HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- With Johns Hopkins' 20-11 lacrosse victory over Hofstra here last night, the stage is set for a bigger game Saturday night back in Baltimore: Hopkins at Towson State.
Hopkins, ranked No. 7 in the nation, was tied, 7-7, with unranked Hofstra late in the second period, but the Blue Jays scored the next five goals to put it out of reach.
Matt Panetta, who once as a player at nearby Elmont High scored 11 goals in a game at Hofstra Stadium, once again exploded on this field.
Panetta scored the first two goals of the game and wound up with six goals and four assists, making it look easy.
Adam Wright, who had been sidelined with a shoulder injury, had four goals for Hopkins. Seth Tierney had three goals and an assist.
For Hofstra, Andy Carlson was the high scorer with three goals and an assist. Defensively Lindsay Hargrave (Boys' Latin) had an excellent game for the losers.
Though Hopkins (7-3) looked rough in spots, coach Tony Seaman was pleased with the outcome.
"It was a W," said Seaman, the Jays' first-year coach. "It was good to get some of the boys back who'd been injured, like Adam Wright and Matt Jackson."
Towson State, ranked No. 9, has an 8-2 record with its only losses to No. 3 Maryland and No. 8 Loyola.
Towson has made the 12-team NCAA tournament field only once in its history. Last year, despite an 11-2 record, Towson was left out.
The general feeling is that Towson, by beating Hopkins, will guarantee itself a position in this year's tournament. Hopkins, with three losses, probably could survive a fourth.