Brendan Schneck dominated play and goaltender Brad Homan stopped two fast breaks in the final minute as the top-ranked Johns Hopkins lacrosse team defeated fourth ranked Virginia, 15-13, before a crowd of 8,430 today at Homewood Field.
Schneck scored six strategic goals and was a one-man stick-handling show. He controlled the ball and frustrated defenders in front of the goal, behind the goal and in midfield.In a contest that was always close, the lead changed hands throughout the first half before Hopkins (5-0) took over for good just before halftime.
Virginia (4-2) ran off three unanswered first-period goals for a 4-1 lead, their largest of the game. Then Schneck took over. With Virginia a man down, he took a pass from Mike Donnelly and scored high and hard over goalie Brian Gregory.
The Jays' Jeff Cook took a run from behind through the Virginia defense and scored. Then Schneck worked free and tied the score, 4-4, as the period ended.
Hopkins took the lead for good when Ned Radebaugh, who played sparingly, got his only score of the day for an 8-7 advantage at intermission.
Hopkins started quickly the second half. Cook put the ball between Gregory's legs at the 2:30 mark. A minute later, Jeff Kendall made Gregory look bad low for a 10-7 advantage.
Virginia got a goal from Pat Finn, but Schneck stifled the rally with his fifth goal of the afternoon for an 11-8 lead.
Virginia made several runs in the fourth period by Jay Coach Henry Ciccarone used the clock: a particularly effective loose zone ride had Virginia's defense misplaying the ball at key moments.