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As expected, freshman midfielder Drew Supinski did not play in No. 16 Johns Hopkins' 13-12 win against Big Ten foe Ohio State on Saturday afternoon after suffering a left knee injury in last week's 16-9 loss at Rutgers. But as the Blue Jays have done all season, they continued to chug along.

Senior midfielder Holden Cattoni replaced Supinski on the first midfield and tied a season high with three points on two goals and one assist. Junior John Crawley, another starter, scored once.

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On the second line, junior Kieran Eissler had one goal and one assist, and sophomore Patrick Fraser added an assist. Sophomore Brinton Valis (McDonogh) was not credited with a goal, but his skip pass was deflected by Buckeyes senior defenseman Robby Haus (Gilman) in the third quarter.

"Our midfield actually is very interchangeable," Cattoni said. "We play a base offense that is taught to our entire offense. Honestly, it's not the midfielders. We could put six attackmen up there. I have the opportunity now to bump up with John and with [junior] Cody [Radziewicz], and nothing really changes. It's just another piece of the puzzle that we put in with our offense. We all know how to run it and run it well. It's just a matter of execution for us. The pieces of the puzzle are who we have in what midfield. It doesn't change a lot of things for our offense. Today, I think we just showed that we can put whoever we want in the midfield and still be productive."

Johns Hopkins (6-4 overall, 1-1 Big Ten) has lost sophomore Joel Tinney (suspension), senior Connor Reed (torn ACL) and freshman Alex Concannon (torn ACL). The absence of Supinski, perhaps the team's biggest dodging threat, persuaded the offense to have Cattoni, Crawley and Radziewicz drive from up top rather than invert or play big-littles.

Coach Dave Pietramala credited offensive coordinator Bobby Benson with molding the offense around the sudden vacancies.

"Thank gosh we had depth," Pietramala said. "I don't know how much depth we have anymore, but thank gosh we had depth. Now we're playing with [Nos.] 8, 9, 10 and 11 [midfielders]. You're talking about today four guys that were in the top two midfields. I think that speaks to what the guys are doing in terms of following Bobby's direction and what Bobby's doing."

Circling back to "Three Things to Watch"

1) Tighten up the defense. Ohio State hadn't scored 10 goals in a game since March 4. But the offense reached the double-digit mark with 3 minutes, 46 seconds left in the third quarter and had the ball in the final minute for a chance to send the contest into overtime. Yet Johns Hopkins pressured the Buckeyes into turning the ball over and got 13 saves from sophomore goalkeeper Brock Turnbaugh (Hereford) to cement the team's first win in the conference.

"I thought we had a very good effort from our goalie today, in particular early," Pietramala said. "I thought he made a couple of real good saves early. I felt like defensively, we knew what we wanted to do, we were clued into our schemes, and a couple times, we'd slide and we'd double, and they'd make a play. We just don't knock the ball to the ground. I don't think we finished plays defensively at moments."

2) Earn possessions through faceoffs. Junior Jake Withers won 64.3 percent (18 of 28) of the draws and picked up a game-high eight ground balls to help Ohio State dominate in that category. Johns Hopkins threw four different faceoff specialists at Withers and managed to win seven of 13 draws in the second half. The effort on faceoffs was one of a few bright spots for Buckeyes coach Nick Myers.

"We've done a pretty good job there all year," he said. "That's been one of the strengths of the team, and I think it showed. We held a good Hopkins team to only 31 shots to our 40. We had plenty of scoring opportunities."

3) Cut down on errors. Turnovers continue to plague Johns Hopkins, which followed 10 giveaways in that loss at Rutgers with 13 against Ohio State. But the Blue Jays corralled 30 ground balls to the Buckeyes' 27 and converted two of five extra-man opportunities to give Pietramala a sense that the team had learned from that loss to the Scarlet Knights.

"I was extraordinarily disappointed with our effort on Saturday night against Rutgers," he said. "I felt like we were playing against ourselves and our opponent last week. While we made some mistakes today, I don't feel like we were competing against ourselves. It felt like we were competing against Ohio State."

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