The Maryland Terrapins beat the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays, 10-9. The Terps held on as Hopkins nearly clawed all the way back into the game. The win for the Terps was the first over Hopkins since Joe Walters' six goal performance in 2006.
Despite falling behind 3-0, the Terps put on an impressive offensive display while effectively limited Hopkins' offensive opportunities and keeping their playmakers in check. Credit Hopkins for fighting until the end and clawing back into the game. The Blue Jays find themselves in a precarious, albeit familiar, position...they need to win two out of their last three to qualify for the NCAA tournament. They head down the road to take on another desperate team in Navy, followed by a home battle with Towson who has won four in a row, and a neighborhood battle with hot Loyola, who dominated Georgetown today, to finish out. The Terps now shift their focus to hosting the ACC Tournament next weekend.
-----From Press Release-----
BALTIMORE, Md. - The attack unit of juniors Grant Catalino, Travis Reed and Ryan Young and senior Will Yeatman combined for six goals and 11 points to lead the No. 4 University of Maryland men's lacrosse team to a 10-9 victory over No. 16 Johns Hopkins at the Smartlink Day of Rivals event in front of 20,911 at M&T Bank Stadium.
Maryland (8-2) fell behind 3-0 with and didn't get on the board until the 3:19 mark of the first quarter when Young sent a cross-crease pass to Caralino on the left side of the goal where he took the low feed and scooped it past Blue Jay goalie Pierce Bassett.
Hopkins opened the second quarter with a goal by John Greeley to up its lead back to three, but that's when the Maryland comeback began. The Terps would rattle off five straight goals and hold Hopkins scoreless for 23 minutes to take a 5-4 lead at the 12:07 mark of the third quarter.
The run began with 8:14 left in the second quarter when sophomore Jake Bernhardt found Young on the right side of the crease. Young slipped past a defender and ball-faked high before finishing low past Bassett to make it a 4-2 game.
Maryland's man-up unit was sensational throughout the contest, converting on all four of its opportunities. The first closed the scoring in the first half when Catalino sent a pass from top center to senior Adam Sear on the left alley and he ripped a shot inside the near post to make it a one-goal game at the intermission.
The Terps finally got back to even with the Blue Jays at 4-4 at the 13:09 mark of the third. Reed took a cross-crease pass from Young just inside goal line extended and laced a near no-angle shot through Bassett's legs for his first goal of the evening.
Redshirt sophomore Drew Snider gave Maryland its first lead of the game just over a minute later when he hit a runner from the left alley, putting the Terps up 5-4.
Michael Kimmel, who finished with two goals and two assists on the day, stopped the bleeding for the Blue Jays with an unassisted goal at the 5:51 mark. That goals snapped a 23-minute scoreless stretch for Hopkins, which is the longest Maryland's defense has held an opponent without a goal this season.
But with the game tied at 5-5 Maryland's man-up unit took over the game, scoring three straight over 2:34 to give the Terps an 8-5 lead.
A Sam DeVore holding penalty gave Maryland its first chance of the second half and it took the Terps just 19 seconds to convert. Reed dumped the ball inside to sophomore Joe Cummings, who ball-faked low and finished high for his only goal of the game.
The Blue Jays had two penalties called against them with 11 seconds left in the third, one being an unreleasable unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Orry Michael, giving the Terps man-up group another chance to score.
This time it took the Terps just 14 seconds to score in the six-on-four situation. Reed put Maryland up 7-5 with a lightning-quick release from the right wing off a feed from Yeatman. That score canceled out the cross check penalty on Hopkins' Matt Drenan, but Michael had to remain in the box giving the Terps another extra-man opportunity and they did not waste it.
Reed sent a pass from the top center position to Catalino on left side of the crease. Catalino dodged past Tucker Durden and got the front of the crease where he beat Basset with 14:25 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Maryland took its biggest lead of the game with 12:12 to go in the fourth. Yeatman split a Blue Jay double-team and took a shot from the left side of the crease that looked like Basset got a piece of, but it trickled into the goal, giving Maryland a 9-5 advantage.
But the Blue Jays would not go down without a fight and regained some momentum with back-to-back goals by Steven Boyle, who finished with three goals, and Marshall Burkhart, cutting the Terrapin lead back to a pair at 9-7 with 7:04 left in the fourth.
The ensuing face-off proved to be one of the decisive moments in the game as freshman Jesse Bernhardt scooped up the groundball and went charging into the Hopkins zone. Bernhardt faked a quick pass to Catalino, who was camped out in the left alley, and ripped a shot from the right alley inside the near post to give Maryland the 10-7 lead at the 6:56 mark.
Johns Hopkins pulled Bassett away from the net and double-teamed whenever Maryland had the ball with just over three minutes left in the game. The strategy nearly paid off. The Terps tried to run out the clock and did not attempt a shot on the open goal, but two turnovers turned into Hopkins' goals in the final two minutes to trim the Terrapin lead to one at 10-9 at the 1:00 mark.
The final face-off of the game was crucial and senior Bryn Holmes won the last of his 13 face-off victories to give Maryland possession and stymie the Hopkins comeback attempt. Redshirt junior Dan Burns picked up the groundball and flipped the ball to Holmes, who ran off more than 40 seconds off the clock before the Blue Jays could force the turnover, giving them one final shot with 13 seconds remaining. But the Blue Jays never got another shot off as Maryland was able to force a turnover and redshirt junior Brian Farrell picked up his game-high sixth groundball to end the threat and the game.
As good as the Maryland man-up unit was, the Terps' man-down groups was equally as good, stopping Hopkins' first six extra-man attempts.
Maryland's comeback was keyed by its effort at the face-off X and when the ball was on the ground. Hopkins won five of the nine face-offs and had a 15-12 lead in groundballs at the half. But the Terps turned things around in the second half, winning nine of the 13 face-offs, all of them by Holmes, and overpowering the Blue Jays 19-6 in groundballs.
Junior Brett Schmidt continued his defensive dominance, holding Tom Palasek without a point or a shot in the game. Schmidt finished the game with two groundballs and a caused turnover. Junior All-American Max Schmidt also had two groundballs and a caused turnover, while junior Ryder Bohlander had four groundballs.
In addition to winning 13 of 21 face-offs, Holmes had three groundballs and two caused turnovers. Senior goalie Brian Phipps was solid in cage for the Terps, stopping eight Blue Jay shots.
Next up for Maryland is the ACC Tournament, which the Terps will host from April 23-25 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The Terrapins will face No. 3 North Carolina (11-1) in the semifinals Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The tournament will kick off with No. 1 Virginia squaring off with No. 5 Duke at 5 p.m. Tickets are available by calling the Terrapin Ticket Office at 1-800-462-8377 or on-line at umterps.com.
• With today's 10-9 win Maryland is now 38-58-1 all-time vs. Johns Hopkins in 96 official meetings.
• Junior Grant Catalino's two goals and one assist gives him 33 multi-point and 26 multi-goal games for his career.
• Catalino's three points gives him 126 for his career, which passes Alan Lowe (1965-67) for 25th on the school's all-time points list. He is now two points behind C. Rennie Smith (128 points, 1952-55) for 24th place.
• Junior Travis Reed's two goals and one assist gives him 26 multi-point and 17 multi-goal games for his career.
• With a goal and two assists junior Ryan Young now has 32 multi-point and 19 multi-assist games for his career.
• With a goal and an assist senior Will Yeatman now has 26 multi-point games for his career.
• Senior Brian Phipps' eight saves gives him 414 for his career, moving him past Pat McGinnis (1998-2001) for fifth on the all-time saves list.
|Michael Kimmel||(2, 2)|
|Steven Boyle||(3, 0)|
|John Ranagan||(1, 2)|
|John Greeley||(2, 0)|
|Max Chautin||(0, 1)|
|Marshall Burkhart||(1, 0)|
|Pierce Bassett||8 (0.444)|