Hopkins survives Maryland, 10-9

Hopkins survives Maryland, 10-9

Hopkins survives Maryland, 10-9

Hopkins survives Maryland, 10-9

From Hopkins...

BALTIMORE, MD - 60 Minutes! Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala preaches week-in and week-out to his team that it must be ready to play a full 60 minutes. In the 105th edition of the storied Hopkins-Maryland rivalry on Saturday afternoon, the Blue Jays pulled out a 10-9 victory that wasn't secure until junior goalie Mike Gvozden posted his sixth save of the fourth quarter and 12th of the day as time expired. It took the full 60 minutes to beat the Terps for the third straight time and seventh time in nine tries under Pietramala. The game was the second of the Smartlink Day of Rivals at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. Navy defeated Army,8-4, in the first game of the doubleheader.

The Blue Jays (5-4) trailed 8-7 after Maryland scored back-to-back extra-man goals in a 69-second span midway through the third quarter to give the Terrapins their only lead of the game. Dan Groot bounced home a man-advantage goal with 6:39 remaining in the period and Jeremy Sieverts added an extra-man goal of his own with 5:30 left to give the Terps the one-goal lead and, seemingly, all the momentum.

The momentum and the lead didn't last long as the Blue Jays grabbed the lead back for good with back-to-back goals in a 55-second span late in the period. Junior Michael Kimmel scored off a quick restart with 2:16 remaining and Josh Peck added an extra-man goal of his own off a nifty feed inside from Kimmel 55 ticks later.

After the teams battled to seven ties in the first three quarters, the Blue Jays took what would prove to be an insurmountable two-goal lead early in the fourth quarter when sophomore Kyle Wharton slipped inside his defender and rifled a shot past Maryland goalie Brian Phipps with just over 11 minutes remaining.

Nearly 11 minutes passed before the Terps (6-5) would draw within one, but it wasn't for a lack of chances. Gvozden posted three big saves during the 11-minute span, including two on Maryland's leading scorer, Grant Catalino, and the Blue Jays killed a majority of the period. Still, Maryland came up with a turnover in the last 45 seconds of regulation and Groot made the Blue Jays pay when he came up with an errant Terp shot behind the goal and sprinted to the side of the goal, where he beat Gvozden with a high-to-low shot from the side with 26 seconds remaining.

Hopkins won the ensuing faceoff on procedure, but turned the ball over after stepping out of the box with possession while leading in the final two minutes. Maryland quickly worked the ball downfield and Catalino found himself alone in front of the goal, but Gvozden was equal to the task as Catalino took a low pass in front and shoveled it towards the goal, where Gvozden got in front of it to make the biggest of his 12 saves as time expired.

The first 30 minutes solved nothing as the teams battled to a 5-5 halftime tie. The Blue Jays jumped out to a 2-0 lead just over five minutes into the game as Chris Boland and Mark Bryan both scored in the first 5:20. Boland spun inside his defender and scored from in tight along the goal line at the 11:11 mark to open the scoring and Bryan blew an eight-yard shot past Phipps off a feed from Wharton.

The Terps battled back to force the first of four first-half ties as Catalino slipped behind his defender cutting to the goal and fired home a pass from Ryan Young at the 4:38 mark and Sieverts whistled one into the top corner off an ally dodge to make it 2-2 with 3:06 remaining in the opening period.

The Blue Jays held a 10-2 advantage in ground balls in the first quarter and they made the final one count as junior Max Chautin scooped up a loose ball in front of the crease after a Phipps save and slipped his second goal of the year into an open net.

Young and Catalino sandwiched goals around a Kimmel tally in the first 4:15 of the second quarter to forge a 4-4 tie before the Blue Jays capitalized on the only extra-man chance of the first half midway through the period when Wharton fired a 10-yarder home off an assist from Boland.

Maryland matched JHU's goal with three seconds left in the opening quarter with a strike with three seconds left in the second quarter. Young worked behind the goal until less than 10 seconds remained in the period and then drove to goal line extended before sliding a pass to Travis Reed, who dropped down and beat Michael Gvozden from 10 yards to account for the 5-5 tie at the half.

Wharton led the Blue Jays with three goals and one assist, while Kimmel added two goals and two assists to pace an offense that generated its 10 goals on 30 shots. Gvozden's 12 saves are his second-highest total of the season. The Blue Jays converted on 3-of-7 extra-man chances with Wharton scoring two of the three EMO goals for JHU.

Groot scored a team-high three goals for Maryland, which also got two goals and one assist from Catalino and Sieverts. Phipps posted 11 saves in goal for the Terps, who held advantages in shots (37-30) and ground balls (28-27). Maryland converted on 2-of-3 extra-man chances.

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From UMD...

BALTIMORE, Md. - The 105th meeting of Maryland and Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse programs lived up to its billing at the inaugural Smartlink Day of Rivals event as the No. 12 Terps had a shot on the crease turned away in the waning seconds in a 10-9 defeat to the ninth-ranked Blue Jays in front of 20,732 fans at M&T Bank Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The back-and-forth game saw Hopkins jump out to a 2-0 lead early in the first quarter and looked to be in control of the contest. But Maryland refused to back down and got on the board with 4:38 left in the opening period on sophomore Grant Catalino's first goal of the game on an assist from sophomore Ryan Young.

The Terps then tied the game at 2-2 a minute and a half later on senior Jeremy Sieverts' runner from the right alley that found the top left corner of the Hopkins net. That 2-2 tie was the first of seven ties in the game.

Hopkins took the lead back with three seconds left in the quarter on Max Chautin's lone goal of the day. Maryland tied the score at 3-3 with the first goal of the second quarter. Young took advantage of a defensive switch that found him being covered by offensive middie Mark Bryan behind the goal. Young rolled around the left side, easily beating Bryan, and scored his only goal of the day.

After a Michael Kimmel goal put the Blue Jays up one at the 10:54 mark, sophomore Dan Burns won the ensuing face-off and found Catalino camped out in the left alley where he ripped a shot past Hopkins goalie Michael Gvozden, who was screened by one of his own defenders, to knot the game again at 4-4.

The see-saw continued with Kyle Wharton scoring the first of his three goals on the day, converting on a man-up opportunity at the 7:21 mark to push the lead back to one for Hopkins. That's how the game would remain until the second quarter was winding down. With just three ticks left on the clock Young zipped a pass to sophomore Travis Reed, who started in place of an injured Will Yeatman, on the right alley where he laced a low-to-high shot into the top near corner of the Blue Jay goal to send the game into halftime tied at 5-5.

Holding to the form of the day, Hopkins regained the lead early in the third quarter on Brian Christopher's lone goal of the day. Maryland tied the game again 40 seconds later on Dan Groot's first of three goals on the day. Groot ripped a high-to-low shot from 15 yards straight in front of the Hopkins goal, making the score 6-6 with 10:13 left in the third.

Wharton again gave Hopkins a one-goal lead at the 8:42 mark, but Maryland converted back-to-back man-up opportunities to take its first lead of the game with 5:30 left in the third. Groot tied the game with a terrific bounce shot from the right alley that just caught the top left corner of the goal. Sieverts followed that up with a great high-to-high shot from the left wing that found the upper right corner of the Hopkins goal for an 8-7 Maryland lead.

But the lead would only last for 3:14 as Kimmel scored an unassisted goal to knot the score at 8-8. Hopkins closed out the third quarter with a man-up score from Josh Peck with 1:21 on the clock to take a 9-8 lead into the fourth.

The Blue Jays extended their lead to a pair with Wharton's third of the day at the 11:17 mark, but the fourth quarter was controlled by Gvozden, who made six of his 12 saves in the final quarter.

Hopkins slowed the game down to a crawl to try to run out the clock, but Maryland refused to go down without a fight. Sophomore Brett Schmidt caused a turnover with under a minute remaining to give the Terps a chance. That possession ended with Groot scoring his third of the day with 26 seconds left on a quick shot after rolling around the right side of the Hopkins goal.

Hopkins won the ensuing face-off, but turned the ball over almost immediately on a procedure violation. That gave Maryland one last chance and the Terps almost sent the game into overtime. Young got a step on his defender behind the goal and slipped a pass to Catalino, who made a cut to the front of the crease. The pass was a bit low, but Catalino did a nice job to catch it and get a shot off, but Gvozden went low with the pass and was able to block Catalino's shot and preserve the Hopkins victory.

Maryland's defense was anchored by junior goalie Brian Phipps, who had 11 saves and two groundballs, and sophomore close defender Max Schmidt, who only had one groundball and one caused turnover, but he was given the responsibility of marking Steven Boyle and he was tremendous, holding Boyle without a point for the first time in the Blue Jays' past 13 games. Junior Bryn Holmes led the team with five groundballs and won 8-of-15 face-offs. Junior long pole Dan Halayko tied his career-high with four groundballs.

Maryland returns to action on Tuesday, April 14 in its regular season home finale against Binghamton. The Terps and the Bearcats are scheduled for a 3 p.m. face-off at Ludwig Field. Admission to the mid-week game is free of charge.

Game Notes:

• With today's 10-9 loss Maryland is now 37-58-1 all-time vs. Johns Hopkins.

• Sophomore Grant Catalino's two goals and an assist giving him 21 multi-point and 18 multi-goal games in his career.

• Sophomore Ryan Young, with a goal and two assists, now has 18 multi-point and six multi-assist games in his career.

• Senior Dan Groot, with three goals, now has seven hat tricks, 23 multi-point and 11 multi-goal games in his career.

• Senior Jeremy Sieverts had two goals and an assist and now has 23 multi-point and 10 multi-goal games in his career.

ACC Tournament Seeding:

With Duke's 15-10 victory over Virginia today in Durham, N.C., Maryland secured the top seed in the ACC Tournament. The Terps, Blue Devils and Cavaliers all finished with a 2-1 conference record. The deciding tiebreaker was goal allowed allowed in ACC games between the tied teams. Maryland allowed 18 goals vs. Duke and Virginia, while Duke allowed 21 and Virginia gave up 24. The Terps will take on host North Carolina, the fourth-seed, in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament on April 24. Duke and Virginia will meet in the other semifinal.

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Both Teams Will Make The NCAA Tournament
    by (#136419) on 4/12/09 @9:37AM
Absolutely! Assuming both teams finish .500 or better, which is required to be eligible, they will make the NCAA Tournament, IMHO. Both teams have played tough schedules, both teams are big names in lacrosse, and both teams have large fan bases.

By the way, since Duke beat UVA, Maryland will be the #1 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament.
 
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Hopkins, Virginia and Duke will all exit early
    by (#218834) on 4/12/09 @4:58PM
I think that they will all get knocked out first or second round at the NCAA Tourny in Foxborough.

I think UNC will beat one of them if they play, Syracuse will smack them around, Cornell and UMBC will show what they have, along with other teams that have something 'to prove'.

I just dont see Virginia going all the way, I think Hopkins has been in way too many close games this season to keep it up, and Duke, although they basically dominated Virginia throughout the entire game, will lose in the second round to either a dark horse or powerhouse.
 
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