Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala summed up his team’s 12-5 loss to Loyola Maryland on Saturday pretty well when he suggested the Blue Jays played like a team that easily won the week before against Towson and the Greyhounds played like a team that had lost in overtime to Virginia.
Basically, the Greyhounds still were hungry for their first victory of the season and Johns Hopkins was satisfied. It’s way too early in the season for Pietramala to be worried, but he should be concerned.
This kind of effort by the Blue Jays (1-1) would have been more acceptable if they were playing a High Point or a Sacred Heart, but Hopkins was playing rival Loyola (1-1), only a few miles down the street. The Blue Jays had a commanding 48-6 lead in the series and won 14-13 in overtime last season, but the Greyhounds had won the previous three.
They shouldn’t have been overlooking Loyola. When you’re Hopkins, you can’t overlook anyone. Loyola deserves a lot of credit for the win Saturday. The Greyhounds outplayed Hopkins and hustled more than the Blue Jays, forcing them into numerous turnovers. They controlled the pace of the game.
But the Blue Jays committed 22 turnovers, some self-inflicted. They never got into any offensive rhythm, and at times their defense went to sleep. Neither team was extremely physical.
Pietramala seemed surprised by the subpar effort. During the season in any sport a team always plays a bad game or two, and so that’s to be expected. But when it happens against a rival that’s a cause for concern.
Especially when the other team resides only a mile or two away.