Baltimore, MD – Johns Hopkins held Loyola to a scoreless 1st quarter, along with allowing only one goal in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, en route to an 11-7 victory over Loyola College. For Hopkins, Conor Ford led the way with three goals and an assist. Kevin Boland contributed with three assists, Kyle Harrison added two goals with an assist, while Greg Peyser had two assists with one goal. Both Matt Rewkowski and Kyle Barrie chipped in with two goals. For Loyola, their seven goals were scored by seven different players with senior Stephen Brundage, and freshmen Pat Kennedy and Jordan Rabidou going one and one (1 goal, 1 assist).
Neither team was able to score, as both traded possessions to start the game with a quick Hopkins turnover and then a long sustained Loyola possession which ended in a turnover. Conor Ford got the scoring started for the Blue Jays at the 6:48 mark. Within a minute and a half, Greg Pyser had picked off a pass on the defensive end and taken it the length of the field finishing it himself and Ford struck again, to put the Blue Jays up 3-0. Kyle Barrie would finish out the 1st quarter scoring, leaving Hopkins with a 4-0 lead heading into the 2nd.
The 2nd quarter started in a similar fashion to 1st’s end: Barrie put Hopkins up 5-0 off a Kyle Harrison feed. Loyola would finally get on the board in the 2nd, as senior captain Stephen Brundage, in his last collegiate game, received a pass as he was coming up from X. Brundage was able to get just slightly top-side on his defenseman giving him the space to jump and put the ball in the bottom corner past Hopkins’ goalie, Scott Smith.
Conor Ford would get back into the action by completing his hat trick off another Kevin Boland feed at the 6:43 mark. Ford would reverse his role shortly after to feed Kyle Harrison to send the game into halftime with a clear 7-1 Hopkins advantage.
The 3rd period wasn’t much different as it seemed that Hopkins was slowly pulling away. Matt Rewkowski added a goal 2:32 into the 3rd to bring the lead to 8-1. Freshman Tony Ferreira momentarily stopped the bleeding as he finished a fast break started by Damian Hall forcing a turnover on the Loyola defensive side. Kyle Dowd would add his 8th goal of the season to put Hopkins comfortably ahead 9-2 heading into the final quarter.
A different Loyola team seemed to come out of the gates for the 4th quarter, as did a different Johns Hopkins team. Freshman Patrick Kennedy made Hopkins pay on a man-up opportunity as he took a Brundage feed and cut the lead to 6. With 9:42 left in the game, Joe Landry took a Jordan Rabidou feed to bring it down to 5. Again on the man-up, a minute and a half later Kennedy found Greg Leonard to bring the game to within 4.
Hopkins immediately responded as Greg Peyser won the face-off and fed Kyle Harrison who blasted it past Loyola goalie, Michael Fretwell, less than seven seconds after the Leonard goal. Loyola would again make it interesting adding a Jordan Rabidou goal at 6:27 off a perfectly placed shot and a Pat Shek goal at 5:36. While Hopkins was willing to bend a little there, they certainly didn’t break. 10-7 would be as close as Loyola would get. Matt Rewkowski would add another goal at 2:06 to give the Blue Jays the 11-7 victory.
For Loyola, this game ended a 4-8 season that had high inspirations at the beginning, with the transfer of Matt Monfett to complement Stephen Brundage on attack. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Five of their seven scorers today were freshmen; sophomore goalie, Michael Fretwell, made 13 saves in net. It would seem the program is in good hands for the next couple of years, as these young players have gained experience this year.
Hopkins was nearly perfect today on clearing (16 of 18), only required 7 saves of Scott Smith, and won 14 of 22 faceoffs. They, however, failed to capitalize on any of their 5 extra man opportunities, and only held a slight groundball advantage (31 to 28). It was obvious at the beginning of the 4th that Hopkins wasn’t really in the game, and seemed to get rattled giving Loyola a few extra man opportunities.
For Hopkins along with quite a few other teams, it is time to wait and see what the NCAA Tournament has in store for them. Hopkins will most likely gain the #1 seed, but coach Dave Pietramala himself said it best at the end of the game: “I’d rather not have it [the #1 seed] and win a national championship. We’ve had it, but we didn’t finish the drill, so to speak. I’m not concerned about what the committee does, I’m just excited to be in it, now we just have to go play.” Pietramala also added, “Now its win-or-go home and its time to talk about that…we’ll talk about having more of a sense of urgency, we haven’t really talked about that yet.” There are still a few teams sitting at home, waiting to see if they get the chance to step into the tourney. Their fates will be decided shortly.
|Stephen Brundage||(1, 1)|
|Jordan Rabidou||(1, 1)|
|Patrick Kennedy||(1, 1)|
|Pat Shek||(1, 0)|
|Greg Leonard||(1, 0)|
|Joe Landry||(1, 0)|
|Tony Ferreira||(1, 0)|
|Chris Einhorn||(0, 1)|
|Michael Fretwell||13 (0.542)|