#4 Terps Lose 12-11 In OT To #3 Hopkins
April 17, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior Joe Cummings scored four goals for the No. 4 University of Maryland men's lacrosse team, but No. 3 Johns Hopkins scored nine goals in the second half and got the game-winning goal from Kyle Wharton with just 16 seconds left in overtime to pull out a 12-11 victory in front of 8,072 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium Saturday night.
The Terps (8-3) took a 7-2 lead into halftime, but the Blue Jays (9-2) outscored Maryland 9-2 from the start of the third quarter to 5:43 of the fourth to take an 11-9 lead.
Senior Ryan Young scored his lone goals of the game at the 3:42 mark of the fourth to pull Maryland back to within a goal at 11-10. Cummings scored a minute later on a dodge from left goal line extended to tie things at 11-11 and send the game into overtime.
Those two looked like they would end things early in the OT when Young found Cummings cutting from left goal line extended to the crease. Cummings handled the pass and beat Hopkins goalie Pierce Bassett with the shot, but instead of finding the back of the net the ball hit the left pipe.
Maryland had another quality opportunity in overtime, but this time Bassett made the save on Jake Bernhardt's shot, giving the Blue Jays a chance to win the game.
The Terps defense appeared to have stopped Hopkins when senior Ryder Bohlander knocked the ball loose and senior Scott LaRue collected the groundball. But, the officials called a slashing penalty on Bohlander, giving the Blue Jays an extra-man opportunity with 1:19 left in the first overtime.
Maryland's man-down unit, which didn't allow an extra-man goal in three Hopkins man-up chances, proved up to the challenge, but three seconds after the penalty expired Wharton's shot from the left alley ended the game.
The Terps' offense and defense were clicking on all cylinders in the first half. Cummings opened up the game with his first goal at the 10:34 mark of the first, finishing a nice feed from Young on the right side of the crease.
Maryland's lead grew to 2-0 eight seconds later when sophomore Landon Carr's shot ripped right through the net.
A goal by Hopkins' Eric Ruhl cut the lead to 2-1 with 5:12 to play in the first, but Maryland upped its lead back to two just as the quarter was coming to a close when junior Drew Snider scored unassisted, dodging from behind the left side of the cage.
A mental lapse by Hopkins early in the second led to Cummings' second goal of the night. A save redshirt freshman Niko Amato on a Chris Boland shot gave Maryland a clearing opportunity. Cummings brought the ball into the offensive box, but a Hopkins defender never came over to check him, so Cummings just ran down the right alley and scored on an easy shot from eight yards.
A clearing error by the Terps led to Zach Palmer scoring into an empty net from near midfield to cut the Terrapin lead back to two at 4-2 with 10:16 to go in the second.
But Maryland would rattle off three straight over the next four minutes to take a 7-2 lead into halftime.
Jake Bernhardt scored on a nifty dodge and re-dodge from the left alley. Younger brother Jesse tried to one-up his older brother on the ensuing face-off by scooping the groundball, faking a pass and then scoring on a high-bouncer from 10 yards out.
The final goal of the half for the Terps was an exact replay of the first goal of the game, but this time Young and Cummings executed the play even better. Cummings was so open on the crease that he was able to fake Bassett twice before finishing his third goal of the game.
A bit of bad luck gave Hopkins life at the start of the third. Senior Grant Catalino, who was being covered by a short-stick, backed his defender down near the front of the crease. When he felt the Blue Jays move to double-team him he took a behind-the-back shot that went wide of the net. Young was in position to back up the shot, but the ball hit an official and bounced to Blue Jay defender Tucker Durkin. Chris Boland then scored off a feed from John Ranagan to make it a 7-3 game at the 13:42 mark.
Catalino got the goal back for the Terps less than two minutes later. Hopkins' Matt Dolente won the face-off following Boland's goal, but senior Dan Burns stripped Ranagan cleanly and senior Max Schmidt scooped the groundball to give possession back to Maryland. Schmidt's clearing pass was a bit wild, but senior Brett Schmidt never gave up on the clear and tracked down the loose ball on the right side of the Maryland offensive zone. He quickly collected the groundball and flipped a pass to Catalino, who was wide open in front of the net for the easy score to make it 8-3 in favor of the Terps.
But the five goal lead wouldn't hold. Hopkins scored the game's next five goals, three coming from Boland to tie things up at 8-8 with less than 12 minutes left in the fourth.
Jake Bernhardt scored his second of the game at the 10:44 mark off a feed to make it 9-8 for Maryland, but that was the last lead the Terps would have.
The Blue Jays got goals from Palmer, Zach Burhart and Boland to take an 11-9 lead with just under six minutes to play, which set up the comeback by Young and Cummings that eventually led to Wharton's game-winner.
Amato finished the game with 12 saves and four groundballs to lead the Maryland defense, which also saw Max Schmidt pick up a season-high five groundballs and cause two turnovers.
The game within the game was at the face-off X. Dolente came into the game leading the NCAA in face-off winning percentage, but Maryland sophomore Curtis Holmes won 15-of-27 draws to take their head-to-head battle. Holmes finished with a career-high nine groundballs, while Dolente had eight.
Maryland returns to action on Friday, April 22 against No. 9 North Carolina in the semifinals of the ACC tournament in Durham, N.C. That game is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start at Duke's Koskinen Stadium. The Terps, who went 1-2 in ACC play this season, are the No. 3 seed, while the Tar Heels enter the game as the No. 2 seed with a 1-2 conference record.