Nov. 16, 2008
YORK, PA - Junior goalie Matt Mierley (Weston, FL/St. Thomas Aquinas) made one save and senior Ethan Mulligan (Kearny, NJ/Kearny) converted his penalty kick as Johns Hopkins prevailed in a shootout 4-3 over second-ranked and unbeaten York College in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday. The Blue Jays are now 13-5-4 and advance to the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in program history. The Spartans end their season at 18-0-2 having given up just three goals on the season.
Mierley came up big for Hopkins in posting his second consecutive shutout and seventh on the season. Mierley finished with seven saves in 110 minutes of play before making a crucial save on Chris Ports' penalty kick in the shootout.
The game flowed back-and-forth despite the physical play on the field, with 41 total fouls in the game. York got the better of the shots, outshooting Hopkins 18-8 in the game, including 4-1 in overtime. But the Blue Jay defense and Mierley kept the Spartans, ranked 14th in the nation in scoring with 3.11 goals per game, off the board. For York, Kyle Marks was solid in goal with three saves.
In the shootout, Marks was replaced in the goal by Ryan Hock. The Spartans went first and Jon Ports converted his shot to put York up 1-0. Hock came up with a big save for York on junior Max Venker (Oldsmar, FL/Palm Harbor University High) to keep it 1-0 in favor of the Spartans. Aaron Good made his shot for York but it was answered when senior Nick Gauna (Evanston, IL/Evanston) made his shot, to make it 2-1. Evan Scheffey and sophomore Scott Bukoski (Sagamore, MA/Bourne) each made their shots and it was 3-2 heading into the fourth round. Trey Good's shot missed wide right of the cage, setting up senior Matty Carlson (Bristol, CT/Loomis Chaffee) with a chance to even the score. Carlson converted his penalty kick to make it 3-3 heading into the fifth round. Mierley went to his right on Ports' shot, deflecting it wide to set up Mulligan's winning shot to the low left corner.
Hopkins has posted back-to-back shutouts in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1994. That season, the Blue Jays posted three consecutive shutouts en route to the national championship game. The Blue Jays are now 12-12-3 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and are 3-0-0 in shootout situations.
Hopkins advances to the Sweet 16 where it will face Stevens Tech on Friday, Nov. 21 or Saturday, Nov. 22. Stay tuned to www.HopkinsSports.com for more details on Hopkins next game.