Johns Hopkins at Delaware: Halftime thoughts

A short turnaround doesn’t seem to have bothered No. 9 Johns Hopkins, which has cruised to a 6-1 advantage over No. 20 Delaware at halftime here at Delaware Stadium in Newark, Del.

The Blue Jays, who are coming off of a season-opening 10-6 win against Towson on Saturday, scored the game’s first three goals – all in the first quarter.

The offense has gotten production from both the attack and midfield. Senior attackman Kyle Wharton scored twice, sophomore Zach Palmer scored once, and fifth-year senior Chris Palmer assisted on one goal.

Freshman midfielder Rob Guida scored the first two goals of his career, sophomore John Ranagan registered two assists, and freshman Eric Ruhl scored once.

Johns Hopkins has been especially proficient at penetrating the Blue Hens’ sagging defense, finding running room and shooting lanes up top and down the left alley.

Other notes:

*Pierce Bassett is looking like a goalie who is proving coach Dave Pietramala right. The sophomore has turned away eight shots in the first half. It appears that the Delaware scouting report recommended aiming low on the 6-foot-3 Bassett, but he has stopped several of those offerings.

*The Blue Hens, who committed 19 penalties in its first three contests, are living up to its reputation, having been flagged three times for a total of three minutes. But the Blue Jays have not been able to convert on those extra-man chances, and that could haunt them if Delaware mounts a comeback in the second half.

* The Blue Hens has won 5-of-8 faceoffs thus far. That hasn’t hurt Johns Hopkins yet, but like extra-man opportunities, the Blue Jays have to be wary about trailing in that department.

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