Maryland lacrosse avenges NCAA title game loss to Loyola with 12-10 victory
By Christian Swezey,
BALTIMORE — Maryland senior midfielder John Haus showed both his skills and his versatility in scoring four goals in a 12-10 men’s lacrosse victory over Loyola before 5,781 at Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday.
The game pitted the teams ranked No. 1 in the sport’s two polls. The Terrapins (3-0) are No. 1 in the coaches’ poll and the Greyhounds (2-1) have the top spot in the media poll.
Moreover, it was a rematch of the 2012 NCAA title game. That day, Loyola’s suffocating defense led the way to a 9-3 victory and the school’s first national title. Haus started at midfield and went 0-for-9 shooting on a midfield line that went 1 for 19.
Saturday was a different story. Haus connected on his first goal after dodging and scoring against short-stick defensive midfielder Kyle Duffy to tie the game at 1 with 8 minutes 30 seconds left in the first quarter.
His second goal came when he dodged and scored while being defended by short-stick defender Pat Laconi for a 7-3 lead late in the second quarter.
His third goal came while being defended by all-American long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff; it gave the Terrapins a 9-3 lead.
And his final goal, which gave Maryland an 11-6 lead late in the third quarter, came when he reached the field quicker than his defender to start a fast break, which he finished with a low 14-yard shot for a goal.
After the midfield’s struggles in the title game, Haus led a unit on Saturday that went 7-for-15 shooting and added two assists.
“We try not to look at it as anything but just another game,” Haus said of the rematch. “This is a completely different season than last year. We have different guys, they have different guys, and we can do different things.”
Loyola had reminders for the fans attending about who won the previous matchup. As fans walked up the concourse to the seats, they saw the NCAA trophy in a case with part of the goal net draped on top.
But the Greyhounds were missing a main bauble off last year’s crown. Senior Josh Hawkins, one of the top short-stick defenders in the nation, is suspended indefinitely and has yet to play this season. A Loyola official said Hawkins may be back soon but that there is no timetable yet.
Hawkins missed four games last year with a back injury and the Greyhounds went 4-0. This year’s team, however, has not fared as well.
It needed a goal with 4.4 seconds left to defeat Delaware in the opener. And on Saturday, Hawkins was missed more than ever: Maryland scored five goals that came from a player guarded by a short-stick defender and a sixth came when a short-stick left his man open on a slide.
Maryland prepared as if Hawkins would play and at times during practice went against six long-stick defenders.
“We have a lot of respect for Josh,” Maryland Coach John Tillman said. “Having been up in New England when Josh was playing [in high school] I know how great a player he is.”
Meantime, Maryland senior Jesse Bernhardt, a long-stick middie, had 10 groundballs, four caused turnovers and held midfielder Davis Butts without a point for the first 59 minutes 10 seconds. Maryland junior Niko Amato added 13 saves.
Senior Chris Layne had two goals and an assist for Loyola, which was not closer than two goals from the first quarter until the final 23 seconds.
“It’s only the third game of the season,” Ratliff said. “Obviously it’s a game we wanted to win but we’re not going to overreact.”
●VIRGINIA 13, STONY BROOK 7: Mark Cockerton scored five goals as the No. 6 Cavaliers outlasted the host Seawolves. Virginia (3-0) had just a 6-5 lead at halftime, but the Cavaliers limited Stony Brook (1-2) to only four shots in the second half.