Hopkins comes on, beats UM in OT, 9-8

Trailing most of way, Jays win on Barrie goal

April 14, 2002|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

It was Homecoming at Homewood Field, where the Johns Hopkins lacrosse team vowed that it wouldn't lose in 2002.

True to their word, the Blue Jays trailed for two-thirds of yesterday's game against Maryland, but kept coming and were rewarded for their persistence with a 9-8 overtime victory in front of 8,642.

Kevin Boland knotted it with 3:59 left in regulation, then assisted freshman Kyle Barrie with 2:15 elapsed in overtime as some superb Hopkins ball movement proved the only way to beat Terps goalie Danny McCormick.

"We're a team of no one star," Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala said. "We're very unselfish, and we like to share the ball with each other. This was a team win, not an individual win."

Pietramala wasn't speaking in platitudes. When a team wins a close game, it might be lucky. When it repeatedly comes through in the clutch, it's made of the right stuff.

Junior midfielder Adam Doneger was the hero at Hofstra, where he got the game-winner with 11 seconds left. When Hopkins erased a three-goal deficit to beat Syracuse, Boland got four points in the last five minutes.

Yesterday, he and Barrie combined for the game-winning blow that gave Hopkins its first lead since late in the first quarter.

While No. 5 Maryland (7-3) lost its second overtime game and its third by a goal, the Blue Jays (8-1) should move up a notch to No. 2 when the Top 20 is updated today.

Pietramala once assisted Dave Cottle at Loyola, and the first-year Maryland boss tested his former aide with some strategic twists.

Michael Howley, the Terps' best defenseman, moved to long-stick midfielder and limited Doneger to one goal. Football star Guilian Gary made his college lacrosse debut as a short-stick defensive midfielder.

A four-goal run gave Maryland a 5-2 bulge early in the second quarter. The Terps led 7-5 and 8-7, but that last one by Mike Mollot was their only goal in the final 27 minutes.

Bobby Benson, the junior from McDonogh whose body looked like one big welt after doing battle with Brett Harper, kept Hopkins in it by scoring four of the Jays' first six goals.

"We just didn't get it done when it counted," said Mollot, who with three goals and an assist figured in half of Maryland's scoring. "Without Brian Carroll and Danny McCormick, we don't come close."

McCormick had seven of his 12 saves in the fourth quarter, when the Blue Jays couldn't beat him even up. Down a man when Harper was called for interference, McCormick made a kick save on Benson, but Boland gathered the deflection and finished to force overtime.

Blue Jays goalie Nick Murtha cut down the angle on Alex Poole to snuff the Terps' best chance in the last four minutes of regulation. McCormick faced a barrage at the other end, where the Blue Jays got another extra-man opportunity and Conor Ford hit a pipe with 25 seconds left.

Carroll, who split the 20 faceoffs with Kyle Harrison, controlled the draw that began the four-minute overtime, but the Terps were tentative and Mollot's lazy lob pass never got out top. Corey Harned snatched it with his long pole, and the Blue Jays isolated Peter LeSueur against short-stick defensive middie Paul Gillette.

Maryland double-teamed LeSueur, who fired a pass to the open man on the right wing. Boland, a sophomore out of Gilman, drew a slide and Barrie came free out top.

Checked by Chris Passavia, the freshman had not attempted a shot in the first 57 minutes, but at the end he had enough time to crank up from 12 yards and beat McCormick.

The Terps' man-up unit went 0-for-4, and Cottle thought Maryland deserved more than the one extra-man opportunity it got in the final 34 minutes.

"This is a tough place to play," Cottle said. "We couldn't get a break. Calls never go your way. It's unbelievable."

Maryland 3 2 2 1 0 - 8

Johns Hopkins 2 2 3 1 1 - 9

Goals: M-Mollot 3, Watkins 2, Daue, M. LaMonica, Moran; J-Benson 4, Barrie, Boland, Doneger, Erwin, McDermott. Assists: M-D. LaMonica 2, Molott. J- Boland 3, Barrie, Ford. Saves: M-McCormick 12. J-Murtha 9.

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