PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Cole Williams and Joey Epstein scored three goals each to pace second-seeded Johns Hopkins to a comeback win over third-seeded Maryland (11-4), 12-7 Thursday evening in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Maryland built up a 6-2 halftime lead while smothering the Hopkins attack in the opening 30 minutes, but ran into its own offensive woes in the second half scoring just one goal.
Danny Dolan turned in one of his best performances in goal this season, finishing with 15 saves including nine in the first half to stonewall the Blue Jays.
Jared Bernhardt led the Terps with four points (three goals, one assist) while Louis Dubick added three points on a goal and an assist.
The Terrapins looked to be in command early in the game at Highpoint.com Stadium, making the most of its settled possessions to take a 4-2 first quarter lead. UMD’s defense kept the pressure on in the second quarter, leaving the Blue Jays with a season-low two first half goals.
The tides changed in the second half, as Hopkins would score five straight goals in the third quarter to take a 7-6 lead. Bernhardt would bring the game even with a goal at 14:18 to open the fourth quarter, but it was all Hopkins from there as the No. 2 seed scored the game’s final five to seal the win.
Maryland will await selection to the 2019 NCAA Tournament, with the bracket announced live on ESPNU at 9:00 p.m. ET Sunday evening.