During his first two seasons, junior midfielder Will Snider helped the team win games from the scout team. Today, Snider propelled the No. 3 Terps to a 8-7 win over No. 7 Johns Hopkins in triple overtime instant classic at Homewood Field.
Snider scored both the game-tying goal and game winner with two almost identical rips from the left wing. The Seattle native scored just three goals coming into the game.
“For him to break out of his shell in a game like this with another two goals is huge and is really going to help his confidence and roll over into the Big Ten Tournament,” senior midfielder Tim Rotanz said.
There was more at stake than the fourth annual “The Rivalry” crab-shaped trophy for the victor of college lacrosse’s greatest rivalry, but also the Big Ten regular season title and No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.
The No. 3 Maryland Terrapins (11-2, 4-1) won their fourth straight Big Ten regular season title since joining the conference in 2014 in front of 10,388 fans. The Blue Jays will await the result of Ohio State and Rutgers to learn their seeding for the upcoming Big Ten Tournament.
Both teams were lead by their respective senior midfielders, Connor Kelly and Joel Tinney. Their performances couldn’t have gone any different as Kelly struggled with an apparent lower leg injury that rendered him without a goal for the first time all season despite taking 13 shots. A spry Tinney showed out for his senior day behind two vital goals.
Rotanz’s three points and freshman attackman Logan Wisnauskas, who led the way with four points on three goals and the game-winning assist, picked up the slack for both Kelly and sophomore attackman Jared Bernhardt’s scoreless outings.
“We played great team defense, it’s the first time in awhile, but I thought they did a really good job on two really good players,” Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala said. “They made one more play than we did and that was the difference in the game.”
It was unclear whether senior attackman Shack Stanwick would take part in the game after suffering an injury to his midsection against Penn State two weeks ago. But the senior wasn’t going to miss his last home game, and his offensive presence was felt throughout with a goal and an assist.
“Yeah we had no choice [but to prepare for Stanwick playing],” Maryland head coach John Tillman said. “It would have been foolish to not expect him to play.”
Just 90 seconds into the game, Stanwick found Tinney with a nice feed from behind the goal and Tinney buried his time and room shot away from up top.
Freshman faceoff specialist quickly responded five seconds later with a solo goal directly off the pinch and pop faceoff win to tie the game. Shockey kept the momentum going from last week’s second half 50 percent performance against Ohio State.
The Blue Jays retook the lead a few minutes later off terrific ball movement leading to a Stanwick goal. Senior midfielder Thomas Guida drew the slide, threw it to sophomore attackman Cole Williams behind the goal, who found Stanwick all alone for the easy finish on the crease.
Senior midfielder Tim Rotanz evened the score once again with a right-handed topside dodge coming around the right wing.
The second quarter was full of defensive grit as both teams were disciplined with their one-on-one defense. Both teams struggled with shot accuracy, as there were 39 shots and only five goals.
It took 14 minutes of game action before the only goal of the period came from Wisnauskas. Sophomore attackman Jared Bernhardt drew the eyes of the defense with a quick dodge from behind before finding Wisnauskas wide open on the crease.
Senior goalie Dan Morris made six first half saves and 13 overall.
Hopkins had a buzzer-beating goal disallowed as it was ruled after the first half horn. Still, the Blue Jays would not be denied their equalizer as freshman midfielder Connor DeSimone ended a 27:35 minute scoring drought less than a minute into the second half.
Junior midfielder Alex Concannon kept the momentum in the Blue Jays’ favor with a smooth left to right split dodge and rip from 10 yards directly in front.
Wisnauskas answered with his second goal of the day off an assist from Rotanz during an unsettled substitution situation. Concannon would not be denied, as he came out quickly in the fourth quarter to open the scoring with a right handed high bouncer down the alley. Junior attackman Kyle Marr pushed Hopkins’ lead to two with a strong topside dodge coming around goal line extended with 9:51 left in the contest.
Bernhardt hooked up with Wisnauskas inside with some good off ball movement for his hat trick. A faceoff violation from Moreland and Maryland scored on the very next possession as Kelly secured his first point of the day with an assist to junior midfielder Will Snider. Snider slipped the screen and found space on the right wing to fire home the tying goal with 2:36 left.
Hopkins had a few opportunities late to win the game in dramatic fashion, most notably when Stanwick fed the crease with time expiring but Morris stood up to the task and made a crucial kick save. The game needed overtime to settle the score.
“We had a bunch guys on the sideline saying, ‘This is what we live for,’ headed into overtime,” Morris said. “Two programs with such storied backgrounds and I’m just happy to have been a part in it the last five years.”
The Blue Jays won the faceoff to start the overtime as the groundball spurted out to Tinney before he fired high and wide of the net. A huge stop from Maryland’s defense saw two senior captains Adam DiMillo and Bryce Young back up the shot.
The Terps were unable to convert on the other end with their best chance coming in the form of a last second desperation feed from Wisnauskas to Snider, who’s shot flew over the crossbar as time expired.
Tinney again picked up the 50/50 groundball in the second overtime and carried it across the field for a shot on the run but Morris made a terrific off stick save that was headed for the upper right corner.
On the ensuing possession, Kelly found enough space for a left-handed shot coming back towards the middle of the field, but it was deflected and Maryland’s possession was stifled.
Hopkins had their best opportunity in the three overtimes in the second as Morris made a stop from Stanwick’s question mark dodge shot, but almost raked it back into his own net. After escaping that scare, the Terps came down and missed three quick shots in the final thirty seconds.
The third and final overtime was different, however, as Wisnauskas found the skip lane to Snider on the left wing and the rest was history.
“This is what you grow up playing for,” Rotanz said. “These are the moments that you grow up just playing with my brother in the backyard dreaming of…you really can’t emulate something like this. It was just awesome.”
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