Hopkins slips past Maryland in OT, 6-5

McDermott's goal boosts No. 1 Jays as 1 goal decides rivalry for 3rd year in row

April 13, 2003|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - A Johns Hopkins lacrosse player gets two chances during his career to play Maryland at Byrd Stadium.

Joe McDermott will have much fonder memories of his second visit here.

The junior midfielder from Rockville Centre, N.Y., scored just his fourth goal of the season with 2:39 left in the first overtime session, lifting the top-ranked Blue Jays to a 6-5 victory last night over the Terps. When Hopkins lost here two years ago, McDermott had to be helped from the field with a concussion, which cost him his spot in the offensive rotation.

"That's definitely the biggest goal of my career," McDermott said.

It was a day of upheaval in college lacrosse - Syracuse lost at the Carrier Dome to Rutgers and UMBC knocked off North Carolina - but it was a standard issue Hopkins-Maryland game. For the third straight year the game's most storied rivalry was decided by one goal, and it was the second straight year the Blue Jays won in overtime.

The play wasn't of classic caliber - it was the lowest scoring game in a 99-game series since 1951 - but the finish was. A crowd of 8,183, the largest regular-season gathering at Byrd Stadium since 1995, watched No. 4 Maryland fall short in its bid to beat a top-ranked team for the first time in five years.

Coach Dave Pietramala's Blue Jays, meanwhile, became the first team to beat all four Atlantic Coast Conference programs in the same regular season.

The Hopkins defense owned the first half, when senior goalie Rob Scherr made nine of his 15 saves. Maryland's long sticks and goalie Dan McCormick were even more dominant in the second. The Blue Jays (7-1) took a 5-2 lead with 11:05 left in the third quarter, then went more than 28 minutes without a goal before they were rescued by McDermott.

The Blue Jays had taken that three-goal advantage on Kevin Boland's second goal, but then the Terps (7-2) began to control possession and display patience.

Maryland had one goal to show for the previous 33 minutes when midfielder Justin Smith made it 5-3 with 5:11 left in the third quarter. Ryan Moran scored out top for the Terps with 10:14 left, and Ian Healy fed Dan LaMonica on the goal that tied it at 5 with 8:37 remaining.

Neither team came close to scoring in the rest of regulation, and McDermott's goal finished the best settled sequence Hopkins had put together in what seemed to be an hour. Offensive coordinator Seth Tierney put the ball in his stick. He began in the right corner, curled around the cage, lost a defender and beat McCormick.

"The original plan was for Boland to get the ball, but he drew the long pole," McDermott said. "I had the shorty [Paul Gillespie], so they called my number. The opportunity was there, and I took it."

Johns Hopkins executed its game plan in the first half, as Kyle Harrison, Greg Peyser and Lou Braun allowed the Blue Jays to control the first six faceoffs. When the Terps finally got the ball, Brian Hunt was limited to few touches by Michael Peyser, and Corey Harned held midfielder Mike Mollot without a point for the first time in 22 games.

Even a 14-minute Hopkins drought wasn't a downer for the Blue Jays, as Adam Doneger beat the first quarter horn by a second for a 2-1 lead. Gillette tied it at 2 with 10:06 left in the second quarter, but that was Maryland's offense in the last 23 minutes of the half. When Boland and Kyle Barrie made it 4-2 for the Blue Jays with 9:14 remaining in the first half, Hopkins' goal total had doubled the saves by McCormick.

The result ended a four-game losing streak for Hopkins at Byrd. It was Maryland's fifth straight overtime loss, but Maryland coach Dave Cottle wasn't distressed.

"We're a work in progress," Cottle said. "When we lost up there last year, I wanted to throw up. I believe we're better than we were two years ago."

Johns Hopkins 2 2 1 0 1 - 6

Maryland 1 1 1 2 0 - 5

Goals: JHU-Boland 2, Barrie, Doneger, Harrison, McDermott; M-Gillette, LaMonica, Moran, Smith, Walters. Assists: JHU-LeSueur 2, McDermott, Peyser; M-LaMonica 2, Healy, Hunt. Saves: JHU-Scherr 15; M-McCormick 7.

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