Towson, MD-An 8-4 3rd quarter lead proved not to be enough as the Towson Tigers fell 11-10 to Johns Hopkins in 2OT. The Tigers fell to 6-8 on the season, while the Blue Jays improved to 7-4. Blue Jays coach Dave Pietramala improved to 43-2 all-time against teams from the state of Maryland with the win.
The game was an absolute thriller for the 3,509 boisterous fans of both schools in attendance; as the Tigers set the tone early, but allowed the Jays to tie things up in the 4th period. After a Bill McCutcheon goal put the Tigers back ahead 10-9 with 3:24 to play, Brian Christopher tallied his 2nd goal of the night with 2:12 to play to send the game into extra time tied at 10.
The crowd whipped into a frenzy throughout the 4th quarter and overtime, and nearly exploded when Towson goalie Rob Wheeler (Friends School) stopped Hopkins’ Steven Boyle on a point blank attempt with 1:29 to play in the first overtime. Wheeler again stoned Josh Peck (Broadneck HS) in the 2nd extra session. Hopkins goalie Michael Gvozden (Severna Park HS) made an all-world save of his own with 1:18 to play in the second extra frame; scrambling to return to the cage and get Hopkins another possession in the frame.
The Jays called timeout with 31.8 seconds to play in the 2nd frame, and Mark Bryan’s shot sailed wide and out of bounds with 9 ticks left on the clock. The Jays and Tigers scrambled to back up the ball, and the Jays were awarded possession. As the final seconds of overtime ticked off, Brian Christopher whipped a wild shot toward the goal that beat Wheeler for the game winner with 1.2 seconds showing on the clock.
Christopher finished his night with a game high 3 goals. Michael Kimmel (Loyola Blakefield) added 2 goals and 2 assists for the Jays. Kyle Wharton found the net twice, Steven Boyle once to go with 2 helpers.
The Tigers picked up 2 goals and 2 assists each from Justin Schneider (St. Mary’s HS) and Randall Cooper (Friends School) to go with 2 goals and a helper from McCutcheon. Matt Lamon (St. Mary’s HS) added a goal and a game high 3 assists.
Towson next travels to Penn Sunday before awaiting their seeding in the CAA Tournament. Hopkins visits Mt. St. Mary’s Monday night before their regular season finale at Homewood Field against Loyola May 2.