Freshmen step front, center as Blue Jays trim Terps, 11-6

Huntley has 3 for No. 1 in teams' 101st meeting

College Lacrosse

April 16, 2005|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - For one half, it was the type of game that typifies the century-old, Johns Hopkins-Maryland rivalry. Each team responded with scoring runs. Bodies flew after nasty collisions. It could have been anyone's game.

But then came the third quarter, and there went Maryland, tumbling backward after a more talented, deeper Hopkins team showed its colors once more in recording an 11-6 victory.

This time, the 101st meeting between the schools turned on a trio of Blue Jays freshmen. And by the time attackman Kevin Huntley and midfielders Paul Rabil and Stephen Peyser were done last night, they had combined for seven goals and top-ranked Hopkins had blown open a tight game in the third quarter and pulled away before 10,117 at Byrd Stadium.

The Blue Jays (9-0) remained the lone unbeaten team in Division I, and, in the process, put more hurt on Maryland, which is 5-5 for the first time since 1994 and has suffered its first three-game losing streak since 1988.

The Terps, who have dropped four of their past five games, now must focus on salvaging a winning record and securing a berth in next month's NCAA tournament.

Hopkins, meanwhile, just keeps humming along. The Blue Jays, who now lead the series, 64-36-1 and have won four straight against Maryland, weren't overly sharp all night. They got whipped in the faceoff game in the first half and their shots struck the goalposts a handful of times.

But Hopkins ran its offense relentlessly and never wavered as the Blue Jays had too many athletes and shooters for Maryland to handle. Ultimately, a 4-0, third quarter run - started by Huntley and fueled by Rabil and Peyser - put Maryland in a 9-4 hole from which it had no chance to escape.

"I was concerned about us emotionally," Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala said. "Things were so subdued [before the game]. I kind of looked at my assistants and said, `I hope we're ready.' We were. I was pleased that we played a solid game at both ends of the field."

Huntley led the way with three goals and one assist, and had his third three-goal game of the season. Rabil and Peyser each had two goals and an assist. For Peyser, it was the first multiple-goal game of his career.

"It was a tough game, but slowly but surely, inch by inch, we got a little bit of steam going," Peyser said. "We kept trying to put the pedal to the metal."

The Blue Jays picked up steam, all right. They won four of five faceoffs in the third quarter to fuel their big run. They got a goal and an assist from senior midfielder Kyle Harrison. They wore out Maryland with excellent ball movement and two fine midfield lines.

The Terps battled early, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game at 3 in the second quarter, then closed to within 5-4 two minutes into the second half.

But Maryland could not get junior attackman Joe Walters (one goal, one assist) untracked, and the Terps shot poorly again (17.1 percent), rarely offering a serious challenge to Hopkins sophomore goalie Jesse Schwartzman, who had seven of his 17 saves in the fourth quarter.

"The kids played hard from beginning to end. They just didn't make the plays that Hopkins made," said Maryland coach Dave Cottle, whose team travels to unranked Fairfield (8-2) next week.

"We're going to work through this. We're 5-5. We're starting fresh from ground zero. We're going to do everything in our power to turn this around. We just need a win."

Johns Hopkins 3 2 4 2 - 11

Maryland 1 2 1 2 - 6

Goals: JH-Huntley 3, Rabil 2, Peyser 2, Harrison, Byrne, LeSueur, Barrie; M-Ritz 2, Walters, Matz , B. Healy, McGlone. Assists: JH-Harrison, Huntley, Koesterer, Peyser, Rabil, Rewkowski; M-Matz, Ritz, Walters. Saves: JH-Schwartzman 17; M-Alford 8, Murphy.

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