Hopkins, Maryland show ups, downs of offense

Jays are on scoring tear

Terps have hit slump

April 14, 1999|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

Johns Hopkins and Maryland began the season having to replace two-thirds of their starting attacks. Both also had to deal with injuries.

And both have recorded some notable offensive streaks over their past four games, but the Terrapins would rather not chat about theirs.

As No. 3 Hopkins and No. 7 Maryland prepare to clash in lacrosse's most storied rivalry Friday night in College Park, the Blue Jays' offense has shifted into full gear while the Terrapins' can't seem to release the parking brake.

After scoring a total of 29 goals in its first three games, Hopkins has reached 16 goals or more in four straight games for the first time since 1981. During that stretch, six Blue Jays have scored three or more goals.

"I think we've been coming along," said Hopkins attackman Dylan Schlott, who has averaged nearly four goals over the past four games. "I think we're playing a lot of team offense. Sometimes in the past, we haven't done that so much. Right now, we're really moving the ball well."

Maryland hasn't seen 16 goals on the scoreboard in nearly a month. The Terrapins are averaging only eight goals over the past four games and were held to single digits in consecutive games for the first time since 1996.

The Terrapins seem to have followed their slumping leaders, second-team All-Americans Scott Hochstadt and Brian Zeller, who have combined to convert just three times on their last 27 shots (11 percent).

Terps, Jays keep it tight

If history truly does repeat itself, this year's edition of the Hopkins-Maryland showdown should be settled by one goal.

Twenty years ago, the top-ranked Blue Jays edged the No. 2 Terrapins, 13-12, at Byrd Stadium before 15,283 and a local television audience. Hopkins' Joe Garavente flipped in a rebound shot with 46 seconds remaining in a game that featured nine ties.

In 1989, top-ranked Hopkins again held off No. 4 Maryland, 10-9, in front of 16,759 at Byrd, ending the Terrapins' run of four straight comeback wins. Maryland, which never led, cut its deficit to a goal six times after the first quarter and had two point-blank, one-on-one opportunities that were stopped by Blue Jays goalkeeper Quint Kessinich in the final seven minutes.

Devil of a streak on line

Duke is off to the best start in school history. The Blue Devils have won a school-record nine consecutive games.

Duke plays host to North Carolina and Virginia this week, looking to claim its first Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championship since 1954, the league's first year.

Could it get any better down in Durham, N.C.?

"I'm not happy," coach Mike Pressler said after Duke's 13-8 victory over Massachusetts on Saturday. "We still haven't put four quarters together. Here I am, 9-0 and I should feel a lot happier than I am now. But I'm not because we haven't played our best.

"We've got to start playing our best because the stakes are going up even higher. The two ACC games this week are the biggest games of our lives. We've got to play better."

Dogged defense lifts 'Hounds

When top-ranked Loyola beat No. 4 Syracuse on Saturday, most of the attention centered on the end of the Orangemen's 23-game, double-figure scoring streak. But less recognized was the equally dominating yearlong stretch by the Greyhounds.

Not only has Loyola scored 10 or more goals every time during its 18-game, regular-season winning streak, but the Greyhounds have also limited 11 of their past 12 regular-season opponents to single digits.

Revenge of the Blue Hens

The Delaware Blue Hens liken this season to a payback tour. The No. 6 Blue Hens, winners of a nation-best 11 straight, have avenged half of last year's six defeats, beating Hofstra, Navy and Towson this season.

Next on the schedule is No. 9 Georgetown, which rolled over Delaware, 19-12, last season. The Hoyas visit Newark, Del., tonight.

"Georgetown kicked our butts last year," attackman Sean Carney said. "We want some revenge against them."

Quotable

"We felt like they were going to come out and try to push us around, be aggressive and be the big guys. We're just little Loyola."

-- Coach Dave Cottle after his Greyhounds' 10-8 victory over Syracuse on Saturday.

Stat of the week

Johns Hopkins has scored at least 16 goals in four consecutive games for the first time since 1981; but Maryland, which plays the Blue Jays on Friday, has scored 32 goals in its past four games -- its lowest output in that span in six years.

Johns Hopkins

Date, Opponent ---------- G ----- Sh

3-27, Virginia --------------- 16 ---- 44

4-3, at N. Carolina -------- 21 ---- 46

4-7, Villanova -------------- 16 ---- 47

4-11, Ohio State ----------- 17 ---- 52

Totals ---- -------- ----------- 70 ----- 189

Maryland

Date, Opponent ---------- G ----- Sh

3-23, Dartmouth ----------- 9 ------ 31

3-27, N. Carolina ---------- 13 ---- 27

4-3, at Virginia -------------- 4 ----- 28

4-10, at Navy ---------------- 6 ----- 36

Totals -------- ----------------- 32 --- 122

Pub Date: 4/14/99

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