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Brown scores eight goals as JHU edges Terps

By: Charlie Wright

Ryan Brown scored eight goals as he led JHU past rival Maryland to earn the top seed in the upcoming Big Ten tournament.

Ryan Brown scored eight goals as he led JHU past rival Maryland to earn the top seed in the upcoming Big Ten tournament.

Attackman Ryan Brown just needed to see one hit the back of the net.

The junior leads Johns Hopkins in goals, yet didn’t score until the second quarter. Once he got on the board, Brown could not be stopped and carried the Blue Jays (7-5, 4-1) to a 15-12 victory over Maryland (12-2, 4-1) at Byrd Stadium.

Brown led all scorers with eight goals, including his 50th of the season in the fourth quarter. He is the fourth Johns Hopkins player to notch 50 goals in a single season.

“He’s got a great release,” said Terps coach John Tillman. “He’s been doing it a lot this year. He’s a pretty darn good offensive player.”

It was the 112th time the two powerhouse lacrosse schools have played each other. JHU has dominated the series and are now 71-40-1 against Maryland. The Blue Jays won the matchup the last two years as well.

The Terps came out firing, scoring the first two goals of the game. Attackman Matt Rambo scored twice in 41 seconds, but the Terps’ leading scorer would only manage four shots on the day. Joel Tinney answered for the Blue Jays, but Jay Carlson came back with a pair of goals to put the Terps up 4-1. Carlson’s first score came after long pole Matt Neufeldt scooped up a groundball, drove the length of the field and then flipped a pass backward to Joe LoCascio, who dished to Carlson for a leaping finish.

This would be the peak for the Maryland offense. Johns Hopkins would score four of the next six goals, capped off by a soft pass from Wells Stanwick to younger brother Shack in front of the net for an easy goal, knotting the score at 6-6. The run was fueled by a hustling Blue Jays squad that won the ground ball battle in the final three quarters.

“They out-Terped the Terps,” said midfielder Joe LoCascio. “They won the ground ball battle, which is something that we preach every single day. They just came out with more energy.”

The Terps did benefit from a hustle play to start the second half, when Carlson knocked the ball loose as Johns Hopkins attempted to clear, leading to an easy score for Colin Heacock. The teams would trade goals, and then Blue Jays coach Dave Pietramala decided to pull goalie Eric Schneider in favor of Will Ryan. The junior immediately made a save, and would finish with four, one more than Schneider.

“I’m not sure we gave [Ryan] enough opportunities to test him,” Tillman said. “That’s a credit to their defense. I don’t think we got enough opportunities.”

Maryland entered the fourth quarter with a one-goal lead, but that changed quickly. Brown scored twice in the first minute of the quarter, and Johns Hopkins didn’t look back. They would score six consecutive goals, putting the game out of reach. Six different players had a goal or an assist in that stretch.

“You have to take into account the whole offense, because with a team that’s as talented as Hopkins … they have other guys that can step up as well,” said defenseman Matt Dunn. “You kind of just have to focus on the bigger picture and … just execute better than we did tonight.”

In the final five minutes, the Terps resorted to firing shots from all over the field. They would score twice with less than two minutes left, but the result was already decided. Midfielder Bryan Cole recorded his fourth assist with about 30 seconds to go, a career high.

The loss means the Terps will share the Big Ten title with the Blue Jays, who earned the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament. Maryland will face Ohio State as the No. 2 seed on Thursday, April 30 with the winner playing either JHU or Penn State on Saturday May 2 in the championship game. The tournament will be hosted entirely at Byrd Stadium.

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Charlie Wright

Staff Writer
Charlie is a lifelong sports fan who grew up cheering for hometown teams. He developed a passion for writing in high school and chose to pursue the profession in college. Charlie followed most of his family to the University of Maryland, where he is pursuing a degree in journalism. He plans to enter the sports journalism field after graduation, hopefully covering a local team.

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