Johns Hopkins at Maryland: Halftime thoughts
No. 7 Maryland has jumped out to a 7-2 advantage at halftime over No. 3 Johns Hopkins at Byrd Stadium in College Park, and the Terps have done so in stunning fashion on Saturday night.
None of the seven of the team’s goals have come from the vaunted attack of seniors Ryan Young and Grant Catalino and sophomore Owen Blye. Midfielders have scored six times, and sophomore long-stick midfielder Jesse Bernhardt got the other tally.
That’s not to suggest that the attack’s impact has been minimal. Young has been a non-stop dervish behind the net, and he has assisted on two of junior Joe Cummings’ three goals. Catalino hasn’t put a shot on net, but he has drawn sophomore defenseman
Tucker Durkin Chris Lightner out of the middle of the box.
But if Maryland (8-2) is having this kind of success without goals from its attack, it could be a long evening for the Blue Jays (8-2).
*The Terps should actually lead by six goals, but redshirt freshman goalkeeper Niko Amato lazily floated an outlet pass that was intercepted by Zach Palmer at almost midfield. From 35 yards out, the Johns Hopkins sophomore attackman skipped the ball past a diving Maryland defenseman and Amato to make the score 4-2 with 10:16 left in the second quarter. But the Terps scored three times in a span of 4 minutes, 58 seconds to enjoy their largest lead of the contest.
*Cummings leads all scorers with three goals – his fourth hat trick of the season and second in his last three games. Junior midfielders Jake Bernhardt and Drew Snider have scored one each. Sophomore midfielder Landon Carr caused a brief delay with 10:26 left in the first quarter when his blast from the left point ripped a hole in the netting. It was reminiscent of a shot by Blue Jays attackman Kyle Wharton, who did the same against Towson last year.
*Palmer leads Johns Hopkins with a goal and an assist, but senior attackman Chris Boland and Wharton have been silenced by Maryland senior defensemen Brett Schmidt and Ryder Bohlander, respectively. Similarly, Blue Jays sophomore midfielder John Ranagan has been handcuffed by senior long-stick midfielder Brian Farrell and Jesse Bernhardt.
*The Terps are winning the battle of the faceoffs, taking 7-of-11 attempts. Sophomore Curtis Holmes, who entered the contest ranked 11th in Division I with a 61.8 percentage (118-of-191), has been outdueling Johns Hopkins senior Matt Dolente, who leads the nation with a 70.2 success rate (113-of-161). Maryland has taken 15 shots to the Blue Jays’ 11, but Johns Hopkins has a slight edge in ground balls, 16-15.