Top-ranked Hopkins falls to Hofstra in OT

The Baltimore Sun

Freshman Jay Card scored his fourth goal of the game off a failed Johns Hopkins clear with a little less than two minutes remaining in overtime to lift host Hofstra, 8-7, over the top-ranked Blue Jays yesterday.

Card, who scored three goals in the first half as the Pride built a three-goal lead, entered the game with no goals in his first two career games.

The loss ends a 12-game winning streak for the Blue Jays (3-1).

Hofstra controlled the faceoff to start overtime, but the Blue Jays came up with a loose ball with just over two minutes remaining in the extra session.

Junior Matt Drenan's pass to Andrew Miller at midfield failed to connect and the Pride came up with the loose ball.

Junior Anthony Muscarella then found Card behind the defense in transition and Card beat Blue Jays goalie Michael Gvozden from in tight for the game-winner and secured Hofstra's (2-1) first win against a No. 1-ranked team.

Hopkins erased a three-goal halftime deficit and forced overtime by outscoring the Pride 4-1 in the second half.

An unassisted goal by Stephen Peyser 35 seconds into the third quarter started the rally for the Blue Jays, who also got third-quarter goals from junior Austin Walker and senior Michael Doneger in a three-minute span midway through the period to knot the game at 6.

Walker's goal came off an assist from junior Mark Bryan, and Doneger buried an extra-man goal on the doorstep off a nifty pass from sophomore Michael Kimmel.

Both teams had chances in the fourth quarter, but Gvozden came up with four saves in the period and Hofstra's Danny Orlando had three.

Still, the Pride pushed out to a 7-6 lead on an extra-man goal by Dan Stein with 9:02 remaining.

The Blue Jays had held Hofstra scoreless for 37:56 before Stein's goal.

Hofstra held the Blue Jays down a goal for nearly eight minutes after Stein's goal before Johns Hopkins isolated Peyser at the top of the box out of a timeout. Working from the top and slightly to Orlando's left, he split the defense before firing home his second goal of the game with 1:15 remaining.

That set the stage for Card's game-winner, which gave the Pride its second straight win over the Blue Jays at home.

The Pride built a 6-3 first-quarter lead that held through halftime as it worked for good shots and limited the Blue Jays' possessions. Back-to-back unassisted goals by Muscarella and Card gave Hofstra a 2-0 lead just over six minutes into the game.

Muscarella stuck a shot just inside the crossbar on an ally drive and Card scooped up a loose ball on the crease and stuck the ball into an open net to account for the Pride's first two goals.

The Blue Jays needed just eight seconds to get on the board after Card's goal as freshman Matt Dolente won the ensuing faceoff and fed senior Kevin Huntley, who beat Orlando for his 10th goal of the season.

No. 6 Navy 8, Lafayette 5 -- Joe Lennon and Gregory Clement each scored twice to power the visiting Midshipmen (4-1) past the Leopards (4-2). In the closing minutes, Navy held off Lafayette's attack and scored two goals to seal the win.

UMBC 11, Yale 9 -- Terry Kimener became the 24th player in Retrievers history to score more than 100 points in a career as he had seven points (five goals, two assists) against the Bulldogs (1-2). Kimener, who recorded career highs with his goal and point totals, has 104 points for host UMBC (2-3).

No. 19 Bucknell 14, Mount St. Mary's 6 -- The host Bison (3-1) - led by Tim Brandau and Joe Mele with five goals each - took a big lead early to beat the Mount (0-3). Geery Grant had a hat trick for Mount St. Mary's, which didn't score until the second quarter.

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