Hopkins Weathers UMass Storm, 13-12 OT

Hopkins Weathers UMass Storm, 13-12 OT

Hopkins Weathers UMass Storm, 13-12 OT

Hopkins Weathers UMass Storm, 13-12 OT

The action started right off the bat when Hopkins' Kyle Harrison cleanly pushed the face forward and took off on a break down the middle. At the top of the box Harrison dumped left to Barrie, who was at the point of the 4-3 break, and Barrie grabbed it righty, face-dodged his way through a gauntlet of checks, and nailed the top corner as he was falling to the turf on a trip (the flag would be waved off). A whole :40 seconds went by before the Hop struck again for a 2-0 lead: Adam Donegar, on the first of five for the day, pulled off a powerful split dodge at the top of the box and unleashed a lefty cannon on the run that had Umass goalie Bill Schell looking stunned.

The scoring would then stop for a while. A sharp Umass high-to-low thread got disrupted by Murtha, but Murtha's bobble on the GB allowed Leveille to stick a garbage collection goal -- it was disallowed on a toe in the crease. Hopkins cleared and controlled for an extended set of iso's, often driving hard to one side, drawing a little bit of a double, and then looking back across the grain for a button hook cutter. Umass shorti Paul Hutchen was shutting off Hopkins' Barrie at this point, even following him to the back corner when Barrie sought to let his teammates go 5 on 5. But Hopkins drew a stall warning and decided to press the issue a little prematurely, resulting in a clean ground ball for Schell off of the table scraps from a force feed. Schell initiated the clear and Umass got their first real run on O.

Their strategy, which would remain consistent all game long, was to attack from the top with their side-stepping, quick footed middies and either rip it on the run or bump it around the horn quickly to the backside. Umass was getting their space and drawing second slides but the outside rips were off the mark or relatively slow, although Hop goalie Nick Murtha also had a little say in the matter. When Chris Fiore broke Harrison's ankles at the top of the box and darted into the middle, it was Murtha who gobbled it up high. When Dusty Smith, on the next series, leaned in and blasted one from the lefty shooter's spot, it was Murtha again with a huge high save. With about 5:00 left in the first Umass had not even attempted to drive (or let alone work the ball) from X until Neil Lundburg, working against a shorti, tried to post up around the right pipe. Lundberg, who's got some height, managed to snap off a quick feed to Dan Paccione cutting down to the left pipe, but Murtha was huge yet again.

Hopkins managed another series of good ball movement and iso's (everyone tried their hand at going to the hoop, but no one really held on to the ball all that long). But Umass preferred to attack with double-teams, rather than just slide to, Hopkins' iso's against Umass shortsticks. It worked well only because Umass was able to get around on their 3rd and 4th slides and then recover on the backside. When Hopkins got whistled for their 2nd warding call in the quarter (they would amass about 5 of those on the day), Umass' Fiore produced another lightening quick split dodge up top, but got picked from behind while cocking his stick back (that would be a relatively common snafu for Umass' middies -- they all seemed to have giant bags, so every shot required about a 2-second windup to the back of their ankles).

On Hopkins' recovery, and with just :10 seconds left in the first, Bobby Benson drove lefty in an arc from GLE to the top of the box and found Tim Muir hanging on the opposite pipe. Benson threaded it through heavy traffic and Muir finished on a righty set-foot rip that caught Schell moving across the mouth of the goal. The Hop was up 3-0 to end the first.

Kyle Harrison started the second in the same fashion as the first, by dominating yet another face. After Harrison's shaft got violently slapped about 3 times while bringing it into the box, Hopkins moved it along the outside to Joe McDermott behind right. McDermott just pushed a routine pass to Kyle Barrie in the righty shooter's spot and Barrie burned it high past Schell. It was one of many shots that Schell got a good look at and should have swallowed; he was shaky all day. The Jays' Harrison then went to work at the top left of the box after winning another face. He busted out a little shuffle step on shorti Paul Hutchen and then burst to his right across the middle of the box and rifled a righty sidearm just below the pipe. It was another that Schell, on a decent day, should have bagged. 5-0 Hopkins.

Harrison won yet another face, but lost possession on a ward call while driving right. Umass' Marc Morley finally got a chance to work it a little bit from directly behind the goal, and put on a footwork display, but he was never able to fully turn the corner; he hucked one for the far the far pipe without his shoulders turned that just sailed wide. That shot would only be Umass' second from in tight -- everything else was a launch from outside. With 7:00 minutes and change to go, the Hop bumped their lead to 6-0 on well-timed Ford-to-Benson-to-Ford give and go along the right wing that finished with Ford's righty bouncer to Schell's offside.

Umass finally got on the board when Chris Fiore took a run on Hop freshman shorti Benson Erwin from the top of the box. Fiore split to his left, got inside of Erwin, then pulled a sidewinder over to his right for a running righty jumper that Murtha finally lost the battle on. Harrison won another face - Umass' only wins at the center circle came on 2 illegal procedure calls - and pushed it to Conor Ford for a nasty rip that caught the crossbar and ricocheted out on the sideline. Hopkins retained but lost possession when Kevin Boland stepped out of the box just as the refs threw in a stall warning. The call was maybe a little early, but the refs correctly picked up on the Blue Jays intentions -- there was just over 2:00 minutes to go in the half and they were just going through the motions, not even trying to take on shorti Hutchen (whom they seemed to target most of the afternoon).

Umass brought it down and Don Little, at the top of the box, greased it into Leveille on the crease but Leveille oddly switched from left to right hand, killing his angle and giving Murtha another full second to pick up the shot. Leveille missed anyways and Hopkins called a TO on the out of bounds. Hopkins came back out in a zone, which seemed to momentarily confuse Umass up top, until Marc Morley found Leveille on the paint while moving right to left. Leveille turned and dunked for a 2-6 deficit. But in a sign of things to come, another round of scoring would accompany the last :30 seconds of the half. Donegar pulled off a rehearsal of his game winning rip when drove hard at the top of the box -- Hutchen lost a step on him, went for a behind-the-neck check, and Donegar burned it by Schell. Then with just 1 second left on the clock Bobby Benson took a loose ball feed from Harrison, after Harrison grabbed the GB out of an ugly midfield scrum, and ripped it lefty top corner for an 8-2 lead and an end to the first half. The taunts from the largely pro-Hopkins crowd were getting brutal.

sorry, still more coming on tuesday...i got slammed with some biz stuff all day today

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UMASS GOT SCREWED
    by (#26292) on 5/19/02 @2:24PM
not only were they the 8 seed which was ridiculous. but the refs called 4 penalties on umass in the last 4 minutes. giving hopkins 2 men up to score their 12th goal. It was obvious that the higher powers of NCAA lacrosse wants Hopkins in the final four. Shame on you ncaa lax. Its you fault and yours alone that this game isnt spreading throughout the country faster than it is. You screwed over the minuteman once again, what are u gonna do to them next year?
 
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   your a loser by 5/19/02 @3:00PM
      umass by 5/19/02 @5:54PM
   agreed by 5/19/02 @6:46PM
      the same 4 teams? by 5/19/02 @9:22PM
      hah by 5/20/02 @8:29AM
   seriously... by 5/19/02 @8:20PM
      hmmm by 5/19/02 @9:06PM
         no it wont by 5/19/02 @9:17PM
            true by 5/19/02 @9:26PM
      what the hell is shibby talking about by 5/20/02 @7:38PM
   Ohhh God shut the "F" Up..... by 5/20/02 @9:49AM
      Bad officiating... by 5/20/02 @5:33PM
         wow u are dense are u by 5/20/02 @6:23PM
         wow u are dense are u by 5/20/02 @6:23PM
      ANGRY!!! by 5/23/02 @11:23AM
   The best team won by 5/22/02 @10:14AM
   Anyone saying UMASS got hosed is an idiot by 5/22/02 @2:47PM
   UMass got screwed?!? by 5/22/02 @4:15PM
Donegar
    by (#7579) on 5/19/02 @10:31PM
Adam Donegar is a beast. Hes soooo nasty. Hes gonna gude this hopkins team all the way this year. Forget Princeton and Cuze ita all bout the bluejays and Donegar. IP ADAM IP!
 
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   For the good of lacrosse... by 5/20/02 @8:53AM
      officiating by 5/20/02 @12:09PM
UMASS players and fans...
    by (#20511) on 5/20/02 @2:43PM
last year you complained about the selection committee. this year it was the refs fault. what will it be next year? the government? is it a big conspiracy or maybe just the fact that you arent as good as the top D1 teams.

when it comes to whining and complaining on websites however, you guys dominate the rest of the competition.
 
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great season
    by (#31004) on 5/20/02 @7:44PM
although umass lost they still had a hell of a season by winning the ecac and getting into the tourney.all these umass haters like the fag shibby3 and that g-murda need to get a life because umass is awsome and we'll do sweet next year and if the parent from fairfeild sees this that thought wed get killed by hopkins as we killed u u were wrong so u might want to pay up to mr. mcfarland.
 
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great season
    by (#31004) on 5/20/02 @7:44PM
although umass lost they still had a hell of a season by winning the ecac and getting into the tourney.all these umass haters like the fag shibby3 and that g-murda need to get a life because umass is awsome and we'll do sweet next year and if the parent from fairfeild sees this that thought wed get killed by hopkins as we killed u u were wrong so u might want to pay up to mr. mcfarland.
 
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great season
    by (#31004) on 5/20/02 @7:44PM
although umass lost they still had a hell of a season by winning the ecac and getting into the tourney.all these umass haters like the fag shibby3 and that g-murda need to get a life because umass is awsome and we'll do sweet next year and if the parent from fairfeild sees this that thought wed get killed by hopkins as we killed u u were wrong so u might want to pay up to mr. mcfarland.
 
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   sad by 5/20/02 @9:50PM
   just to make it clear by 5/20/02 @9:53PM
   your a loser (nt) by 5/22/02 @5:48PM
final 4
    by (#20115) on 5/20/02 @10:06PM
all i have to say is either hopkins or virginia better win saturday, now that my team hofstra didnt get in (and take note im not bitching about it.)i dont really care who wins, i just want to see some good lacrosse. i just dont want to see another princeton vs cuse final again. if i had to choose though, id say Virginia has a good shot of knocking off cuse, they will be tough to beat twice in one season.
 
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shibby3 g-murda what r u fags thinking
    by (#31004) on 5/21/02 @8:28AM
hey shibby fag and gmurda stop beinig butt buddies and understand that mass isnt a crappy team the only thing thats crappy is ure shibby cause uts been in g-murdas butt to long
 
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   Fuck u (nt) by 5/21/02 @4:05PM
      (no subject) by 5/21/02 @4:06PM
         UMASS by 5/21/02 @7:42PM
   one time by 5/21/02 @10:08PM
Nay sayers
    by (#3714) on 5/21/02 @4:23PM
For all those Naysayers out there, this game shows that UMASS is every bit as good as Navy. So there!!!
 
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