No. 6 Hopkins gets wet workout in 10-3 triumph over Washington Freshman Denihan gets first 4 goals of career

March 07, 1996|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

CHESTERTOWN -- Johns Hopkins wanted to use its game against Division III Washington College to develop some offensive flow and build confidence heading into a grueling, month-ending schedule. By game's end, the Blue Jays were just looking to survive.

Weathering a constant downpour and a treacherously muddy Kibler Field, No. 6 Johns Hopkins plodded to a 10-3 victory over Washington College yesterday before 476 rain-soaked fans.

Freshman attackman Dan Denihan led Hopkins with the first four goals of his collegiate career, and senior attackman Dave Marr added four assists. The Blue Jays (1-1) now head into a stretch of playing Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia and North Carolina over the next three weeks.

"Player for player will tell you that it was the worst conditions they have ever played in, and I'd agree," Blue Jays coach Tony Seaman said. "It was terrible, especially offensively. The clubs began to weigh about 500 pounds out there. We're lucky we scored early and got out of here."

Hopkins pounded on Washington College (0-2) immediately, scoring on three of its first four shots. Werner Krueger, who later left the game with an ankle injury, powered a shot against an unsettled Shoremen defense that put the Blue Jays ahead 3-0 nearly six minutes into the first quarter.

Hopkins' game-opening 8-0 run was capped by a score from defenseman John Gagliardi with 6: 19 left in the second quarter. Then the conditions worsened, as sizable patches 10 yards in front of each goal became pits of mud and puddles.

As a result of the surface and some solid saves by Shoremen goalkeeper Andy Taibl, the Blue Jays went scoreless for 24: 44. It was the second straight game that Hopkins had a drought of 20 minutes or more.

"It was hard to accomplish what you want on a day like today," said Denihan, whose legs were caked with mud. "It felt like you were moving three times slower."

As the Blue Jays couldn't find the goal, the Shoremen crept back into the game, breaking the shutout with 4: 44 left before halftime on a rebound shot by John Fuller. With 17 seconds left in the third quarter, Washington closed within 8-2 on a goal by George Atterbury.

In the third quarter, Hopkins outshot Washington College 9-3, but Taibl made four saves to blank the Blue Jays. Denihan ended the scoreless stretch, converting two passes from Marr in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter to pull Hopkins comfortably ahead 10-2, and Seaman finally pulled most of the starters out of the game.

The Blue Jays lead the series, 35-1. Yesterday's meeting marked the 20th anniversary of the Shoremen's only victory over Hopkins, a two-goal win at Kibler.

Pub Date: 3/07/96

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