COLLEGE PARK, MD -- There was a time when the University of Maryland's Byrd Stadium was kryptonite to the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team. For seven consecutive years from 1995-2001 the Blue Jays' season ended in Byrd with a loss.
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Few current members of the team likely remember any of that part of the program's history but the Blue Jays won for the third time in eight days at Byrd -- this one a 13-6 victory against Ohio State in the inaugural Big Ten Men's Lacrosse Championship game Saturday night -- to seal a spot in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
After building a three-goal halftime lead, the Blue Jays methodically pulled away from a Buckeye team that had topped them 15-12 just five weeks ago with a six-goal run that covered just over the first 16 minutes of the second half and pushed a 6-3 lead to 12-3 with 13:39 to play.
Junior Holden Cattoni, who finished with three goals and one assist, bookended the six-goal run with an extra-man goal just 37 seconds into the third quarter and a left-handed runner from the middle of the field 81 seconds into the fourth.
In between those goals, the Blue Jays got goals from Joel Tinney, John Crawley, Ryan Brown and Shack Stanwick in the final 12 minutes of a third quarter that saw Hopkins outshoot the Buckeyes 13-5, grab 8-of-12 ground balls and force five turnovers.
By the time the Buckeyes broke their scoreless drought of more than 25 minutes on a Ryan Hunter goal with 6:57 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Blue Jays had built their nine-goal lead and all but assured themselves of their national-record 43rd appearance in the NCAAs.
The window dressing at the end included Brown's second of the night and the only goals of the game by Jesse King and Carter Brown for Ohio State. In the earlier win against the Blue Jays, King and Carter Brown combined for 11 goals.