A remarkable postseason run for the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team came to an end one game short of the national final Saturday, as the Blue Jays had their seven-game winning streak snapped in a 12-11 NCAA tournament semifinal loss to Maryland at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
Hopkins (11-7), which had won eight of its past nine games after an uneven start to the season—a run that included a 15-12 win against the Terps on April 25—played catch-up all day and came up short at the end. The Blue Jays trailed 4-1 after the first period, clawed within 12-11 with 1:13 to play, but couldn't find an equalizer in the final minute.
Maryland (15-3), the No. 6 seed, advanced to Monday's national championship game to face fourth-seeded Denver, which knocked off top-seeded Notre Dame 11-10 in overtime in Saturday's second semifinal game.
John Crawley paced Hopkins with four goals, and Joel Tinney and Wells Stanwick added two apiece. Goalkeeper Eric Schneider made 13 saves.
JHU, making its record 29th Final Four appearance overall and its first since 2008, was looking for its 19th national title game appearance.
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