Heading into the Big Ten tournament, Maryland had concluded its regular season with a 16-11 loss to Johns Hopkins in College Park, Maryland. On Thursday, Hopkins continued the team’s recent success against the Terps, eliminating Maryland from the Big Ten tournament 12-7.
Goalkeeper Danny Dolan was one of few bright spots for the Terps, keeping Maryland in the game for a long time with 15 saves on the afternoon. With Hopkins converting off Maryland’s turnovers, the Blue Jays took control offensively and limited the amount of chances for the strong Terps offense.
Maryland began the game with a spark, scoring four goals in the first frame while Dolan stopped six of the eight shots on goal in the period. Four different scorers for Maryland showed its depth offensively early with Jared Bernhardt, Kyle Long, Anthony DeMaio and Louis Dubick adding to the scoresheet.
Dolan continued his dominance in the second quarter, forcing Hopkins into a scoreless quarter and entering the second half trailing. Dolan’s performance in the first half looked to frustrate the Blue Jays offense.
After Bernhardt’s second of the game, Logan Wisnauskas provided a man-up goal extending the lead to four goals and head into the half with a 6-2 lead.
Starving to find the back of the net, Hopkins looked to start quickly in the second to try and shrink the deficit. Hopkins rattled off five-straight goals in the third quarter to take a 7-6 lead in the quarter.
The run by the Blue Jays lasted the whole quarter, peppering Dolan with shots and scoring chances. Maryland now saw themselves on the other side of the spectrum looking for momentum in the final quarter of the game.
Just 42 seconds into the fourth quarter, Jared Bernhardt scored his 45th goal of the season to knot the score at seven. Fourteen minutes remaining in the Big Ten semifinals matchup and it was time for one team to put its imprint on the game. The Blue Jays would be the ones to make that step.
Five goals in the final 13:24 of the game was the deciding run that Hopkins needed. The team’s second five-goal run of the game put the finishing touches on the Maryland Terrapins.
Maryland will now await the results of the other conference tournaments before figuring out its fate in the NCAA Tournament. Maryland is searching for the team’s second title in three years.