Johns Hopkins tops Penn State, advances to first Big Ten title game
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Top-seeded Johns Hopkins used a four-goal, game-ending run to pull away from fourth-seeded Penn State in the Big Ten Men's Lacrosse Semifinals at the University of Maryland on Thursday night as the Blue Jays topped the Nittany Lions 14-9 to advance to Saturday's championship game. The victory runs Hopkins' win streak to four games and improves JHU's record to 8-6, while Penn State had its season come to an end at 5-9.
In a game of runs, it was Hopkins' final salvo that proved to be the difference. After Penn State sliced a 10-7 deficit to 10-9 early in the fourth quarter, it was the four-goal Blue Jay run that proved decisive.
Back-to-back goals by senior Wells Stanwick and sophomore Cody Radziewicz in a 31-second span extended the one-goal lead to three at 12-9 with just over nine minutes remaining. Stanwick scored into an open net when Penn State goalie Connor Darcey came out to challenge him on the wing, while Radziewicz got to the middle of the field from the wing and scored in traffic.
An extra-man goal by Shack Stanwick three minutes after the Radziewicz strike and an open-net goal by Connor Reed with 2:17 to play sealed the win for the Blue Jays, who picked up the win in their first conference tournament game.
Wells Stanwick totaled two goals and a game-high four assists, while Shack Stanwick added three goals and two assists. Reed chipped in with his first-career hat trick to pace a Blue Jay offense that saw nine different players score goals.