Hopkins stops UVa., 13-10 Carcaterra's 21 saves are key as Jays upset No. 2 Cavs on road

March 22, 1998|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- As the final buzzer sounded, Johns Hopkins goalkeeper Brian Carcaterra ripped off his helmet and waved on his teammates, yelling, "Come and get me!"

The entire Blue Jays team then converged on the field, mobbing Carcaterra to celebrate one of the most impressive individual efforts of the lacrosse season.

Carcaterra made nine of his career-high 21 saves in the first 8 1/2 minutes to set the tone and silence one of the nation's top shooting teams as No. 6 Hopkins pulled off a 13-10 upset of No. 2 Virginia yesterday before 2,135 at Klockner Stadium. It was the Blue Jays' first win in Charlottesville since 1988.

"It was time for him to step up and have a great game," Hopkins coach Tony Seaman said. "I think what happens after the first quarter is that they've got to change their shots. You're going, 'Nothing's going in and we got to hit the corners,' and then you start missing a couple of times."

Virginia (3-2) first tried to beat Carcaterra low twice from 10 yards out, but Carcaterra stopped those shots in the opening 45 seconds.

After Hopkins (3-2) went ahead 1-0, the Cavaliers unloaded an assortment of shots from a variety of angles, all of them stopped with a series of stick, upper-body and leg saves.

Virginia's David Wren fired a high, 10-yard shot at a screened Carcaterra. Seven seconds later, Tucker Radebaugh dived across the crease for a point-blank shot.

But Carcaterra stonewalled each one. Quick tally after 8 1/2 minutes: no goals on 13 shots by Virginia and nine saves for Carcaterra.

Outside the cage, Carcaterra proved equally as adept.

Several times he outran Virginia for ground balls. And when it looked as if the Cavaliers would force a failed clear, he'd sprint upfield with the ball.

His performance overshadowed career days for attackman Dylan Schlott (four goals) and freshman Eric Wedin, who won nine of 10 faceoffs during one stretch.

"He played a great game," Cavaliers coach Dom Starsia said. "He's a great goalie and he was on top of things today. He was the difference in the game certainly."

As Carcaterra dominated the defensive end, the Blue Jays quietly pulled away by shredding Virginia's man-down defense with diagonal passes.

From the top left side of the attack zone, A. J. Haugen fed Dave Marks at the right side of the crease for an extra-man goal to put Hopkins ahead 3-0 with five minutes left in the first quarter. The Blue Jays' man-up attack struck again 23 seconds later when Dudley Dixon laced a long pass across the defense to Schlott for a 4-0 advantage.

"We played with so much confidence and enthusiasm in each other," said Dixon, who had a goal and three assists. "I think a lot of times this year, we had guys take a lot of outside shots and maybe a guy or two had a closer shot. Today, we really gave it up."

Hopkins took its biggest margin at 11-4 early in the third quarter ++ by scoring twice on a one-minute, unreleasable unsportsmanlike penalty on Virginia's Jay Jalbert. That gave the Blue Jays five goals off of five Cavaliers penalties.

"That was a mental mistake that we paid for dearly," Starsia said. "We had a number of those in the first half and they made us pay for every one."

The Hopkins' lead reached 12-4 just 1: 15 into the second half before Virginia made its run. The Cavaliers scored four straight goals to cut the deficit to 12-8 early in the fourth.

Radebaugh looked to reduce that margin even more midway through the fourth quarter, when he beat the Blue Jays' John Paleologos on an isolation move, but Carcaterra blocked the shot with his body. That allowed Hopkins to end a 23-minute drought as Andrew Godfrey dodged from behind the goal before finding a wide-open Schlott on the crease to push the lead to 13-8 with 5: 39 remaining.

"This feels really good," Carcaterra said. "I usually don't judge my games by saves, but this is the biggest win I've been a part of. It's truly unbelievable."

Pub Date: 3/22/98

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