Johns Hopkins' hopes of a return to the NCAA tournament semifinals absorbed another body blow Friday morning when the program announced that starting midfielder Connor Reed would miss the entire 2016 season due to injury.
Reed suffered a season-ending injury during a non-contact drill during practice earlier in the week. Reed is expected to apply for a medical redshirt that would allow him to return for the 2017 season.
Reed, who had started the previous two years, was tied for third in assists with 16 last spring and ranked sixth in points with 26. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior was valued for his speed while dodging from the midfield.
The latest news comes on the heels of November's announcement that fellow starting midfielder Joel Tinney will miss the upcoming season for what the school called "a violation of NCAA rules."
It's unclear what rule the sophomore broke, but Tinney remains in good academic standing although the missed year will count toward his eligibility as he will have two more years.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Tinney was named the Big Ten Rookie of the Year after tying for second on the Blue Jays in goals (28) and ranking fourth in points (38). He was a Big Ten honorable-mention selection and a third-team All American.
The losses of Tinney and Reed mean that senior Holden Cattoni (23 goals and five assists) will return as the lone starter from last year's lineup. Juniors John Crawley (21 G, 11 A) and Cody Radziewicz (9 G, 2 A) appear poised to move into the first midfield, but the team might move a player or two from its talented group of freshman attackmen Alex Concannon, Jake Fox, Henry Grass, and Kyle Marr.
If Crawley and Radziewicz make the leap to the starting unit, that would sap the team's depth in the second and third lines. Junior Kieran Eissler and sophomore Thomas Guida could get extended playing time.