Johns Hopkins' lacrosse team yesterday showed why it is almost certainly No. 1 in the nation, scoring a 14-7 victory over No. 9 Maryland before 7,800 at Byrd Stadium.

The second-ranked Blue Jays (7-1), beating Maryland for the 11th straight time, should gain the top spot after No. 1 Syracuse's loss, 9-6, to Army yesterday.

Maryland's Mike Hubbard scored 16 seconds into the game, charging down the left side, knocking over defenseman Marty Bergin and flicking the ball past goalie Larry Quinn. All-America attackman Jim Wilkerson made it 2-0 with a shot in the crease four minutes later. But goals by midfielder Rich Clancy and Chris Schreiber, the later falling down after a check by Jim Claborn, tied the score at 2.

All-America Peter Scott's beautiful feed to Willy Odenthal gave the Blue Jays their first lead, 3-2, with 6:44 left in the opening quarter. An apparent score by Wilkerson was ruled no good, the quarter had expired, and Maryland (4-4) could never catch up.

Led by a swarming defense that rarely let the Terrapins get off a good shot, Johns Hopkins dominated the second period, increasing its margin to 6-3 on a goal by Bill Cantelli and two by Henry Ciccarone Jr. His second was a picture-perfect, behind-the-back shot.

Trailing, 7-4, Maryland couldn't take advantage of a 2 1/2 minute extra-man situation. The Blue Jays got goals from Jeff Krumenacker and Scott--who had three goals and three assists--in the last two minutes of the third quarter to raise the margin to 9-4.

"We worked hard this week at getting movement from our attack," said Hopkins Coach Henry Ciccarone, "but Maryland came out looking good. It was important how we held our poise and then our defense took over--and Quinn played great. It's always special beating Maryland."

A disappointed Coach Dino Mattessich, whose Terrapins have lost three in a row, said, "We were off to a quick start, but then they capitalized on a couple of mistakes. We didn't convert on our chances and they physically wore us down. We just didn't keep our composure or play hard as a team. We have to win our last four games impressively to make the NCAAs. We're at rock bottom now."