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At least one Johns Hopkins player will have fond memories of Byrd Stadium. Junior midfielder Joe McDermott scored the winning goal 1 minute 11 seconds into sudden-death overtime as top-ranked Johns Hopkins defeated No. 5 Maryland, 6-5, before 8,183 at Byrd Stadium last night.
Maryland won the opening faceoff in overtime, but turned over the ball when junior Justin Smith was called for being in the crease 56 seconds into overtime.
The Blue Jays (7-1) won the game when McDermott drove to the goal against defensive midfielder Paul Gillette. Gillette slipped near the goal, and McDermott went past him and dumped a close shot past goaltender Danny McCormick with 2:39 left in overtime.
It marked the first victory for Johns Hopkins at Byrd Stadium since 1999; the Blue Jays have lost eight straight NCAA tournament games there since 1993, including every year from 1995 until 2001.
Said McDermott: "The original plan was for [midfielder] Kevin Boland to get the ball. He drew the long pole and I had the shorty, so they called my number."
Last night's game was about as even as it could be through three quarters. The teams each had 19 shots and 13 turnovers; unofficially, each team also had possession for 22 minutes 30 seconds. Johns Hopkins led, 5-3, at the end of the quarter.
The fourth quarter, however, was all Maryland. The Terrapins closed to 5-4 following a goal by senior Ryan Moran with 10:14 left, then tied the game at 5 after a goal by junior Dan LaMonica with 8:37 left.
Hopkins did not score over the final 26:05 of regulation. It marked the eighth time in nine games this season that Maryland held a team scoreless for at least 17 minutes.
Said Maryland Coach Dave Cottle: "That's an explosive team that we held [in check]. When I walked off the field last year [following the loss to Hopkins] I wanted to throw up. But I was proud of this Maryland team. They competed from beginning to end."
Maryland senior defenseman Michael Howley moved to midfield to cover Adam Doneger, a first-team all-American; Terrapins junior standout defenseman Chris Passavia guarded Kyle Barrie, the team's leading scorer entering the game with 20 goals and 11 assists.
Those are the same matchups as in Hopkins's 9-8, sudden-death overtime win last year. Doneger and Barrie finished with one goal, though Barrie had the game-winner.
Last night, Barrie made 1 of 5 shots and Doneger went 1 for 7. Sophomore Kevin Boland had two goals and goaltender Rob Scherr had 15 saves for Johns Hopkins.
Last night marked the 99th meeting between the teams dating from 1895.