Hopkins bursts balloon for Hofstra in 11-5 win

April 29, 1993|By Bobby Cassidy | Bobby Cassidy,Contributing Writer

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Johns Hopkins came to Long Island last night anticipating a tough lacrosse game. It got one. For about 20 minutes.

The fourth-ranked Blue Jays put on a surge midway through the second quarter and turned a one-goal game into a rout as they beat sixth-ranked Hofstra, 11-5, before 7,238 at Hofstra Stadium.

"They were coming off a winning streak and we were concerned with their speed and athleticism," said Hopkins attackman Terry Riordan. "We can't overlook anyone."

The Flying Dutchmen lost their first game of the year to Notre Dame and went on to win nine straight, beating nationally ranked Massachusetts, Loyola, Virginia and Army in the process. They hoped to carry that momentum into the game against Hopkins.

Hofstra struck first when Mike Ricigliano bounced a shot past Jonathan Marcus from the right side of the crease five minutes into the game. The Flying Dutchmen, playing in front of an enthusiastic crowd, were swarming on both ends of the field.

But in the end, they just couldn't match the Blue Jays' firepower.

"They put a lot of pressure on us," said Hofstra goalie Joseph Romeo. "Bottom line, they just put a lot of pressure on."

It was Hofstra (9-2) who applied the pressure early on. Marcus was forced to make four first-quarter saves from point-blank range and the Hofstra defense killed off two penalties and managed to smother Brian Piccola and Riordan. That, however, wouldn't last long.

Piccola and Riordan scored unassisted goals 19 seconds apart to give the Blue Jays (9-2) a 2-1 lead with 34 seconds left in the first quarter.

"I think both teams came out a little tentative," said Riordan.

Brian Kelly scored three minutes into the second quarter but Hofstra's Dave Donatello took advantage of a man-up situation to cut the lead to 3-2. That's as close as Hofstra would get.

The Blue Jays' high-powered offense took over. Steve Vecchione controlled won 10 of 12 first-half faceoffs as Hopkins scored eight goals. Peter Jacobs got things rolling when he fired a line drive into the upper right corner of the net from 20 yards out. Then Riordan and Jacobs followed with their second goals of the game and Hopkins built a comfortable 8-2 halftime lead.

"We shot well," said Hopkins coach Tony Seaman. "Vecchione controlled the ball for us and Marcus played great."

Todd Cavallaro continued the Blue Jays' streak when he took a pass from Jacobs and bounced a shot by Romeo from 10 yards away. Piccola and Milford Marchant added goals before Donatello finally scored to pull Hofstra within 11-3 with 2:47 left in the third.

"We had a bad day," said Hofstra coach John Danowski. "We didn't play with poise in the first half. They did a nice job."

Hofstra scored twice more late in the fourth quarter and perhaps was sending a message to the Blue Jays for the postseason. "Hofstra is for real," said Seaman.

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