Hopkins thumps sluggish Terps

Maryland is shut out for game's first 40: 30 as Jays cruise, 13-3

April 17, 1999|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- "The War" transformed into "The Snore" last night, compliments of the Maryland offense.

The most storied rivalry in lacrosse logged in one of its most uneventful chapters, as No. 3 Johns Hopkins shut out No. 7 Maryland for the opening 40 1/2 minutes to cruise to a 13-3 victory before a lulled-asleep 5,829 at Byrd Stadium. It's the largest margin of victory by Hopkins since 1977 in the 104-year-old intrastate series.

To classify the Terrapins' latest stretch as a slump might be an understatement.

The Terrapins (7-3) have been held to single digits in three straight games for the first time in 10 years. They were held to their lowest total against Hopkins since a three-goal output in 1941. They were held to their lowest output in seven years.

Follow the futile script?

That provided Hopkins (7-1) the luxury of dissecting Maryland's defense. The Blue Jays, winners of six straight, crept out to a 6-0 advantage early in the third quarter and never allowed the margin to descend below five the rest of the game.

"When you look up at halftime and see 5-0, it's like looking at Mount Everest for us," Maryland coach Dick Edell said. "It just puts a tremendous amount of pressure on you. I'd like to sit here and give you great verse about, `If this midfielder went there and that attackman went there.' But I can't do it."

A steadily improving Hopkins defense didn't make matters any easier for the Terps.

The Blue Jays matched up perfectly against Maryland one-on-one and rarely had to slide to help each other. And it became much easier since defenseman Rob Doerr silenced the Terrapins' most dangerous threat, Scott Hochstadt, to no shots. Zero.

"I thought about him a lot this week," Doerr said. "I didn't throw too many checks on him. It wasn't my plan. Scott creates a lot for them. So to stop a player like that, slows an offense down."

Hopkins dared Maryland to beat its defense with its more inexperienced players. The result: The Terrapins managed just 27 shots -- six fewer than the total shots on goal by Hopkins.

Maryland has yet to prove that it can consistently make perimeter shots and wasted too much time when it penetrated inside, giving the Blue Jays ample time to collapse.

"I'm a believer that if our offense isn't playing well, then it's time for our defense to step up," Hopkins attackman Dan Denihan said. "Today was just a classic point of that. Our defense played unbelievable. I think they needed something like that under their belts."

The Blue Jays opened their scoring 5: 18 into the game, thanks to a Maryland turnover on the offensive end. Scooping up a loose ball around the crease after a mishandled pass, Hopkins goalkeeper Brian Carcaterra sprinted 65 yards upfield and gave way to Denihan, who one-timed a pass down to the crease for a Dylan Schlott extra-man goal.

With its defense stifling Maryland, Hopkins didn't have to rush, and it put together a game-breaking four-goal spurt over a five-minute span in the second quarter. The run was capped by an A. J. Haugen goal only seconds after the Terrapins turned the ball over on an offside call.

Schlott led Hopkins with four goals and Denihan added three goals and three assists for the Blue Jays.

"When we didn't get goals, I looked up on the board and they hadn't scored either," Schlott said. "So it was comforting to know that they we were playing good defense."

Maryland's lackluster offensive effort was compounded by being a few inches off on their shots. The Terrapins had three of their shots ricochet off the pipe in the first half, and Brian Zeller managed to hit the side of the net on an open-goal opportunity early in the second quarter, when Hopkins led just 1-0.

The drought finally ended with 4: 32 remaining in the third quarter, when Zeller powered in a 15-yard shot on a man-up situation. The celebration was short-lived, however, as Denihan scored on a roll from the left side of the crease to push the advantage back to 7-1.

Pub Date: 4/17/99

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