Postscript from UMBC at Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse

For the second straight game, Johns Hopkins is attacking by a lot more than one.

Junior attackman Shed Dr. Steinwick led all scoring 5 points in two goals, three assists today in the UMBC 1st game of Saturday’s rout, but Baltimore native and the boys of Latino graduate are not the only ones that stand out.

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For the second straight game, Johns Hopkins is attacking by a lot more than one.

Junior attackman Shed Dr. Steinwick led all scoring 5 points in two goals, three assists today in the UMBC 1st game of Saturday’s rout, but Baltimore native and the boys of Latino graduate are not the only ones that stand out.

Junior midfielder Joel Tinney, who posted three goals and two assists on Tuesday, scored just once on six shots. But that’s a testament to the offensive diversity Johns Hopkins (2-0) boasts under offensive coordinator Bobby Benson.

“I thought our offense was unselfish,” coach Dave Pietramala said. “I think we had 10 different scorers, which you love that balance as a coach. You have Joel Tinney, who had a huge game last week and then he has one goal today, but you get production from other guys. I’m still not sure which is the marquee midfield and where the pieces go. I just think we need to continue to use our depth. We’re playing a number of different guys, and we’re getting production in, and we’re getting good play.”

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1) UMBC’s starts. After giving up the first eight goals in an eventual 17-6 loss to No. 1 and reigning NCAA Division I champion North Carolina on Feb. 4, the Retrievers proved they can be better out of the gates. They matched the Blue Jays goal-for-goal, earning a tie at 2 in the opening period. But UMBC could not sustain that momentum in the second frame as Johns Hopkins scored all seven goals to cruise to a 9-2 advantage at halftime.

“In the first quarter, we had great possessions, we’re winning faceoffs, it’s a 2-2 game. Then they go on a huge run with faceoff wins in the second quarter, they start piling some goals on top of each other,” Retrievers coach Ryan Moran said. “If you give this team the ball more, they’re going to score, they’re going to do good things with it, and the by-product is what you saw on the scoreboard. So we knew what we needed to do – getting the ball and possessing it more than them. We just weren’t able to do that.”

2) Johns Hopkins’ faceoffs. Draws continue to befuddle the Blue Jays, who won 45.8 percent (11 of 24) against UMBC after going just 46.2 percent (12 of 26) against Navy. Fifth-year senior Craig Madarasz claimed only 12.5 percent (one of eight) of his faceoffs before giving way to senior Matt Ledwin, who fared much better at 75 percent (nine of 12).

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“We’re just going to have to be better than that,” Pietramala said. “That’s not a one-person thing. That’s a unit type thing. I actually thought our wings were very good last week against Navy, and I don’t think they were great today. So that’s an area we really need to improve.”

3) UMBC’s transition defense. Moran was understandably worried after estimating that only seven of Johns Hopkins’ goals against Navy occurred in a six-on-six set. The Blue Jays did not find as much success in those unsettled situations, but they didn’t need to because they were extremely efficient in their traditional possessions. Moran said the Retrievers simply could not keep pace with Johns Hopkins’ depth on attack and in the midfield.

“I thought we did a great job on the transition side of it,” he said. “But on the six-on-six side, what Hopkins really showed you today was their incredible depth of players. They can just roll guys out with Under Armour All American after Under Armour All American. They’re highly skilled, and Bobby Benson is just a tremendous offensive coach. They’re organized, and they know what they’re doing out there. When you give this team the ball more, they’re going to score.”

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