No. 1 Terps pull rank on Jays, 12-9 Maryland defense steps up in 2nd half

April 14, 1996|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF

As time expired in his team's upset loss to Maryland in last year's NCAA tournament semifinals, Johns Hopkins lacrosse coach Tony Seaman knelt by himself and plucked a few strands of grass, trying to grasp what he later would call one of the program's "hardest, most disappointing defeats."

Playing yesterday's rematch on the artificial surface at Homewood Field, Seaman didn't bother to reach for the carpet. But little else had changed for him.

Another game against the Terrapins, ranked No. 1 for the first time in nine years, had drawn to another painful conclusion.

Senior Brian Dougherty reminded No. 4 Hopkins once more why he is the best goalkeeper in the nation, making eight of his 18 saves in the fourth quarter, and Maryland took better advantage of its scoring opportunities to secure a 12-9 victory before an estimated crowd of 9,150 that virtually assured the Terps of a first-round bye in next month's tournament.

"We stepped up today; we've stepped up all season. This is huge," said Maryland coach Dick Edell. "This week, I had less to say to this group from an emotional standpoint. They knew what was at stake. They're smart guys."

"This is just a great rivalry, the best in college lacrosse and one of the best in all of sports," said Dougherty, who had 23 saves in last year's 16-8 victory. "If you can't get excited about that, you shouldn't be playing."

Hopkins (4-3) went 0-for-8 on extra-man situations, failing on 17 shots. It also was beaten, 56-30, on ground balls, though playing a zone for large portions of the game had much to do with it.

"It was a game of breaks and opportunities. They had some, we had some, and they finished theirs off," said Seaman, whose team was outshot 51-32 and got 25 saves from senior Jonathan '' Marcus.

Matt Hahn and Frank Radin each scored three goals for the Terps (8-1). Radin, who had six before yesterday, tied the game at 1 early in the first quarter, then netted the last of three straight for Maryland in a span of 1: 32 of the third quarter that wiped out a 7-6 Hopkins lead. He also scored the last goal, with 6: 01 left in the game, after Hopkins had been unable to convert with Maryland a man down for one minute.

Milford Marchant led the Blue Jays with three goals and also did a decent job on faceoffs. That was a sore area for Hopkins, which was missing junior Werner Krueger because of a broken finger and lost sophomore A. T. Bailey midway through the third quarter with a pulled hamstring.

Marchant had put Hopkins in front 7-6 when he outran Maryland's Brian Reese after controlling the faceoff and beat Dougherty at 5: 46 of the third quarter. The Blue Jays got possession again, but were called for holding, which led to a bench misconduct penalty and a man-advantage goal for the Terps' Andrew Whipple, who slapped a loose ball past Marcus.

"I yelled at the referee, 'Why was it a hold? Who held?' I guess he thought I had done something that was inappropriate," Seaman said. "I asked him to clarify why I got the penalty and he told me not to yell. It's pretty tough with 9,000 people here and Homecoming and a band to get through to anybody if I don't yell or don't raise my voice."

netted the game's first goal at 1: 16, but Maryland began dominating from there. Controlling every faceoff and working the ball around patiently until a shot opened, the Terps scored four goals in less than five minutes. Peter Hilgartner connected with Hahn to give Maryland the lead at 2: 34, and again at 6: 13 to complete the run.

Hilgartner suffered a shoulder injury later in the half and didn't return, but Mike Crawford (one assist) played well off the bench.

After Hahn's second goal, the Hopkins fans gave their team a loud ovation for finally getting the ball across midfield. Dougherty stopped a shot from Billy Evans, but Dave Marr assisted on goals by Adam Bond and Evans, then scored one himself at 2: 50 of the second quarter.

Evans scored six seconds before halftime to tie it at 5, and Hopkins led twice in the third quarter before Maryland's defense began taking charge.

One member of its unit, junior Dave LaChapelle, scored the first goal of his career at 13: 30 of the third quarter to extend Maryland's lead to 10-7.

"I think that was my first time crossing the midfield line this year," he said. "I saw [Dougherty] throw the ball and said, 'Oh my God.' Once I caught it, I decided to go to the goal and see what happened."

Maryland has outscored its opponents 63-32 in the second half this season, including 7-4 yesterday.

Goals: M--Hahn 3, Radin 3, Whipple 2, Hochstadt, Hanna, LaChapelle, Livingston; JH--Marchant 3, Evans 2, Bond, Denihan, Marr, O'Kelly. Assists: M--Hilgartner 2, Crawford, Hahn, LaPointe, Livingston; JH--Marr 2, Denihan, Godfrey. Saves: M--Dougherty 18; JH--Marcus 25. Halftime: 5-5.

Pub Date: 4/14/96

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