Hopkins shakes off Towson again, 13-8

Five late goals close door as Tigers' streak ends at 8

Ford again has 5 for Jays

College Lacrosse

May 02, 2004|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

The run wasn't as prolonged nor as powerful as Towson has seen from Johns Hopkins in recent meetings, but it was certainly as damaging.

Leading by just one goal early in the fourth quarter, the top-ranked Blue Jays scored five straight times to put away the 10th-ranked Tigers, 13-8, before 5,955 on Homecoming Day at Homewood Field.

In the Blue Jays' two victories over the Tigers last year, Hopkins had 11-0 and 7-1 runs. Yesterday's 5-0 surge came after the Tigers' Bobby Griebe had cut the Blue Jays' lead to 8-7 with 10:56 to play.

Nine minutes later, the Tigers (9-4), who had been seeking their ninth straight win, were staring at a 13-7 deficit as Hopkins was well on its way to a 10-1 record and its 26th consecutive victory at Homewood.

"We knew they were going to make a run and we just wanted to limit it, but it was too much for us today," said Tigers senior midfielder Ben DeFelice, who won 11 of 24 faceoffs.

Blue Jays senior attackman Conor Ford, the hero of his team's overtime victory over No. 2 Navy last weekend, scored five goals for the second straight game, and midfielders Matt Rewkowski and Kevin Boland had four points each.

Ford (31 goals) got the first two goals in the decisive run, beating Tigers goalie Reed Sothoron on rising shots from about 12 yards out.

"I think we have enough character to know that we're not necessarily out of any game, ever," said Ford, the St. Paul's alumnus who shifted credit to Lou Braun, who won 10 of 12 faceoffs.

"We didn't really change too much. We just told ourselves that shots would start falling eventually."

Said Blue Jays coach Dave Pietramala: "The boy has a knack for finding that gray area. He lives in that gray area, and give credit to the guys for knowing where he is."

After Ford's goals, Rewkowski scored his third goal, losing defender Jon Machiran in the back of the net, to make it 11-7. Sophomore midfielder Greg Peyser (two goals, one assist) followed with a goal, and Frank Potucek scored for a 13-7 lead. Four of those five goals were assisted.

"The way our offense goes, it's kind of pick your poison," said Rewkowski, the transfer from Duke.

"We have a lot of talented guys who are not afraid to share the ball, and a lot of the times, Conor winds up being on the end of them."

Towson was able to contain the Jays early, and a three-goal second-quarter run provided a 4-3 halftime lead, highlighted when Alex Fountain finished a nifty skip pass from Keith Obloj 1:51 before intermission.

Though leading scorer Jonathan Engelke was shut out by Blue Jays defender Chris Watson, the Tigers thought they had tied the game at 5, but Griebe's goal at the 4:17 mark of the third period was nullified because he was called for being in the crease.

The Tigers would not get another opportunity to tie the game the rest of the way.

"I think that was the turning point," said Tigers coach Tony Seaman on Griebe's disallowed goal. "We did great until the fourth quarter, and then we broke down and left Conor Ford with a couple of opportunities. That was the difference."

Towson 1 3 2 2 - 8

Johns Hopkins 2 1 4 6 - 13

Goals: T-Fountain 2, DeFelice, Griebe, Pfarr, Florio, Chane, Mull; JH-Ford 5, Rewkowski 3, Barrie 2, Peyser 2, Potucek. Assists: T-Obloj 2, DeFelice, Griebe; JH-Boland 4, Barrie, Rewkowski, Peyser, Byrne, Koesterer. Saves: T-Sothoron 10; JH-Smith 8.

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