Third-ranked Johns Hopkins extended its lacrosse winning streak against Virginia to 10 today when attackman Brian Wood scored with 1:51 remaining in the game to provide an 8-7 victory.
Virginia (3-2) had tied the game five minutes into the fourth quarter when Will Rosebro scored unassisted from the field. The Cavaliers applied constant pressure, at one point holding the ball four minutes. But hopes for an upset ended when Hopkins' Dell Dressel scooped up a loose ground ball, got past a defender, and found teammate Wood alone in front of goalie Peter Sheehan.
"I knew Peter would step forward, so I threw a fake and got him out of position," said Wood, who worried he might step in the crease and disqualify the goal. "Then I faked again and shot.
"They're two of the greatest players in the game combining on that one," said Virginia Coach Jim Adams of the two Hopkins players who cost his team its second loss of the season.
Neither team played particularly inspired lacrosse, missing many passes and fumbling ground balls throughout the game. Adams attributed some of those mistakes to the heat (81 degrees at game time). Hopkins Coach Don Zimmerman agreed the weather was a factor but added, "This was a big game played at a mad pace. With all the emotion, some of my young players were not thinking clearly. We could have played a little better."
Hopkins is 3-1 this season.
Sophomore attackman Mike Morrill led Hopkins scorers with three goals and one assist. Wood, Craig Bubier, Dressel, Jack Crawford and Steve Mitchell each had a goal. Wood had three assists.
Jeff Nicklas' two goals led the Virginia scorers. Mark Altemus, Chase Monroe, John Begier, Rich Reda and Rosebro had one goal each.
Roddy Marino, Virginia's leading scorer, averaging three goals per game, was held to one assist. "We wanted to take their feeding from behind the cage away from them," said Zimmerman. "When they can connect with their inside cutters, they win games."
Seventh-ranked Virginia will have to increase its scoring output if it hopes to win its next game, an Atlantic Coast Conference contest against Maryland at College Park on April 6.
*Maryland 10, North Carolina 9: In Chapel Hill, N.C., the fifth-ranked Terrapins scored five straight goals in the fourth quarter, including Tom Worstell's game winner with 25 seconds remaining, to upset the top-ranked Tar Heels in an ACC match.
Maryland is 6-0 overall and 2-0 in league, and the the Tar Heels 5-1 and 0-1.
Brendan Hanley had two goals in the Maryland spurt, which occurred in the last 5:36 of the game.
With the scord tied 3-3 at the half, Maryland took a 5-3 lead on extra-man goals by Worstell and Mike Mosko. But North Carolina scored six straight goals to take a four-goal lead into the final period.
Five players scored in the Tar Heels rally, with Pat Welsh getting four assists.
*Navy 19, Princeton 7: In Annapolis, Navy won its seventh straight as it controlled the third period by scoring seven goals to Princeton's one. Freshman attack Tom Hanzsche had three of them. Navy had six consecutive goals in the first 10 minutes of the quarter.