Rutgers hadn't lost a game this season when it had a lead after two periods. That streak ended on Saturday afternoon at Byrd Stadium as Maryland (9-2, 3-0) reeled off seven straight goals en route to a 11-8 win over the Knights. It was the Terps eighth straight win.
Despite four goals by Jules Heningburg (31 on season), RU (9-3, 2-1) could not hold onto he 6-3 lead it had built three minutes into the third quarter. It was then that UMd went on its run, taking the lead for the first time with 4:47 left in the third quarter. It was a lead they would not relinquish.
Rutgers did score twice more but it was too little, too late.
"I thought we had a great trip down here," head coach Brian Brecht said. "To start off with the success we had, a 4-3 lead at halftime, and then come out of halftime with two quick ones to go up 6-3, that was a great effort by our guys. They fought back and it was a one-goal game in the fourth quarter. Maryland's a top-five team and give them credit for making plays in a tight game in the fourth quarter."
This was the first game this season that Rutgers lost after holding a halftime lead. The loss snaps Rutgers' four-game winning streak.
This sets up a critical home Big Ten matchup this Friday night against No. 18 Penn State. The Lions lost a 12-11 home contest to Hopkins over the weekend, its second straight one-point loss.
Now at No. 19, RU has Penn State and a road contest against OSU remaining. Hopkins still has Maryland left on the schedule, while the Lions have last place Michigan after their game against Rutgers. With a win, Rutgers can pretty much guarantee at least a second place finish.
Results and remaining schedule
|4/16/16||at Maryland *||College Park, Md.||L, 11-8|
|4/22/16||vs. Penn State *||Piscataway, N.J.||8:00 p.m. ET|
|4/30/16||at Ohio State *||Columbus, Ohio||7:00 p.m. ET|
Rutgers is still the highest scoring team in the Big Ten (12.7 ppg) and is just behind Maryland in defense (8.8 ppg to 8).
|Big Ten Standings||Conf.||Pct.||Overall||Pct.|
Unlike the men's team, the women are trending downward. On a four-game losing streak, the women are 3-11 for the season and 0-3 in the Big Ten. The women went 2-16 last year, winning one Big Ten contest - the last of the season - against Michigan.
RU lost its last Big Ten game over the weekend, dropping a 20-9 game to No. 12 Northwestern. Despite the loss, there was one highlight.
|4/17/16||at No. 12 Northwestern *||Evanston, Ill.||L, 20-9|
|4/21/16||vs. Ohio State *||High Point Solutions Stadium||7:00 p.m. ET|
|4/30/16||vs. Michigan *||High Point Solutions Stadium||12:00 p.m. ET|