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Tinney’s OT goal puts Hopkins past Loyola

When it comes to fake passing, Joel Tinney has mastered it.

Just two games after pulling off a remarkable hidden-ball trick against Navy, Tinney faked a pass on a run towards the goal in overtime. The Loyola Greyhounds defense followed that fake, slid the wrong way and as soon as Tinney cleared his man he fired a cross-bodied shot into the right side of the goal to give the No. 5 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays men’s lacrosse team a 14-13 win over their Charles Street rival at Homewood Field.

While Joel Tinney focused on getting ground balls out on the wings while his teammates took care of getting the offense, when his number was called he executed to perfection with a fake and score to win the game against Loyola in overtime.

Not long before that game-winning goal, Blue Jays netminder Gerald Logan made his 13th save of the game to stop a bullet of a shot ripped by Brian Sherlock, bailing his team out after immediately turning the ball over to the No. 8 team in the country following a faceoff victory to start the extra session.

The Blue Jays victory improved their overall record to 3-0 and snapped a three-game skid in their series against the Greyhounds. This year it is pretty evident that they are just more aggressive and physical and have more resolve than last year’s team.

“Our toughness was challenged having to come back from (down) 4-1 and down three another time and two another time,” Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala said. “We made one more play. We made one more save when we needed it and one more play in overtime when we needed it.”

Loyola looked to have the hot hand early as they got out to a 3-1 lead over the Blue Jays with Zack Sirico netting two goals, Pat Spencer dishing out two assists and John Duffy had a goal and a helper to Sherlock in a man-up situation.

Or maybe it was just another slow beginning for the Blue Jays. Getting off to a hot start has been the one thing the Blue Jays have yet to do this year, but with 3:53 left in the first quarter Craig Madarasz sparked a three-goal run to tie things up at 4-4.

After John Crawley’s goal with 1:28 left, Loyola faceoff specialists Graham Savio scored immediately after a win at the X to put the Greyhounds ahead 5-4 after one quarter.

Early in the second quarter, the Greyhounds doubled their lead when Alex McGovern dished one to Spencer for his first goal of the year. But the Blue Jays again showed their resolve and scored just a minute later. Then, after about seven minutes of scoreless play, Pat Fraser tied the game back up at 6-6 with a score.

Still, Loyola was the team in control early. Sherlock assisted Romar Dennis and then scored one of his own in the final three minutes of the first half to give Loyola a lead at the break. McGovern then netted a goal just nine seconds into the third quarter to push the Greyhounds up by three scored for a second time in the game.

That was then the Blue Jays seemed to pick things up and became the aggressor. Shack Stanwick was the driving force behind another deep offensive attack by Johns Hopkins. With nine players once again scoring goals in a game for the Blue Jays, Stanwick led them with four goals and an assist.

He had a piece in Loyola’s next four goals that led to another tie at 10-10 with 3:49 left in the third quarter. That was before Forry Smith scored his first of two goals in the game to give the Blue Jays their first lead of the game with 2:35 left in the third quarter.

Still, this was a battle.

McGovern scored off a feed from Spencer, who had four assists in the game, to retie the game going into the fourth quarter. Sherlock them scored his third of four goals to open the fourth quarter. But goals by Wilkins Dismuke and another by Smith sandwiched Sherlock’s fourth score to force overtime.

Smith’s game-tying goal came in quite an unconventional way. Loyola goalkeeper Jacob Stover made a save but as the ricocheted ball was dropping into his net, Smith swung his stick, hit the ball in mid air and put it into the net.

Stover had a strong bounce-back performance with 14 saves after being pulled in last week’s opener against Virginia.

“I was proud of my goalie,” Loyola head coach Charlie Toomey said. “Last week we didn’t get saves as much and I don’t think it was a product of him playing poorly, I think it was a product of us defensively. I thought we played pretty decent defense in front of Stover today and I thought he made enough saves for us to win the game.”

But Logan made one more big save in overtime to give the Blue Jays the ball. Tinney started from the top left corner of the box, took a diagonal run across the field to the close right wing, at the top of the crease he faked the pass, cleared his defender and buried the winning goal.

“We ran (the pick) in the second quarter for Fraser and they (Loyola) jumped the pick so when coach had called it in overtime we talked about faking it because they had been jumping picks all day,” Tinney said. “The attack knew what I was thinking and it worked out perfectly.”

That was Tinney’s only goal of the game. With Stanwick so effectively running the offense and so many other guys contributing he focused much of his attention out on the wings, where he scooped up five groundballs, but when his team needed him most he was primed and ready for the big moment.

Loyola drops to 0-2 on the year after. The solace Toomey took in it was that both losses were against highly-ranked national powerhouses and it should at least better prepare the Greyhounds for Patriot League play.

“The good news is there is a lot of lacrosse left this season,” he said. “We’re disappointed with the result but as I walked out of the locker room I told our guys to roll you neck and learn from our mistakes.”

The Blue Jays schedule doesn’t get any easier as they prepare to play their third nationally-ranked team in their first four games in the form of defending national champion and No. 1 North Carolina next Saturday in Chapel Hill.

Loyola will begin Patriot League play next Saturday at Lafayette. The opening faceoff is set for noon.

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