Carolina turns back Hopkins

April 03, 1994|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer

The problem continues.

Fifth-ranked Johns Hopkins could have defeated No. 6 North Carolina yesterday, but the Blue Jays again had trouble scoring goals.

Besides taking 20 more shots and controlling the ball for most of the game, the Blue Jays fell to the Tar Heels, 11-9, before 6,014 at Homewood Field.

It is the first time since 1990 and the second time in 21 years that Hopkins (3-3) does not have a winning record six games into the season.

The Blue Jays were scoreless for the final 18:12 and failed to score on nine fourth-quarter shots. Hopkins scored on 18 percent of its shots and is shooting 25 percent this season.

"We outshot them 49-29 but didn't put the ball in the net," said Hopkins coach Tony Seaman, shaking the stat sheet in disgust. "There was nothing tough about their defense."

Junior attackman Terry Riordan led Johns Hopkins with a game-high three goals. Four Tar Heels scored two goals each, including Severn alumni Ryan Wade and Jason Wade.

The Blue Jays hit the pipe seven times, did not score on all three extra-man opportunities and were inconsistent in their transition offense. The latter was their downfall.

After Hopkins sophomore attackman Dave Marr overthrew fellow attackman Riordan on a fast break, Tar Heels defenseman Chuck Breschi ran the length of the field and scored on a 15-yard shot.

Breschi's first career goal put North Carolina ahead for good at 10-9 with 31 seconds left in the third period. The Tar Heels (5-3) scored on four of their six shots in the third and 11 of their 29 shots (38 percent).

"Fortunately, Hopkins was just a little off on its shooting," Tar Heels coach Dave Klarmann said. "They could have scored 20 goals on us today. I think we won because of our goalie [Rocco D'Andraia]. When he starts making the saves, it makes you miss some shots."

D'Andraia, 4-0 since replacing Gary Lehrman, made several one-on-one stops and finished with 13 saves.

"This was my best game by far this year," D'Andraia said. "I was just in a daze in the last quarter. I just feel like I am just getting better and better every game."

Riordan, however, put the blame for the Blue Jays' poor shooting on themselves.

"We just didn't shoot where we knew he was weak, off hip," Riordan said. "We're a lot better than what we played today."

There were seven ties and three lead changes, and neither team built a lead of more than two goals.

Johns Hopkins opened a 2-0 lead 5:03 into the game when midfielders Peter Jacobs and Todd Cavallaro dodged their defenders for unassisted goals.

Senior midfielder Ryan Wade contributed two goals, as the Tar Heels scored six of the next eight goals to take a 6-4 lead 6:04 before halftime.

Riordan and midfielder Casey Gordon scored within 1:22 to tie the score at 6 at intermission.

Hopkins sophomore midfielder Milford Marchant hit senior attackman Brian Piccola, who had slipped behind defenseman Steve Schreiber, for one of the few converted one-on-one opportunities against D'Andraia. That put Hopkins ahead 7-6 a minute into the third quarter, but the Blue Jays never led again.

Ryan Wade and attackman Brendan Carey combined for four of the Tar Heels' last five goals. Carey scored on a rebound to give North Carolina an 11-9 lead with 3:38 left. Ryan Wade, who had won three of nine faceoffs in the second half, took the ensuing faceoff, as the Tar Heels maintained momentum and the Blue Jays managed to rush three shots.

"This is the most disappointed I've been in myself," Riordan said. "We have to start playing like a team or we shouldn't show up next Saturday."

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