Nov. 3, 2010
BALTIMORE, MD - Johns Hopkins senior Scott Bukoski (Sagamore, MA/Bourne) continued his late season tear with a pair of goals as the Blue Jays defeated the Gettysburg Bullets, 4-1, in the first round of the Centennial Conference Tournament at Homewood Field. The Blue Jays improve to 13-3-3 with their third straight win and advance to the Centennial Conference semifinals. The Bullets conclude their season at 5-10-2.
Bukoski put Hopkins on top in the 27th minute with his seventh goal of the season and fourth in the last three games. Freshman Pat Lawson (Narberth, PA/Harriton) played a nice ball through to Bukoski, who had split a pair of defenders. With Bullets' goalie Connor Darrell coming out cut off the angle, Bukoski placed a low hard shot just inside the far post.
It took another 28 minutes for the Blue Jays to get on the scoreboard again, but they did so three times in a four-minute span. Sophomore Brandon Sumpio (Woodbridge, CT/The Hopkins School) got the spurt going in the 55th minute with his third of the season. Sophomore Nick White (San Diego, CA/Patrick Henry) played the ball through the Bullets' defense where Sumpio ran on to it and poked it under a charging Darrell to stake Hopkins to a 2-0 lead. Less than two minutes later, the Blue Jays' lead was three thanks to junior Corey Adams (Cedar Grove, NJ/Seton Hall Prep). Junior Sean Coleman (Lee, NH/Exeter/UNH) ripped a hard shot at the Bullets' goal that Darrell turned away. The ball rebounded back into traffic, where White flicked it to Adams, who redirected the ball past Darrell for just his second career goal.
In the 57th minute, Hopkins lost Coleman to a red card and the Blue Jays were forced to play a man down for the remainder of the game. The Blue Jays continued to press and Bukoski found the back of the net just 74 seconds after Coleman was sent off. Senior Kevin Hueber (High Bridge, NJ/Voorhees) took a free kick for Hopkins 30 yards from goal. His kick was on target, but was knocked away Darrell. Bukoski pounced on the loose ball, one-timing it inside the left post to make it 4-0 Hopkins.
Gettysburg got one back in the 77th minute to account for the 4-1 final. Andrew LaFontaine took a shot near the top of the box that was blocked by a Hopkins defender. The ball deflected to Dan McNamara, who touched it left to Tyler Shaffer. Shaffer stepped up and fired a low shot through traffic that skipped inside the right post.
Hopkins finished with a 17-9 advantage in shots and a 4-1 advantage in corners. Gill did not have a save in the win, while Darrell posted five saves for the Bullets in the loss.
Hopkins tied the Centennial Conference Tournament record for goals (4), set by Hopkins in 2007 against Gettysburg in the conference championship game. Bukoski tied his own tournament record with two goals, as he also had two goals against Gettysburg in the 2007 final. With his two goals, Bukoski now has 116 career points, moving him into a tie for fourth in school history with Ted Zingman '00. White also tied the tournament record for assists in a game with two.
Hopkins will travel to Swarthmore, PA to take on the top-seeded Swarthmore Garnet on Saturday, November 6. Game time is slated for 6:00 pm at Clothier Field.