Maryland, Hopkins Advance to Semis; Mids Battle in Patriot League Diamond Finale
|The Jays mob goalie Eric Schneider following their 16-15 win (photo / T. Flynn)|
Annapolis, MD - It was an afternoon of mixed news in Maryland's capital city for three of its top college sports teams on Sunday. The Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team had perhaps the best day of a trio of college squads playing less than a mile apart.
The Blue Jays continued their late-season surge as they edged the #1 team in the country, Syracuse, by a score of 16-15 at Navy-Marines Corps Stadium. Grad student Eric Schneider stood tall in goal for Hopkins (11-6), making 15 saves including a number of early stops that ultimately help Hopkins pull off the one goal victory. On offense senior Wells Stanwick did his best Wayne Gretzky impression from X, surveying the field and adding four goals to go with two assists.
As time ran out in the third, Stanwick inbounded the ball from the back left corner and drove hard to the Syracuse (13-3) goal, burying a diving shot, staying outside of the crease, and putting the Blue Jays up 11-8 going into the final quarter.
|Wells Stanwick directs traffic for Hopkins (photo / T. Fynn)|
Hopkins vanquished one major rival this week only to face another next weekend, this one even more familiar.
The Maryland Terrapins (14-3) men's lacrosse squad advanced to their fourth final four in the past five years with a commanding 14-7 win over North Carolina (13-4) in the second-half of a doubleheader in Annapolis. Midfielder Bryan Cole had a career-high four goals for the Terps.
They will face Hopkins in the NCAA semifinals at Philaldelphia's Lincoln Financial Field. The other semifinal matchup will be between Denver and Notre Dame.
At nearby Max Bishop Stadium Navy's baseball team had a less memorable end to the day as they fell in extra frames in the finale of a best-of-three Patriot League championship series to Lehigh, 4-3. Earlier in the afternoon it was the Mids who'd won in extra innings, 9-8, to send the series to a third and decisive game. That game was a continuation of a rain-shortened contest from Saturday.
|Navy and Lehigh exchange handshakes after the series (photo / T. Flynn)|
Luke Gillingham, their #1 starter who was sidelined with injury for the deciding series, also showed himself as one of the nation's top arms as a junior, going 8-1, posting a 1.19 ERA, and striking out 111 hitters in 83.1 innings of work. A host of Navy arms pitched well in his absence including sophomore George Coughlin and reliever Sam Sorenson.