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Timetable uncertain for Brinton Valis’ return to Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team

Starting midfielder Brinton Valis (pictured here winding up for shot against Towson in 2016) is dealing with an unspecified injury and his status for the No. 6 Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team's Big Ten opener at No. 9 Rutgers on Sunday is up in the air.
Starting midfielder Brinton Valis (pictured here winding up for shot against Towson in 2016) is dealing with an unspecified injury and his status for the No. 6 Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team's Big Ten opener at No. 9 Rutgers on Sunday is up in the air. (Doug Kapustin / Baltimore Sun)

The No. 6 Johns Hopkins’ thrilling comeback from a pair of seven-goal deficits to score a 15-13 victory at then-No. 10 Virginia on Saturday unfolded despite the absence of starting midfielder Brinton Valis, and the senior’s availability for Sunday’s Big Ten opener at No. 9 Rutgers is up in the air.

Coach Dave Pietramala would only say Wednesday morning that Valis, who has scored at least one goal in each of his past six starts for a total of eight goals, did not play against the Cavaliers because “he was injured.”

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Trailing 9-2 at halftime, the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team scored six straight goals to start the third quarter and went on to a 15-13 victory over Virginia.

Asked if the Baltimore resident and McDonogh graduate could return in time for Sunday’s game against the Scarlet Knights (7-2), Pietramala replied, “Don’t know yet. Day by day.”

Valis’ spot in the first midfield with senior Joel Tinney and freshman Connor DeSimone was filled by junior Alex Concannon. Tinney led the unit with two goals and four assists, DeSimone scored three times and Concannon added one assist.

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Pietramala said the team should be able to overcome absences caused by injuries.

“Your hope is that you’ve created a system where your parts are interchangeable and if a guy is playing well, you keep him in his spot,” he said. “If he’s not, your hope is that you’re able to adjust and move someone else into that slot, and injuries certainly happen. Alex has played with that group before. So it’s not like we haven’t seen that. At the beginning of the year, Concannon was on that group with Tinney. So it’s not like they haven’t spent some time in games, and in practice, the combinations change quite frequently.”

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