(Photo Courtesy of Maryland Athletics)
The Maryland Terrapins continued to do what they have all season long: win. In Thursday night’s Big Ten semifinal contest, the Terrapins took down the Michigan Wolverines 16-8.
Michigan got the scoring started with two early scores from Josh Zawada and Tyler Papa, but once Maryland hot going they wouldn’t slow down. The Terrapins scored six straight from the 7:33 mark in the first through the 10:51 mark in the second to push ahead 6-2.
Maryland enjoyed another big run in the second half, scoring five straight in the third quarter to take a 14-6 lead into the fourth quarter and essentially seal the deal.
Jared Bernhardt had a record night for the Terrapins, putting up eight goals and two assists for a career-best 10 points. He also pushed his career point total to 263 to surpass Matt Rambo as the all-time points leader in program history.
Additionally, Logan Wisnauskas dished out four assists.
Josh Zawada led Michigan with two goals and two goals for four points.
Johns Hopkins 12, Rutgers 10
Behind an 18-for-23 (78%) performance from Matt Narewski at the faceoff dot, the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays put together their most complete performance of the season and upset Rutgers 12-10 to advance to the Big Ten title game.
In addition to winning the battle at the faceoff dot, the Blue Jays won the ground ball battle 34-26.
Johnathan Peshko led the Blue Jays’ offense with four goals while Garrett Degnon also had a hat trick.
Tim Marcille made 12 saves in cage to anchor the Blue Jays’ defense, which held Rutgers to just a single goal in the third quarter. The Blue Jays added three goals during that time to add onto their 7-5 halftime lead and make it 10-6 game heading into the final frame.
While Rutgers started the fourth quarter with a three-goal run to cut the Blue Jays’ lead to one, two goals from Connor DeSimone and Garrett Degon helped push Johns Hopkins back ahead and seal the deal. Adam Charlambides got the final goal of the contest and both defenses held out for the final 4:16 of the game.
Rutgers had multiple opportunities to make it a one-goal game again late in the contest, but Marcille came up big. He made three conscutive stops in the final 2:26 of the contest to ensure the victory for Hopkins.
Kieran Mullins (1G/2A) and Adam Charlambides (2G/1A) led Rutgers with three points each.
Big Ten Championship Game: Maryland vs Johns Hopkins (Saturday, 8pm – Big Ten Network)