A huge stop by freshman goalie Jonathan Marcus and simultaneous mistakes by Towson State triggered Johns Hopkins' 11-9 victory over the Tigers Saturday night.
Towson State, fighting for its playoff life, had scored seven straight goals and was ready to make it 8-1 with 9:20 left in the third quarter when Marcus stopped an extra-man, point-blank shot by the Tigers' Bob Doherty. Three minutes later the Blue Jays broke a scoring drought of 26:41, and after a slash and an unsportsmanlike conduct on Towson State, Terry Riordan scored his second goal in seven seconds.
The Blue Jays exploded for seven goals in the fourth period but Marcus' 16 saves might have been the vital statistic.
"Not many guys have ever been asked to come here and start in the goal as true freshmen," Hopkins coach Tony Seaman said. "He just keeps responding."
Locals lead Mary Washington
Mary Washington, a Division III school in Fredericksburg, Va., with a student population of 3,000, is building a lacrosse program with the help of some Baltimore-area influences.
Fourth-year coach Kurt Glaeser, a graduate of Loyola High and Western Maryland College, led the Eagles to their first winning record (9-4) this season and was named the Capital Athletic Conference's Coach of the Year.
Freshman attackman Bill McLean (Towson High) scored 44 goals to lead the conference in scoring and set a school record.
Women's seeds picked today
The NCAA women's lacrosse committee will name the six teams for the Division I tournament and the eight teams for the Division III tournament today.
Maryland (12-1 and ranked second in last week's Division I poll) will receive one of the top seeds, and Loyola (11-5, ranked seventh) also could make the tournament.
Johns Hopkins (12-1, ranked seventh in Division III) is the only local team with a chance to get a Division III bid.