Strong Defense Propels Hopkins to Victory

Baltimore, Maryland – On a beautiful day for Hopkins to host their 2014 Homecoming, the Blue Jays defense held Maryland to six goals in their 11-6 win.  Long possessions that ended with timely goals also helped Hopkins grind the Maryland offense.  Maryland is preparing for the ACC Tournament while Hopkins is preparing for three more games in eleven days.


The pace of the game ran fast with both teams trading opportunities, but both goalies stood strong.  Hopkins senior goalie Eric Schneider would end with twelve saves and was tested early.  Terp goalie Niko Amato would end the game with nine saves of his own.  As both teams traded possessions, the Blue Jays would break the ice with Holden Cattoni, sophomore midfielder, getting his seventeenth of the season.


Freshman converted attackman John Crawley would add another before Maryland would counter with one of their own.  Joe LoCascio would open the scoring for the Terps during their extra man opportunity, which would be the first of three straight goals on man advantages for both teams.  Hopkins would score the next four, three of which closed the scoring at half in favor of the Blue Jays at 5-1.


Brandon Benn would score two goals that were book ending two by Wells Stanwick.  Nearly twenty minutes would pass before Rustin Bryant scored for the Terps to make the score 6-2.  Stanwick answered with his third of the game to make the lead 7-2.  Bryant would get his second of the game to bring the Terps within four.


Cattoni would get his second of the game and sophomore Ryan Brown would add his thirty-first of the season to increase the lead to 9-3.  The Terps would make a run of their own to bring the lead to three, but they would get no closer.  Hopkins would close out the game scoring two to make the final 11-6.


Hopkins was efficient with their extra man opportunities, going 4 for 6 on the day.  Maryland scored a third of their goals during the game, as they were fifty percent at 2-4.  The Terps would make their run during a stretch of the fourth quarter in which Charlie Raffa went 7 for 9.  On the day, Raffa would get the best of Hopkins’ Drew Kennedy, winning an astonishing 15-21.


Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk, who had three assists on the day, led the Terps.  Three players each had two goals for Maryland.  Hopkins were led by the hot hands of Holden Cattoni, who finished with four points on two goals, two assists.  Well Stanwick had three goals and one assist to tie the team high in points.


Hopkins turns around quickly as they take on local Mount St. Mary’s in Emmittsburg.  This game was postponed earlier in the season due to snow.  The busy week continues with Villanova, on Senior Night, and Navy on Friday in Annapolis.  The Terps next face Notre Dame next Saturday before they advance to the ACC Tournament.