Hopkins Advances Over Hofstra 10-4

Hopkins Advances Over Hofstra 10-4

Hopkins Advances Over Hofstra 10-4

Hopkins Advances Over Hofstra 10-4

Baltimore, MD – The Johns Hopkins Blue Jays used a six-goal run spread out between the second and third quarters with pairs of goals from Michael Kimmel, Paul Rabil and Michael Doneger during the run to overcome the Hofstra Pride, 10-4 in NCAA First Round action. Kimmel (3, 1) and Rabil (4,0) led the way with four points apiece, while Stephen Peyser (2, 1) and Steven Boyle (0, 3) both notched three points each. The Hofstra offense struggled to find a rhythm all day and received a boost from sophomore goalie Danny Orlando’s 14 saves.

Just over two months ago a tough 8-7 overtime Hofstra win sent Hopkins reeling on a five-game losing skid. The weather today threatened to mimic the monsoon-like conditions the Blue Jays and Pride faced on March 8th. The rain held off minus a little drizzle as the game was winding down, but the temperature was not representative of a May NCAA Tournament lacrosse game. In the March battle, senior midfielder Paul Rabil was held scoreless, largely due to the efforts of Hofstra senior defensive midfielder Kevin Unterstein. Today, was a different story as Hofstra had trouble matching up with Rabil.. The March skid showed that Hopkins’ offense needed to be able to adjust. It took them a little while to figure it out. Now that the Blue Jays offense is firing, no game looks the same as the players are reacting and making plays catered towards beating the defenses they’re facing.

In front of 2,291 fans, Rabil created the first three of his goals off of dodges, which he finished with strong shots regardless of which hand the defense gave him to use. Rabil connected on four of his eight shots, but classmate Kevin Huntley had trouble finding the back of the net being held scoreless on his eight shots.

Both teams traded long possessions in the first quarter. Neither team was able to create quality opportunities with both teams rushing into a few lazy turnovers trying to get things started. The only goal either team could generate in the first came after a Hopkins defensive stop with an outlet to Stephen Peyser. Peyser took it himself and finished the break. Steven Boyle squeezed a ball into the Hofstra net just after the horn sounded to end the first quarter, but the goal was waved off, keeping the deficit at one at the end of the first.

Hofstra tied it at one early in the second. Both teams’ senior leaders traded goals (Rabil for Hopkins and Michael Unterstein for Hofstra) before the Blue Jays exploded.

Hofstra settled into a defensive zone and played aggressive on the ball carrier. Hopkins completely dominated the possession time in the second quarter and tried their best to pour it on. As they peppered the net with 16 shots in the quarter, Orlando had his best quarter with five saves, which helped keep the game close and a respectable 5-2 at the half. <>Hofstra’s offensive anemia from the first half got worse in the second half. The Pride only managed to generate nine shots in the first half. While trying to cut into the deficit, they only managed to generate three shots in the third quarter as the lead stretched to 8-2. Unfortunately, the Wayne Gretzky quote “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take,” came back to haunt Hofstra. Adding to their inability to generate good shots on offense, the Pride also struggled in the draw department winning only 7-of-18 and they didn’t have their normal same success clearing the ball (83.1% success on the season, but just 12-of-19 for 63.2% today). Hopkins did a nice job of pressuring and creating confusion in their riding.

With two scoreless quarters behind them, Hofstra tried to leave everything on the line in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for the Pride, they still couldn’t generate the shots they needed to climb back into the game and advance in the NCAAs. The loss ends the CAA Champs season at 10-6.

For Hopkins, the win is old hat as they’re advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the 18th consecutive year. They’ll head to Navy (neutral site) to play the Midshipmen for a ticket to the Final Four. This is the 81st time the two teams have met since 1908, but oddly it’s the first time the two teams have met in the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Jays look like they’re hitting the stride that has brought them success in May. The defense, special teams and in-between-the-lines play of the Blue Jays remains solid as always and will continue to be their foundation. The offense which struggled in their five-game skid, has found an identity. One in which a team has to be able to adapt and stop the Blue Jays in a variety of different ways, because the Blue Jays have a unique group of offensive players that all contribute in different ways. It also helps that they have a variety of different weapons, all of which are capable of stepping up and taking over any given name.


From Press Release…

BALTIMORE, MD - Senior midfielder Paul Rabil (Gaithersburg, MD/DeMatha) scored a game-high four goals and host Johns Hopkins used a 6-0 run to break open a close game as the fifth-seeded Blue Jays knocked off Hofstra, 10-4, in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament Sunday afternoon. The win, which avenges an 8-7 overtime loss at Hofstra during the regular season, is the sixth straight for the Blue Jays, who improve to 9-5 and will play Navy in the NCAA Quarterfinals next Saturday at Navy. Hofstra had a four-game winning streak snapped and ends the season at 10-6.

Despite controlling the action for most of the opening 20 minutes, the Blue Jays found themselves in a 2-2 tie after Hofstra's Michael Understein (Shoreham, NY/Shoreham-Wading River) netted an unassisted goal with 8:47 remaining in the second quarter. The Blue Jays needed just 54 seconds to answer as Rabil swept across the top of the box and blew a 14-yard laser past Hofstra goalie Danny Orlando (South Hempstead, NY/South Side) to give the Blue Jays the lead for good. The Pride held the Blue Jays away for six minutes before Rabil gave the Blue Jays a two-goal cushion with 1:53 remaining in the first half as he scored the 100th goal of his career on a left-handed shot inside the far post on an ally dodge. The first of sophomore Michael Kimmel's (Towson, MD/Loyola) three goals with 23 seconds remaining in the first half pushed the lead to 5-2 at intermission.

If not for the play of Orlando, the deficit could have been larger at the half as he posted seven first-half saves as the Blue Jays outshot the Pride 24-8 in the first 30 minutes. Any hopes of a second half Hofstra comeback were short-lived as the Blue Jays maintained possession for nearly the first seven minutes of the third quarter and tallied twice during that stretch to push out to a 7-2 lead.

An extra-man goal just under four minutes into the second half by senior Michael Doneger (Hewlett, NY/Lynbrook) on a nifty pass to the crease by Kimmel made it 6-2 and Doneger scored his second of the game just under two minutes later as he picked the top corner from 10 yards out on a quick pass from senior Stephen Peyser (Lloyd Harbor, NY/Cold Spring Harbor). Kimmel closed the 6-0 run with 2:09 remaining when he quick-sticked a pass from Steven Boyle (Derry, NH/Pinkerton Academy) past Orlando from in tight to make it 8-2 at the end of three quarters.

The teams traded goals in the fourth quarter with Unterstein and Tom Interlicchio (Yorktown, NY/Yorktown) sandwiching goals around Rabil's fourth of the day in the first nine minutes of the period. Kimmel polished off his second straight hat trick and the sixth of his career when he closed the scoring with 2:47 remaining with a six-yard shot off a nice feed from Boyle.

Johns Hopkins held the Pride scoreless for the first 16:06, but led only 1-0 after one quarter as a Peyser goal with 6:27 remaining in the first quarter was the only tally for either team in the first 15 minutes. Hofstra finally pushed through with 13:53 remaining in the second quarter when Dan Stein (Merrick, NY/Calhoun) worked from behind the goal and scored on a wrap-around shot to tie the game. Rabil got his day started just over a minute later when he scored the first of his four goals with an unassisted tally at the 12:50 mark. Unterstein's goal four minutes later forced the second and last tie of the game as the Blue Jays embarked on the 6-0 run, during which they held the Pride scoreless for 25:33, shortly after.

Rabil's four-goal effort not only led the way for the Blue Jays, but also pushed him to the top of the all-time goal-scoring list among Hopkins midfielders as he now has 101. The four goals also tied Rabil's career high. Kimmel added the three goals and one assist, while Boyle assisted on three goals for the Blue Jays. The three goals tied Kimmel's career high, while Boyle matched his personal best with the three assists. Sophomore Michael Gvozden (Millersville, MD/Severna Park) anchored the Blue Jays' defensive effort as he posted nine saves while allowing just the four goals.

Unterstein's two goals led the way for Hofstra, which didn't have any assisted goals in the game. Orlando posted 14 saves for the Pride, who were outshot 40-25, won just 7-of-18 faceoffs and lost the ground ball war 34-27.

Johns Hopkins, which improved to 25-5 in the month of May under head coach Dave Pietramala, advances to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the 18th consecutive year. The Blue Jays will be meeting Navy for the 81st time in a series that dates to 1908, but this will be the first time the two teams have met in the NCAA Tournament.

#16 Hofstra (10-6) 0-2-0-2/4

#4 Johns Hopkins (9-5) 1-4-3-2/10

Goals: H: M. Unterstein-2, Stein, Interlicchio. J: Rabil-4, Kimmel-3, Doneger-2, Peyser. Assists: H: None. J: Boyle-3, Peyser-2, Kimmel. Saves: H: Orlando-14. J: Gvozden-9. Shots: H-25. J-40. EMO: H: 0-for-1. J: 1-for-1. Attendance: 2,219.

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hop helmets
    by (#169967) on 5/11/08 @8:35PM
whats up wit these ugly ass hop helmets?
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    by (#172551) on 5/11/08 @8:48PM
i couldn't agree with you more...these are my favorite ones...from last year

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    by (#140937) on 5/11/08 @9:40PM
AOF i do agree with you that last years turny helmets were the sickest helmet from hop but i like these new ones. they are classic the colors are the like when you just by a normal cascade from a lax store before you reach high school and need a custom helmet. white shell white visor black chin... i dig it
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    by (#192312) on 5/11/08 @10:27PM
yea i hate the pro7s nd the ones from last year were sick!!
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    by (#167078) on 5/12/08 @12:15PM
theres no question that the cpx's are very slick helmets. I liked this look for hopkins though. it was classic. but to be honest isnt this sort of revealing as to how much $$ their program has to throw around that they buy new helmets for the tourney??
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    by (#148951) on 5/11/08 @10:06PM
i think all of these pro7 helmets look awful. every team that wears them looks like a jayvee team because of the black facemasks, plus the helmet's shell is strangley shaped and oblong. the cpx titanium may have been the best looking helmet ever and cascade screwed it up by trying to improve on it. like a bad sequel to a movie that never should have had a sequel (pirates of the caribean 2-3)
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oh yeah
    by (#148951) on 5/11/08 @10:09PM
the chrome facemasks look awful too. just make the ti helmets already cascade!
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    by (#107007) on 5/11/08 @10:32PM
Honestly, it doesn't matter if Hopkins wore the original sporthelmets... They're Hopkins. They'll be sick and impress us no matter what kind of lids they wear.
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you guys are nerds
    by (#4742) on 5/11/08 @10:38PM
You guys realize you are talking about helmets right? Who really cares. Do you guys also sit around and talk about your favorite episodes of The Hills and Desperate Housewives?

I mean come on!! Get over it, all of you.

ps - I am sending you all that commented on the helmets $25.00 gift cards to About Faces Spa to maybe get your hair done, nails, etc. Enjoy.
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I love Desperate Housewives
    by (#130269) on 5/12/08 @2:02PM
And The Hills is a fantastic show.

Ooo I love spas, thanks!
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Like the old school look
    by (#76810) on 5/11/08 @10:42PM
I like the old school look.
Hop has been reached back earlier this season with the striped tube socks and now with the 70's script. I like the look.
I'm sure if we get to the semi's we'll be back in black.
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Pro 7's
    by (#135247) on 5/11/08 @10:32PM
i tried one the towson one on at the faceoff classic,
it felt alright, and the vision was the same basically,
it just looks like your a dinosaur because the two like vents are like raised.
the cpx's were the best, with the titanium
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    by (#178025) on 5/12/08 @12:17AM
the pro 7's arent bad but they are so much heavier than my cpx titanium
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    by (#76067) on 5/12/08 @12:57AM
First of all, they're ugly as balls. Secondly, they are going to come out with a "titanium" version next year, just like every other helmet they make.
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    by (#176829) on 5/12/08 @7:51AM
look at pic 178 it looks like hes going to heaven.LOL
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    by (#165740) on 5/12/08 @8:34AM
and not a single one about the game.

Rabil looked like a stud, everyone else was watching him. Navy pulls the upset in OT to end the streak and head to Foxboro.
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R u Kidding me with the Navy call?
    by (#189942) on 5/12/08 @4:25PM
You can't be serious about Navy beating Hop for the first time in over 30 years are you? You just said how silly Rabil looked, and you honestly think Navy is going to have an answer for that? And if you've seen any of the last two Hopkins championships you will see that Hop brings it in the tournament under Petro. Hopkins is way to solid all around and Navy (just like the last 30 some odd meetings) will not have enough to stop the machine that is the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays. And sorry to all of you Duke lovers out there because Hopkins cruises to Foxboro only to crush Duke's dreams one more time, as the Jays ride back to Charm City once again making sure that the Tourney Trophy is returned to its rightful home in Baltimore, the perrennial Lacrosse Capitol of the World...
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hmmm i dunno
    by (#196296) on 5/13/08 @3:39AM
beat a dog in a corner enough times and someday the dog is gonna bite back, If I had lost 30 times to someone that is all the motivation I would need to come out and especially in my home stadium? I wouldn't be so sure about that pick or the duke one the hop doesn't have the D to stop duke and if they survive them a very potent Syracuse offense as well
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Umm yeah my picks are money
    by (#189942) on 5/13/08 @10:01AM
Alright buddy. Mark my words on all of this because we will compare notes after the tourney. First off, we are talking about over three decades of Hop crushing Navy and the trend will continue my friend. Hop is on fire right now and Navy hasn't been able to string together big victories consecutively all season long. Hop wins comfortably. You are an idiot for doubting me on that pick and I can give you over 30 reasons why Ohio boy. How many Hop/Navy games have you seen in your life? And as far as Duke is concerned, didn't the Blue Jay D shut down the same exact Duke offense in last year's championship? Or how about the previous Hop/Duke championship? Danowski, Greer, Quinzanni and the rest of the gang are sick no doubt, but Hop brings it and they have 44 combined national championships to back that up. And not even a couple of bulls%*# 5th year seniors will stop that kind of dominance. And Cuse? Please son, know what you're talking about before you dispute one of my points. Cuse is better than last year, but they are not, and never will be as good as they were with the powells or gaits. The orange has ONE (yes one) championship without them. Unless there are any more powells or gaits any time soon, the wait for another title will continue. Hopkins Blue Jays 2008 National Champs... All of you non believers can join me and the rest of charm city for some Crabs and Natti Bohs Hon after we shake Foxboro up bitches.
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please stop
    by (#94709) on 5/13/08 @11:18AM
yo sperro i love the enthusiasm but please, for the love of god, shut up. youre making hopkins fans sound exactly like the arrogant pricks that cuse fans were and duke fans currently are. i agree with you in that i think hop will win this week and that they can certainly shut down duke but come on, theres no need to jinx it all. im sure no one on this board really gives a shit if you "predicted" it or not. if we do win on memorial day by beating uva or cuse or whomever then by all means talk all the shit you want (since the jinxing problem will be out the window). at that point im sure everyone will finally realize that you really are the man too
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I'm with you LaxZac
    by (#189942) on 5/13/08 @4:11PM
Listen man, I hear you with the jinxing stuff but I'm not talkin shit. I won't just sit back and listen to people trash my team without bringing them back to reality and reminding them about the kind of program Hopkins is. The dominance that Hopkins brings to the table is unparralleled in any sport on any stage. It is time that people recognize the history that we all are witnessing. At the end of the day, I don't need to worry about a bullshit supersticious "jinx" when I know that on Saturday in May, Hopkins very rarely loses under Petro. And it isn't just about Hopkins. As a product of the Baltimore Lacrosse Community myself, I support my local team and I'll admit I'm wrong if my "predictions" turn out to be incorrect. And dude, read the chain and you will see that I was responding to someone else's postings that were interested in my (and anyone else's) predictions, which is the reason why I made the call. And if you don't think its gonna happen, then just sit back and keep your comments to yourself because anyone can just wait until the end to say "oh yeah dude my team won just like I knew they would", but it takes balls to make the call before it all happens. You have no confidence in your team son. And its a blog dick, thats what you do is predict and debate. So listen junior, go back to what it is you do and bitch at me if we lose. And if you think I'm a cocky arrogant know-it-all, then you might have something there. But you won't be able to say that I was wrong after Memorial Day. I don't think its gonna happen... I know it will. I've had a vision. Too strong on the faceoff, too stout and disciplined on D, and way too many weapons on offense. Maybe a little inexperienced in the cage, but Govazden was silly at Severna Park, and he is starting to establish himself as a shut-down keeper. I'd happily shut up if I were talking out of my ass here, but like I said I've already seen it in my head. No more talk though. Now we just wait and see...
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    by (#94709) on 5/14/08 @11:24AM
fair enough sperro, i hope youre right cuz there really is nothing more id like to see than for the jays to shut the dukies up once again...but youre telling me you had a vision? what are you, nostradamus? again, great enthusiasm bud but lets not start claiming to be some sort of lax prophet on a board. ill even give you a prediction, mind you its a prediction not a vision or a message from God so i cant back its validity 100% like you: Hopkins-Cuse final, Hop takes it in a classic.

ps. ask any one of those arrogant asshole patriots fans how they feel about karma and jinxing. im sure theyll have a lot to say
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    by (#189942) on 5/14/08 @12:45PM
Good call on the finals. Definitely could happen that way and that would be fine with me. By the way, my "vision" was a bunch of shit... I was just really hung over and I was seing things. It was unreal. Nah but seriously, its gonna be a great couple of weeks and I just pray that it works out the way I want it to. There is nothing worse than getting tanked on memorial day with all of your buddies and your team loses. It just causes an angry drunk mess and believe me, I have been on that side of the story too. But its strange how this season looks so much like last years for Hop. I do think that we will win it again this year, but it will not be easy just like it never is. The only team that I've ever really seen win it all "easily" is when Princeton went on that run and they pounded Maryland in the title game at least twice. Might have even been three times. Can't wait! Stick em Jays!
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ummm yeah
    by (#196296) on 5/13/08 @3:02PM
yeah this great hopkins team gave up 17 to duke earlier this season, but hey who is counting?
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Know your facts
    by (#189942) on 5/13/08 @4:22PM
FYI, Duke rolled Hop last year in the regular season too. But who's counting? Let me remind you that this is not the BCS and once selection Sunday is over, none of that regular season mess matters anymore. If Duke loses in the tourney, they go home. I'm sure that all of the seniors on Duke last year are all thinking about the glorious regular season victory last year over Hopkins instead of getting their dreams smashed on Memorial day... Oh thats right, they invited some ugly hooker to a party and ended up getting a year of eligibilty back. Because at the end of the day, every other team should suffer because Duke screwed up. Give me a break man. But seriously, keep basking in the glory of your regular season wins and I'll focus on Memorial day when shit really matters.
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sperro's right
    by (#103345) on 5/13/08 @5:54PM
duke's now blasted jhu twice in a row in the regular season, but which team's won when it mattered? Not to mention that was a stretch in which Gvozden couldn't stop anything, plus hop was on a losing skid, while playing at Duke.
Someday that ridiculous streak will end, but not on Saturday. Navy and Duke both share a similar problem of an easy schedule. You might think it raises confidence, but all it does is make you forget how to play at a high level. By annually playing one of the toughest schedules every year, jhu might drop 5 in the regular season, but they get used to playing tight games vs. good opponents. That's why they have 44 titles to the the runner-ups 20(incidentally Navy!). Blowing out St. Johns may make your balls feel bigger, but when you're down by one in the championship, it does you no good.
On a different note, how do you feel about OSU's chances? I haven't seen them play, but i have heard they have a nasty defense, so if duke's looking ahead they might well surprise people.
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My man
    by (#189942) on 5/14/08 @12:02AM
Exactly. We made our point. But seriously, this is one of those crazy seasons where teams lost to teams that they shouldn't have way more than you normally see (Cuse to Colgate; Loyola to Sienna; Duke to Gtown; Navy to Army;Gtown to Penn State just to name a few). I guess that is mostly because the game is growing, which is good for all of Lacrosse. OSU isn't as good as Duke is in my opinion, but they did blow out a solid Cornell team last weekend. I have to be honest this one kind of surprised me. Especially with that score... But my point is that it is possible. I would also say that even Hop is vulnerable this season but the run that they are on right now is remarkably similar to last years and they have a really solid group of seniors that obviously want to get their third rings. But listen, sorry everyone if I went off there a little bit before but I get a little carried away during tournament time. I love this time of year... Lax tournament, better weather, more hot girls for some reason, and the party starts to move outdoors. I mean really man, does it get any better? Somebody grab me a beer.
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Laying it on pretty thick
    by (#188060) on 5/12/08 @10:27AM
I mean for real, those helmets! What about the uniformsewe! Did you take a look at some of those shorts - I mean gag me with a spoon. Also, cant the refs wear anything besides black and white; and why are the goals orange, cant they be different cooler colors? Oh, did you see some of those shoes?

Hopkins better step it up next week, not their games, but their look. How could they win the NCAA looking like this. That is why Duke and Cuse have an advantage. Not because they are both better team, but because they look so much more radical.
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are you serious???
    by (#196444) on 5/16/08 @3:18AM
so you judge the talent of a team by the way they look? do their uniforms even coincide with the way they dominate on the field? just because they have enough money to try new uniforms and gear, you bash on them? you need to get a life man. hopkins will beat duke in the semifinals, and i dont care how good duke looks. hopkins will dismantle them come sunday.
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    by (#130983) on 5/12/08 @5:18PM
wow pic 49
crosse check anyone?
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