COLLEGE PARK, MD – The visiting Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team used an 8-1 run to turn an early 5-1 deficit into a 9-6 lead and the 20th-ranked Blue Jays never let second-ranked Maryland get closer than two over the final 32 minutes of the game in what eventually become a 16-11 victory at Maryland Stadium. The Blue Jays improve to 7-6 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten, while Maryland slips to 11-3 overall and 3-2 in the B1G.
With the win, Johns Hopkins secures the number two seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament. The Blue Jays will play third-seeded Maryland on Thursday, May 2 at Rutgers (7:30 pm).
Maryland sprinted to the 5-1 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game as the Terps connected on their first five shots. Junior Jared Bernhardt and sophomore Bubba Fairman both scored twice and Logan Wisnauskas added a pair of assists during the opening spree for the Terps. Freshman Joey Epstein’s unassisted goal at the 11:25 mark was JHU’s only goal in the opening 10 minutes.
A man-down goal by Roman Puglise gave the Terps the 5-1 lead, but Hopkins responded quickly. Strikes by Kyle Marr and Cole Williams had the deficit down to 5-3 by the end of the first quarter and a goal in the first minute of the second by junior Forry Smith made it 5-4.
The Terps got a Wisnauskas goal three minutes after Smith’s tally to go up 6-4, but Epstein jump-started a half-ending 5-0 run that gave the Blue Jays the 9-6 lead at the half. The final four of those five goals came in a three-minute span late in the second quarter and included tallies by Williams and Smith and back-to-back long-stick goals from Robert Kuhn and Patrick Foley.
Fairman needed just 52 seconds of the third quarter to pull Maryland within 9-7, but a three-goal Blue Jay spurt that covered a span of six minutes midway through the period pushed the margin to 12-7. Epstein had a hand in two of the three as he assisted on a Connor DeSimone goal and added his third of night to cap the three-goal run, which also included an unassisted goal from Brett Baskin.
Maryland made things interesting with two goals in a 63-second span late in the third to make it 12-9 entering the fourth, but the Blue Jays scored four of the first five goals of the final period to push out to a 16-10 lead. Maryland managed only a Fairman goal in the first 13:26 of the final quarter as the Blue Jays locked down the win.
Nine different players scored for Johns Hopkins with Epstein’s six-point night (4g, 2a) leading the way. Williams (3g, 1a) and Smith (2g, 2a) added four-point games and freshman Matt Narewski won 16-of-26 faceoffs and grabbed eight ground balls for the Blue Jays.
Fairman scored a game-high five goals for the Terrapins, who also got one goal and three assists from Wisnauskas and the two early goals from Bernhardt. Danny Dolan posted 13 saves in goal for Maryland.
In claiming The Rivalry Trophy and improving to 73-44-1 all-time against the Terps, the Blue Jays outshot Maryland, 43-21, won the ground ball battle (25-19) and were perfect on 10 clearing attempts. After allowing the five goals in the first 9:53, the Blue Jay defense held Maryland to just six goals in the final 50:07.
Notes: Marr became the 14th JHU player with more than 100 career goals and 50 career assists (104g, 50a) • The Blue Jays are 9-1 in their last 10 games at Maryland Stadium • The visiting team has won seven of the last nine regular season games in the series.