Fourth-ranked Johns Hopkins shut out Maryland for 24 minutes today and went on to hand the sixth-ranked Terrapins their worst lacrosse defeat of the year, 14-6, before 8,500 at Homewood Field.
The Blue Jays (6-2) extended their mastery over Maryland to 10 straight games. The Blue Jays had been ranked second until last week when they were upset by Army, 12-11. Top-ranked North Carolina had defeated them the week before in overtime, 13-12.
"Hopkins has a tradition of coming back and playing our best lacrosse after we lose," said Jeff Cook, who led Hopkins with three goals and two assists. "But after we lost to North Carolina, it took another loss to Army to wake us up. We had a lot to prove today."
By the time Maryland (6-3) scored nine minutes into the second period, Hopkins had already opened up a 6-0 lead. And, after Jim Wilkerson scored the Terrapins' first goal, the Blue Jays scored twice more before intermission for an 8-1 lead.
"I think when we started to pull away from them, the gap in the score got to them and they became unsettled," said all-America Cook. "In the second half, they were playing more on emotion than mind."
Hopkins began slowly, scoring twice in the game's first 9 1/2 minutes. Willy Odenthal opened the scoring at 4:52 and Peter Scott scored to make it 2-0 at 9:27.
But Cook scored at 11:21 and Gary Benninghoff scored on a rebound 27 seconds later. Henry Ciccarone Jr. and Mike Donnelly scored for Hopkins at the start of the second period and Hopkins led, 6-0.
Maryland had trouble picking up the ball on the artificial turf and had trouble moving the ball most of the game. The Terrapins turned over the ball on three straight possessions in the third period on offside calls.
But in the fourth quarter, Maryland kept even with the Blue Jays, at least in goals, as Wilkerson (who scored three goals in the game), Mark Dubick and Geoff Nordberg countered three Hopkins scores.