Hopkins topples Maryland, 13-9 4th straight win ends Blue Jays' Top 15 jinx

April 13, 1997|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- Johns Hopkins enjoyed yesterday's visit to Byrd Stadium so much, the Blue Jays want to go back and try the place out again a few more times next month.

Hopkins jumped on top of No. 4 Maryland in the first 20 seconds and was in command throughout a 13-9 handling of the Terps yesterday. It was the fourth straight win for the No. 5 Blue Jays, who had plenty of quality losses in their resume, but zilch against the Top 15.

"This is a definite statement," coach Tony Seaman said. "This said that maybe the coach isn't crazy, that Hopkins is pretty good."

There were some doubts at Homewood three weeks ago.

The fans saw a 2-3 record and little chance at a May appearance at Byrd Stadium, which will be host to the Final Four for the fifth straight time next month. Seaman had a different take on one-goal losses to No. 1 Princeton and Syracuse and a similarly maddening setback to Virginia, as he never curtailed the talk about a national title.

"We like to talk about Byrd being our home away from home," Seaman said. "It's a popular place for us. [Brian] Carcaterra told me that he can't wait to come back in May."

Carcaterra, the freshman goalie, had 17 saves. Billy Evans, the senior midfielder from Loyola High, matched his career high with four goals, but just about all the Blue Jays enjoyed the sloppy conditions better than did the Terps, who were down 12-5 two minutes into the fourth quarter.

A steady rain limited attendance to 3,150, the smallest crowd to watch a Hopkins-Maryland game here since at least the 1960s.

The gathering may have been small, but the stakes were high. Maryland (6-3) probably needs to win the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament to get a first-round bye in the NCAAs, while the Blue Jays (6-3) are in decent position to finish the regular season with eight straight wins.

Hopkins had beaten North Carolina, Villanova and Army by a combined 55-21, and the Blue Jays were nearly as dominant in this one. They won the opening faceoff, Dudley Dixon promptly converted a pass from Werner Krueger, and Hopkins never trailed.

The difference got to 7-3 with 4: 46 left in the second quarter, on an extra-man goal by Jason Moolenaar, who had missed the first eight games with an injury.

Maryland got to within 8-5 on one of Bob Hanna's three goals, had momentum and an extra-man situation. The Terps got only one shot out of that, however, and the rest of the quarter consisted of Evans beating Maryland at one end and Carcaterra at the other.

"That was the most important quarter of my life," said Carcaterra, who redshirted last year while Jon Marcus completed his career. "Third quarters have been killing us, but our defense dominated this one."

Even though Hopkins acquiesced a bit after going up by seven goals, it was the Blue Jays' biggest margin of victory in the 103-year-old series since 1993.

Seaman said Hopkins could have had a 20-goal day if not for the work of Sean Keenan, the sophomore goalie out of St. Paul's who had 22 saves for the Terps, 16 in the second half, but it was the home team that was frustrated.

"At critical times, some of our kids tried too damned hard individually," said Edell, whose team had only three assists. "You can't say, 'I'm going to try to do it all by myself,' against a great sliding defense. Up until the time we got to eight or nine goals, we were seeing a slide or two or three. The only way you're going to beat him [Carcaterra] is with good passing."

It got ugly at the end. With less than five minutes to go, as one of the Terps was being penalized for unnecessary roughness, Carcaterra and Maryland attackman Matt Hahn slipped to the turf in a race to the end line. As they were getting to their feet, Hahn pushed Carcaterra down.

The Terps found solace in an omen. In each of the past two years, the loser of the Hopkins-Maryland regular-season game has gotten revenge in the NCAA tournament. Edell said, "We'll live to play another day."

So will Hopkins, preferably at Byrd Stadium.

Pub Date: 4/13/97

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