ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Senior Drew Snider scored three goals to send the Maryland men’s lacrosse team to the Final Four for the second straight season with an 11-5 victory over No. 2 seed Johns Hopkins Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The Terps (11-5) will play the winner of the No. 3 seed Duke/Colgate game on Sat., May 26 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The Blue Devils and Raiders are set to play on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at PPL Park in Philadelphia. The Blue Jays finish their season with a 12-4 record.
The Blue Jays started off the scoring at the 9:13 mark on an unassisted goal by Mark Goodrich, but that would be it for Hopkins in the first quarter.
Maryland got on the board less than two minutes later with a goal from junior John Haus. He dodged down the right wing and turned back to fire a shot that beat JHU goalie Pierce Bassett stick-side-high to even things up at 1-1 with 7:46 remaining in the first quarter.
The Terps took their first lead of the day with 13.6 seconds remaining in the quarter when redshirt sophomore Mike Chanenchuk dodged from behind and redirected the ball to junior Owen Blye, who then found Snider cutting on the right alley. Snider finished the shot inside the far pipe to give Maryland the 2-1 lead.
Sophomore Niko Amato made a save at the buzzer to keep the lead at 2-1, which was one of four saves made by Amato in the quarter.
With 13:24 remaining in the second quarter, Hopkins tied the game at two thanks to an extra man goal by Bradon Benn, but that was as close as the Blue Jays would get in the game.
Maryland scored the next six goals in the game, including two in the next two minutes to regain the lead that they would not give up. First, Snider scored an unassisted goal after running through the defense and finished the shot past Bassett’s off side hip.
Then, sophomore Michael Ehrhardt came up with a big ground ball off the faceoff and moved the ball to junior Landon Carr who finished the transition goal at 11:23 to give the Terps the 4-2 advantage.
Maryland scored again less than a minute later with Snider finishing off the hat trick. He dodged down the right wing and finished the shot into the far post to extend the lead to 5-2 with 10:30 remaining in the half.
Maryland then added to the lead with 3:05 remaining in the half. Junior Kevin Cooper dodged from up top and found senior Joe Cummings alone on the crease. Cummings then finished the one-on-one shot to make the lead 6-2 going into half time.
Chanenchuk started off the scoring in the second half with a goal at the 11:51 mark. Cummings fed him the ball on the right alley and Chanenchuk went around his defender and finished the shot from 12 yards out into the top right corner to make it a 7-2 Maryland advantage.
With 6:15 remaining Haus added to the Maryland lead. Dodging from behind the cage Haus split two defenders before diving tangent to the crease to beat Bassett with a low shot to make the lead 8-2.
With 3.1 seconds remaining in the third quarter Chris Boland scored for Hopkins to cut the Terps lead to 8-3. The goal ended a 28:20 scoreless stretch for the Blue Jays.
Maryland responded at 13:50 in the fourth quarter. Chanenchuk dodged from up top and fired a shot from the right alley that beat the keeper past the near post to extend the lead to 9-3.
Junior Billy Gribbin scored his first goal of the day with 11:03 remaining in the game. Gribbin picked up his own rebound and finished the shot to increase the lead to 10-3.
Hopkins answered back with two goals of its own to cut the lead to 10-5 with 7:48 remaining in the game.
However, Maryland answered back scoring the final goal of the game with 1:35 remaining to seal the victory. After killing several minutes of clock Cummings found Cooper on the crease for the goal to make the lead 11-5.
Junior Curtis Holmes won 9-of-16 faceoffs and led the Terps with three ground balls and Amato was credited with seven saves. Junior Jesse Bernhardt continued to be a force for the Maryland defense, causing three turnovers.
Maryland won the ground ball battle scooping up 26 ground balls compared to Hopkins 15.
The Terps were efficient clearing the ball with 12 of their 14 clears being successful. Hopkins had more trouble with the Maryland ride, only completing 14-of-21 potential clears.
• With today’s 11-5 win, Maryland is now 40-68-1 all-time vs. Johns Hopkins.
• The Terps are now 4-9 all-time vs. the Blue Jays in the NCAA tournament.
• Maryland is now 21-11 all-time in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament.
• This marks the first time since 1973 that Maryland has beaten Johns Hopkins twice in one season.
• With two points on two goals, senior Joe Cummings now has 30 multi-point and 22 multi-goal games for his career.
• The two points gives Cummings 111 for his career, which moves him into a tie with Max Ritz (2005-08) for 31st on the all-time points list.
• With three points on three goals, senior Drew Snider now has five hat tricks, 16 multi-point and 11 multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on two goals, junior John Haus now has 18 multi-point and nine multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on one goal and one assist, junior Kevin Cooper now has 10 multi-point games for his career.
• With two points on two goals, redshirt sophomore Mike Chanenchuk has five multi-point and three multi-goal games for his Maryland career.