April 12, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - In what has become a trend in recent years, another nailbiter marked the most storied rivalry in collegiate lacrosse as top-ranked Johns Hopkins landed a dramatic 6-5 overtime victory over No. 5 Maryland in front of a raucous crowd of 8,183 Saturday night at Byrd Stadium and a live television audience on WMAR-Channel 2 in Baltimore and a national audience on College Sports Television Network (CSTV).
Joe McDermott scored the game-winner 1:21 into overtime to break a 27 minute scoreless streak for the Blue Jays (7-1), who notched their second consecutive overtime win against the Terrapins, who fall to 7-2 on the year.
Maryland fought back from a two-goal fourth quarter deficit to tie the game with 8:37 left on Dan Lamonica's (Parkton, Md.) fourth goal of the season, but neither team could find the back of the net in the final minutes of regulation.
"I'm really proud of the way we played today," said Maryland head coach Dave Cottle. "We played defense from the beginning to the end [and] had chances on the offense but we weren't able to convert."
The Blue Jays jumped out to an early lead on Kyle Harrison's score 40 seconds into the game. Maryland's Joe Walters (Rochester, N.Y.) knotted the game at one with 8:40 left in the first quarter. Adam Doneger's goal with one second remaining gave the Blue Jays a one-goal edge heading to the second quarter.
Kevin Boland doubled the Blue Jays lead three minutes into the second stanza, before Maryland's Paul Gillette (Millersville, Md.) sliced the Hopkins lead to one. Kyle Barrie's goal less than a minute later restablished the Blue Jays two-goal advantage at halftime.
The Jays extended their lead to three when Boland notched his second goal of the game four minutes after the break. The Terrapin offense got going when Justin Smith (University Park, Md.) closed the gap to two with 5:11 remaining in the third quarter and Ryan Moran's (Setauket, N.Y.) twelfth goal of the year moved the Terrapins within one score.
LaMonica tallied two assists to go along with his game-tying goal and Danny McCormick (McLean, Va.) recorded seven saves in the loss.
Johns Hopkins dominated the faceoff battle winning 10 of 14 draws and goalie Rob Scherr notched 15 saves in a stellar performance. With the win, Hopkins has defeated all four ACC schools in consecutive games, marking the first time in regular-season lacrosse history that any team has defeated all four conference schools in a single season
Four of the last six games in the series have been one-goal affairs, including last year's 9-8 Hopkins overtime win in Baltimore and the Terrapins 10-9 win in 2001. It was the lowest scoring game in the series since a 6-1 Terrapin victory in 1951.
The crowd was the largest since April 15, 1995, in an almost identical game that saw No. 1 Hopkins tally a 16-15 win over third-ranked Maryland.
The Terrapins return to action at the ACC Championships in Charlottesville on Friday, April 18. The seedings will be released on Monday after a blind draw is held to determine seeds one, two and three as Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia all finished the conference season with a 2-1 record. Duke will be the number four seed with an 0-3 regular season conference record. Virginia will play the second game of the night, regardless of seedings, at approximately 8:30, which will be preceded by the first semifinal, slated to begin at 6 p.m. The championship game on Sunday will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet at 3 p.m.