Enter the No Spin Zone—Hopkins Dominate the Terps 7-4 Before 10,200 at Byrd

Everything was perfect for a great day at College Park. Great weather, great crowd, a home game against arch rival Johns Hopkins. But someone forgot to tell the offense. Highs and lows of the day:

The shot selection was eerily reminiscent of the effort in the Championship game against Loyola last year. To Hopkins credit, the defense somehow forced the Terps into some very weak shots as they lost patience trying to penetrate. When the Terps had open looks, it seemed they fired high into Pierce Bassett’s stick. Take nothing away from Bassett as he had an excellent game with 12 saves.

The Terps managed just 2 goals on 20 shots in the 1st half but failed to make the proper adjustments in the 2nd half shooting 2 of 16.

Tucker Durkin and Co. Limited the Terps to just 1 goal on attack from Owen Blye.

The offense was 0-3 on man up situations.

It’s amazing what a difference a year makes as Maryland thoroughly handled Hopkins last year at Homewood.

The Highs

Niko Amato was miraculous in the goal for Maryland. I counted 4 nearly impossible saves he made. This game could have been much worse then it was.

Overall the defense was great limiting Hopkins to but 7 goals, and causing many turnovers especially in the 4th quarter,

Charlie Raffa held Mike Poppleton to a 6-6 draw at the x position.

Tillman continues to utilize his bench more extensively then in past years. Maryland got strong efforts from Greg D’Arienzo, Dave Goodwin, Nick Mannis, and Eric Parnon.

Bottom Line

Today and I repeat today only Hopkins was the better team.

Next week at Capital One Field —Yale, on a 4 game winning streak comes to town. The playoffs begin in 4 weeks –I am confident this is just a blip on the radar.

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