No. 15 Johns Hopkins Upsets No. 1 Maryland to Gain New Life

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Despite two goals and an assist from junior Mike Chanenchuk, No. 1 Maryland fell 7-4 to No. 15 Johns Hopkins in front of 10,233 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The loss drops the Terps to 8-2 on the season, while the Blue Jays improve to 7-4 overall.

Junior Niko Amato kept it close recording 12 saves, but Hopkins got two goals apiece from John Ranagan and John Kaestner in the win.

Ranagan scored the first two goals of the game to put Hopkins up 2-0 with 5:34 remaining in the quarter. Maryland answered when Chanenchuk took a quick restart and fed senior Owen Blye on the crease to cut the lead to 2-1 with 3:36 remaining in the half.

After Kaestner extended the Hopkins lead to 3-1, Maryland again answered to cut the lead to 3-2 at the end of the first. Chanenchuk scored his 10th goal of the year off of a feed from senior Kevin Cooper with 1:38 remaining in the quarter.

The second quarter was a defensive battle as Hopkins notched the only goal of the quarter with 10:50 left in the half to extend their lead to 4-2 heading into halftime.

The Blue Jays opened up the scoring in the second half with a goal by Kaestner just over 30 seconds into the half to extend the lead to 5-2.

Maryland broke its scoreless streak with 9:34 remaining in the third when Chanenchuk dodged down the right alley and ripped a shot into the lower left corner to cut the lead to 5-3.

Hopkins however closed out the scoring in the third quarter with 6:01 remaining when Rob Guida scored an unassisted goal to give the Blue Jays a 6-3 advantage.

The Terps opened up the scoring in the fourth quarter with senior Jake Bernhardt beating the keeper from 10 yards out to cut the lead to 6-4 with 11:19 remaining in the game.

However, the Blue Jays tightened up defensively and despite 10 shots from the Terps in the fourth, held Maryland to just that one goal. Brandon Benn closed out the scoring for Hopkins with 2:18 in the game to give the Blue Jays the final 7-4 margin.

The Terps starting defense caused six turnovers on the day led by three from junior Michael Ehrhardt who also added four ground balls.

Sophomore Charlie Raffa was 6 of 12 facing off on the day to go along with four groundballs.

Maryland returns to action next Saturday, April 20 against Yale. Faceoff for the Terps and the Bulldogs is set for noon at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

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COLLEGE PARK, MD - Someone asked Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala in the post-game press conference if Saturday's 7-4 win against rival Maryland was the turning point of the season. History, and how the 2013 season plays out, will determine the exact answer of that question, but the Blue Jays certainly gave themselves new life after a hard-fought victory in the 110th renewal of lacrosse's greatest rivalry.

In a game the Blue Jays (7-4) never trailed, they never quite put away either and it wasn't until junior Brandon Benn buried his only goal of the game with 2:18 remaining did the win seem secure. For 58 minutes before that, the tension of a playoff game filled Byrd Stadium and it was the Blue Jay seniors and defense that provided the difference.

Senior goalie Pierce Bassett made the first of his 12 saves just over five minutes into the game and quickly sprung senior midfielder John Ranagan, who took his outlet pass 25 yards from the goal and sprinted into the attack zone, where no slide came and he buried an eight-yard shot to give the Blue Jays an early 1-0 lead. The assist was the first of Bassett's career.

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