The biggest match-up of the weekend did not disappoint the local fans at Homewood field this Saturday as #1 Hopkins defeated #2 Virginia 9-7. Number 24 Freshman Kevin Huntley helped the Blue Jays to their fifth straight win of the season with a fourth quarter hat trick after edging out Syracuse in an overtime thriller last weekend. The first two periods were some of the best run and gun lacrosse yet this spring. The second half proved why Hopkins is deserving of the number one spot. This win brings the Blue Jays home winning streak to an astounding 30 in a row, the last time Hopkins lost at home was over a year ago when who else but the Cavaliers took them down in four overtimes for Coach Pietramala’s only home loss since taking the helm of his alma-mater.
After all the dust had settled the score was four up at the half. Virginia out shot the Blue Jays in every quarter but just couldn’t seem to hit the net, while Hopkins continuously capitalized on unsettled situations with a key goal at the end of the 1st quarter by Senior long stick midfielder Greg Raymond to put Hopkins up 3-0. On a side note, it looked as though he took his goal celebration staight out of Jake Steinfeld's books.
However Raymond couldn’t flex for long as UVA opened up the scoring in the second quarter with the quick footwork and side arm snipe by number 14 junior Matt Ward who finished the day 4 and 1. Virginia took the second quarter over by tallying a total of four goals to JHU’s one. Hopkins only goal of the second was scored by number 25 Jake Byrne while on man-up assisted by Kevin Huntley. The Cavaliers second goal scored by Junior Midfielder Matt Poskay assisted by Brendan Gill proved controversial as only two of the three field referees saw it cross the plain. Senior Attackman John Christmas made his opinion quite clear that he was in disagreement with the loan umpire’s no goal call. But after short deliberation, Poskay’s shot was ruled a goal. Shortly thereafter, Ward netted his second of the day. To complete the Cavaliers comeback run, number 6 Ben Ruboer finished off a fast break feed from Matt Ward.
The Hopkins offense took over in the second half with goals by Peter LeSuer and Kyle Harrison in the third quarter and a three-goal effort by number 24 Kevin Huntley in the fourth. Virginia tried their best to continue their comeback run, out-shooting Hopkins 11-4 in the third quarter. However, Hopkins defense led by Sophomore Goalie Jesse Schwartzman had a total of 20 saves on the day. In addition to his save percentage he and the Blue Jays defense completed 19 of 25 clears helping them keep possession of the ball and their lead for the remainder of the game. Matt Ward also added two in the second half for Virginia with a final goal by Kyle Dixon as the final seconds ticked off the clock.
|Kevin Huntley||(3, 2)|
|Peter Lesueur||(1, 2)|
|Paul Rabil||(2, 0)|
|Jake Byrne||(1, 0)|
|Greg Raymond||(1, 0)|
|Kyle Harrison||(1, 0)|
|Jesse Schwartzman||20 (0.741)|