Prior to its Big Ten Tournament title loss, Maryland had defeated Johns Hopkins the previous four meetings, each time holding the Blue Jays to under 11 goals.
That changed on Saturday night when the No. 2 Terps (12-3, 4-2) lost to the No. 7 Blue Jays, 13-10, in the first conference title game meeting of college lacrosse’s oldest rivalry.
Senior Brock Turnbaugh won the goalie matchup with Dan Morris, stopping 14 of 24 shots on goal compared to Morris’ four saves. Johns Hopkins also scored within the final 15 seconds of each of the first three quarters, gaining precious momentum for the following 15 minutes.
Senior midfielder Connor Kelly’s four points on two goals and two assists weren’t enough as sophomore attackman Cole Williams’ five goals powered Hopkins towards Big Ten Tournament glory.
Senior faceoff specialist Hunter Moreland got the scoring started with a fast break score after senior long stick midfielder Matt Neudfelt failed to scoop up the loose ball from the opening draw. The Terps then killed off three sloppy penalties with stout man-down defense before Kelly assisted redshirt senior midfielder Tim Rotanz’s equalizing long-range effort.
Senior attackman Shack Stanwick then assisted both Thomas Guida and Kyle Marr for a two-goal cushion before Cole Williams capped off the 3-0 run with six seconds remaining in the opening quarter.
Maryland came out with a 4-0 run of its own in the second. Freshman midfielder Bubba Fairman executed a great skip pass from Kelly. Kelly then beat his on-ball defender to the rack before faking out senior goalie Brock Turnbaugh with a head fake and high finish. Senior second-line midfielder Colin Giblin then found the back of the net less than a minute before Kelly took the lead from a Neudfelt assist.
Senior midfielder Joel Tinney assisted Marr on the crease with just nine seconds left to tie it back up at five while giving Hopkins all the momentum heading into the second half.
Junior midfielder Will Snider got the second half scoring started with the half’s first two goals. The first was a lefty cannon on the run to retake the lead and the second was a sidearm time-and-room shot from the point to make it 7-5. It was his second time scoring back-to-back goals against Hopkins, although the last outing came at the clutchest moments of the game.
Sophomore attackman Cole Williams scored and assisted another to tie it back at 7. He got topside around goal line extended and scored nearside against Morris, and moments later fed Marr for a quick fire from outside. Senior midfielder Brinton Valis capped the Blue Jays’ second 3-0 run of the day with his 14th goal of the season.
Guida scored back-to-back goals to quickly give the Blue Jays all the momentum headed into the final quarter. The senior midfielder put the brakes on Rotanz before firing past Morris, stretching the lead to 10-7 with a high bouncer goal with 12 seconds left in the third.
Neufeldt shuffled a pass up to a streaking freshman faceoff specialist Justin Shockey, who switched it to his left hand and fired it past Turnbaugh for the final quarter’s opening faceoff. Shockey finished the contest winning 10-of-19 faceoffs, while junior Austin Henningsen’s hot run ended with a 2-for-8 display. Moreland finished winning 15-of-27.
Williams then became the third player of the game to score back-to-back goals, completing his hat trick on the night. But he wasn’t finished just yet, as Stanwick dished out his third assist of the game to make it 13-8.
Junior man up specialist Louis Dubick then scored a couple consolation goals with both assists coming from Rotanz, but it was too little, too late.
This marked the first time the Terps had lost the Big Ten Tournament title game having won it in their two prior appearances. They will now await their seeding for the impending NCAA Tournament tomorrow.
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