By Connor Bell
In one of the most storied rivalries in all of college lacrosse, Maryland beat the Blue Jays of Johns Hopkins University 11-8.
Four Terps had a pair of goals each, Matt Rambo, Colin Heacock, Connor Kelly and Dylan Maltz. As the Terps managed to score at least one more goal than Hopkins in three of the four periods leading to a three goal victory.
Maryland goalie Kyle Bernlohr continued his stellar defense that he has been doing all year as he recorded seven saves all while facing 35 shots.
The Terp’s defense really came to play on Saturday however as they only gave up five goals when at even strength as Hopkins scored three goals out of the five times they were up a man. Furthermore, they forced the Blue Jays to turn the ball over 12 times and were almost perfect on their clear attempts. What really attests to this tough defense however was the fact that Hopkins went 17 of 22 on face-offs allowing little rest for the Terps between goals, but they still held tight regardless.
This win most importantly gave the Terps an outright claim to the Big Ten Championship and the all-important Crab Rivalry trophy.
As they finished the regular season on Saturday, the Terps finished with an overall record of 12-2 with their last loss coming in January to Notre Dame. They went undefeated at home and in conference play as well. Depending on how they do in the Big Ten Tournament, Maryland should be in discussion for a number one seed in the NCAA Lacrosse Tournament.
With this high-powered offense and brick wall of a defense, the Terps will play in the Big Ten Tournament as the number one seed and will play Penn State this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network. The Terps beat the Nittany Lions 11-10 in overtime earlier this season.