BALTIMORE, Md. – Senior Mike Chanenchuk led the No. 3 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team with three points, but the Terps lost to No. 8 Johns Hopkins in the 111th meeting between the two programs Saturday afternoon in front of 9,553 at Homewood Field.
The Terrapins are now 9-2 overall on the season, while the Blue Jays improved their record to 7-3.
The game started with end-to-end action with both teams having opportunities, but it was Johns Hopkins that would strike first on an unassisted goal by Holden Cattoni at the 6:56 mark of the first to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.
That turned out to be the lone goal in the first quarter as the Maryland defense was stout, especially senior goalie Niko Amato, who made four saves in the first 15 minutes of play.
John Crawley opened the scoring in the second quarter with an unassisted goal with 11:09 on the clock, but Maryland’s extra-man unit responded after a cross check was called on Hopkins’ Joe Carlini.
Junior Joe LoCascio got the Terps on the board with a big rip on a step-down shot from the left alley after a good feed from Chanenchuk at the 9:48 mark.
Senior Brian Cooper picked up the Terps’ first penalty of the day with a cross check at 3:47 of the second and Hopkins used every second, plus one, of its extra-man chance before Brandon Benn was able to score on the crease to up the Blue Jay lead to 3-1 at the 2:46 mark.
On the ensuing faceoff junior Matt Dunn was whistled for a trip to give Hopkins another extra-man opportunity. Maryland knocked the ball on the ground, but the Blue Jays came up with it after a fortuitous bounce and called a timeout to settle things down. Just 12 seconds after the timeout Wells Stanwick scored his first of the day to up the JHU lead to 4-1 with 1:56 left in the first half.
The lead grew to 5-1 right before the half when Stanwick snuck a shot in over Amato’s left shoulder from a low angle with just 7.9 seconds left on the clock.
Maryland started the third quarter with a cross check penalty on freshman Matt Rambo, but the Blue Jays couldn’t convert this time as Amato made his eighth save of the game to allow the Terps to kill of the Blue Jay extra-man chance.
A Terrapin turnover led to a transition chance for the Blue Jays and Benn got off a quick stick from left goal line extended to give Hopkins a 6-1 lead with 12:28 left in the third.
Crawley earned a minute in the box for unnecessary roughness and the Maryland extra-man unit converted again. Chanenchuk earned the assist again, this time finding senior Rustin Bryant on the crease. He was knocked over by a pair of collapsing Blue Jay defenders, but still managed to get a shot off from the ground to trim the JHU lead to 6-2 at the 5:54 mark.
But Stanwick netted his third of the day for Hopkins with 1:23 remaining in the third to give the Blue Jays a 7-2 lead, which they would take into the fourth quarter.
The Chanenchuk-to-Bryant connection struck again on the extra-man opportunity with 13:15 to go in the fourth to make it a 7-3 game. The assist was Chanenchuk’s third of the day, setting a new career high.
Maryland stayed on the extra-man thanks to a non-releasable unnecessary roughness call on Jack Reilly, but the Terps couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity and Hopkins countered with a goal by Cattoni at the 10:49 mark to up the lead back to five.
After Ryan Brown scored to give Hopkins a 9-3 lead, sophomore Henry West answered for the Terps with an unassisted goal coming around the left side of the cage at the 7:56 mark.
It was West again finding the back of the net on a big shot off a feed from junior Bryan Cole to make it a 9-5 game with 7:11 left to play.
Maryland had another extra-man chance with 5:21 left to play on an unnecessary roughness call on Brown. The Terrapin EMO unit rose to the occasion again as LoCascio found the net off a feed from Rambo to cut the deficit to three with 5:02 on the clock.
But Hopkins ended the Terps’ 3-0 run on an inside goal by Brown with 3:21 after a quick restart and Crawley tacked on the game’s final goal with 0:34 left to make it an 11-6 final.
Junior Charlie Raffa dominated the faceoff X, winning 15-of-21 draws with a game-high nine groundballs.
Amato finished the game with nine saves.
The two teams combined for 13 penalties and 11:30 in penalty minutes for the game.
Maryland has a chance to win the ACC regular season title when it wraps up league play at No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday, April 19. Faceoff between the Terps and the Fighting Irish is scheduled for noon at Arlotta Stadium.
• With today's 11-6 loss Maryland is now 40-63-1 all-time vs. Johns Hopkins.
• With three points on three assists, senior Mike Chanenchuk now has 38 multi-point and 11 multi-assist games for his career.
• Chanenchuk became the 47th player in Maryland's 89-season history to reach the 100-point mark. He now has 102 career points as a Terp.
• Chanenchuk extended his consecutive point-scoring streak to 34 games with the three-point effort, but saw his consecutive goal-scoring streak end at 23.
• With two points on two goals, senior Rustin Bryant now has three multi-point games for his career and registered his first career multi-goal game.
• With two points on two goals, junior Joe LoCascio now has seven multi-point and three multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on two goals, sophomore Henry West now has fivr multi-point and two multi-goal games for his career.