Hopkins Comes Back For OT Win Over Navy

Hopkins Comes Back For OT Win Over Navy

Hopkins Comes Back For OT Win Over Navy

Hopkins Comes Back For OT Win Over Navy

Despite falling short of a record breaking crowd, though 18,694 fans is nothing to brood over, this year’s Navy- Hopkins game couldn’t have been any better. Showcasing some of the greatest shooting seen to date, multiple lead changes, each team coming back to take the lead while down in the fourth, and an overtime thriller of an ending, this game was definitely one for the ages. It took Johns Hopkins all but three seconds of the first overtime to secure the win, but both teams had opportunities to slam the door shut on multiple occasions throughout the game. The breaking point in this one was the man up production, as Hopkins went three for seven to Navy’s one for four. While a game should never be blamed on the officiating, and it was essentially even throughout, there were several very questionable calls; mainly Navy’s two pushes and one unsportsmanlike, that all led to Hopkins man up goals. This coupled with Navy’s lack of mental concentration- i.e. putting too many men on the field while man up, leading by one and only 1:07 left on the game clock, were just too much for the Midshipmen to overcome. Conor Ford and Kevin Boland led all scorers with 5 goals and 1 goal, 4 assists respectively, while Ben Bailey and Ian Dingman led Navy with 3 goals and 2 goals, 1 assist.

As most expected, the first half started out quite the defensive battle, with neither team registering a goal until over five minutes in. It was Navy who struck first, when Ben Bailey was found wide open in the middle of the field. Bailey caught the pass righty, switched to his left and fired the over hand bouncer past Hopkins goalie Scott Smith with out ever being touched by a Blue Jay defenseman. The crowd erupted, the naval siren sounded, and Navy’s now famous oversized foam cowboy hat wearing groupies let the black and blue hear it. Having provided it so many times at Homewood, Hopkins seemed unfazed by the circus like atmosphere and Kyle Harrison quickly let that be known with an unassisted righty dodge from out top to tie it at one.

Both teams fought hard between the lines for most of the first, however neither could find the net until a Naval Academy man up off a Hopkins slash. Navy attackman Jon Birsner was moving hard behind the goal, but more importantly drawing all of the attention, and found an open Ian Dingman standing a few steps outside the crease. Dingman caught the feed and quickly released a bullet into the absolute top right corner. The goal was the final one of the quarter, leaving the middies up 2-1, however it was very obvious that the officials didn’t appreciate the overly aggressive style of defense Navy decided to come to play with. While the calls in the 1st didn’t carry much weight, Navy managed to kill a 2 man down as the horn blew, they would slowly turn into Navy’s downfall as the game progressed.

The second quarter was all Hopkins, as they would extend to their largest lead of the game heading into the half. They tied it up at 2 just over three minutes into the quarter as Kevin Boland picked up a deflected pass and hit a cutting Conor Ford right on the doorstep of the crease. Ford buried it high to the bottom left corner, only to be crushed by a Navy defender as penalty flags went sailing. Midshipmen goalie Matt Russell came up huge on the ensuing man up, however another questionable flag came on a push call as the Blue Jay attackman dove into the crease. This time the Navy man down unit wouldn’t be so lucky, as Hopkins made four quick passes around the outside eventually leaving rookie Jake Byrne’s stick and ending up with Kyle Barrie out top. Barrie set his feet and fired the low to high rip to the stick side corner. 3-2.

Navy’s lone goal of the second came after some great ball movement and patience by the Navy offense eventually leading to a quick shot and big time save by Hop goalie Scott Smith. Smith made a great stop, but couldn’t handle the save and the ball popped out into a waiting Navy player’s stick. The ball was kicked around until Ian Dingman decided to put a stop to all the passing and let a high to high shot fly to the off stick side to once again tie it up.

Hopkins came right back however as Kevin Boland took a solo dodge from out top to put the Hop back up by one. On the following faceoff, Kyle Harrison kicked the ball out to himself and took it down for a fast break. Rather than pick up quite possibly the nations best all around midfielder carrying the ball down field with numbers, Navy decided to leave him alone and hope he wouldn’t bother them. So while the defense stood and watched, Harrison ripped a low to low bouncer right past Russell to finally break the game open. 5-3 Hopkins. The hits kept coming for Navy, as another questionable flag for a push, led to another low to low goal, this time from Ford, to give Hopkins the three goal cushion into the half.

The second half started in similar fashion to the first, as Navy struck back under four minutes into the third quarter. Ben Bailey set up a dummy dodge from out top, and as the slides came he wheeled around and hit a cutting Billy Looney who finished the play with a lefty high to off stick side hip shot. 6-4 Hopkins. Hopkins then won the ensuing faceoff, setting up a low dodge, which opened up a wide open cutter on the crease. Matt Russell once again came up huge, making the point blank stop and sending the ball to a breaking midfielder. If there’s one thing that Navy does better than any other team in the nation, it’s get their midfielders up field after a save. As the Navy defense became the Navy offense, midfielder Steve Looney took hold of the ball and decided not to give it up even after running through three d men. The final one managed to push Looney into the crease, however on his way down he managed to get a shot off, finishing it off stick side to bring them within one.

This led to, excuse me for being repetitive, another questionable call for what appeared to be a trip, but was essentially just a poor acting job. Regardless, a flag was sent into the air and Hopkins decided to hold onto the ball behind in the trusty stick of Kevin Boland. As they waited out the waning seconds of the third quarter, Boland started a dodge and the aggressive Midshipmen defense slid leaving Conor Ford alone on the crease. Ford buried the goal with one second left, enough time to blow the whistle on the final faceoff of the third quarter. 7-5 Hopkins.

The fourth was deceptively silent until 9:10 left in the game, when Navy middie Ben Bailey began to slowly back in from the left side, weaving hi way closer and closer to the goal. While Bailey worked his way back and forth, the Hopkins dman was called for an admittedly unseen hold, only to have Bailey turn and absolutely fire a high to low shot past Scott Smith, surprising almost everyone in the stadium with an equal amount of net and pipe. 1 goal game.

After Hopkins won yet another faceoff, they eventually lost control of the ball sending it sailing over the midline and into the Navy restraining box. As attackman Jon Birsner lifted his defenseman’s stick, Steve Looney picked up the loose ball and then managed to out do his last performance with one of the most unbelievable individual efforts I’ve ever seen. Looney ran into the middle of the field drawing another three defenseman in the process and some how managed to break through each stick and body check, when either one should have rightfully been knocked to the dirt. He finally finds an opening in the sea of blue jerseys, spotting a wide open Joe Bossi sitting on the crease. Bossi easily handled the perfect pass and dumped it past Scott Smith for the tying goal. Navy would then go up by one with 5:35 left in the fourth, as Ian Dingman drew as much attention as he could, not very difficult considering he’s listed as a 6-3, 248 lb. sophomore, and then hit Ben Bailey out front for the jumping righty overhand shot. 8-7 Navy.

On the next faceoff, Hopkins once again wins it, however before they can gain possession the Navy longpole picks it up and hits a breaking midfielder for the Navy fast break. The middie hits Dingman out top, who swings it to Jon Birsner down low, who sends it cross crease to Joe Bossi for the easy quick stick off the textbook ball movement. As you can imagine, the Navy- Marine Corp stadium erupted. Fans were jumping on the field, sirens were going off all over; with 5:19 left and a two goal lead, it was hard for anyone there not to celebrate. However, under a minute later, Kyle Harrison showed why he’s a 1st teamer, keeping his team in it with a tremendous individual effort and some help from faceoff man Lou Braun. 9-8 Navy 4:42 left.

Now what happened next is a bit like a blur. I’ve never really seen anything like it before, but I’ll do my best to describe it. 2 minutes and 41 seconds left on the clock. A great shot is taken by Navy, followed immediately by a great body stop by Scott Smith. As the ball is rolling around in the crease, several Navy attackmen try to prod it, while Smith is doing everything in his power to get control of the loose ball. He eventually scoops it up, only to be interfered with by one of the aforementioned attackmen, sending an officials arm into the air marking the free clear. Rather than take advantage of the opportunity he’s just been afforded, Smith sends the ball flying up field, with no care for where it ends up. The reason for his lack of concern is that he’s more concerned with his follow through, as he baseball swings his stick into the Navy attackman’s head. This isn’t a normal follow through by the way; this is an Aaron Boone 11th inning, out of the park, follow through. The smack sends the player to the grass and the referee’s flag ends up somewhere in the same vicinity. 1:00 minute slashing penalty on Smith for what could have easily been a 2 minute non releasable or worse. Regardless, Smith is sent to the box and they’re forced to bring in Jesse Schwartzman who hasn’t touched a ball since warm-ups.

So as the tide looks like it’s fully changed in Navy’s favor, the unthinkable happens. Navy sends too many men out onto the field and the flag is quickly thrown. With 1:07 seconds left in the game, Hopkins gets a man up. The deliberate Blue Jay man up, works the ball around the outside eventually handing the game over to Conor Ford. Ford sets his feet and sends the low to high shot towards the goal, hitting the back of the net to send the game into overtime.

Hopkins faceoff man, Lou Braun wins the opening faceoff in the first overtime and manages to snag it clean enough to set up a fast break. It looked like it was all over here, as Kyle Barrie received the ball down low, but decided to do something very uncharacteristic and took the shot, rather than make the one more cross crease pass. Russell once again comes up huge, sending the ball up field to another breaking middie. Navy immediately goes to work, setting up what looks like a great opportunity, but ends up in the stick of the one and only Scott Smith. Smith realizes he too has some fast midfielders and heaves the clearing pass up field setting up another Hopkins fast break. The ball is once again sent to the point attackman, then once again sent down to Barrie, who once again decides to do it alone. This time he hopes to catch his d man off guard with two quick steps, which he does, however a great back check is thrown sending the ball to the grass. Navy once again clears the ball, but they likewise turn it over, allowing the Blue Jays to call the time out once they clear the midfield line. Not allowing for any more slipups, Coach Pietramala sends them onto the field on a mission. Their perfect, crisp passing is still dominant, even in OT, and they open up some great opportunities, which are quickly blocked by Russell. However the march of time persisted and as the game clock ticked down to 3 seconds remaining, Matt Rekowski dodged from down low to hit a cutting Hopkins player. You guessed it; Conor Ford caught the pass and buried the jumping high to low shot in the bottom corner with a nice screen to assure success. Matt Russell never even saw it coming. 10-9 Hopkins in what is easily the game of the year.

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    by (#69092) on 4/24/04 @9:48PM
who cares, cuse is still gonna go all the way.
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   everyone knows..... by 4/24/04 @11:48PM
      Hobart will win by 4/25/04 @8:15PM
         What are you talking about by 4/25/04 @11:44PM
            Spelling and grammar tips by 4/26/04 @10:35AM
               all wrong by 4/26/04 @3:44PM
                  Points well taken by 4/26/04 @4:33PM
         i agree with screwball by 4/28/04 @9:27PM
            Navy should be #1 by 4/29/04 @12:20PM
               Made sense until the end. by 4/29/04 @3:55PM
      OK by 4/27/04 @3:02PM
   Navy had the Game, The officials Blew the call. by 4/26/04 @10:23PM
good pics
    by (#5100) on 4/25/04 @12:04AM
wow -- did the photographer suit up for the game? whoever he is, keep him on retainer! so much better than the usual foggy photos we get from lax.com. these photos were excellent! perhaps all the moreso since I couldn't get to a tv for this one.
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Navy Officials
    by (#31207) on 4/25/04 @12:12AM
Fram, your take on the officiating is dead wrong. The officials did every thing they could to make Hopkins lose this game. That shot by LaSuer was clearly a goal at the end of the half that the refs called a post, and don't get me started on the slashing call on Smith in the fourth. To be honest, the refs called a horrible game on both sides of the ball. Fortunately, we all got to witness one of the toughest fought battles in recent memory. I was skeptical of Navy up until this game. But now I have to agree, they are one of the fastest teams that I have ever seen and have one hell of a defense.
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   I have to ask by 4/25/04 @12:29AM
      it came out by 4/25/04 @1:03AM
    by (#26383) on 4/25/04 @3:17AM
is it just me, or did hopkins wear different uniforms for like, one game then go back to their usual blue?
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   Throw-back Uniforms for the 100th JHU-UMD Game by 4/25/04 @7:39AM
      Amazing game by 4/25/04 @9:09AM
Russell is on fire....
    by (#49967) on 4/25/04 @10:06AM
Matt Russell should win the goalie of the year award and should of been on the teewaraton watch list........nobody has done more for this team to help in its turn around.....12 saves against UNC, 14 saves against Georgetown, 12 saves against Maryland, and 13 saves against Hopkins. If Navy makes it to the final four, it will because of his efforts.

Thank god Bobby Benson graduated.......Hopkins' passing game is soooo much better and more fun to watch!!
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   (no subject) by 4/25/04 @6:16PM
      dinola by 4/26/04 @3:46PM
Hopkins vs. Navy
    by (#69765) on 4/25/04 @8:22PM
Either Hopkins or Navy could have taken this game. Navy is a talented and physical team that could benefit from more big-game experience. Hopkins, though playing very intelligently and precisely, should have displayed more poise coming in as the number one.
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young talent at calhoun h.s.
    by (#74914) on 4/26/04 @11:52PM
enough about college lacrosse.... Long Island High School lacrosse is in full bloom and calhoun is taking evryone by storm

heres something i wrote up for evrybody

Recently I attended a high school lacrosse game between Calhoun HS and Mepham HS, rivals in the same district. I was surprised at the outstanding play of Calhoun's underclassmen. Now I know that their squad is dominantly powered by the outsanding play of 2003 Honorable Mention All- American Brendan Finnerty and the rest of the talented seniors (Dave Loftus, Billy Fuchs, Mike Vila, and Chris Gencorelli), but it was the play of their juniors and sophomores this season which left me awestruck.

Junior goalie Tomas Trgo is outstanding in net, recording 16 saves in crucial wins against Farmingdale and Northport. He has big shoes to fill, taking the place of graduated All-County goalie Michael Schramm. Trgo is very quick, agile, and sees and reacts to the ball better than most goalies I've watched in Nassau County this year. He has come up with many huge saves to sustain Calhouns leads throughout the season. Expect to hear about him down the road.

Another standout junior this year is face-off middie Kevin Discepelo. What he lacks in stick skills he surely makes up for in his face-off win percentage and dedication. Against Farmingdale this past week he won 12 out of 17 faceoffs. This was no fluke either, he has been beating premier face-off middies all year which is a great reason for Calhoun's success in possessing the ball.

Junior defenseman Jesse Chicco is a big reason the Colt's defense has been as good as it's been this year. The youngest of a great Calhoun Lacrosse pedigree in the Chicco family. His older brothers both went on to play college lacrosse. Jesse is a super fast, very strong, and very intense lacrosse player. He uses his speed to keep guys in front of him and his strength to keep them away from the goal. His only weakness is his smarts. He has been caught a few times coming to far out going after huge body checks and being beat. His stick skills are above average but have gotten better each time I've seen him. Chicco is also a standout RB and LB in football.

This next guy is one you'll be hearing a lot about over the next few years Im sure. Sophomore attackman Dan Stein has been a key offensive threat for the Colts stellar offense this year, as well as scoring a fair amount of goals as a freshman on EMO last year. As of 11 games he has score 17 goals and had countless assists. Stein is a tall, speedy, quick, and smart attackman but lacks the strength to power his way past the best of defenders. He is 6'1" 150 lbs as of right now, but I'm sure with his great dedication, he will be hitting the gym a lot over the next year to be able to beat the opposing team's best defenders like he has with the #3 defender teams have been throwing at him this season.

Another sophomore with a great future in the game is attackman/middie Matt Laform. Last year as a freshman on the JV team, he score 46 goals and had 27 assists at the crease attack spot. I understand that JV doesn't mean much, but those are still great numbers at any level. This year he changed his position to middie to see more time and earned a spot on the second middie line. Laform has thus far scored 4 goals and added 2 assists seeing limited time. Coach Magnuson has said that he is without a doubt one of the smarter players on the team. People had questions about his speed because he is now playing middie, but Laform hit the gym big time and is now in much better shape standing at 6'0" 170 lbs. This young man has an undeniable future in this great game of lacrosse.

I'd like to thank you for your time and hope you take this advice: check out the future of Calhoun Lacrosse. Dedication is the first word that comes to mind when thinking of this group of talented underclassmen. They are only going to get better over this next year and will be great assets to any college lacrosse program.

Mr. Lax Fan
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   Thanks Pal... by 4/27/04 @9:51AM
      Re: Thanks pal... by 4/28/04 @12:50PM
   Calhoun lax? by 4/27/04 @1:44PM
   WHAT? WHO GIVES A RATS A$& by 4/27/04 @2:37PM
   Calhoun by 4/28/04 @8:58AM
    by (#22632) on 4/27/04 @2:24PM
is winning this thing this year
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    by (#66850) on 4/27/04 @2:53PM
First off awesome game, I thought Navy had it but wow Hopkins is the team this year. But anyway saw Peyser wasn't playing. Any info. on a suspension or anything?
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   he got arrested` by 4/27/04 @7:38PM
      no by 4/27/04 @10:03PM
   Peyser Played by 4/28/04 @2:17PM
      Peyser is suspended by 4/29/04 @5:42PM
         If he is suspended by 4/30/04 @10:15AM
         I am retarded by 4/30/04 @10:18AM
Mid Jr's
    by (#75045) on 4/28/04 @11:11AM
It looks like Navy could be a legitimate contender for a national championship this year. Meanwhile, their prep team lead by Littleton, Colorado's Danny Vasser is one of the best teams in the nation for post grads as well. Nothing short of a national championship in the next four years should be acceptable for these guys.
Mead, Tillman and company staff of the year?
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   NLL OR LAX?? by 5/01/04 @12:08AM
   Who wrote this by 5/02/04 @12:25PM