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Maryland men’s lacrosse falls to Johns Hopkins, 13-10, in Big Ten title game

The Terps couldn’t get the better of their longtime rivals with the conference tournament championship at stake.

Maryland lacrosse vs. Albany Lila Bromberg / Testudo Times

Maryland men’s lacrosse came into Saturday’s Big Ten title game against Johns Hopkins having never won five straight against its archrival. History would have to wait, as the Blue Jays defeated the Terps, 13-10.

Hopkins spent most of the evening in front, leading by three goals at multiple points and stretching it to five by the early fourth quarter. Will Snider scored the first two goals of the second half to give Maryland a 7-5 lead, but Johns Hopkins outscored the Terps 8-3 the rest of the way.

A week after being stonewalled by Curtis Corley, Cole Williams dominated the matchup with five goals and an assist. The Blue Jays attack shredded Maryland’s defense, as Kyle Marr chipped in three goals and two assists and Shack Stanwick added three assists.

With Hopkins’ offense on fire, it was a bad time for Dan Morris to have his worst game of the season. The Terps had 22 shots on goal compared to the Blue Jays’ 17, but the redshirt senior made only four saves. Brock Turnbaugh was solid on the other end, finishing with 14 saves and stopping any potential game-changing Maryland runs.

Unlike the last matchup, where neither team was able to build a significant lead, Johns Hopkins was able to build a three-goal lead after the first 15 minutes. Jack Rapine picked up the ground ball to win the opening faceoff for the Blue Jays and passed it to Hunter Moreland, who ran up the field and scored. Tim Rotanz tied it up with 7:01 to go in the quarter, but Hopkins dominated after that.

The Blue Jays scored three goals in a row to end the first, including a big juice goal with time winding down. Turnbaugh stopped Logan Wisnauskas at the doorstep, and Williams scored in transition to give Hopkins a 4-1 lead.

Maryland didn’t let Hopkins take control of the second quarter, scoring two goals in the first two minutes to cut the Blue Jays’ lead to one. Connor Kelly was involved in both goals, first firing a skip pass to Bubba Fairman, who unleashed a cannon into the back of the net, and then dodging through a few defenders for his first goal of the game. The Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year had one assist in the game last week and finished with two goals and two assists on Saturday.

Colin Giblin tied the game with 5:24 remaining in the quarter, and then Matt Neufeldt intercepted an attempted pass by Marc Pion and ran down the field before passing to Kelly, who gave the Terps their first lead of the game. Johns Hopkins got another late goal to tie the game though, as Marr beat Dan Morris on the doorstep with nine seconds to go in the first half.

Snider continued to step up against the Blue Jays after his heroics last week, scoring two straight goals to start the quarter and give Maryland a 7-5 lead. It was all Hopkins after that.

Williams dodged around the cage to cut the lead to one, then found Marr to tie the game on the Blue Jays next possession. Brinton Valis gave Johns Hopkins the lead, and then Thomas Guida scored two more to extend the lead to three.

Shockey scored after winning the first faceoff of the fourth quarter, but the Blue Jays scored three goals in a row to put the game out of reach.

Maryland heads into the NCAA Tournament with a 12-3 record, and will find out its first-round opponent Sunday night.

Three things to know

  1. This was a game of runs, and Hopkins made the one that mattered. The only time the two rivals traded goals were the first two of the game. The Blue Jays made a five goal run to end the third quarter, and that was enough to put the game away.
  2. Dan Morris was off his game. The senior has been steady all year, but was the opposite of that Saturday night. He struggled mightily with shots from everywhere, and his defense didn’t help him out either.
  3. Time to wait for the bracket. Maryland essentially clinched an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament weeks ago, and will find out its potential path to the Final Four at 9 p.m. ET Sunday. The Terps would have locked up the No. 1 overall seed with a win, but now their seeding is up in the air.