The Maryland men's lacrosse team didn't get its first lead Saturday night against Johns Hopkins until midway through the final quarter. It was the only lead the Terps needed.
Junior attackman Owen Blye's third goal of the game with 8:46 remaining put the No. 10 Terps ahead 7-6, and two more goals provided more than enough insurance for Maryland to emerge with a 9-6 win over the No. 5 Blue Jays before an announced 8,500.
With their victory in the teams' 108th meeting, the Terps (7-3) have won two of the last three against Johns Hopkins. The Blue Jays dropped to 9-2 and have lost two of their last three games this season.
Hopkins took a 6-3 advantage just 43 seconds into the third quarter but failed to score again.
“6-3, if you take a step back, is three goals, and in lacrosse, that can be 6-6 in one minute,” Blye said. “So we know that. We're a team that can score in bunches. So a 6-3 deficit doesn't cause us to panic. In reality, I think we pride ourselves on saying that we would never panic.”
After his goal snapped a 6-6 tie, Blye scored again when he curled around the right post with 5:09 remaining. The Terps cemented the victory on a fast-break opportunity with junior long-stick midfielder Jesse Bernhardt passing to senior attackman Joe Cummings, who found junior attackman Kevin Cooper alone on the right side of the crease with 2:31 left.
Blye led all scorers with four goals, and Cooper contributed two goals and one assist.
Junior midfielder John Greeley paced Johns Hopkins with three assists, and senior attackman Chris Boland added a goal and an assist.
The Blue Jays' scoring drought of 29:17 was a season worst, but Maryland junior long-stick midfielder Jesse Bernhardt said it took the defense until the second half to figure out Johns Hopkins.
“Obviously, we scout them all week and stuff like that, but you never know what you're going to see, and we have to get used to [them] and get into our rhythm with what they were doing,” said Bernhardt, who collected two ground balls and caused one turnover. “It might have taken us longer than we would've liked, but like Coach [John Tillman] said, we didn't really change that much up. We just did what we wanted to do much better throughout the game.”
Leading 5-3 at halftime, the Blue Jays padded their advantage when Greeley and junior midfielder John Ranagan ran a hidden-ball trick at the top of the box, and Greeley, who held onto the ball, passed to a wide open Boland alone near the left post.
But Johns Hopkins had no other answer for the Terps defense, and coach Dave Pietramala said the Blue Jays strayed from their game plan.
“We got away from who we were,” he said. “We've been a team that's shared the ball offensively. We've been a team that traditionally supports each other defensively, and I thought we got a little tight and stopped doing those things.”
Notes: Ravens coach John Harbaugh and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick attended the game. … Terps junior short-stick defensive midfielder Landon Carr went end-to-end and beat junior goalkeeper Pierce Bassett from the right alley in the first quarter. It was Carr's sixth point (four goals and two assists) in the team's last four games. … The loss snapped a 12-game winning streak at home for Johns Hopkins. That had been the second-longest active home streak in the nation.
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