North Carolina gives Hopkins lesson, 14-9 Tar Heels show how to play game

April 04, 1993|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Staff Writer

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- This was a clinic.

See North Carolina run. See the Tar Heels' ferocious ride. See North Carolina control faceoffs. See the Tar Heels shoot running jumpers, dominate ground balls and take Johns Hopkins out of its offense.

No. 1 North Carolina continued its run toward greatness yesterday as the Tar Heels defeated No. 3 Johns Hopkins, 14-9, at Fetzer Field before a crowd of 4,300.

The Blue Jays (4-2) stayed within five or six goals most of the game, helped by a 17-minute span when they scored three goals on North Carolina backup goalie Gary Lehrman, who replaced starter Billy Daye. Daye left with 38 seconds remaining in the first quarter after he injured his shoulder in a collision with a Johns Hopkins player.

But the game wasn't much of a contest. The Blue Jays joined Syracuse, Loyola, Princeton and Maryland, other ranked teams that have lost to North Carolina (9-0).

Who can stop the Tar Heels?

"Hopefully, nobody," said Alex Martin, the Tar Heels' senior defenseman from Owings Mills. "That's the attitude that we've tried to instill. If we hustle, and I mean hustle all the time, then we're really, really, tough to beat. Unstoppable."

And all those tales about the North Carolina midfielders being the fastest and most aggressive are true.

Led by Ryan Wade, Steve Schattner, T. J. Shimaitis and Ousmane Greene, North Carolina's midfield harassed Johns Hopkins into 31 turnovers. The Blue Jays failed on 10 clearing attempts.

But this group just didn't clean up on loose balls (North Carolina 62, Johns Hopkins 46), they scored, too. Wade had five goals, and Greene had three, including two hard shots from about 15 yards.

"We knew what we would be up against," said Johns Hopkins coach Tony Seaman, whose team was outshot 54-25. "We knew they were the fastest team in the country, and they rode tough. Our settled offense was great. We scored nine goals."

"It's just that every time we would get close, we would have a turnover. Or we couldn't clear the ball. Or we would miss the cage on a shot. It was just one of those afternoons."

The day started with Seaman learning that starting attackman Brian Piccola (nine goals, seven assists) would miss his third straight game because of cracked ribs.

It left the Blue Jays without their best player against the best defensive team in the country. That allowed the Tar Heels to put defenseman Greg Paradine on attackman David Townsend and Martin on attackman Terry Riordan, the Blue Jays other top gun. Riordan finished with no goals, an assist and two shots. Townsend had a goal.

If it weren't for Blue Jays midfielders Todd Cavallaro (three goals) and Brian Kelly (two goals), Johns Hopkins would have had little offense. "Our defense played hard, and they didn't give them too many opportunities," North Carolina coach Dave Klarmann said. "I think we have a couple of the best take-away guys around."

North Carolina set the tone early. Greene hit the first bomb 52 seconds into the game. Wade scored twice, including a jumper with 10 seconds left to put the Tar Heels ahead, 5-1, at the end of the first period.

North Carolina pulled ahead by as many as six, 8-2, with 9:35 left in the half, but Kelly scored in the final minute to cut the lead to 8-3.

Cavallaro scored the first goal of the third period with 13:09 left to pull the Blue Jays to 8-4, but Klarmann put Daye back in the game. Daye stopped a Cavallaro one-on-one shot outside the crease with 11:53 remaining. Wade scored with 8:26 left in the quarter, and Levy scored a minute and a half later.

End of momentum

"They have some great shooters, fast and accurate," Blue Jays freshman goalkeeper Jonathan Marcus said. "They stay on you all the time. We never got in sync today, always trailing by as many as five or six goals. But I learned today that you're not going to have a great game every game. I'd rather lose to them now, and then beat them in May when it really counts."

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