BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins junior attackman Shack Stanwick wasn’t born that last time the Blue Jays won a game when allowing 17 goals. Sophomore attackman Kyle Marr was eight the last time Hopkins erased a six-goal deficit to win a game and Blue Jay head coach Dave Pietramala was 49 years old when Saturday’s game against 15th-ranked Virginia began.
Two-and-a-half hours later, Stanwick had a game-winning goal in an 18-17 overtime victory and Marr’s six goals, including four after halftime, had helped erase a 10-4 deficit. Pietramala – not sure what two-and-a-half hours is in dog years, but it’s safe to say that’s closer to how much he and many among the crowd of 3,173 at Homewood Field aged than the real time that had elapsed as the game played out.
For the record, the last time Johns Hopkins (5-3) won a game when it gave up 17 or more goals was on May 14, 1977, when the Blue Jays topped Maryland, 21-20, in overtime on a goal by Dave Huntley.
Also for the record, it was a Grey Peyser overtime goal that provided the winning margin the last time Hopkins came from six goals down as the Blue Jays topped Syracuse, 12-11, in 2005.
After 34 goals and 60 minutes had settled nothing, it was a defensive play, by a freshman, that ultimately led to the game-winner. Jack Rapine forced a Cavalier turnover after Virginia won the opening faceoff in overtime and, working out of a timeout, it was senior John Crawly who dodged from behind the goal and slipped a perfect cross-crease pass to Stanwick, who bounced one into an open net to cap one of the wildest games Homewood Field has seen in quite some time.
A high-scoring Hopkins-Virginia game that goes to overtime, that script had been written a number of times – eight to be exact since 2001 before Saturday’s thriller. But none of those eight, even the two the Cavaliers won 16-15, came close to this one.
The Cavaliers built the 10-4 lead on the strength of a 5-0 run that turned a 5-4 lead at the end of the first quarter into the six-goal lead with just over nine minutes remaining in the second quarter.
It could have gotten away from the Blue Jays before halftime, but Marr ignited a three-goal spree with the second of his six goals less than 90 seconds after the Cavaliers went up 10-4. A Joel Tinney strike 10 seconds after Marr’s goal and the first of Cody Radziewicz’s three goals on the day made it 10-7 before the teams traded goals in the final 70 seconds of the half to account for an 11-8 Cavalier lead at halftime.
Virginia pushed the lead to 13-8 with the first two goals of the third quarter – an unassisted strike by AJ Fish and the third of Michael Kraus’s four goals, but that’s when things changed – quickly.
The 13-8 lead held for just over three minutes as the third-quarter clock ticked under three minutes. By the time the fourth quarter began, it was 13-11 as an unassisted goal by sophomore Alex Concannon ignited a three-goal spree that included an extra-man goal by Radziewicz and Marr’s third off the ensuing faceoff.
After the teams traded the first two goals of the fourth quarter in less than a minute, The Blue Jays went from down 14-12 to up 17-14 with a five-goal run that included three goals by Marr, all from the same spot and all assisted by Radziewicz, and the third of the day for both Tinney and Radziewicz. Radziewicz scored his goal with 2:15 remaining into an open net as Virginia pressured all over the field.
Down 17-14 as the clock dropped below two minutes, some might say Virginia was fortunate to get to overtime. In fact, it might have been the Blue Jays.
Virginia had the three-goal deficit down to one in less than a minute as Zed Williams and Ryan Conrad scored off wild scrambles off faceoffs and Williams added his second of the game to tie things at 17 with 11 seconds remaining in regulation.
Overtime only came after Johns Hopkins’ Brock Turnbaugh saved Conrad’s 10-yard laser as time expired. From there, all that was left was Rapine’s caused turnover and Crawley’s slick feed to Stanwick, who picked the right time to score his first goal of the game.
Marr’s six goals and seven points are both career highs, while Radziewicz matched his career-highs for goals (3) and assists (3) to record a career-high six points. Including Marr, Radziewicz and Tinney, who also added three goals, the Blue Jays had nine players score goals and 11 players recorded at least one point.
Junior Hunter Moreland won 16-of-29 faceoffs and grabbed five ground balls for the Blue Jays, who got seven saves from Turnbaugh after he entered the game in the second quarter. Hopkins outshot Virginia, 62-41, won the ground ball battle (38-34) and won 21-of-39 faceoffs.
Kraus’s four goals led Virginia, which also got two goals and two assists from Dox Aitken and two goals and one assist each from Conrad and Williams. Freshman Griffin Thompson posted a career-high 16 saves for the Cavaliers with eight coming in each half and several of the point-blank variety.
Notes: With the victory, Johns Hopkins regained possession of the Doyle Smith Cup, which has been presented to the winner of the regular season game between the Blue Jays and Cavaliers since 2006 • Hopkins took more than 60 shots for the first time since taking 61 against Albany in 2004 • Stanwick extended his point-scoring streak to 41 games • The Hopkins-Virginia regular season game has gone to overtime four consecutive years and nine times since Pietramala took over in 2001 • The last nine Hopkins-Virginia games at Homewood Field have been decided by a total of 11 goals • The Blue Jays were 3-for-4 on extra-man chances – the Cavaliers, who entered the game 17-of-31 (.548) on extra-man, were 0-for-3 on the day.