No. 1 Carolina stops No. 2 Hopkins, 11-6

April 07, 1991|By Neil Amato | Neil Amato,Special to The Sun

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- No. 1 North Carolina did it with defens yesterday.

Second-ranked Johns Hopkins had been averaging 16 goals, but the Tar Heels shut down senior Matt Panetta and the rest of the Blue Jays for an 11-6 victory before 5,700 at Fetzer Field.

North Carolina (7-0) held Hopkins (4-2) to three second-half goals.

The Tar Heels, who outshot Hopkins, 51-34, were led by two Boys' Latin graduates. Redshirt junior Michael Thomas and redshirt sophomore John Webster each had three goals and an assist.

Webster, whose father was a three-time All-American at Hopkins from 1957-59, had extra incentive to put in a good showing.

"I don't like to look bad against my dad's alma mater," Webster said. "Fortunately, I had a good game today. I try to get up for it."

Webster, who had eight goals and two assists before yesterday, said he thought playing the school that recruited him heavily helped motivate him.

"I've been struggling a little bit this season, so I guess today was time for me to turn it around a little bit," he said.

Junior Jeff Wills scored twice for Hopkins, and Panetta had a goal and two assists.

After Hopkins took a 2-0 lead, North Carolina used ball control and a tight defense to outscore the Blue Jays, 11-4.

First-year Hopkins coach Tony Seaman said control is a North Carolina tradition.

"They live and die by controlling the tempo and not making mistakes," said Seaman. "They don't really try to stuff it in. They live on little things. When you watch them throughout the year, you see that they get a lot of easy goals."

Seaman also said his team stood around on offense.

"I think we had horrible movement off the ball," he said. "That's how we got beat at Princeton five weeks ago [15-10], and that's how we got beat today."

North Carolina took the lead for good on an extra-man opportunity in the third quarter. The Tar Heels spread their offense and enabled Thomas to go one-on-one. Thomas beat his man and stuffed the ball past goalkeeper Scott Giardina for a 5-4 edge at 8 minutes, 2 seconds of the period.

Tar Heels Jim Buczek, Thomas and Webster scored for an 8-4 lead that put the game out of reach.

Wills scored with 8:47 left in the fourth quarter to cut the margin to 8-5, but Donnie McNichol and Steve Speers put North Carolina by five with 4:16 to go.

Panetta scored with 2:24 left, but sophomore Alex Martin and the rest of the North Carolina defense had hounded him all day.

"They definitely stopped our offense," he said. "We couldn't get it together."

Martin, who played at Gilman, made Panetta, who entered the game with 11 goals and 16 assists, struggle all afternoon.

"I knew Alex would match up well with him because Alex is a strong, strong player," North Carolina defenseman Bryan Kelly said. "Panetta's a big guy, but Alex held him out well."

North Carolina held a 4-3 lead at halftime, thanks to tight defense and the play of Webster. After giving up two goals in the first 3:38 of the first quarter, the Tar Heels put the clamps on the Blue Jays and Webster scored twice for a 4-3 edge.

Johns Hopkins 2 1 1 2 -- 6

North Carolina 2 2 3 4 -- 11

Goals: JH--Wills 2, Tierney 2, Cody, Panetta; NC--Webster 3, Thomas 3, Speers 2, Buczek, McNichol, Hasslinger. Assists: JH--Panetta 2, Cody, Morrisey; NC--Goldstein, Hasslinger, Thomas, Webster. Saves: JH--Giardina 20; NC--Piazza 17.

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