- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 14, 2002

BALTIMORE Maryland lacrosse coach Dave Cottle recognized the postseason implications of yesterday's game with Johns Hopkins before the first faceoff.
After the fifth-ranked Terrapins lost to the No.3 Blue Jays 9-8 in overtime before 8,642 at Homewood Field, Cottle told his players they must win the ACC tournament next weekend in Durham, N.C., or risk staying home for the NCAA tournament.
"We knew going into this game we had to win two of the next three, whether it be the ACC championship or Hopkins and one other game," Cottle said. "So the only thing that changes is we have to win two out of two. But I think everybody in lacrosse realizes we're a pretty good team."
This was the Terps' third one-goal loss of the season after they had dropped just two over the previous two seasons. Two of this season's losses have been to top-five teams.
In past years, that would not have hurt a team's postseason resume. But with just six at-large bids to the 12-team tournament, Maryland (7-3) figures to be in the mix for one of the final three bids. Johns Hopkins, Syracuse and Virginia have seemingly assured berths. The Terps, North Carolina, Duke, Loyola and the ECAC and Ivy League runners-up will fight for the last three slots.
Maryland will learn tomorrow morning who it will play in the ACC tournament. Virginia is the top seed, but Carolina, Duke and the Terps all finished 1-2 in league play. The school's names will be put in a hat in Greensboro, N.C., and the seeds drawn.
The Terps were put in that position by longtime nemesis Johns Hopkins (8-1) in the 98th meeting between the schools. Attackman Kyle Barrie scored from 12 yards out with 1:45 left in overtime to give the Blue Jays their fourth one-goal win.
Barrie's shot, just his third of the game, came after the Terps squandered the first 1:30 of overtime with no shots. Mike Mollot, who led Maryland with three goals and one assist, threw an errant pass that landed in the stick of Johns Hopkins defender Corey Harned. The Blue Jays then called a timeout to set up the game-winning goal.
"We just didn't get it done when it counted," said Mollot, whose Terps failed to score in the final 27 minutes. "I made a stupid pass at the end."
Maryland stifled Johns Hopkins midfielder Adam Doneger (one goal) with Mike Howley, a first-team All-American close defenseman a year ago. Howley shifted to defensive midfield against Hopkins.
"I was a really surprised to see that," Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala said.
But Maryland could not handle Hopkins' other main threat, Bobby Benson, who scored four goals. He did his damage around the crease, with three of his goals coming on second chances, including a hockey-like slap shot.
"We didn't get rebounds it kind of haunted us," said Maryland goalie Danny McCormick, who recorded 12 saves, including seven in the fourth quarter. "That's Benson's strength, garbage goals around the crease."
Johns Hopkins opened up a 2-1 lead before the Terps scored four unanswered goals. The Blue Jays cut the lead to 5-4 at halftime, but Maryland did not relinquish the lead until overtime. Maryland had four extra-man chances but failed on each opportunity.

Virginia 15, Duke 10
CHARLOTTESVILLE The Cavaliers clinched the regular-season ACC title by closing with five unanswered goals, two by senior midfielder Nick Russo, at Klockner Stadium.
The victory was the seventh straight for second-ranked Virginia (8-1, 3-0 ACC), which earned the top seed for the ACC tournament next weekend.
The Cavaliers scored five unanswered first-period goals by five players to take an early lead, Virginia goalie Tillman Johnson tied his season high with 14 saves.

Georgetown 8, Hobart 7
GENEVA, N.Y. The fourth-ranked Hoyas got a scare before running their record to 9-0.
Georgetown led 8-5 after three periods, but two goals by junior midfielder Kris Shore pulled Hobart within one. The Statesmen had a chance to tie with 40 seconds left, but Nate Hill's shot hit the pipe. Georgetown recovered the loose ball and ran out the clock.

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