COLLEGE PARK, MD – The fifth-ranked Maryland men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 6-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back as the Terrapins knocked off eighth-ranked Johns Hopkins, 12-5, before a crowd of 14,353, the largest for a regular season game at Maryland Stadium since 1989.
The win secures the outright Big Ten regular season title for Maryland, which also grabs the top seed in next week’s Big Ten Tournament and will play fourth-seeded Penn State in the semifinals. The third-seeded Blue Jays will play second-seeded and host Ohio State.
It took just over six minutes for the Terps to find the back of the net, but once they did, they scored six times in an eight-minute span to take control and build the 6-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
A Connor Kelly goal at the 8:44 mark opened the scoring for Maryland (10-3, 4-1 B1G), which would get two more goals from Kelly and a goal and three assists from senior Matt Rambo by the end of the period. Kelly scored three of the first four goals for the Terps, who scored on six of eight first-quarter shots.
Kelly and Rambo both added goals in the first 2:33 of the second quarter to push the Terrapin lead to 8-0 before Johns Hopkins freshman Cole Williams scored on nifty cross-crease feed from sophomore Alex Concannon at the 9:13 mark. Maryland pushed its lead back to eight at the half as Tim Rotanz scored at the buzzer just after an extra-man opportunity expired for the Terps.
A rapid-moving third quarter saw the Blue Jays battle the Terps even in nearly every statistical category, including the score as the teams split four goals in the period and Maryland carried an 11-3 lead into the final period.
Hopkins sliced what had become a 10-1 Maryland lead to 10-3 with back-to–back goals by Kieran Eissler and Forry Smith in a 90-second span late in the third quarter, but Rambo closed the quarter with an unassisted goal and Colin Heacock added another tally for the Terps early in the fourth to push the lead to 12-3.
Johns Hopkins (8-5, 3-2 B1G) closed out the scoring with a pair of goals in the final 10 minutes as junior Joel Tinney scored an unassisted goal with 9:54 remaining and then assisted on a John Crawley goal with six remaining to account for the 12-5 final score.
Rambo led Maryland with a career-high seven points on three goals and four assists, while Kelly (4g), Heacock (3g, 1a) and Rotanz (1g, 1a) posted multi-point games of their own.
The Terps also got nine saves from junior Dan Morris, including four in the first quarter, when the Blue Jays fired 10 shots, including three on an extra-man opportunity with the game still scoreless and another from point-blank range by Crawley after Kelly had given the Terps a 1-0 lead. The first of Heacock’s three goals came a minute after Morris stuffed Crawley’s shot from in tight and ignited a spree that saw the Terps scored five goals in the final 5:30 of the opening period.
Tinney (1g, 1a) was the only player with more than one point for Johns Hopkins, which did get a 12-of-17 showing on faceoffs from junior Hunter Moreland and nine saves from Gerald Logan, who came on in the second quarter.
Notes: Stanwick extended his point-scoring streak to 46 games with an assist on Smith’s third-quarter goal • The loss is the first for Johns Hopkins at Maryland since 2001 • Johns Hopkins was held without an extra-man goal for just the third time this season • The game was the 299th for Johns Hopkins’ Dave Pietramala as a college head coach(259 at Johns Hopkins / 40 at Cornell).
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