No. 14 Hopkins jumps to early lead, pounds UMBC, 16-5

Blue Jays score five seconds into the game and are never challenged; Retrievers coach calls game "unacceptable"

March 12, 2011|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

After more than six hours of gripping and tense lacrosse, the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic ran out of drama.

No. 14 Johns Hopkins handled UMBC early and easily, cruising to a 16-5 rout in the final of three games at M&T Bank Stadium Saturday.

After top-ranked Syracuse survived a 9-8 overtime contest against No. 15 Georgetown and No. 2 Virginia edged No. 13 Cornell, 11-9, the Blue Jays (5-1) scored the game's first three goals and five of the first six to put the Retrievers in a significant hole from which they could not recover.

"It's always important to get off to a good start," Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala said. "It's easy to play from in front. When you get in games like this when teams are deliberate — Manhattan was deliberate, and I thought early on that UMBC was deliberate — you take away their ability to play that way when you get off to a lead. I was glad we started off quickly."

After getting out to just a 4-1 halftime lead against Manhattan on Wednesday night, Johns Hopkins reached that same score in the first quarter against UMBC (1-3).

Senior attackman Kyle Wharton put the Blue Jays on the scoreboard just five seconds into the first quarter after senior Matt Dolente won the opening faceoff and passed to senior attackman Chris Boland on the left wing, and he fed Wharton near the right post.

Freshman midfielder Rob Guida and Boland followed with goals before Retrievers sophomore midfielder Scott Hopmann scored off a feed from sophomore attackman Joe Lusgarten with 1 minute, 10 seconds left in the first quarter. But goals from sophomore midfielder John Ranagan and Boland ignited a 6-2 run that gave Johns Hopkins a 9-3 advantage at halftime.

Boland finished with a game-high five goals and added an assist, while Ranagan set a career high with five points on two goals and three assists.

The Blue Jays seemed to have success attacking UMBC's short-stick defensive midfielders, initiating from up top and forcing slides that have opened up shooting lanes for the attackmen.

"As a unit, we were really unselfish, and our middies did a great job creating," Boland said. "We were just really unselfish, and that's really what we've been working on all preseason and up to this point. We've been working as a unit, working all six guys together."

Sophomore midfielder Dave Brown paced the Retrievers with two goals, but coach Don Zimmerman sounded off about his team's worst loss of the season.

"You can't be encouraged after a day like today," Zimmerman said. "This has got to hurt, and they got to sense that, and they've got to know that's the way I feel. That's the educational process from today. This is unacceptable. This is unacceptable, and to perform like this is unacceptable."

Notes: Johns Hopkins has won all nine meetings in this series. … The team's 20-of-25 performance on faceoffs was the first time the Blue Jays had won 20 draws since a 21-of-29 showing against Syracuse in a NCAA tournament quarterfinal in 2006. … With Wharton's goal just five seconds into the first quarter, Johns Hopkins has scored on their first shot of the game four times this season. … The Blue Jays improved to 3-2 in the Face-Off Classic.

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