Men's Lacrosse Advances to Final Four
May 17, 1998
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Midfielder Brian Zeller scored the game winning goal with 25 seconds remaining in the first overtime period to give fifth-seeded Maryland an 11-10 victory over fourth-seeded Johns Hopkins before a near-record crowd of 11,261 at Byrd Stadium here this afternoon.
Maryland improves to 13-2 on the season while Hopkins' ends its season with a 10-4 record. The 13 victories for the Terps establishes a new single season record for wins in a season and Maryland has advanced to the national championship game in two of the last three seasons. The Terps will now face top-seeded Loyola (Md.) in the national semifinals on Saturday at noon at Rutgers University Stadium.
Zeller scored his third goal of the day and 19th of the season after 3:35 seconds had elapsed in the first four-minute sudden-death overtime period. The unassisted goal came from the left side of the cage and bounced off Blue Jay defender Rob Doerr, goalie Brian Carcaterra and the post before making its way into the net.
Zeller's goal capped off a wild game of runs and comebacks. After the Terps fell behind 4-2 in the first quarter, they scored seven of the next 10 goals to take a 10-6 lead at the end of the third quarter. After trailing 6-5 at half-time, the Terps outscored the Blue Jays 5-0 in the third quarter but Johns Hopkins but rallied in the four quarter, outscoring Maryland 4-0, to tie the game at 10-10. The game tying goal by Andrew Godfrey game with 1:51 remaining in regulation.
Junior Brian Haggerty won the faceoff to begin the overtime period and Maryland was able to hold the ball until Zeller hit the game winning shot. The Terps took four high percentage shots before Zeller's shot found the back of the net.
Senior Scott Hochstadt scored a game-high four goals while senior Matt Hahn scored three. Hahn has now accounted for at least one point in each of his 60 games as a Maryland player. In addition to his three goals, Zeller added two assists for a career-high five points.
Maryland 4 1 5 0 1 - 11 Johns Hopkins 5 1 0 4 0 - 10