Hopkins Stays Perfect, Drops Umass 19-9

Hopkins Stays Perfect, Drops Umass 19-9

Hopkins Stays Perfect, Drops Umass 19-9

Hopkins Stays Perfect, Drops Umass 19-9

BALTIMORE, MD -- The top-seeded Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team sprinted out to a 5-2 lead at the end of the one quarter, extended the lead to 8-2 at the half and never looked back as the Blue Jays rolled past eighth-seeded Massachusetts, 19-9 in the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Quarterfinals at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. Johns Hopkins (14-0), which tied a school record with its 14th win of the year, advances to next week's semifinals at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, where the Blue Jays will take on Virginia. The Cavaliers beat Navy, 10-8 in the other quarterfinal at Homewood Field Saturday. The Minutemen had their eight-game winning streak snapped and finish the season 13-3.

"It was important for us to get off to a quick start against UMass and never let them think they were in the game." Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala noted in the post-game press conference. "Our offense played well today and I credit much of that to the offensive coaches, Seth Tierney and Dave Allan."

Senior midfielder Kyle Harrison (Baltimore, MD/Friends) gave the Blue Jays a lead they would never relinquish just 47 seconds into the game as he beat UMass goalie Bill Schell (Mahopac, NY/Mahopac) after spinning through traffic. The goal marked the 15th time Harrison has scored Hopkins' first goal of a game in his career. The Blue Jays are now 15-0 on those games. Harrison pushed the lead to 2-0 just over three minutes later when he spun past a defender and came in from the side, where he beat Schell from seven yards out with a low show just inside the far post.

The teams traded the next four goals as Greg Peyser (Lloyd Harbor, NY/Cold Spring Harbor) pushed the lead to 3-0 when he scored off a rebound at the 8:57 mark, only to have the Minutemen tally the first of their five extra-man goals to break the ice at the 7:16 mark. Sophomore Brett Garber (Avon, CT/Avon Old Farms) took a pass from Ryan Connolly (North Andover, MA/North Andover) and beat Hopkins' Jesse Schwartzman (Owings Mills, MD/Pikesville) high for the first UMass goal.

Peter LeSueur (Garden City, NY/Garden City) and Pat Larmon (Chesterfield, MO/Desmet Jesuit) traded goals in a span of 45 seconds to make it 4-2. LeSueur took a pass from Harrison and came from behind the goal to beat Schell, while Larman scored from the side despite heavy pressure from the Hopkins defense.

A 4-0 Hopkins run, which would cover the last 16 minutes of the half, gave the Blue Jays the 8-2 lead at intermission. A diving goal by senior Kyle Barrie (Narberth, PA/The Haverford School) with 10 seconds remaining in the first quarter capped the five-goal first period for the Blue Jays, while senior Matt Rewkowski (Bethpage, NY/Bethpage), Barrie and LeSueur all scored in the second quarter to account for the 8-2 lead. The 8-2 halftime lead was the same one the Blue Jays held in the 2002 quarterfinals against the Minutemen, who came back that day to take a 10-8 lead before finally falling, 13-12 in overtime. There would be no comeback this year, although UMass kept it interesting for the first 10 minutes of the second half.

After the Blue Jays scored two of the first three goals of the second half to push the lead to 10-3, the Minutemen scored twice in a span of less than two minutes to pull within 10-5 with just over three minutes remaining in the third quarter. Senior Jeff Zywicki (Napean, Ontario/Sir Robert Borden) punched up the third extra-man goal of the game for UMass with 5:24 remaining and Sean Morris (Marshfield, MA/Marshfield) scored his first goal of the game with 3:48 left to breath life into the UMass faithful. The Blue Jays took the life away with a stunning four-goal flurry in a 78-second span in the final 90 seconds of the period.

Freshman Stephen Peyser (Lloyd Harbor, NY/Cold Spring Harbor) bookended the run with a pair of goals, while sophomore Jake Byrne (Potomac, MD/Landon) and Rewkowski also scored during the spree, which pushed the Blue Jays' lead to 14-5 entering the final period and sealed the Blue Jays' fourth straight trip to the Final Four and school-record 36th straight victory at home.

Zywicki and senior Gene Tundo (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park) sandwiched goals around Rewkowski and Benson Erwin (Baltimore, MD/Friends) tallies in the first 3:01 of the fourth period, while junior Joe Benson (Baltimore, MD/McDonogh) and freshman Kevin Huntley (Towson, MD/Calvert Hall) answered Tundo's tally with back-to-back goals in a span of 67 seconds too account for the six combined goals in the first five minutes of the final period. Chris Doyle (Putnam Valley, NY/Mahopac) and Morris scored midway through the quarter for UMass before freshman Michael Doneger (Hewlett, NY/Lynbrook) capped the victory for the Blue Jays with his fifth goal of the season in the final minute.

Rewkowski led the Blue Jays with a career-high four goals and one assist for a personal-best five points. Harrison added the two goals that jump-started the win and picked up three assists as well. Stephen Peyser scored a career-high three goals and LeSueur and Barrie added the two goals each for Hopkins, which won 17-of-30 faceoffs, outshot the Minutemen, 48-27 and won the ground ball war, 43-28. Harrison won 8-of-9 faceoffs and grabbed six ground balls.

Zywicki, Morris and Doyle all scored twice for UMass and Tundo added the one goal and two assists, but under constant pressure Schell made just 10 saves before giving way to Efosa Guobadia (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin) in the final five minutes. Guobadia allowed the final three Hopkins goals.

The seniors on the 2005 Hopkins lacrosse team end their career with a 32-0 record at Homewood Field and tied the school record for the most wins by one class with their 53rd on Saturday. Hopkins is 53-6 in the last four years with the 53 wins matching the total by the class of 1981.

The time for next Saturday's semifinal game between Johns Hopkins and Virginia will be announced on Monday.

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    by (#7471) on 5/21/05 @9:32PM
The score of the game doesn't surprise me the slightest. UMass has struggled defensivley all year especially at the top of the box with the midfield. They also struggled at the faceoff x. I mean against a team like the Hop you have got to keep possesion as much as possible. One thing that really surprised me was the inability of UMass to clear the ball.Johns Hopkins does have a good press and rides real hard at half field but poor passes are unexcusable. Umass needed a set clear and if they had one I didn't see it. They had no answer for Harrison either they couldn't beat him at the x and why they had a short stick on him is beyond me.I hate to say I told you so but I have saying all year that UMass's success is contributed to an incredibly weak schedule. The best team they played was Georgetown who they beat but the have never seen a team as good as the Hop,Duke,UMD,Navy or UVA all of which in my opinion would have gave UMass the same treatment. No questions ask if Umass wants to be a top 10 team they have to play top 10 teams.
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2 big problems
    by (#96158) on 5/23/05 @12:21PM
the UMASS goalie thought he was playing dodge ball in gym class and the UMASS head coach didn't think to pull the sive until the 4th qtr.
Hopkins did a great job of playing solid lacrosse---BUT getting Dominated like that is all on the HORRIBLE GOALIE PLAY and ZERO coaching from Cannella (Less than ZERO!)
UVA is next---try not to get as embarrassed!
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    by (#89320) on 5/23/05 @8:03PM
Bill Schell is a great goalkeeper and your criticism is a little unfair to him. He is still recovering from an injury he got in the Rutgers game and should never have been allowed to start, but Canella could not say no because he is a senior. Also, he saw a barrage of shots many of which within 5 or 6 yards from the cage.
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Oh Really
    by (#96158) on 5/23/05 @10:25PM
I don't blame the Goalie for the loss--I blame him for the Blow-out score that JHU put up---and Blame Canella for Playing him far too long in the Game not for starting him. No head coach has to do somthing for a senior that isn't in the best interest of giving the entire team a better chance of winning.
Didn't any of you Massholes learn from the Bill Buckner thing??
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    by (#47781) on 5/24/05 @1:17PM
you're an absolute faggot!
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check out the other scores....
    by (#47781) on 5/24/05 @1:19PM
i do believe the UMass beat 'Cuse...oh yeah, who ended 'Cuse's streak of 22 straight years making it to championship weekend?? oh that would be UMas also...ok so how bout you take all your crap about UMass and shove it.
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    by (#94709) on 5/25/05 @7:30PM
Wow, you Umass fans really are pitiful. Seriously, congrats on the Syracuse win...woot woot. You guys took out the Orange in a down year for them. You beat them by 1, just like Hopkins did earlier. You know what the difference is? Hopkins proceeded to obliterate you in the next round like a legit team does to a pretender. Please, get a clue, Umass doesn't belong with the elite and won't for a while.
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Right place Right time
    by (#96158) on 5/25/05 @10:29PM
This was Syracuse's year to go nowhere---UMass just happended to draw their straw in the tourament---I think 11 of the 16 teams in the tourament would have ended that run also. What is the suicide rate in that arm-pit of a town Amherst MA.--makes Scrantan PA look like Mecca---who the hell would volunteer to spend 4 years there---or worse pay tuition for 4 years to be trapped in that Hell----no wonder 99% of you graduate alcoholics.(get back to happy hour and keep lying to yourself about your self-respect)
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I agree
    by (#7471) on 5/26/05 @4:52PM
UMass would have loss to everyone except maybe Albany,Marist and Towson.
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Creaseboy (Sees things my way)
    by (#96158) on 5/26/05 @5:14PM
Finally seeing the light??
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Albany, Marist, Towson?
    by (#89320) on 5/28/05 @6:01PM
What about their win over Gerogetown dickhead
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Haha... Deli22
    by (#103301) on 5/27/05 @4:37PM
Wow... isn't this a lacrosse forum?... and what the hell does Scranton, PA have to do with any of this?... First off tough guy, it is apparent that Syracuse had an off year, and that JHU has a better lacrosse team (they need to have one sport better than UMass); HOWEVER,...
I wouldn't go so far as to say that Amherst, MA is an arm pit town, it has been ranked as one of the 20 best college towns in the nation, and Amherst College is consistently ranked as one of the best private colleges every year. I wouldn't say UMass-Amherst is a crappy school either. It was ranked as a top tier school (top 5% of schools in the nation) by the U.S. News & World Report this year; furthermore, the UMass system is ranked 4th in the nation for med-schools (higher than both JHU and Harvard). It ranked as one of the best schools in the country in terms of culture and diversity awareness by the Princeton Review and was recently ranked 45th in the world on the list of best overall colleges and universities.
Not to mention the 5 college area including UMass-Amherst, Amherst College, Mt. Holyoke College, Smith College, and Hampshire College all within a few miles of each other that represent one of the most highly regarded, diverse and strongest academic areas in the world.
I think you need to do more research before you make such a strong claim.
By the way... where did you graduate from?
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One last thing...
    by (#103301) on 5/27/05 @4:39PM
Best of luck to the 4 teams remaining...
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Andover Tractor Trailer School
    by (#96158) on 5/27/05 @7:58PM
As you say--this is a lacrosse forum if Scantan PA doesn't matter neither does where I did or didn't Go to College.
So you dispute my post?? UMASS students don't drink to excess? They don't puke from over-drinking?
Your right that campus is jammed full 200 IQ Einstien's! WRONG!
The Lacrosse team is Great! WRONG!
I've been on the UMASS campus several times and it is my personal Opinion that the place is a DUMP!
I don't need to read someone else's opinion in the US News and World report to tell me what my eye's can see as plain as day.
The place and institution are nothing special but it is full of superstar Massholes like yourself who think it must be the greatest place on earth because your pompus a$$ is there.
PENN STATE wins the next 3 ECAC titles Garunteed.
I don't care what the UMASS vs PENN STATE score was this past year.
Have a great day.
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    by (#103301) on 5/28/05 @12:37AM
Almighty Deli, I do dispute your post(s)... you are awfully opinionated about UMass and the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is to the extent of being extremely stereotypical... but it is most likely a reflection of your intelligence.
Where shall I begin, first... I quite frankly don't give a rats a** about where you went to school, or what you do with yourself, but I continue to pursue this argument purely for the kicks... I truly hope you are doing so for the same reasons; however, I do wonder that maybe you spend too much time being a wanna-be lacrosse player by posting on these forums between frequent porn site visits? As I take it you are a Syracuse fan... and maybe a Yankees fan as well?... go ahead and b*tch and moan about how bad UMass sucks and how many Massholes the school houses on its campus. Continue to stereotype every member of the state of Massachusetts until you are satisfied and it has worked all your frustration out, I am sure everyone values your opinion with the highest regard. I would imagine that it does suck if you make the four hour drive to watch your team (Syracuse) get beat in the rain by a subpar club (UMass) twice in two weeks... maybe you were one of those people? Maybe Syracuse choked like the Yankees did?
What you have said is your opinion, and in case you don't know about opinions: "Opinions are like a**holes, everyone has one, just some stink more than others." What school doesn't have some students that drink excessively? and in turn puke from over drinking?... There are plenty of smart kids at UMass, and by the way an Intelligence Quotient of 200 is well above the "genius" level, I never said the school was filled with Einstein's, and did I say the lacrosse team was great in my last post?... I don't think I did... you don't read very carefully do you?
By the way I don't care who wins the next three ECAC titles, nor do I care what your opinion is on the matter... I am going to live life, rather than keep posting my opinions on a lacrosse forum and pursuing the sport vicariously through the teams and players I support.
I do look forward to your next post, please don't take too long to respond... by your current record I am sure you won't.
By the way, I always have a great day... and your posts can only add to it! =0D

P.S. - It is spelled "POMPOUS", not "POMPUS"; moreover, how did you know that my A$$ is pompous?
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Call it what it is!!
    by (#96158) on 5/23/05 @7:27PM
Why do announcers want to call Harrison, "an exceptional athlete" instead of, "A Great Lacrosse Player."??? He is much more than Athletic. He makes very good decisions---sees the entire feild, understands when Defenses double team and from where they double team, he plays smart on every part of the field; Offense, Defense and between the restaining lines. I know he is a great lacrosse player, and I am sick of announcers simply calling him an Athlete. Mike Powell was always called the best "Lacrosse Player" in division one. Why is Harrison always discounted simply as an Athlete.
It is BS call him what he is "A GREAT LACROSSE PLAYER!"
I am the last person on earth anyone would call a Hopkins fan BUT I can still get it out of my mouth, "Harrison is a Great Lacrosse Player."
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i agree. (nt)
    by (#103345) on 5/24/05 @6:51AM
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    by (#54446) on 5/24/05 @12:53PM
Wow, i'm really excited to see what virginia will do against the johnhops. i think it'll be a great game and virginia can give the blue jays a run for their money. As a big cavaleir fan i hope they put up a good fight. They have the talent and i believe the will. if they don't do it this year watch out beacuse they will be stellar next. Can't wait for the game, it might even be better than the championship!

peace out, and rock out, with your cock out
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umass fans
    by (#103345) on 5/26/05 @5:08PM
i noticed that now that jhu won most of the umass fans are quiet.
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Passed Out is more like it.
    by (#96158) on 5/26/05 @10:37PM
To drunk to type most likely. Great shool for learning.
Learning how to throw-up before falling asleep so the hang-over is only half as bad the next moring at your final exams--and that's the honor students.
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They might be quiet on the boards
    by (#52032) on 5/27/05 @4:00PM
But I thought they were pretty noisy, but well-behaved in the stands. A good combination. And when their team walked off after the loss, the fans were gracious and encouraging to their players, while respectful of their opponent.
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I am not quiet...
    by (#103301) on 5/27/05 @4:44PM
Now that UMass and Cornell are knocked out I have a lot less to say... I don't know enough about the other teams to write posts about them. UMass and Cornell both had good teams this year, but not good enough as the tournament now shows... however I do feel Deli22 has a personal vendetta between himself and UMass... do I sense a frustrated Syracuse fan on this message board? Hmmm... could be.
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keywords "most".
    by (#103345) on 5/27/05 @8:37PM
you may be right about Deli22 and SU.
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Good call on "most" that's my bad. (nt)
    by (#103301) on 5/28/05 @1:06AM
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