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Johns Hopkins storms back from seven-goal halftime deficit to beat Virginia, 15-13

It must have been a Knute Rockne-like halftime speech by Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala.

After his team sleepwalked through the first two quarters and trailed No. 10 Virginia 9-2 at halftime, Pietramala saw the Blue Jays turn it around in the third quarter on Saturday. No. 9 Johns Hopkins scored six straight goals en route to a 15-13 win at Klõckner Stadium in Charlottesville.

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The Blue Jays improved to 6-2 overall while the Cavaliers fell to 7-3.

Junior Kyle Marr, freshman Connor DeSimone and sophomore Cole Williams (Loyola Blakefield) spurred the comeback for Hopkins, which cut Virginia’s lead to 11-9 after three quarters. DeSimone tied it at 11 early in the final quarter and senior Joel Tinney gave the Blue Jays their first lead of the game, 12-11, with 9:12 left.

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Johns Hopkins increased the lead to 15-11 on another goal by Tinney with 3:53 left and held on for the two-goal win.

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