Relaxed Hopkins finds offense, rips Washington College, 21-12 @

March 10, 1994|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer

CHESTERTOWN -- Johns Hopkins took a quick retreat to the Eastern Shore yesterday.

Unlike their nine-goal loss Saturday to Princeton, the No. 4 Blue Jays weren't playing before 5,000 fans and weren't playing the ++ No. 3 team in the nation.

In a pressure-free atmosphere, Johns Hopkins regrouped its potent scoring attack as it blasted Washington College, 21-12, before 700 at muddy Kibler Field.

The Blue Jays led 19-7 before the Shoremen (0-2), ranked No. 5 in Division III, scored five goals against backup goalie Ray Pensy for the final margin.

"It absolutely helps when we can get away from our Division I schedule and play a good Division III team," junior attackman Terry Riordan said.

Riordan had a career-high 10 points (seven goals, three assists), one short of the school record for points in a single game.

Hopkins also got strong offense from senior Brian Piccola (five goals, two assists) and sophomore fellow attackman Dave Marr (seven assists). This attack group racked up 12 goals and 12 assists, compared with five goals and four assists against Princeton.

Hopkins' rapid-firing offense outshot the Shoremen 60-30 in the first three quarters and 73-46 overall.

"Our offense really was different [from Saturday], but we did shoot better," said Blue Jays coach Tony Seaman. "[Princeton goalie Scott] Bacigalupo was the difference then. We made the same good shots, but today they went in."

The Blue Jays scored in flurries to take control in the first half. Four times Johns Hopkins scored back-to-back goals less than 43 seconds apart.

A 15-yard scoring blast by Milford Merchant (Severn) 4:48 into the game put the Blue Jays ahead 3-0. It came 43 seconds after a goal by Piccola.

But Washington, which led the Blue Jays 5-1 early last year before falling, 24-14, came back. On a fast break, junior midfielder Christian Boone found sophomore attackman Bart Jaeger wide-open five yards in front of the goal. Jaeger's goal past sophomore goalie Jonathan Marcus (13 saves) closed the Hopkins lead to 3-2 with 6:06 left in the first period.

Piccola then scored and assisted Riordan on a goal in a span of 10 seconds to push the lead to 5-2 with 4:49 left in the first. It started a stretch of nine straight Hopkins goals.

"It seemed like we started to get a lot of three-on-two breaks," Riordan said. "I think because of the field being so sloppy, they weren't able to get back."

After the Blue Jays took that 5-2 advantage, the game started to unravel for the Shoremen.

Early in the second quarter, Washington sophomore goalkeeper Jon Lundberg was called for a technical foul while attempting to clear the ball. With him on the sidelines for a man-advantage, Piccola received a loft pass from Riordan across the crease and easily put theball past an out-of-position Steve Bright, Lundberg's replacement.

Twenty seconds later, junior midfielder Chris Macon (three goals) scored on the first shot against a returned but shaken Lundberg. That goal put Hopkins ahead 7-2, and it was never threatened from there.

The slick field, however, had a significant impact on the Blue Jays. Freshman defenseman Aaron Van Horn badly twisted his fTC ankle, and Seaman said Van Horn could be out "possibly three to four weeks."

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