No. 1 Hopkins edges No. 2 Duke in 2nd OT, 11-10

Huntley finishes Devils in battle of unbeatens

April 09, 2005|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,SUN STAFF

Freshman attackman Kevin Huntley scored from the right of the crease with 1:05 remaining in the second four-minute overtime period last night to lift No. 1 Johns Hopkins past No. 2 Duke, 11-10, before a crowd of about 7,000 at Homewood Field.

In edging the Blue Devils (11-1), the Blue Jays (8-0) accomplished their main objectives of winning and remaining the only unbeaten team in NCAA Division I lacrosse. They also set a school record with their 32nd straight win at Homewood Field.

But there is no mystique here.

Sure, US Lacrosse headquarters and the sport's Hall of Fame are on the university's campus, and the Blue Jays have perhaps the only band -- certainly the most hated one -- in the sport. But this program wins on talent, having had 172 All-Americans since the school began playing the sport in 1922.

That was evident as freshman Huntley, out of Calvert Hall, scored the game winner.

There aren't a lot of freshmen who even get much playing time in major college sports, let alone score the winner in a big game.

Huntley took the ball to the right of the goal, got a step on midfielder Michael Ward and then dashed in front of Ed Douglas before drilling a shot past goalie Aaron Fenton as Huntley crashed to the ground from a blow to the back of his helmet.

Huntley rose to celebrate with his teammates as coach Dave Pietramala walked off the field with a clenched fist .

"Sometimes you can draw up plays and something happens," said Pietramala. "In this case, the ball ended up in the hands of a freshman."

Any reservations?

"No, I've gotten to a point where I trust these guys," said Pietramala. "[Huntley is] a guy who came off the bench cold and scored three goals against Virginia."

Huntley said: "The ball got loose and it just came up at me. I started to take my man and didn't see the double team come over."

Pietramala has had other freshmen play major roles this season. Paul Rabil of Gaithersburg starts on the first midfield and has 13 goals and four assists this season. Midfielder Stephen Peyser of Lloyd Harbor, N.Y., won eight of 13 faceoffs last night and is 14 of 24 for the season.

It's hard to compete against that kind of talent -- and to play for a coach who is extremely meticulous.

"We're all trying to get more comfortable as the season goes on," said Huntley. "We have several freshmen making contributions. We didn't talk much about the [Homewood] streak during the week. Actually, we were unaware of it until after the Virginia game.

"We just want to come out and work hard. This is a great place to play lacrosse and we have great fans."

Duke didn't go down easily.

The Blue Devils matched the Blue Jays almost step for step (Duke had a 37-32 advantage in ground balls) and shot for shot (Hopkins had a 40-33 advantage in shots). It was a classic game of star against star.

But Hopkins, after a good start, looked like a tired team in the middle two quarters. The Blue Jays kept committing turnovers, something a team can't do against a quality opponent and an outstanding shooting team such as Duke.

"We were tired, and I blame myself for that," said Pietramala. "It was clearly evident."

Hopkins was down 8-6 at the end of the third quarter, but opened the fourth with Rabil scoring from outside after coming off a double pick. Nearly six minutes later, Blue Jays midfielder Matt Rewkowski beat Kyle Dowd for a goal to tie the game at 8.

Hopkins gained momentum when Rewkowski, on an assist from attackman Peter LeSueur, scored with 7:13 remaining to put the Blue Jays ahead 9-8.

But Dowd answered with a goal with 6:31 left, and Blue Devils attackman Matt Danowski, who finished with three goals, then sent a low shot past Hopkins goalie Jesse Schwartzman as the Blue Devils rallied for a 10-9 lead with 4:37 remaining.

But Hopkins midfielder Kyle Harrison, who was hot in the first quarter, tied the game at 10 with 2:41 remaining as he blew by defender Tony McDevitt at the right of the crease, eventually sending the game into overtime.

The final minutes of regulation and the overtime periods belonged to Harrison and Danowski as each team tried isolation plays with its star.

Duke 2 4 2 2 0 0 -- 10

Johns Hopkins 5 1 0 4 0 1 -- 11

Goals: D--Danowski 3, Flannery 2, Greer 2, Lamade, Dowd, Marshall; JHU-- Huntley 3, Harrison 2, Le Sueur 2, Rewkowski 2, G. Peyser, Rabil. Assists: D--Lamade 3, Flannery 2, Greer, Zash; JHU--Harrison 2, Le Sueur. Saves: D--Fenton 13; JHU--Schwartzman 10.

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