May 9, 2009

Live Blog: Brown at Johns Hopkins

by Matt DaSilva | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff

Final: Hopkins 12, Brown 11 (OT)

Brown's upset bid went from elation to deflation in a matter of minutes.

After Hopkins' Matt Dolente won the opening faceoff of overtime, Jays coach Dave Pietramala called a timeout -- setting the stage for another Brian Christopher clincher.

Christopher, who scored overtime winners against Towson and Loyola during the regular season, dodged right off a screen and fired a lazer across his body into the upper left hand corner of the cage 36 seconds into overtime to lift Hopkins to a 12-11 victory.

The Blue Jays advance to face the winner of Virginia-Villanova in the NCAA quarterfinals next week at Navy.

Check back to LMO for more details and a full game report.

-- MD

Fourth Quarter: Hopkins 11, Brown 11

Brown's Kyle Hollingsworth just made the play of his life.

With time winding down in the fourth quarter and after several failed attempts to tie the game, Hollingsworth dodged desperately on Hopkins' Matt Drenan and drew a double team. Drenan stripped the ball, but Hollingsworth dove at it and swatted it into the cage for a dramatic game-tying goal with eight seconds remaining.

Hopkins was up by three with less than 10 minutes remaining.

More details later. This one's headed to overtime.

- MD

Third Quarter: Hopkins 7, Brown 7

Game on, Hop.

Brown's guerilla tactics finally started paying off in the third quarter, as the Bears owned the third quarter with a 3-1 run. Hopkins did not do itself any favors with several unforced turnovers.

What do I mean by guerilla tactics? Take Kyle Hollingsworth's goal less than a minute into the third quarter. Hopkins goalie Michael Gvozden made a save, but neither he nor defenseman Matt Drenan could retrieve the rebound. Instead, Brown's Jack Walsh scrapped to keep the ball alive, and the ball jutted out to Hollingsworth, who stuck it from 8 yards.

After Jays midfielder Brian Christopher turned on the motor and fired off Bears goalie Jordan Burke's hip to make it 7-5, Brown closed the quarter on a 2-0 run to tie the game going into the fourth.

Both goals, scored by Thomas Muldoon and Collins Carey, came on inside rolls to finish dodges from behind the cage -- as Brown's smaller players continue to find ways to get inside of Hopkins' mammoth defensemen.

- MD

Halftime: Hopkins 6, Brown 4

There's no confusing Brown or Hopkins for teams that run and gun, but a flurry of unsettled goals spun Homewood on its head in the second quarter of this NCAA Division I men's lacrosse tournament first-round matchup.

Brown's Rob Schelsinger finished a feed from Jake Hardy less than two minutes into the second quarter to tie the game at 3.

Hopkins answered seven seconds later with pinball-like movement off the ensuing faceoff, resulting in a Steven Boyle goal assisted by Chris Boland -- who drew Brown goalie Jordan Burke out of position.

A minute later, Boland was naked on the crease and faked twice on Burke before potting another goal to put the Jays up 5-3.

The Bears answered again at the 11:11 mark to close within one, and again the goal came on a fast break -- Andrew Feinberg from Kyle Hollingsworth. Burke jumpstarted the break after a save on Hopkins long pole Michael Evans.

After the Jays successfully killed an ensuing penalty, Kyle Wharton ripped a lefty shot from about 15 yards out on the right alley -- a shot so hard that it audibly stretched the seams of the net after it eluded Burke -- to put Hopkins up 6-4.

Perhaps the most entertaining exchange occured in the last minute. Sam Devore emerged from a scrum in Hopkins' defensive end with the ball and launched a clearing pass that was almost picked  off at midfield. The ball rolled into Hopkins' offensive end, where Wharton made a sharp grab, threading his defender, and appeared to have a golden two-on-one opportunity. But when Wharton attemped to spin the ball to his left, Brown's Peter Fallon picked it clean.

The Bears turned it over on their end again, however, and -- in today's laughable bit of overcoaching -- Jays head coach Dave Pietramala called a timeout with 10 seconds remaining that nullified a point-blank opportunity for Steven Boyle.

Boland has three goals and an assist to lead all scorers at the half.

-- MD

First Quarter: Hopkins 3, Brown 2

Playing Brown for the first time in 29 years, Johns Hopkins holds a 3-2 lead after the first quarter of the teams' NCAA Division I men's lacrosse tournament first-round game at Homewood Field.

For the first 12 minutes, Brown appeared jittery and overmatched, with Hopkins using its decisive size advantage to hold the Bears without a shot on goal, as the Jays built a 3-0 lead. Attackman Chris Boland scored two of the three goals, including a nifty alley-oop like redirect of a feed from Tom Palasek at the 6:21 mark.

Brown's Thomas Muldoon, who had an earlier goal discounted due to a crease violation, got the Bears on the board at the 3:12 mark dodging from behind on Hopkins' Michael Evans. A minute later, following a slashing penalty on Hopkins, Brown's Brady Williams capitalized on a pretty lookaway feed from Reade Seligmann to close within one.

-- MD

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