Hopkins escaped last Thursday night with a 66-59 win over home team Gettysburg, as the Blue Jays hit six straight free throws in the final 23 seconds to secure the victory.
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Hopkins escaped last Thursday night with a 66-59 win over home team Gettysburg, as the Blue Jays hit six straight free throws in the final 23 seconds to secure the victory.
This week, I’m going to go out on a bit of a limb. As a Film and Media Studies and Writing Seminars double major, I’m supposed to say that The Godfather, Citizen Kane, or Raging Bull (or some film of that critical caliber) is the greatest film of all time. However, I’ve watched those films and almost every other film that can hold claim to that title. While I feel that all of those movies have the right to make their arguments for that title, another, somewhat less heralded film deserves to be mentioned in the pantheon of American cinema — The Dark Knight.
The 24th-ranked Blue Jays women’s soccer team stormed past Swarthmore in the Centennial Conference semifinal matchup 3-1 on Saturday, on the strength of two goals by junior Christina Convey and a goal by sophomore Hannah Kronick.
This week I’m reviewing a recent film that received rave reviews: “Moonrise Kingdom,” directed by Wes Anderson, cowritten by Anderson and Roman Coppola. If you haven’t watched the film yet, be aware of minor spoilers ahead.
Last week I wrote a piece on what is a classic in American cinema (and cinema as a whole). This week I want to focus on global cinema, in particular a movie from the largest producer (by number of films) of motion pictures in the world: Bollywood.
I’m turning back the clock a bit and examining a pivotal landmark in the history of the film industry, “The Godfather.” Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 masterpiece might be the single defining work of his career and perhaps the most critically acclaimed film in cinematic history. Before the film was even in pre-production, studios knew it was going to be well-received (both critically and commercially). There was a fierce bidding war over the rights almost immediately after the novel was released. Studio executives and directors alike knew they had a gem on their hands.
There is no other word to describe the Hopkins womens’ volleyball team this year than “dominant.” The team started off the season in style, ripping off 15 straight wins, including three invitational tournament championships, with an amazing nine three-set sweeps during that span. Only three times has a team taken them to five sets in 28 total matches.
The Hopkins football team continued its streak of dominance, blasting Dickinson 49-0 to remain undefeated for the season and extend its string of consecutive regular season victories to 20 in a row. The win boosted the Jays in the polls, as Hopkins moved up to 10th in the AFCA Division III rankings.
The 17th ranked Blue Jays women’s soccer team won their third game in a row and their ninth overall this season, beating Ursinus 6-0 on the wings of sophomore Hannah Kronick’s fourth hat trick of the season. “We played a really good game, even though the team wasn’t the strongest opponent we’ll face this year,” Kronick said, “I think we all really stepped up and played at our level of play and it ended up fueling our success.” Her unprecedented number of hat tricks broke the previous record for a single season and in a career, previously set 14 years ago by Sarah Parola. All six of the Jays’ goals were scored in the first half.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article on what I thought were the best movies for a college student to watch. This week I’ll narrow my focus on one (very important) facet of college life: partying. You’re not usually going to be watching a movie during a party (because that would probably be a pretty boring party) but it’s not a bad idea to have one going on in the background of a pregame, or even to watch one before a pregame to get you pumped up and excited. Here are some of the top films you can watch to get you excited for going out.
The Hopkins football team was ranked 16th in the first AFCA poll of the year, the 11th consecutive week they’ve been ranked nationally in Division III college football. They looked to maintain their stellar all-around play against the Muhlenberg College Mules this past Saturday and give the American Football Coaches Association reason to move them up in the rankings. Senior Johnathon Rigaud’s 56 yard touchdown run just two minutes into the game kick-started the Blue Jays as they rolled to a 33-21 victory over host Muhlenberg. The Jays led by only six, 20-14, late in the fourth quarter before JD Abbott iced the game with a pair of rushing touchdowns to secure Hopkins’ fourth victory of the season in as many games. The win extended Hopkins’ regular season winning streak to 18 games and their Centennial Conference winning streak to 16 games. The Blue Jays’ first possession needed just five plays to cover 83 yards, as Hopkins went up a quick 7-0 on the nations top scoring defense, who had only allowed seven points combined in their three previous games. The Mules responded well, taking 13 plays to trek 84 yards to tie it up at seven apiece with just over 10 minutes remaining in the quarter. The Jays’ defense held Muhlenberg scoreless for the remainder of the half, as junior Richie Carbone would tack on two field goals following drives of 63 and 54 yards, including an remarkable 42-yard boot, to put Hopkins up 13-7 at the break. In fact, Carbone was recently named CC Special Teams Player of the week. After stifling the Mules’ opening drive of the second half, the Jays upped their lead to 13 points following a 7-play, 80-yard drive that was capped off by a 35-yard bullet from junior Robbie Matey over the middle to junior Bob D’Orazio. D’Orazio snagged the ball just in front of a defender, dodged two potential tacklers, and out-raced the rest of the team for the score. Hopkins maintained the lead for five minutes before the Mules’ Tyler Dandridge ran from 13 yards out for the touchdown to cut the lead to six. Faced with their first close late quarter game of the 2012 season, the Jays showed their mental resolve with a statement of a drive, going 75 yards in 15 plays to push the lead back to double digits. A nine-yard JD Abbott touchdown plunge on the first play of the fourth quarter finished the march off and gave the Blue Jays some breathing room. The Jays missed the two-point conversion attempt and the lead stayed at 12 points, 26-14. The Mules attempted to answer and stay in the game on their next possession, but their drive was stymied at the Jays’ 45-yard line, and they were forced to punt. Pinned down at its own 16, Hopkins put together perhaps the most impressive drive of the game. Needing just six plays to reach the Mules’ 41-yard line, Matey went deep down the sideline. D’Orazio continued his spectacular performance as he stretched out for an acrobatic, diving catch to put the Jays down at the Mules’ 5-yard line. The pass went for 36 yards and put Hopkins in terrific position to essentially put the game on ice with little over seven minutes left. JD Abbott’s 3-yard score did just that with 6:45 remaining in the game, and the Jays went up 33-14. Muhlenberg’s John Hoghs would return a block punt 25 yards for a touchdown to make the score 33-21, but the touchdown served no purpose other than to change the final score, as Hopkins’ Brady Watts secured the subsequent on-side kick. The Blue Jays gained the necessary first down to run out the clock on their opponents to remain undefeated on the season and tally their third victory in four years against the Mules. Once again, Hopkins dominated on the ground, racking up 273 yards rushing, with Rigaud leading the way, running for a game-high 131 yards and a score, while Abbott chipped in with 98 yards and two TDs. Matey completed 70% of his passes for 207 yards and a score, with one pick. The Hopkins D held Muhlenberg to 315 yards, 100 yards below their season average, with junior strong safety John Arena accounting for a team-high eight tackles in the winning effort. Next on the Jays’ slate is Juniata College, as Hopkins hosts the Eagles for its third home game of the 2012 season at Homewood Field. Kickoff is at noon.
After outscoring their first two opponents by a combined score of 70-20, the Blue Jays continued their early season dominance with a resounding 49-15 victory over Moravian at Homewood Field. They racked up a season-high 582 yards of offense in the process and tied a NCAA Division III all-time record with 40 total first downs. Equally as impressive, head coach Jim Margraff crossed the 150 win threshold, becoming only the second head coach in Maryland collegiate history to do so (former Morgan State head coach Jon Hurt being the other, accumulating 154 wins from 1929-1959). With the victory, the Jays extended their regular season win streak to 17 straight games dating all the way back to 2010. Senior back Jonathon Rigaud starred for the Blue Jays, rushing for 114 yards and three scores to lead his team. The Blue Jays opened the game with a masterful 15-yard play, 77-yard drive, with junior quarterback Robbie Matey going six of seven, including a nine-yard scoring strike to fellow junior Daniel Wodicka. Rigaud gained 35 yards on the march, which took up nearly five minutes of the opening quarter. After Hopkins stopped Moravian, Rigaud capped off a five-yard play, 40-yard drive with a four yard touchdown run to put the Jays up 14-0 midway through the first quarter. The drive went quickly, taking up just over a minute and a half. Moravian’s Tyler Thompson then executed a beautifully placed 39-yard punt to pin the Jays deep in the shadow of their own goalpost at their own one yard line. Despite this setback, Hopkins would essentially ice the game with a devastating 15 play, 99-yard masterpiece that was finished off by a one-yard J.D. Abbott plunge to put the Jays up three touchdowns with just under seven minutes remaining in the first half. After a rare miscue in which Matey would be picked off by Moravian’s Travis King for a touchdown, Hopkins responded by closing out the half with a four play, 48-yard march that took less than 30 seconds and ended with a 13-yard Rigaud scoring run. Going into the half, Hopkins had piled up an astounding 387 total yards of offense, and led Moravian 28-7. After stifling any comeback attempt on Moravian’s opening drive of the second half, Jonathan Rigaud blew the game wide open with a one yard touchdown, capping a 45 yard drive to give the Jays a commanding four-touchdown lead. The Jays would punch it in twice more in the game, on drives of 45 and 77 yards, with Brandon Cherry and Jason Blades joining in on the scorefest with touchdowns of their own. Overall, the Jays racked up 338 yards on the ground and 244 yards through the air. Matey would complete 23 of 27 attempts for an incredibly accurate 85.2% clip, with sophomore Braden Anderson chipping in with 20 yards, going five for eight. Not to be outdone by the prolific output of the offense, the Jays imposing defense held Moravian to an anemic 18-yards rushing on 17 attempts, and just 171 yards passing on 37 attempts. Moravian’s only substantial drive of the day came during garbage time, late in the fourth quarter — until that point the Jays’ defense had shut out Moravian’s attack. Hopkins’s defense allowed only one third-down conversion attempt in 12 tries, a dominant performance. The Jays’ secondary picked off Moravian quarterback Jimmy Lahue twice, including crucial interceptions late in the first half and early in the second by freshman safety T.J. Reeves and senior safety Adam Dweyer respectively, that dealt huge blows to any comeback hopes Moravian might have had. Senior lineback Taylor Maciow led the team with seven tackles and recorded two of the Blue Jays three sacks on the afternoon. Hopkins’s defense has not yet allowed a 2012 opponent to cross the 200-yard mark offensively, and Hopkins’s front-seven has produced an impressive 14 sacks so far on the season. Hopkins faces its toughest test so far this season as it travels to Allentown, PA to take on Muhlenberg in a battle of unbeatens, as the Mules are also now 3-0 following a 33-0 blowout over McDaniel.
College is a highly scrutinized, ridiculed and caricaturized portion of the American experience, and rightfully so. It’s a strange phenomenon: thousands of people just entering adulthood coming together to learn, grow and let’s face it, party. This eclectic mix of seemingly discordant lifestyles that college students have simultaneously led for four years has fascinated filmmakers for decades. Thus, the “college movie” has become a genre of its own. Here are the top five ones you should watch, if you haven’t already, as a college student.
The Hopkins women’s volleyball team has started off the season 8-0, the best opening to a season in school history after winning two straight tournaments in consecutive weekends.
The Hopkins women’s lacrosse team scored an impressive win at home on a day dedicated to the nine seniors on the roster. Fittingly, it was the seniors who took control of the game to lead the Blue Jays to a 12-9 victory over 13th-ranked Ohio State in the last game of both teams’ regular season slates.
The third ranked Blue Jays suffered only their second hiccup of the season Saturday, and had their 12-game home-winning streak snapped, falling to Maryland, 9-6 in front of a sold-out throng of 8,500 at Homewood Field.
Senior forward Tim Mc-Carty led Hopkins to a 65- 60 win over the Ursinus- Bears with an outstanding shooting performance this weekend. He went six-ofseven from the floor, including three of four from outside the arc, to net a career high of 25 points. As a result, McCarty was named The News-Letter's Athlete of the Week. The Blue Jays then played the 14th-ranked Diplomats of Franklin and Marshall Wednesday night in Goldfarb Gym, falling to the conference rivals, 71- 63. The split improved the Jays to 14-10, and clinched the Jays a Centennial Conference playoff bid for the first time since the 2007- 2008 season. Hopkins started the game strong, gaining an early 12-0 lead in just four minutes - the result of strong shooting from both McCarty and sophomore guard Daniel Corbett. The two teams stayed equal for the next four minutes, and Hopkins was able to maintain a 21-9 lead with just over 12 minutes remaining in the half. A shot from sophomore center Aleksander Nikolic gave Hopkins its largest lead of the game, leaving them with a 14-point margin over Ursinus with just 11:52 left. Over the next eight minutes the Bears, led by Ursinus junior Matt Donahue, scored 16 points to Hopkins' four, reducing the Hopkins lead to just two points. With just four minutes remaining in the game, Corbett and McCarty once again extended the Hopkins advantage, this time by six points. Hopkins led 33-27 at halftime. Corbett boasted 18 points, nine boards and four assists. The Jays increased their score in the second half, gaining a 10-point advantage with just 13:37 left in the game. McCarty had completed two consecutive three-point plays: one from the free throw line and the other from a distance. Freshman guard Jimmy Hammer followed with a three of his own. Hopkins maintained their lead comfortably until the eight-minute mark, when Ursinus junior Jon Ward jump-started a second run for the Bears, who scored 15 points to Hopkins' five. The game was close in the final minutes - Hopkins led by only one point with just over a minute and a half remaining in the contest. With the game on the line, McCarty responded by hitting his third and final three-pointer to extend the lead to four. The two teams traded free throws several times, but Hopkins maintained an eight-point edge with just 19 seconds remaining. A final three-pointer at the buzzer by Donahue cut the lead to five to end the game. This was the Jays' first win over the Bears since 2009. McCarty, in addition to his six-of-seven shooting performance went 10-12 from the free throw line. He had eight rebounds and two assists, for good measure. The Jays held the Bears to just 39.6 percent shooting from the field, and just 35.5 percent when shooting triples. On Wednesday night, the Jays looked to continue their winning ways against Franklin and Marshall, but the nationally ranked Diplomats proved to be too powerful. The loss ended Hopkins' four-game win streak. The Blue Jays were led by McCarty once again, who posted 11 points and seven rebounds. Other notable performances included Nikolic and freshman forward George Bugarinovic, who led the Jays with 13 points and 11 rebounds, respectively. Franklin and Marshall controlled most of the game, never trailing in the first half. Hopkins entered the locker room at half time down 41-33 in large part because of eight turnovers, compared to just two from the Diplomats. The second half was a different game, however, as the Jays dominated in second-chance opportunities, 14-3. With 11:47 remaining in the game, Hopkins took their first lead of the game, 48-47, on a jump shot from sophomore forward Connor McIntyre. The six-foot-six big man finished the contest with five points. The game remained a two possession affair until two minutes to play when Franklin and Marshall marched ahead to improve their overall record to 22-2. Despite the loss, Hopkins should take pride in the fact that they stayed with the Diplomats, a confidence builder heading into tournament time. The game could serve as a prequel to the Centennial Conference championship next weekend. Hopkins wraps up its regular season at Washington College this weekend. The Blue Jays are fighting for the second-seed in the conference tournament, trailing second-place Dickinson by just one game with one to play.
The quest for a 10th Division I men's lacrosse National Championship began in earnest on Friday night, Feb. 17th, as the second-ranked Blue Jays dominated the outmatched Towson Tigers on their way to a 12-6 win at the Nest. The win marked the150th career victory for legendary Head coach DavePietramala. Hopkins then faced off with Delaware on Tuesday, earning a hard-fought 8-6 win over the Blue Hens. Against the Tigers, the Jays fielded an imposing defense for much of the game, holding Towson's offense to just three goals and 12 shots total until partway through the fourth quarter. At one point, Hopkins kept the Tigers off the scoreboard for over half an hour of game time. The opening quarter was a back-and-forth slugfest, with Towson taking a one-goal advantage three times, leading 3-2 after 18:30 had passed. Senior attackman Chris Boland responded to Towson's RobbyZoppo's goal in just 15 seconds, as the Jays tied it up and never looked back. Hopkins went on an impressive 9-0 run in which the Tigers were held scoreless for 31 minutes. The Boland strike came off an assist from junior attackman Zach Palmer, who scored a hat trick in both the goals and assists department in total. Boland also cataloged a stellar performance, scoring four times in the rout. Palmer scored again, as did classmate and midfielder Lee Coppersmith, in the remaining 11 minutes of the half to extend the Jays' lead to 5-3 going into the break. Boland registered two more scores, one on extra-man strength on another assist from Zach Palmer just 21 seconds into the half, to widen the gap to 7-3 in the third quarter. Another Coppersmith goal - his second of two on the day - gave Hopkins a five-goal edge midway through the third, at which point the Tigers offense had been held in check for close to 18 minutes. A third assist from Palmer set up a goal by sophomore attackman Brandon Benn with just under four and a half minutes remaining in the third quarter. Benn tallied another goal as the fourth quarter got underway to put the game out of reach and launch the Jays into double-digits in their first regular season match. The Blue Jays' starting attack of Palmer, Boland and Benn did their job as they combined for nine goals and three assists total. The Jays continued their torrid pace, as senior MarshallBurkhart found the back of the net from 35-feet out just nine seconds afterBenn's second goal, making the Hopkins lead 11-3 to the delight of the home side. The Tigers' scoring drought remained dry for another three minutes before Towson's Sean Maguire snuck one past Hopkins junior goalie Pierce Bassett. Nine seconds later, Towson's Matt Hughes recorded a quick score after a face-off. These late scores were meaningless, however. The two teams traded goals in the remaining 10 minutes, with Palmer completing the fourth hat trick of his career. The 12-6 victory gave the Blue Jays an auspicious start to a season filled with championship aspirations. Hopkins imposed their will on the Tigers in almost every meaningful category. Its starting defense of juniors Tucker Durkin and Chris Lightner and senior Gavin Crisafulli holding Towson to just 18 shots total whereas the Jays got 42 shots off. Hopkins also recovered 30 ground balls to Towson's 21, and freshman Drew Kennedy had a strong showing at midfield, finishing 9-for-14 on face-offs. The Jays also played penalty-free throughout the entire game, and they gained three extra man situations off of three Towson miscues, two of which led to Hopkins scores. While the win marks a positive start to 2012, fans should take the game with a grain of salt. According to InsideLacrosse's QuintKessenich, Boland suffered a broken collar bone during the game and will be out for four to six weeks. The loss is certainly a difficult one considering the senior also missed all of the 2010 season due to injury. Despite losing their team captain and scoring leader, Hopkins was forced to make a quick turnaround, taking on Delaware Tuesday afternoon at home. JHU won their ninth straight meeting with the Blue Hens, 8-6, improving to 2-0 whileUDel dropped to 2-2. Even without Boland, the Blue Jay offense still performed well, building a five goal lead midway through the third quarter. At the forefront of the Hopkins attack was Benn, who knocked home his first career hat trick, while freshman attackman Wells Stanwick notched a goal of his own and two assists in his first career start. Tied at two with just over nine minutes to play in the first half, the Jays started to pull away off goals from Benn, already his second of the afternoon, and sophomore midfielder Rob Guida, his first of the young season. Hopkins received three more goals in the second half from sophomore midfielder Greg Edmonds, Benn and Coppersmith to extend their lead to 7-2. However, after a nearly 30-minute scoreless streak, Delaware climbed back in the game with four consecutive goals in the third and fourth quarters. With just five minutes to play, the Blue Jays clung to a one goal advantage. Despite two late possessions for the Blue Hens, Hopkins' defense once again stepped up, staving off the upset. Junior midfielder John Ranagan added the game's final goal with 30 seconds to play for the 8-6 win. The Blue Jays will take on the Siena Saints this Saturday at 3 PM on Homewood Field in an attempt to end their opening homestand undefeated.
The women's indoor track team posted its second consecutive Centennial Conference Championship on Saturday, with senior Alison Smith, sophomore Emily Wenson and freshman Hannah Eckstein as standouts, each garnering first place finishes. Sophomore Alex Jebb shined for the men, as the Blue Jays rolled to their best Centennial Conference Indoor Track Championship finish in history, placing second and winning four individual titles in the process. Jebb bested the field in the triple jump and long jump competitions with those two titles earning him the recognition of Most Outstanding Field Performer. Jebb is the first Blue Jay since Adam Waddell in 2008 to be chosen for the honor. His long jump length of 13.8 meters was just shy of his seasonbest of 13.9 meters. Freshman Michael Spadaro also had a strong showing, jumping 13.71 meters to grab second place. Sophomores Brendan Evans and Jonathon Lee placed sixth and seventh with jumps of 12.97 meters and 12.94 meters, respectively. The Blue Jays also had four top 10 finishers in the long jump, with Jebb leading the way, jumping 6.62 meters, a season-long for him. Other Hopkins top 10 finishers included freshman Alex Naticchia (5th, 6.36 meters), Evans (8th, 6.09 meters) and Spadaro (9th, 6.06 meters). Freshman Ryan Walsh got gold in the high jump, with a height of 1.9 meters. Classmate Paul Vozzo earned Hopkins' fourth individual first place finish in the pole vaulting competition with a height of 4.1 meters. Hopkins also medaled in three other relay events. The 4x200 relay team of junior Rob Martin, Naticchia, junior Tobe Madu and Spadaro came in third with a mark of 1:32.89, just behind the second place finishers by a mere nine one-hundredths of a second. The 4x400 team placed third as well, registering a time of 3:28.50 for Martin, Naticchia, senior Jacob Kramer and Madu. Hopkins also earned silver for their second place finish in the 4x800 relay, as freshman John Corbett, sophomore Wes Butler, junior Ben Press and sophomore Andrew Carey combined for a time of 8:02.19. The Hopkins men totaled 132 points to place second overall at the meet, their best finish in school history, topping a bronzemedal finish in 2008. Haverford claimed the championship with 161 points, while Dickinson finished in third place with 113.50 points. On the women's side, Smith would nab the Blue Jays' first gold finish of the meet, running the 200-meter dash in a stellar 26.32 seconds. She would also medal in both the 60-meter and 400-meter competitions, coming in second and third with times of 8.19 seconds and 61.35 seconds, respectively. Hannah Eckstein finished first in the 5,000-meter run, posting a time of 17:41.25. Sophomore Holly Clarke also medaled, coming in third with a time of 17:52.52. Clarke and Eckstein also put together strong performances in the 3,000-meter run, recording times of 10:19.03 and 10:22.01 to place second and third, respectively. Swenson would round out the gold medal showings for the women, coming in first place in the shot put competition with her own season-best throw of 12.42 meters. Senior Alana Merkow came in just behind Swenson, placing second with a distance of 12.29 meters. The Blue Jays' 4x200 meter relay team of Smith, freshman Kelley Hussey, sophomore Chloe Ryan and junior Leah Sibener brought home a bronze medal with a season-best mark of 1:49.82. Junior Kristin Spera jumped a school-best season length in the long jump with a measurement of 4.92 meters, taking fourth. Junior Alexa Tzaferos brought home bronze in the triple jump with a distance of 10.37 meters. The Blue Jays women, as a whole, tallied a dominating 143 points, with second place Dickinson only totaling 92 in comparison. Ursinus (87), Franklin & Marshall (86) and Haverford (80) rounded out the top-five of the meet.
The second-ranked Hopkins men's lacrosse team continued its regular season dominance with a convincing 12-5 victory over the UMBC Retrievers this past Saturday afternoon. The Jays made the four-mile trek to M&T Bank Stadium to play in the sixth annual Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic, in front of a crowd of 17,138. Hopkins remained perfect on the season, improving their record to 6-0 behind the stellar play of junior Zach Palmer and sophomore Brandon Benn. Palmer would score a career high eight points andBenn would chip in with a hat trick of his own and two assists. The Jays and Retrievers started off neck and neck for much of the first half, with Hopkins maintaining only a 3-2 lead midway through the second quarter. But Hopkins would rattle off three straight goals to finish the half and seven consecutive unanswered scores in total through the third quarter to put UMBC away for good and secure the team's sixth win of the season. The Jays drew first blood four and a half minutes into the first quarter, with an open Zach Palmer on the crease taking an assist from Benn and cashing in to give the Jays the 1-0 advantage in the early going. UMBC would not back down, however, responding with an extra man goal off of a pushing penalty by junior midfielder JohnRanagan to even up the score at one apiece with 8:27 left in the first 15. Exactly three minutes later sophomore Rob Guida would get in on the action by scooping up a ground ball and sprinting 40 yardsdownfield, splitting the defense and netting a goal from five yards out to put the Jays up for good, 2-1. Despite their lead, Hopkins played somewhat sloppily in the early going, committing three penalties to UMBC's zero in the first 17 minutes of the game. Late in the first half, UMBC would squander a 3-on-1 opportunity but would get a chance to redeem themselves when a questionable "illegal hit to the head" call was enforced against Hopkins. The call would give the Retrievers extraman strength, a situation they would capitalize on to close the gap to 3-2. Hopkins would then start a scoring spree and never look back, with their next goal coming at the 6:39 mark on a beautiful, 30- yard cross-field assist from Benn to Palmer who shot it in from the right side of the crease to make it 4-2. Palmer would then notch his second assist of the day, feeding it to junior Lee Coppersmith, who would find the back of the net to make the score 5-2. A Ranagan unassisted goal with just under two minutes to play would cap the first half scoring, as Hopkins would go into halftime with a four-point margin over UMBC. The majority of the third quarter would be a defensive stalemate between these two teams, with the Jays being unable to capitalize on an extra-man advantage off of UMBC's first penalty of the game midway through the quarter. They would get a second chance, however, and would make the most of it this time, with senior John Kaestner receiving a pass from Palmer and rocketing one home on extra-man strength with 3:29 left in the third. Just 21 seconds of game time later, Kaestner would find Benn at the top of the key on a five yard assist, and Benn would score another, making the score 8-2. In one of the highlights of the game, a dropped save by Retrievers goalie Adam Cohen would give Palmer the opportunity to dive in from the top of the crease and scoop the ball into the goal in one motion to extend the lead to seven goals. Another Palmer to Benn combo would net the Jays their tenth score of the game, capping a torrid four-goal run in a 1:21 span. UMBC would break it's scoreless streak as the fourth quarter began, netting its first goal in the second half with 14:26 remaining in the game. Amazingly, the score was the first even-strength goal the Jays' defense had given up in 116 minutes and 37 seconds of game time. Hopkins and UMBC would trade scores from then on, with UMBC scoring three and senior Mark Goodrich and Ranagan tallying two more scores to make the final score 12- 5. After the game, coach Pietramala would laud his teams three-quarter performance, telling the media, "I'm glad we didn't allow what could have happened to happen. . .I'm glad we could play well with a lead." Although his team held a comfortable lead for most of the game, Pietramala did express disappointment in the team's fourth quarter performance where the Blue Jays were out-scored 3-2 by the Retrievers. Pietramala would later recognize the potent combo of attackers Palmer and Benn, saying, "We got two guys we think are pretty good. . .they've started to develop some really nice chemistry, they seem to really enjoy playing with each other." Upon learning of Palmer's career-high 8-point performance, Pietramala looked over to Palmer with an impressed look on his face, saying "That's pretty good," to which Palmer would respond, "Our offense was playing well, getting to the right spots, I was just lucky enough to be in the right spot a few times." Pietramala would address upcoming opponent Syracuse, acknowledging the difficulty the Jays would face in beating the sixth-ranked Orange. Last season's match-up against Syracuse ended in a thrilling 4-5 double-overtime loss for the Jays. This season's game will undoubtedly be a challenging test for Hopkins. Knowing that, Pietramala expressed gratitude that the team would have their first full week of practice in a while. The Jays face off against the Orange at 4 pm on Saturday at Homewood Field.