April 14, 2012
BALTIMORE, MD – Ninth-ranked Maryland scored the final six goals of the game, including four by junior attackman Owen Blye, as the Terrapins knocked off third-ranked Johns Hopkins, 9-6, before a capacity crowd of 8,500 at Homewood Field Saturday evening. The win improves the Terps’ record to 7-3, while the Blue Jays slip to 9-2 and had their 12-game home winning streak snapped.
Hopkins seemed to be in control of the game for the first 31 minutes, but could never really pull away. A Chris Boland goal off an assist from junior John Greeley just 43 seconds into the third quarter gave the Blue Jays a 6-3 lead, their second, three-goal goal lead of the game, but that would be the final tally for Hopkins as Blye sparked Maryland’s comeback.
Blye opened the game-ending spree five minutes after Boland’s goal when Mike Chanenchuk found him alone on the backdoor and he faked Hopkins goalie Pierce Bassett high and low several times before slipping a low shot past him to make it 6-4. He cut the two-goal deficit to one just under three minutes later when he got his defender hung up in the net behind the cage and scored from a tough angle to make it 6-5. When Michael Shakespeare had time and room to step down from 10 yards and fire one past Bassett with 17 seconds remaining in the third quarter, the Terps had come back to tie and grabbed all the momentum. Maryland scored a goal in the final minute of each of the first three quarters.
Blye’s third and fourth goals, which both came after working up the field from along the goal line in a one-on-one matchup, came midway through the final period, while a Kevin Cooper goal with 2:31 remaining closed the scoring and secured the victory.
The second-half drought for the Blue Jays seemed unlikely after Hopkins scored twice in the first 3:19 of the game and crafted three-goal leads of 5-2 and 6-3. Back-to-back goals by Rob Guida and Lee Coppersmith staked Hopkins to an early 2-0 lead, only to have the Terps knot the score with back-to-back goals in a 62-second span late in the first quarter as Cooper and Landon Carr both tallied in the final 90 seconds of the period.
Sophomore Greg Edmonds jump-started a 3-0 Hopkins run that covered a seven-minute span in the second quarter as he, John Ranagan and Brandon Benn all scored to turn the 2-2 tie into a 5-2 lead. The momentum of that spree was somewhat short-circuited as a Billy Gribbin goal with 54 seconds remaining in the first half made it 5-3 at intermission.
Boland’s goal pushed the lead to 6-3, but Blye ignited the comeback a short time later and the Terps never looked back in slipping past the Blue Jays for the second time in three years.
Blye’s four goals were a game high and paced the Terps, who also got two goals and one assist from Cooper and seven saves from sophomore goalie Niko Amato.
Only two Blue Jays registered multi-point games as Greeley had a career-high three assists and Boland added the one goal and one assist. Junior Mike Poppleton repeatedly gave the Blue Jays possession as he won 14-of-19 faceoffs and had a game-high eight ground balls, but the 29-minute scoring drought and seven fourth-quarter turnovers were more than the Blue Jays could overcome.
#9 Maryland (7-3) 2-1-3-3/9
#3 Johns Hopkins (9-2) 2-3-1-0/6
Goals: M: Blye-4, Cooper-2, Gribbin, Shakespeare, Carr. J: Boland, Coppersmith, Ranagan, Guida, Benn, Edmonds. Assists: M: CHanenchuk, Copper, Cummings, Haus. J: Greeley-3, Boland. Saves: M: Amato-7. J: Bassett-5. Shots: M-28. J-29. EMO: M: 0-for-0. J: 0-for-2. Attendance: 8,500.
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