PHILADELPHIA — Behind four goals from sophomore attackman Matt Rambo, the Maryland men’s lacrosse team defeated Johns Hopkins 12-11 in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament on Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field.
With the win, Maryland advances to the national championship and will play Denver on Monday at 1 p.m. It is the program’s 12th appearance overall in the title game and third in the last five seasons.
Junior midfielder Henry West struck first for the Terrapins to open up the scoring at the 11:25 mark of the first.
The Blue Jays knotted the score with 5:36 left on the clock, but Maryland rattled off three straight goals from Rambo, senior midfielder Joe LoCascio, and junior midfielder Bryan Cole to hold a 4-1 advantage at the end of the first frame.
Hopkins scored three times in the second quarter, but Maryland responded with a pair to hold a 6-4 lead at halftime.
Sophomore midfielder Colin Heacock found the back of net at the 6:46 mark of the second, while senior attackman Jay Carlson scored his first of three goals on the day with 3:04 remaining.
The Terps and Blue Jays traded goals to start the third quarter before Maryland went on a 3-0 run to open up a 10-5 lead. West kicked off the run with his second goal of the game. Rambo also scored his second during the 2:22 stretch, while Carlson finished his hat trick to close the run.
The Blue Jay offense rallied with five straight goals of their own to tie the score at 10-10 with 11:45 remaining in the game.
With the game on the line it was Rambo who gave the Terps the list they needed.
The Glenside, Pa., native scored the final two goals for Maryland to finish the game with a career-best tying six points on four goals and two assists. His third goals came on Maryland’s only successful extra-man opportunity at the 9:59 mark. He then scored what proved to be the game-winner with 7:24 left in the fourth, finishing off a nice feed from Cole.
Hopkins tried to rally late in the game and got a goal from Shack Stanwick at the 1:13 mark, but the Terrapin defense rose to the occasion.
First Team All-American goalie Kyle Bernlohr, who finished with six saves, preserved the one-goal victory with a save on the doorstep in the final seconds.
Along with tallying his first goal of the year, senior faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa secured 14-of-26 at the X and added a game-high seven groundballs.
– With the 12-11 victory, Maryland is now 41-64-1 all-time vs. Johns Hopkins and 5-9 in NCAA tournament play.
– Maryland is now 12-11 all-time in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament.
– The win also set a new program record for wins in a season with 15.