Maryland and Johns Hopkins flexed their muscles against in-state rivals on the opening weekend of play for six of the seven Division I men’s lacrosse teams from the state.
The No. 2 Terps, the reigning NCAA national champions, held down Navy in a 10-4 win, and the No. 13 Blue Jays routed No. 14 Towson, 14-6. Maryland extended its winning streak in season openers to 25, while Johns Hopkins collected its 11th straight season-opening victory.
No. 10 Loyola Maryland suffered a 13-12 double overtime loss to No. 15 Virginia, which likely means a drop in the Inside Lacrosse media poll when it is released Monday morning. The Greyhounds welcome the Blue Jays to Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Here’s how the area teams fared:
No. 2 Maryland
Previous result: Def. Navy, 10-4, on Saturday
Note: The first midfield of seniors Tim Rotanz, Connor Kelly and Bubba Fairman combined for seven goals and three assists, and senior goalkeeper Dan Morris made 11 saves to help overcome the absence of senior defenseman Bryce Young (unspecified injury).
No. 10 Loyola Maryland
Previous result: Lost to No. 15 Virginia, 13-12, in double overtime Saturday
Note: The Greyhounds failed to protect an 8-3 advantage in the third quarter and wasted three-goal efforts from junior attackman Pat Spencer, junior midfielder John Duffy and senior faceoff specialist Mike Orefice to lose for the fourth time in their past five season openers.
No. 13 Johns Hopkins
Previous result: Def. No. 14 Towson, 14-6, on Saturday
Note: The Blue Jays raced to an 11-2 advantage in the first half, and senior goalkeeper Brock Turnbaugh made a game-high 13 saves for their most lopsided win against the Tigers since a 16-7 victory April 23, 2008.
No. 14 Towson
Previous result: Lost to No. 13 Johns Hopkins, 14-6, on Saturday
Note: Featuring five new starters, the first offense totaled just two goals on 21 shots and turned the ball over four times, and the usually tough defense eventually wilted under consistent pressure from the Blue Jays.
Mount St. Mary’s
Previous result: Lost to Delaware, 16-12, on Saturday
Note: Sophomore attackman Brenden McCarthy, redshirt sophomore attackman Stephano Mastro and freshman midfielder Luke Frankeny scored two goals each, but the Mountaineers let a 7-3 advantage in the second quarter slip from their grasp.
Previous result: Lost to No. 2 Maryland, 10-4, on Saturday
Note: Senior faceoff specialist Joe Varello returned from an academy-imposed suspension to win 12 of 18 draws, but the offense has scored just 11 goals in losses to Jacksonville and the Terps.
Previous result: Def. Richmond, 9-6, on Saturday
Note: The Retrievers ended a two-game losing skid to the Spiders on the strength of contributions from a freshman group that included two goals and two assists from attackman Steven Zichelli, two goals from attackman Trevor Patschorke and 13 saves from goalkeeper Tommy Lingner.