Penalties a concern for Johns Hopkins

No. 2 Johns Hopkins disposed of UMBC, 12-5, at theKonica Minolta Face-Off Classicat M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, but reining in penalties figures to be a topic the team will address this week during practice.

The Blue Jays were flagged for six penalties, including a pair of 60-second penalties for sophomore long-stick midfielder Jack Reilly on the same play in the second quarter. The Retrievers were awarded seven extra-man opportunities, which nearly matched the 10 man-down chances Johns Hopkins had surrendered in five contests prior to Saturday.

Besides Reilly’s gaffes, senior defenseman Tyler Mordecai also served two 60-second penalties late in the fourth quarter. After the game, coach Dave Pietramala emphasized that the team does not condone hits with the intent of injuring an opponent.

“I want our guys to be physical. I also want our guys to be clean,” he said. “We don’t talk about being dirty, we don’t talk about anything but being physical and playing a clean, physical brand of lacrosse, and what’s what we try to do. Tonight, we got called once or twice, and obviously, we have to be more disciplined, and we’ve got to do a better job picking and choosing our times.”

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