COLLEGE PARK, MD – Junior Ryan Brown scored a game and career-high-tying eight goals and visiting Johns Hopkins used a 6-0 run to open the fourth quarter as the Blue Jays topped Maryland, 15-12, to claim a share of the inaugural Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse regular season title and first-ever Rivalry Trophy before a crowd of 9,343 at Byrd Stadium Saturday night. Hopkins improves to 7-6 overall and 4-1 in the Big Ten, while Maryland had an 11-game winning streak snapped and slips to 12-2 overall and 4-1 in the Big Ten.
With the victory, Hopkins earns the top seed in next week’s Big Ten Tournament and will play fourth-seeded Penn State in the semifinals. Maryland, which shares the regular season title with Johns Hopkins, will be the number two seed and will play third-seeded Ohio State in the other semifinal.
Maryland didn’t trail for the first 45 minutes, but Hopkins, which entered the fourth quarter trailing 10-9, needed just 33 seconds to force the game’s fifth and final tie and 43 seconds to take the lead for good as Brown scored consecutive goals in a 10-second span to give the Blue Jays an 11-10 lead.
Less than two minutes later the Blue Jays had pushed the lead to 13-10 as Holden Cattoni dodged from behind the goal at the 13:04 mark and Brown went high-to-high after curling from behind the goal to give JHU the three-goal lead.
That lead held for just over four minutes before a Brown shot was saved by Maryland’s Kyle Bernlohr – only to have JHU freshman Joel Tinney scoop up the rebound and stick one inside the crossbar. When Brown completed his eight-goal effort with a strike off an assist from senior Wells Stanwick with 2:01 on the clock, Hopkins had completed its game-deciding six-goal run.
While Hopkins’ late-game run sealed its win, it was an early surge by Maryland that threatened to put the game away quickly as back-to-back goals by Matt Rambo and two by Jay Carlson were wrapped around the first of Tinney’s three on the night in the opening seven minutes to stake the Terps to a quick 4-1 lead.
Carlson’s second was followed 30 seconds later by a John Crawley goal and Tinney added another less a minute later before Joe LoCascio got the first of his three first-half goals to close out a wild first quarter with Maryland leading 5-3.
After withstanding the early assault by the Terps, Hopkins finally drew even at 6-6 midway through the second quarter as a 3-1 spurt, which included goals by Wells Stanwick, Brown and Shack Stanwick, forced the first of the five ties.
Neither team would score consecutive goals over a span of 20 minutes from late in the second quarter through the entire third quarter, but the Blue Jays did start to even things out on faceoffs during that time as freshman Hunter Moreland came on and sparked Hopkins at the X. After losing the first five faceoffs of the game, Hopkins won 6-of-10 to close the first half and split the six in the third quarter as the game evened out.
A 7-7 halftime tie was followed by deadlocks at 8-8 and 9-9 in the third quarter before Carlson capped his hat trick with 3:05 to play in the period to give the Terps the 10-9 lead entering the final period.
By the time Maryland scored again with 1:31 to play, Hopkins had reeled off the six straight, Moreland had done most of the damage on a 7-of-8 showing on faceoffs in the fourth quarter and the Blue Jays had all but secured their third straight win in the series.
Brown’s eight goals boost his season total to 51, the second-highest single-season total in school history and just one shy of Terry Riordan (1995) and Jeff Cook’s (1981) school record of 52. It is Brown’s third career eight-goal game and his second this season.
Wells Stanwick added one goal and three assists, while Tinney added three goals and Crawley a goal and two assists to pace a Blue Jay offense that scored nearly triple the number of goals the Terps entered the game allowing (5.8).
Junior Will Ryan relieved senior Eric Schneider in goal for the final 24:43 and registered four saves while allowing three goals in that time. Moreland won a career-high 15 faceoffs on 25 attempts and had six ground balls for the Blue Jays, who held advantages in shots (37-32) and ground balls (34-28).
LoCascio (3g, 2a), Carlson (3g, 1a), Cole (1g, 4a) and Rambo (2g) all registered multi-point games for Maryland, which got eight saves from Bernlohr and a 12-for-20 showing on faceoffs from Raffa. But after scoring on 7-of-12 first-half shots, the Blue Jay defense did a better job in the second half and Maryland scored on just 5-of-20 after intermission.