Hopkins Falls to Princeton, 11-4
Mark Kovler celebrates his goal that put Princeton up 2-0 in the first quarter. The Johns Hopkins Blue Jays fall to the Princeton Tigers 14-9 at the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic in M&T Bank Stadium on February 28, 2009. Yuchen Nie/DC Sports Box
BALTIMORE, M.D.- After the Hopkins Blue Jays lost to the Syracuse Orange in last year’s Championship, they also lost something very tangible, their senior all-stars. This list includes some of the best players that highlight the summer’s Major League Lacrosse games and it includes Paul Rabil, Stephen Peyser, and Kevin Huntley. Coach Dave Pietramala certainly has his hands full bringing new players up to speed and have them playing lacrosse well enough to win with the #1 toughest schedule. However, their showing against the Princeton Tigers in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic indicated that there is still a long ways to go before Foxbrough.
Hopkins would win the opening face-off, but Princeton would be the one to score first. Princeton went on a 9-1 scoring run during the 25 minutes of the game. These goals were highlighted by the McBride brothers, with 3 goals between them, and Mark Kovler, with two goals. Hopkins would make a small run towards the end of the half to cut the lead down to 6 with a goal by Steven Boyle and Chris Boland.
In the third quarter, the Hopkins defense started to become more comfortable with Princeton and were able to generate more turnovers and force them into bad shots. However, Hopkins was not able to win the ground ball battles by a margin of 10-3, and Princeton still was able to score three additional goals in the quarter, compared with 1 by Hopkins.
The ground ball advantage that Princeton had gave them many more opportunities at offense and the shot differential certainly indicates this with a difference of 15 shot taken by Princeton’s offense as opposed to 3 taken by the Hopkins offense. Princeton’s Jack McBride finished with two more goals, giving him a total of 4 goals on the day.
Sensing the pressure of a loss, Hopkins began to turn up the pressure and throw double-teams to their opponents. This tactic seemed to have worked by forcing 5 turnovers and scoring four goals. However, the Princeton lead was too much for Hopkins to overcome and they fell for the first time this season by a score of 14-8.