#2 Johns Hopkins stuns #1 UVa. in OT
Three overtime turnovers by the No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers (8-1) set the table for the No. 2 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (8-0) to walk out of Klöckner Stadium on Saturday afternoon with the victory, 11-10, in front of 6,899 fans. The UVa loss snapped a 14-game winning streak inside Klöckner Stadium, the longest current streak in the nation. It also broke UVa’s 13-game winning streak, which was tops in the nation. UVa’s senior class is now 27-2 all-time inside Klöckner Stadium.
Johns Hopkins’ John Ranagan’s split dodge allowed him to unload the game-winning score with five seconds remaining in the overtime period. The loss was UVa’s first in overtime since falling to Syracuse, 12-11, in the 2008 NCAA Semifinal round. The loss was the first overtime loss since Syracuse won 18-17 on Feb. 28, 1998.
“You can’t give the ball back to a great team that many times and expect to win,” said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. “I think that the difference was probably our shooting overall. I thought we created enough opportunities, but we were off the cage or made [Basset’s] life too easy.
“It’s a team game, and there were things that we could have done better at both ends of the field. I just felt like offensively we let it get away from us. In the first half we could have had more goals, and in the third quarter we let Hopkins climb back into it by not capitalizing on some things on the offensive end. We weren’t quite sharp enough.”
Virginia started the scoring on a Colin Briggs score via a Rob Emery pass at 10:41 in the first quarter. Emery scored unassisted at 4:24 to give UVa the 2-0 lead in the opening stanza. Mike Poppleton scored unassisted at 4:19 off the ensuing faceoff to cut the Blue Jays’ deficit to one goal, 2-1.
Chris Bocklet scored back-to-back goals to give UVa the 4-1 lead with 14:40 left in the second period.
Johns Hopkins made a run in going into the intermission, outscoring UVa 2-1 the rest of the way, as the Cavaliers owned a 5-3 lead at the break. Brandon Benn and Wells Stanwick scored during the spurt.
The Blue Jays started out the second half on a 5-1 streak to take their first lead of the game, 8-6. Back-to-back scores by Rob Guida ended the run with 13:18 left in the fourth quarter.
UVa bounced back to tie the game, 8-8, after goals by Emery and a highlight reel tally by Matt White. The goal by White came on a Steele Stanwick helper in front of the crease, which White deposited behind his head for the score with 11:06 left in the period.
Johns Hopkins bounced back on a Zach Palmer score at 10:14, giving the Blue Jays a narrow 9-8 lead.
UVa was poised to finish regulation on top, scoring back-to-back goals from Steele Stanwick and Ryan Tucker, giving the Cavaliers a 10-9 advantage with 2:44 left in the fourth period.
After a UVa turnover during a stall warning, Johns Hopkins tied the game with 44 seconds left in the fourth period on an unassisted Lee Coppersmith goal, setting up the overtime period and heroics by Ranagan.
UVa won the ground ball battle (30-26) and the faceoffs (13-11). Rob Fortunato made 13 saves in goal for the Cavaliers.
Virginia returns to action on Saturday when it opens ACC play at Maryland. The game will be televised on ESPNU in HD and faceoff is set for noon at Byrd Stadium.