In-state rivalries were the predominant theme this past weekend for six of the seven Division I men’s lacrosse teams from Maryland.
No. 12 Loyola Maryland upset No. 8 Johns Hopkins, 12-5, courtesy of a productive group of midfielders and an aggressive pressure defense. No. 19 Towson found its offense and outlasted visiting Mount St. Mary’s, 15-13. And Navy weathered a snowstorm and visiting UMBC, 7-5, to capture its first win of 2018.
No. 2 and reigning NCAA national champion Maryland went 2-0, capping off its week by holding off High Point long enough for a 16-14 decision.
Here’s how the area teams fared:
No. 2 Maryland
Previous result: Def. to Marist, 13-7, on Tuesday; def. High Point, 16-14, on Saturday
Note: Thirteen-point showings from senior midfielder Connor Kelly (eight goals, five assists) and sophomore attackman Jared Bernhardt (9 G, 4 A) helped the Terps remain undefeated in 2018.
No. 8 Johns Hopkins
Previous result: Lost to No. 12 Loyola Maryland, 12-5, on Saturday
Note: The Blue Jays suffered their worst loss to the Greyhounds since a 14-5 thrashing on March 12, 1999, but even more disconcerting has to be the 22 turnovers committed after giving up the ball only 10 times in their season-opening victory over Towson.
No. 12 Loyola Maryland
Previous result: Def. No. 8 Johns Hopkins, 12-5, on Saturday
Note: Senior short-stick defensive midfielder Brian Begley had two goals and two assists, and junior attackman Pat Spencer added one goal and three assists as the Greyhounds showed no ill effects from that 13-12 double-overtime loss at No. 10 Virginia.
No. 19 Towson
Previous result: Def. Mount St. Mary’s, 15-13, on Saturday
Note: Six offensive starters accounted for 11 goals and all five assists as the unit awoke just in time to turn back a Mountaineers comeback and help the Tigers collect their first win of the season.
Mount St. Mary’s
Previous result: Lost to No. 19 Towson, 15-13, on Saturday
Note: Sophomore attackman Brenden McCarthy compiled two goals and three assists, and freshman midfielder Luke Frankeny scored four times, but the Mountaineers could not complete the rally in the second half.
Previous result: Def. UMBC, 7-5, on Saturday
Note: Junior midfielder Greyson Torain scored twice and assisted once, and sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Kern made 10 saves to propel the Midshipmen to their first victory of the season.
Previous result: Lost to Navy, 7-5, on Saturday
Note: Freshman attackman Trevor Patschorke led the Retrievers with two goals and one assist, but the offense misfired on 30 of 35 shots and the team missed a chance to improve to 2-0 for the first time since 2009.