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Johns Hopkins advances to Big Ten tournament final; Ohio State stuns Terps in semifinal

The Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team is taking the Stanwick show to the first Big Ten Conference tournament final.

Senior attackman Wells Stanwick had two goals and four assists and freshman attackman Shack Stanwick added three goals and two assists to power the top-seeded Blue Jays to a 14-9 semifinal victory over No. 4 seed Penn State before an announced ?,??? at Byrd Stadium on Thursday night.

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Johns Hopkins (8-6) advanced to the Big Ten title game at 8 p.m. Saturday, when it will meet No. 3 seed Ohio State (11-5). The Buckeyes upset No. 2 seed Maryland, 9-6, in the second semifinal.

Wells Stanwick assisted on all three of the younger Stanwick's goals, setting a single-game high for assisted goals between the Boys' Latin graduates.

"I think I had the ball for one or two seconds in my stick," Shack Stanwick said. "It's just cool. It's nice getting those assisted goals because you know the whole team is working together."

Five days after scoring a career-high-tying eight goals in a 15-12 victory at Maryland, junior attackman Ryan Brown (Calvert Hall) was limited to an assist and one goal on five shots, extending his Division I-best goals streak to 30 games. Wells Stanwick credited Brown with helping elsewhere; he had four ground balls in the win.

"He is one of the best shooters in the country, and we always talk about it in practice: that it's the next man up, and if Brownie's not getting eight, we've got to help carry the load, and I think we all kind of took that today," Stanwick said. "He's a really good player, and he's really smart and he knows that if he's not getting it, he's not going to force it a lot."

The Blue Jays sprinted to a 5-0 lead to open the game, but the Nittany Lions scored six unanswered goals to take their first lead with 4:22 left in the second quarter.

Johns Hopkins scored three straight and five of the next six. Among the goals was one from senior short-stick defensive midfielder Phil Castronova off a pass from Shack Stanwick, and one from senior long-stick midfielder Michael Pellegrino off a feed from Castronova.

Penn State scored twice to cut the deficit to 10-9 just 18 seconds into the fourth quarter, but the Blue Jays closed the game with four consecutive goals and improved to 7-0 all time against the Nittany Lions.

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Junior midfielder Connor Reed scored three times for Hopkins, and fifth-year senior goalkeeper Eric Schneider made 10 saves.

Penn State (5-9) was paced by redshirt sophomore midfielder Matt Florence's two goals and two assists and junior attackman T.J. Sanders' two goals and one assist. Redshirt sophomore goalie Connor Darcey had a game-high 17 saves.

Ohio State 9, Maryland 6: The Buckeyes scored six of the final seven goals to overcome a two-goal deficit and avenge a 10-9 overtime loss on April 18.

Senior attackman Jay Carlson (St. Paul's) converted a pass from junior midfielder Bryan Cole to give Maryland a 5-3 lead with 4:20 left in the third quarter.

But Ohio State responded with two goals apiece from senior midfielder David Planning and freshman attackman Colin Chell (Boys' Latin) and three assists from senior attackman Jesse King. The Buckeyes won six of seven faceoffs and collected nine ground balls to the Terps' two, fueling a fourth-quarter spurt.

"I thought they played a great second half and certainly a great second quarter and were the better team down the stretch," Maryland coach John Tillman said. "Obviously disappointed for our guys. They put a lot of time in, and you want to see them happy after the games. But I think Ohio State just did a better job on the ground."

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King led the Buckeyes with four points on one goal and three assists. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Tom Carey made a game-high seven saves.

Cole paced the Terps (12-3) with one goal and three assists, while senior midfielder Joe LoCascio and sophomore attackman Matt Rambo scored two goals each. Maryland has lost two consecutive games after winning 11 straight.

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