The Maryland Terrapins men’s lacrosse team has some of the most explosive offensive firepower in the nation.
Unfortunately for the Terps, they got off to their slowest start of the 2014 regular season in an 11-6 loss on the road against Johns Hopkins on Saturday afternoon.
The Terps only had one goal in the first half, which is their lowest output of the season. Their previous lowest goal total was three. The lone Maryland tally came courtesy of a midfielder Joe LoCasio on an absolute rocket from the weak side of the cage. LoCasio netted a pair of goals on the afternoon.
The Blue Jays added three goals before halftime and two of their four first half tallies came on the man-up advantage. Johns Hopkins ranks third in the NCAA in offensive efficiency when up a player. Wells Stanwick added the final two goals of the half to give the Blue Jays a 6-1 lead at the break.
With 5:54 left in the third quarter, attacker Rustin Bryant found the back of the cage on a tough play. Midfielder Mike Chanenchuk rifled a beautiful pass to Bryant in the crease and Bryant was able to flick his wrist and complete the difficult diving goal. Maryland trailed 6-2 at that point.
Bryant scored again just a few minutes later on another nice pass from Chanenchuk to Bryant in front. Bryant was leveled after he found the back of the cage and Maryland was rewarded with a man-up advantage. Unfortunately for the Terps, Johns Hopkins took the ball the other way and scored to take a 7-2 lead.
Midfielder Henry West scored two consecutive goals to cut the Hopkins lead to 9-5. West netted a pair of goals in 45 seconds for Maryland.
With 5:02 left in the fourth quarter, LoCasio ripped a huge shot from right in line with the cage to cut the deficit to 9-6.
Johns Hopkins was able to add two late goals to put the game out of reach in the final three minutes. The loss was the 15th time in the last 21 meetings that the Blue Jays edged the Terps.