Matt Rambo scores 4 goals, Maryland beats John Hopkins 12-11
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Maryland knows it has been 40 years since its last NCAA lacrosse title.
The Terrapins will get a chance to end that drought Monday against Denver.
Matt Rambo had four goals and two assists to help Maryland beat Johns Hopkins 12-11 in the semifinals Saturday. Denver beat Notre Dame 11-10 in the first semifinal.
''I read something that I was 6 years old the last time we won the championship,'' coach John Tillman said. ''I feel like I'm 106 years old now.''
Rambo, who equaled his career high for goals and assists, snapped a 10-10 tie when he scored on a spin move with 9:59 left. He added another goal with 7:24 to play for the Terrapins (15-3).
Johns Hopkins' Shack Stanwick cut it to 12-11 with 1:13 left and hit the side of the goal on a point-blank chance with 50 seconds remaining. Terps keeper Kyle Bernlohr stopped a blast by Joel Tinney in the final 10 seconds. The last of the Terps' two titles came when they beat Navy for the 1975 crown.
''Talking to alumni, they say it's been a long time since we won a championship - way too long,'' said Jay Carlson, who scored three goals. ''We're trying to bring that championship back to College Park.''
John Crawley matched his career high of four goals for Johns Hopkins (11-7), which was seeking its first championship-game berth since 2008. Johns Hopkins beat the Terps on April 25.
Maryland, which never trailed, broke an early 1-1 tie by reeling off three straight goals to end the first quarter - Charlie Raffa's first of the season, Rambo's 35th and Bryan Cole's 16th.
Johns Hopkins' Wells Stanwick found the back of the net twice in the second quarter, helping the Jays cut the halftime deficit to 6-4.
''Our first half cost us the game,'' Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala said. ''I thought we got outhustled and outworked.''
The Terps reeled off three straight goals in the third quarter, by Henry West, Rambo and Carlson, to increase their lead to 10-5. But Johns Hopkins went on a 5-0 run that included three goals by Crawley. The last of those, by Ryan Brown with 11:45 left, tied it at 10.
Then Rambo, from suburban Philadelphia, put the Terps back in front.
''I give all the credit to my teammates,'' he said. ''They were creating opportunities for me to get open. I was just finding spots and holes I could fill.''
Pietramala said it was ''unfortunate'' that the Blue Jays could not win a championship, but lauded his players for their resilience after freshman defender Jeremy Huber died in January when pneumonia complicated influenza.
''There's a father, mother and son in the stands, cheering their tails off,'' Pietramala said. ''They've suffered. We hope in some way, shape or form this has given them some comfort and helped them heal.''