Wharton's goal with 16 seconds left in OT lifts Hopkins over Maryland, 12-11

Blue Jays had roared back in second half, only to see Terps counter and force extra session

April 16, 2011|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

The payback tour of 2011 rolls on for the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team.

After avenging last year's losses to Virginia and North Carolina, the No. 3 Blue Jays made amends for a 10-9 loss to Maryland last season by edging the No. 7 Terps, 12-11, in overtime before a rain-drenched 8,072 at Byrd Stadium in College Park Saturday night.

Three seconds after a one-minute slashing penalty against Terps senior defenseman Ryder Bohlander had ended, Johns Hopkins senior attackman Kyle Wharton faked a shot from the right wing, stepped to his left, and put his shot over redshirt freshman goalkeeper Niko Amato for the game-winner with 16 seconds left in the extra session.

Wharton said he has been working on his fakes to catch defenders off guard and create more shooting room.

"I saw him come up, faked the shot, went around him, and it is what it is," he said.

It was the first time the Blue Jays had overcome a five-goal deficit since March 18, 2005 when they trailed Syracuse, 7-1, in the second quarter before prevailing, 12-11, in overtime.

The collapse was reminiscent of Maryland's inability to protect a 4-1 lead against North Carolina on March 26. The Terps lost that game, 11-6.

Maryland owned a 7-2 lead at intermission, but visiting Johns Hopkins used a 7-1 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to assume their first lead of the contest when junior midfielder Marshall Burkhart converted a centering pass from freshman midfielder Eric Ruhl with 7:54 remaining.

"Unfortunately, we just played so much defense in the second half and there were so many self-inflicted wounds with that," Maryland coach John Tillman said. "If that team is the third-best team in the country, we're an inch away from being next to them."

Senior attackman Chris Boland's fifth goal of the game with 5:43 left gave the Blue Jays (9-2) a two-goal cushion, but the Terps got goals from senior attackman Ryan Young and junior midfielder Joe Cummings in a span of 62 seconds to tie the score at 11.

In addition to Boland's game-high five goals, sophomore attackman Zach Palmer and freshman midfielder Eric Ruhl each recorded two goals and one assist. Wharton added one goal and two assists.

Cummings paced Maryland (8-3) with four goals, while Young finished with one goal and two assists. Senior attackman Grant Catalino, who entered the game ranked second on the team in both goals (19) and points (27), was limited to a single goal by Johns Hopkins sophomore defenseman Chris Lightner.

None of the seven of the Terps' goals in the first half came from the vaunted attack of senior Grant Catalino, sophomore Owen Blye and Young. Midfielders scored six times, and sophomore long-stick midfielder Jesse Bernhardt got the other tally.

Maryland took a 2-0 lead courtesy of goals from Cummings and sophomore midfielder Landon Carr within an eight-second span.

Blue Jays freshman midfielder Eric Ruhl halved the deficit with a blast from the left wing with 5:12 left in the first quarter, but goals from junior midfielder Drew Snider and Cummings gave the Terps a 4-1 lead.

Johns Hopkins got a goal courtesy of a poor decision by Maryland redshirt freshman goalkeeper Niko Amato. His floating outlet pass was intercepted by Zach Palmer at almost midfield. From 35 yards out, the Blue Jays sophomore attackman skipped the ball past a diving Terps defenseman and Amato to make the score 4-2 with 10:16 left in the second quarter.

But the Terps scored three times in a span of 4 minutes, 58 seconds to enjoy their largest lead of the contest.

Notes: The result was the eighth game in the last 14 to be decided by one goal between these two teams, and four of the last five went into overtime. … The Blue Jays have won eight of the last 10 meetings in this series.

edward.lee@baltsun.com

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