May 3, 2014
BALTIMORE, MD - The sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team trailed top-ranked Loyola 11-8 early in the fourth quarter when Blue Jay sophomore Holden Cattoni ripped a shot off the post. Just over a minute later and the two-goal swing was complete as the Greyhounds' Brian Schultz got inside his defender to make it 12-8 with 11:39 on the clock.
It took just 80 seconds for the `Hounds, and Schultz, to deliver another two-goal swing as senior goalie Jack Runkel stole one from freshman Cody Radziewicz on the doorstep and Schultz's unassisted goal 20 seconds later pushed the lead to 13-8 in what eventually became a 13-10 Loyola victory before a sold out crowd at the Ridley Athletic Complex (6,000) Saturday afternoon.
The win is Loyola's 15th straight and all but guarantees the Greyhounds a high seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. With a high RPI and strength of schedule, the Blue Jays should merit strong consideration for one the eight at-large spots in the tournament.
The Greyhounds needed just 45 seconds after Guida's second goal to slice the three-goal deficit to 3-2 as Brian Sherlock got them on the board 24 seconds after Guida's tally and Matt Sawyer added an extra-man goal 21 seconds later.
Another Guida goal gave the Blue Jays a 4-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Loyola's offense got loose in the second quarter and a three-goal surge in the first seven minutes - on unassisted goals by Nikko Pontrello, Pat Laconi and Jeff Chase - gave the `Hounds a 5-4 lead midway through the period.
The `Hounds threatened to run away with it early in the third quarter as Schultz got the first of his three on the day less than two minutes into the second half and Pontrello added an extra-man goal two minutes later, but a pair of Ryan Brown goals in a span of just 47 seconds cut the 10-6 lead to 10-8.
In a game of short runs, it was Loyola that would have the next one; the one that ultimately provided a margin that was too big to overcome for the Blue Jays.
Pontrello's 50th goal of the season late in the third quarter made it 11-8 entering the final 15 minutes. From there, Schultz fired home the two goals that followed Cattoni's post and Runkel's big save on Radziewicz to extend the lead to 13-8. Another extra-man goal by Brown and a Cattoni goal in the final three minutes closed out the scoring for Johns Hopkins, which slips to 10-4 with the loss and had its five-game winning streak snapped.
Pontrello and Schultz both registered hat tricks and Justin Ward added four assists for the Greyhounds, who also got a 17-of-26 performance on faceoffs and the one goal from Savio. Loyola held advantages in shots (47-38), ground balls (52-33) and faceoffs (17-9) in topping the Blue Jays for the second straight year.
Guida added an assist to go along with his first-quarter hat trick and Brown scored all three of his goals in the second half. Schneider posted 13 saves in goal for Johns Hopkins, which caused a season-high 14 turnovers (of Loyola's 21). Guida's only other career hat trick came in Johns Hopkins' 10-9 win against then top-ranked Loyola in 2012.
The bracket for the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Tournament will be announced on Sunday, May 4 at 9 pm on ESPNU. A pair of play-in games will be held on Wednesday, May 7 with first-round games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 10-11 on the campuses of the eight highest seeded teams in the tournament.
Notes: Wells Stanwick had two assists to push his season total to 40 ... he is the first Johns Hopkins player with 40 assists since Dan Denihan had 40 in 2000 Ryan Brown (38 goals) and Brandon Benn (35) are the first Johns Hopkins teammates to top 35 goals in one season since Bobby Benson (41) and Kyle Barrie (37) in 2003.
#6 Johns Hopkins (10-4) 4-2-2-2/10
#1 Loyola (15-1) 2-6-3-2/13
Goals: J: Guida-3, Brown-3, Benn-2, Reed, Cattoni. L: Schultz-3, Pontrello-3, Sherlock-2, Chase-2, Sawyer, Laconi, Savio. Assists: J: Stanwick-2, Crawley, Guida, Reed. L: Ward-4, Sawyer. Saves: J: Schneider-13. L: Runkel-9. Shots: J-38, L-47. EMO: J: 2-for-2. L: 2-for-3. Attendance: 6,000.
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