - in overtime. Cummings rang one off the inside of the pipe just over a minute into the extra session and Bernhardt was stoned from in tight by Pierce Bassett 20 seconds later.

The Blue Jays earned another extra man chance when Maryland was flagged for a slash, but the Blue Jays managed just one shot by Wharton and that was blocked. An errant pass late in the extra-man possession was tracked down by Greeley up near midfield and the Blue Jays worked the ball to Wharton, who sidestepped a defender, stepped inside and ripped a shot past Amato to give the Blue Jays their 13th win in the last 17 meetings with Maryland.

For all their late-game heroics, the Blue Jays were a step slow and out-of-sorts for the first 30 minutes, which ended with Maryland holding a five-goal lead. The Terps jumped out a 3-1 lead at the end of the first quarter and pushed that margin to 7-2 at the half as they scored on seven of their 15 first-half shots.

Back-to-back goals in an eight-second span early in the first quarter staked Maryland to a quick 2-0 lead. Cummings netted the first of his three goals before intermission off a nice feed to the slot from Young and Landon Carr scored eight seconds later off an assist from senior Brian Farrell after the Blue Jays lost the faceoff after Cummings' goal on a violation.

The Blue Jays finally broke through with 5:12 remaining in the first quarter when Ruhl scored his sixth goal of the season, but the Terps held the Blue Jays scoreless for the remainder of the period and extended the lead to 3-1 with just 11 seconds remaining in the opening quarter when Drew Snider dodged from behind the goal and beat Bassett up high.

After Cummings and Palmer exchanged goals in the first five minutes of the second quarter, the Terps scored three straight, including two in a nine-second span, to push out to the 7-2 lead at halftime.

Jake Bernhardt worked inside from the top of the box and beat Bassett from seven yards out, while his younger brother, Jesse, fired home a bouncer off the ensuing faceoff to make it 6-2. Cummings completed his first-half hat trick with 4:15 remaining in the first half to account for the 7-2 halftime score. The five-goal lead still held after Boland and Catalino traded goals in the first 3:01 of the second half, but as it turned out, the Blue Jays had more than enough time to make their comeback.

Hopkins earned a in after trailing by five goals for the first time since March 18, 2005, when they erased a 7-1 deficit at Syracuse and won, coincidentally, 12-11.

Boland's five goals led the Blue Jays, while Wharton (2g, 2a), Palmer (2g, 1a) and Ruhl (2g, 1a) were also key contributors to an offense that scored nine goals in the second half and overtime. Bassett registered eight saves, including the key stop on Jake Bernhardt in overtime that eventually led to Wharton's game-winner.

Cummings paced the Terps with four goals and Jake Bernhardt added a pair for Maryland, which also got one goal and two assists from Young and 12 saves from Amato in the loss.