Sunday, May 17, 2015

Reaction, Photos: Johns Hopkins 16, Syracuse 15 in NCAA Quarters

Reaction, Photos: Johns Hopkins 16, Syracuse 15 in NCAA Quarters



The Johns Hopkins Blue Jays will head back to Championship Weekend for the first time since 2008, surviving an epic comeback from the No. 2 seed Syracuse Orange in the heat of Navy-Marine Corps Stadium en route to a 16-15 NCAA Quarterfinal win.
Hopkins got a scintillating early performance from goalie Eric Schneider, who stopped 15 of the first 25 shots he saw. Brother attackmen Shack and Wells Stanwick both finished with four goals and two assists. 
For Syracuse, Kevin Rice led the way with three goals and four assists, while Dylan Donahue and Nicky Galasso both finished with three goals and two assists. Face-off specialist Ben Williams won 24-30 draws and picked up 10 groundballs. 
It was a heavyweight fight befitting two of the game's giants. 
"What a great game for the sport of lacrosse and for the fans. It felt like old times," Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala said.
The Blue Jays jumped out to a 3-1 lead, a nice cushion given the Orange's high-powered offense and Hopkins' need to settle into the game as an underdog. A see-saw battle ensued, and the Orange took its first lead with 1:07 remaining in the second quarter, carrying a 7-6 lead into the break.
Johns Hopkins capitalized on an opportunity when, tied 7-7 with 11:20 remaining in the third quarter, Jordan Evans couldn't track down a ball on the sideline and Sean Young was called for delay after swatting the ball away to prevent a quick restart. Patrick Fraser scored on the extra-man, then Shack Stanwick and Holden Cattoni stretched the lead to three.
Wells Stanwick closed the third quarter with a huge momentum play. Off an endline restart from back right with five seconds remaining, he ran right to the crease, went airborne and finished, landing — according to the referees — just outside the line. 
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