Hopkins sticks it to No. 1 Syracuse

March 20, 1994|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Sun Staff Writer

It was another classic Syracuse vs. Johns Hopkins lacrosse matchup.

No. 1 Syracuse had its Showtime, a vintage four-goal spurge in the second period that featured a 180-degree whirl-in-the-air goal from midfielder Mark Fietta and a behind-the-head assist from fellow midfielder Dom Fin.

No. 4 Johns Hopkins countered with its pick-and-roll deliberate offense that was triggered by high running goals from midfielder Milford Marchant and attackman Terry Riordan with Orangemen draped all over them.

Tempers flared and bodies flew,but in a game that had great moments, it was Johns Hopkins midfielder Peter Jacobs who seized control of this shootout, and led the No. 4 Blue Jays to a 19-14 win over Syracuse (2-1) before 8,312 yesterday at Homewood Field.

Jacobs, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound junior from Manhasset, N.Y., won 17 of his 28 faceoffs and allowed the Blue Jays (3-1) to control the tempo for most of the game.

He had one assist and three goals, including the tying goal 36 seconds into the final period, and another one that put the Blue Jays ahead, 16-12, with 6:12 remaining.

"If you have ever been to a Johns Hopkins-Syracuse game, you know what a win like this means," said Riordan, who finished with six goals. "This is big. Huge. And Peter was incredible."

Jacobs had to be. The Blue Jays'defense had been struggling without starters Aaron Van Horn (hurt ankle) and Dan Evans (knee). And only foolish teams try to run with Syracuse.

During the second period, the Orangemen looked ready to take off. Fin scored on a goal that trickled off the stick of goalie Jonathan Marcus 25 seconds into the quarter to give Syracuse a 4-3 lead.

Fietta hit his big goal almost two minutes later, and attackman Matt Doyle added another goal within 29 seconds. When Fin connected with Fietta from behind the head with 11:12 left in the half, Syracuse looked a lot like the running, gunning team that won three straight national championships at the end of the 1980s.

"Sometimes you get mesmerized to the point where you say, 'Oh my God, how can they score so many goals in such little time? I can't score like that,' " said Riordan. "Other times you take it as a slap in the face."

Jacobs was stung.

"Every faceoff is important, but at that point, I knew I had to win just about every one," said Jacobs. "We felt that if we stayed within our offense, we could beat them. I wanted to give us every chance to win."

The Blue Jays scored the last three goals of the quarter to pull within 8-7 at the half. Both teams scored four goals in the third. The fourth quarter belonged to Jacobs.

He won five of seven faceoffs and the Blue Jays won seven of 11 in the quarter. After Jacobs scored to open the scoring in the quarter, Blue Jays midfielder Chris Macon beat Fietta for a goal to give Johns Hopkins a 13-12 lead with 12:44 left.

Riordan scored again to push the lead to two goals with 11:05 remaining. Two more Blue Jays goals in the next five minutes practically wrapped up the game for Johns Hopkins, which has split in six games with the Orangemen under fourth-year coach Tony Seaman.

"Anytime you win a game like this it gives you confidence, but our heads can't stay big too long because we have Virginia next week," said Seaman.

But even Seaman probably celebrated last night. It was the first time his offense had played well all season. Even without the two defensive starters, Johns Hopkins held Syracuse's Charlie Lockwood, possibly the game's best midfielder, scoreless by using a long stick on him.

Lockwood, Fin and fellow middie Roy Colsey (two goals) are the key for the Orangemen, and yesterday, the Blue Jays found a way to slow them.

But these are the Orangemen, a proud and brash bunch.

As usual, they left town with a warning for their old foe yesterday.

"It's only one game and we've lost to them early before in a season only to beat them when it counts," said Lockwood. "People counted us out last year when we were 1-2 and we fooled them."

"We had a 13-game winning streak and probably our No. 1 ranking taken away, and from a better team today," said Roy Simmons Jr., the Syracuse coach. "But it's a long road and if we behave ourselves along the way, we'll meet again."

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