No. 6 Men's Lacrosse Falls To No. 3 Hopkins, 9-8, In Overtime Thriller

April 13, 2002

Box Score| Photo Gallery

BALTIMORE, Md. - Freshman attackman Kyle Barrie (Narberth, PA/The Haverford School) scored his 12th goal of the season with 1:45 remaining in the first overtime to lift third-ranked Johns Hopkins to a 9-8 victory over sixth-ranked Maryland in front of an overflow crowd of 8,642 at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. The win is the fifth straight for the Blue Jays, who improve to 8-1 with the victory, while Maryland falls to 7-3 with its second one-goal loss in the last three games. All three Maryland losses this season have been by one goal and two have come in overtime.

Hopkins trailed for most of the game before outscoring Maryland, 4-1 over the final 27:32, including overtime. With the Terps ahead, 7-5 on an unassisted goal by midfielder Mike Mollot (Holbrook, NY/Sachem) with 10:17 remaining in the third quarter, the Blue Jays began their comeback with back-to-back goals in the final 4:19 of the third quarter to make it 7-7 at the end of three. Junior Bobby Benon's (Baltimore, MD/McDonogh) fourth goal of the game with 4:19 remaining in the period off an assist from sophomore Conor Ford (Timonium, MD/St. Paul's) made it 7-6, while junior attackman Adam Doneger's (Hewlett, NY/Lynbrook) extra-man goal with 36 seconds remaining in the quarter tied the game. Barrie assisted on Doneger's goal.

Maryland retook the lead an Mollot's third goal of the game, also unassisted, just 1:48 into the period and the lead appeared as though it may hold up as Maryland goalie Dan McCormick (McLean, VA/Landon) posted seven saves in the period. However, the Blue Jays would cash in on another extra man opportunity late in the game as sophomore midfielder Kevin Boland (Jessup, MD/Gilman) tallied his 11th goal of the season with 3:59 remaining to tie the game at 8-8.

Both teams had possession in the final 3:59 with Ford cranking one off the post with 23 seconds left in the fourth quarter and Doneger being stopped by McCormick from 12 yards out as time expired. That set the stage for Barrie's goal, which came on a skip pass from Boland. Barrie came in from the side 12 yards in front of the goal and Boland fed him perfectly. His shot eluded McCormick low to the left side.

Maryland won the faceoff in overtime and had possession for over a minute and a half before Hopkins' Corey Harned (Holbrook, MD/Sachem) intercepted a pass by Mollot. Hopkins called timeout after Harned cleared the ball past midfield and Boland found Barrie after coming up with a loose ball near the top of the box to McCormick's left.

Benson opened the scoring with a goal at the 8:25 mark of the first quarter off a feed from Boland, only to have Maryland answer with a Jamie Daue (Lutherville, MD/Boys Latin) goal less than two minutes later on an assist from Dan LaMonica (Parkton, MD/Boys' Latin). Benson would score again with 4:13 remaining in the period, setting the stage for a 4-0 run by the Terps.

Mollot, Ryan Moran (Setauket, NY/Chaminade), Mike LaMonica (Parkton, MD/Calvert Hall), and Nate Watkins (Elmira, NY/Horseheads) all scored in a span of just 5:14 from late in the second quarter through early in the second quarter to give Maryland a 5-2 lead. That held until Johns Hopkins' sophomore midfielder Joe McDermott (Rockville Centre, NY/South Side) scored an unassisted goal with 6:54 remaining in the second quarter to make it 5-3. Benson's third goal of the game, which was also the 100th point of his career, with 3:27 remaining in the first half made it 5-4, which was the score at halftime.

Watkins scored again less than one minute into the third quarter to push the lead back to two at 6-4, before freshman Benson Erwin (Baltimore, MD/Friends) tallied the second goal of his career off the ensuing faceoff to make it 6-5. Mollot's goal just over three minutes later made it 7-5, setting the stage for the Hopkins' late-game rally.

Benson led the way for Hopkins with his four goals, while Boland added the one goal and three assists. Barrie chipped in with the game-winning goal and the one assist and senior goalie Nick Murtha (Manhasset, NY/Manhasset) posted nine saves in goal for Hopkins. Hopkins held a 33-29 advantage in shots, while Maryland won the ground ball war, 26-25. The faceoffs were even at 10-10.

Maryland was led by Mollot, who tallied the three goals and one assist, while Watkins added the two goals and Dan LaMonica added two assists. McCormick registered 12 saves in goal.

Johns Hopkins, which is now 31-1 in its last 32 games in the month of April, will next be in action next Saturday when the Blue Jays travel to Navy. Maryland will next play in the ACC Tournament next weekend at Duke. A blind draw will be held on Monday morning at the ACC office to determine the pairings for the tournament.

#6 Maryland (7-3) 3 2 2 1 0- 8
#3 Johns Hopkins (8-1) 2 2 3 1 1- 9
Goals: M: Mollot-3, Watkins-2, Daue, M. LaMonica, Moran. J: Benson-4, Barrie, Boland, Doneger, Erwin, McDermott. Assists: M: D. LaMonica-2, Molott. J: Boland-3, Barrie, Ford. Saves: M: McCormick-12. J: Murtha-9. Shots: M-39. J-33. EMO: M: 0-for-4. J: 2-for-4. Attendance: 8,642.