Men's lacrosse: Top-seeded Johns Hopkins advances to Big Ten final

Blue Jays top Penn State 14-9, will face Ohio State

The Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team scored the final four goals to pull away for a 14-9 win against Penn State in a Big Ten tournament semifinal Thursday in College Park, Maryland.

The top-seeded Blue Jays (8-6) advanced to face No. 3 seed Ohio State in Saturday's inaugural Big Ten tournament championship game at 8 p.m. at Maryland's Byrd Stadium, with the winner earning an automatic berth in the 16-team NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes (11-5) upset the host Terrapins 9-6 in Thursday's second semifinal.

Hopkins raced to a 5-0 advantage in the first quarter, but Penn State (5-9) countered with a six-goal run to take the lead. The teams traded goals through the third quarter, and the Nittany Lions pulled within 10-9 on Matt Sexton's goal with 14:42 to play. But the Blue Jays took control from that point, scoring four unanswered goals to ice the victory.

Shack Stanwick and Connor Reed led a balance Hopkins attack with three goals apiece, and Wells Stanwick added two goals and four assists. Goalkeeper Eric Schneider made 10 saves.

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