Late Goals From LaMonicas Lift Maryland Past Hopkins, 10-9

April 14, 2001

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 5 Maryland opened the fourth quarter with four consecutive goals including the final two from the LaMonica brothers, junior Mike and freshman Dan, to top No. 2 Johns Hopkins, 10-9 before an enthusiastic crowd of 7,219 at Byrd Stadium and before a live television audience on WMAR-TV in Baltimore. The win, in the 97th meeting between the schools, was the seventh straight in one-goal games for the Terps, dating to last season and moves Maryland's record to 9-1 overall, while Hopkins falls to 5-3.

Trailing 8-6 entering the fourth quarter, Maryland ripped off four consecutive goals. Chris Malone (Timonium, Md.) scored 1:01 in the fourth to draw Maryland within one at 8-7 with his second goal of the game. Then Andrew "Buggs" Combs (Baltimore, Md.) took a pass from Malone and beat Hopkins' goalie Rob Scherr to tie the game with 11:27 left in regulation. Mike LaMonica (Parkton, Md.) put Maryland ahead for the first time since early in the third quarter as he fired home a shot from the left side of the net to put Maryland ahead, 9-8 with 6:20 left in the game.

Just 1:21 later, His brother Dan LaMonica (Parkton, Md.) then beat Scherr from nearly the same spot from the left side of the goal to put the Terps ahead 10-8 with 4:59 left in regulation with his third goal of the game. A late goal from Hopkins' Bobby Benson, his fourth of the game, brought the Blue Jays to within one at 10-9 with less than two minutes left. But the Terps used their national-leading defense to secure the win.

Senior goalie Pat McGinnis (Ellicott City, Md.) was named the WMAR Player of the Game after a stellar performance in which he made a season-high 21 saves, including seven in each the third and fourth quarters.

"We hadn't been competitive with Hopkins over the last two meetings, they were debacles (losing 13-3 in 1999 and 20-11 in 2000)," said head coach Dick Edell. "But tonight, we erased out bad memories of those games with a complete performance. We played a great game and beat Hopkins means so much. We clicked and Pat McGinnis proved again why he's the best goalie in the country."

The game opened up with a very offensive style as each team scored three times from three different players in the first quarter. Combs, Craig Hochstadt (Columbia, Md.) and Malone scored for Maryland. Hopkins' goals came from Conor Denihan, Benson and Wedin.

Alex Poole (Hunt Valley, Md.) reclaimed the lead for the Terps as he took a pass from Combs (his second of three assists in the game) and beat Scherr midway through the quarter. The Terps held the lead until Wedin tied it with five seconds left in the quarter to make it 4-4 at the half.

Dan LaMonica put Maryland up 5-4 2:09 into the second half, but Hopkins pumped in four of the next five goals to take that 8-6 lead heading to the fourth quarter.

Saturday afternoon, Maryland learned it had clinched the ACC regular-season championship for the first time since 1998, as Duke defeated Virginia, 10-9 to set the seedings for the ACC Tournament being held at the Disney Wide World of Sports in Orlando next weekend. No. 1 seed Maryland (2-1 ACC) will face No. 4 seed Virginia (1-2 ACC) at 6 p.m., on Friday, April 20, following that first game No. 2 seed Duke (2-1 ACC) and No. 3 North Carolina (1-2 ACC), will start at approximately 8:30 p.m., .

GAME SCORING #2 J. HOPKINS (5-3) 3 1 4 1 -- 9 #5 MARYLAND (9-1) 3 1 2 4 --10

Qtr.-Time Team, Goal (Assist) JHU-UM 1-12:54 Maryland, Andrew Combs (Dan LaMonica) 0-1 1-11:38 Johns Hopkins, Conor Denihan (Bobby Benson) EMG 1-1 1-7:47 Maryland, Craig Hochstadt (Chris Malone) EMG 1-2 1-2:51 Maryland, Chris Malone (Andrew Combs) 1-3 1-2:13 Johns Hopkins, Bobby Benson (Adam Doneger) EMG 2-3 1-0:23 Johns Hopkins, Eric Wedin (un) 3-3 2-7:06 Maryland, Alex Poole (Andrew Combs) 3-4 2-0:05 Johns Hopkins, Eric Wedin (un) 4-4 3-12:51 Maryland, Dan LaMonica (Michael Howley) 4-5 3-8:25 Johns Hopkins, Corey Harned (Shawn Nadelen) 5-5 3-7:32 Johns Hopkins, Eric Wedin (Joe McDermott) 6-5 3-7:15 Johns Hopkins, Bobby Benson (Joe McDermott) EMG 7-5 3-6:06 Maryland, Dan LaMonica (Andrew Combs) 7-6 3-3:20 Johns Hopkins, Bobby Benson (Corey Harned) 8-6 4-13:59 Maryland, Chris Malone (Mike Mollot) 8-7 4-11:27 Maryland, Andrew Combs (Chris Malone) 8-8 4-6:20 Maryland, Mike LaMonica (un) 8-9 4-4:59 Maryland, Dan LaMonica (un) 8-10 4-1:39 Johns Hopkins, Bobby Benson (Rob Frattarola) 9-10

TEAM STATS Category Johns Hopkins Maryland Shots 6-6-17-9=38 8-10-9-9=36 Saves 1-4-2-1=8 3-4-7-7=21 Face-Offs 11/21 10/21 Groundballs 10-6-12-7=35 10-11-10-10=41 Clears 10/14 11/14 Extra-Man Opp. 3/9 1/4 Penalties 4/3:00 9/9:00

INDIVIDUAL SCORING Johns Hopkins Scoring Goals-Asst.-Pts. Bobby Benson 4-1-5 Eric Wedin 3-0-3 Joe McDermott 0-2-2 Corey Harned 1-1-2 Conor Denihan 1-0-1 Adam Doneger 0-1-1 Rob Frattarola 0-1-1

Maryland Scoring Goals-Asst.-Pts. Andrew Combs 2-3-5 Dan LaMonica 3-1-4 Chris Malone 2-2-4 Craig Hochstadt 1-0-1 Mike LaMonica 1-0-1 Alex Poole 1-0-1 Michael Howley 0-1-1 Mike Mollot 0-1-1

GOALIES Johns Hopkins Goalies Saves GA Min. Rob Scherr 8 10 60

Maryland Goalies Saves GA Min. Pat McGinnis 21 9 60