Junior attackman Wells Stanwick stood out on Johns Hopkins’ stat sheet courtesy of his one-goal, five-assist outing in the team’s 10-9 triple overtime decision against then-No. 13 Ohio State on Sunday.
But the Blue Jays (1-0), who moved from No. 15 to No. 13 in The Sun’s rankings this week, were also the beneficiaries of varied contributions from others.
Senior attackman Brandon Benn recorded two goals and one assist, which already matches the number of helpers he finished with last season. And his game-winning goal 59 seconds into the third overtime was a product of Benn dodging from the left wing rather than taking his customary spot in front of the net.
Sophomore attackman Ryan Brown finished with two goals and one assist, and senior midfielder Rob Guida, junior long-stick midfielder Michael Pellegrino, sophomore midfielders Connor Reed and Holden Cattoni, and freshman midfielder John Crawley each scored a goal.
By contrast, the Buckeyes (0-1) got five goals and one assist from junior midfielder Jesse King, but just four other players scored one goal apiece.
Johns Hopkins’ distribution on offense pleased coach Dave Pietramala as the team prepares for Saturday’s home contest against No. 18 Towson (1-0).
“There’s not just one guy so that you’re saying, ‘Well, he killed us,’” he said Wednesday. “There’s not one guy that had five goals like they did. It was distributed, but when you watched the game, the ball was in a lot of people’s sticks, the ball was moved around. so I thought we got more contributions from more people. Can we be better at it? Absolutely. Do we need to be better at it? Absolutely. Will there be games where there may be a couple midfielders with one more point or two than the attack? It’s just going to be dependent on how you’re going to defend us. Towson may choose to play us one way. Well then, we need other people to contribute and if they choose to defend us another way, then we need other people to contribute. So I felt like our attack got some goals because of some of the things our midfield did and our midfield got some goals because of some of the things our attack did. So I felt like we got contributions from a decent number of guys, and I think we need to be better at that.”
The offensive midfield accounted for four goals on 19 shots and zero assists. Guida and Reed ran as members of the first line and were joined by junior Bronson Kelly, who took three shots. But rather than criticize the midfield, Pietramala said the offense needed to shoot like it did in the second half and overtime sessions (40 percent on 8-of-20 shooting) than it did in the first half (9.1 percent on 2-of-22 shooting) against Ohio State.
“I thought we worked a little bit harder to get better shots – not that the ones in the first half were bad,” he said. “I thought we settled in and got into a rhythm offensively. I thought we got more guys touches of the ball and more guys involved in the offense. That first midfield, they all need to contribute more. Can we be better? Yeah. Can we be better at the first midfield? Yeah. At the attack? Yeah. At the second midfield? Yes, we can. I think the whole group took a step, in particular in the second half. But I think the whole group can be better.”