Johnny Giuffreda (15), Matt Sovero (12) and Brendan Sunday (24) celebrate Sovero's fourth-quarter goal in Towson's 13-7 win against Delaware on Saturday at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Johnny Giuffreda (15), Matt Sovero (12) and Brendan Sunday (24) celebrate Sovero's fourth-quarter goal in Towson's 13-7 win against Delaware on Saturday at Johnny Unitas Stadium. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

The Maryland and Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse teams ensured their paths to the Big Ten tournament, but via different circumstances.

The top-ranked Terps were upended by Ohio State on Sunday, but they still clinched a spot in the postseason. The No. 7 Blue Jays outlasted Michigan on Saturday to guarantee they will make a return trip to Ann Arbor, Mich., for the conference tournament, which begins May 3.


In other area Division I action, No. 8 Loyola Maryland and No. 14 Navy locked up the top two seeds in the Patriot League tournament and earned byes into Friday's semifinal round. They would not meet until the title game Sunday at Ridley Athletic Complex.

Towson and UMBC also picked up key league victories and kept afloat their hopes of playing in their respective conference tournaments. Mount St. Mary's could not upset Northeast Conference-leading Saint Joseph's, but is still mathematically alive for a berth in the league's postseason.

Here's how the seven Division I teams from the state fared:

No. 1 Maryland

Record: 10-2, 3-1 Big Ten

Previous result: Lost to Ohio State, 12-10, on Sunday

Note: Senior midfielder Connor Kelly had four goals and one assist, but junior midfielder Jack Jasinski outdid him with two goals and five assists to help the Buckeyes tag the conference-leading Terps with their first setback since March 10.

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No. 7 Johns Hopkins

Record: 9-3, 3-1 Big Ten

Previous result: Def. Michigan, 10-9, on Saturday

Note: An offense without senior attackman Shack Stanwick (lower-body injury) rolled along thanks to junior attackman Kyle Marr's fourth goal with 31 seconds left in the fourth quarter and senior midfielder Joel Tinney's two goals and four assists, and the Blue Jays clinched a spot in the conference tournament.

No. 8 Loyola Maryland

Record: 10-3, 7-1 Patriot League

Previous result: Def. Army West Point, 12-8, on Friday

Note: A midfield led by junior P.J. Brown's three goals accounted for eight goals, and the Greyhounds locked up a share of the conference's regular-season championship, the No. 1 seed in the league tournament and the right to host the tournament's semifinals and final next weekend.

No. 14 Navy

Record: 9-4, 7-1 Patriot League

Previous result: Def. No. 9 Syracuse, 13-12, on Saturday


Note: The Midshipmen received four goals and two assists from senior attackman Jack Ray, and senior faceoff specialist Joe Varello won 16 of 27 draws, picked up seven ground balls, and scored the winning goal with 0.2 of a second left in regulation to secure the program's first victory over the Orange since March 20, 1982.

Mount St. Mary’s

Record: 4-9, 1-4 Northeast Conference

Previous result: Lost to Saint Joseph's (Pa.), 14-7, on Saturday

Note: Junior attackman Chris DiPretoro and sophomore midfielder Henry Berg scored two goals each, and senior goalkeeper Matt Vierheller made 13 saves, but the performances were not enough to prevent the Mountaineers from getting what would have been a key win against the league-leading Hawks.


Record: 5-7, 2-2 Colonial Athletic Association

Previous result: Def. Delaware, 13-7, on Saturday

Note: The Tigers got two goals each from redshirt senior midfielder Jean-Luc Chetner, redshirt junior attackman Johnny Giuffreda and redshirt sophomore midfielder Matt Sovero in the fourth quarter and a 22 of 24 effort with 13 ground balls from junior faceoff specialist Alex Woodall (St. Mary's) to stay in the race for a spot in the CAA tournament.


Record: 5-7, 3-2 America East

Previous result: Def. Hartford, 8-3, on Saturday

Note: After shutting out Binghamton for the final 47:02 in a 5-2 win on April 14, the defense blanked the Hawks for 35:07 and gave up only one goal in the last 40:59 to set up a win-and-in game at Vermont on Friday night.

An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Mount St. Mary's has been eliminated from the postseason. Mount St. Mary's is still mathematically alive for its league's postseason.

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