Sankey leads No. 5 Tar Heel lacrosse past No. 9 Johns Hopkins

Mar. 29, 2014 @ 05:28 PM

The fifth-ranked North Carolina men’s lacrosse team outscored ninth-ranked Johns Hopkins 9-2 over the last 31:30 of the game to beat the Blue Jays 13-9 at Homewood Field here Saturday.  

Joey Sankey had a career high five goals and he matched his career high for points in a game with seven to lead the Tar Heel comeback.

UNC has now won three games in a row and has improved to 8-2 on the season heading into a home game next Saturday against #8 Virginia at Fetzer Field at 3 p.m.  The Blue Jays have lost three in a row and are now 5-3 on the campaign.

UNC trailed 7-4 five minutes before halftime but scored the next six goals in a row to take a 10-7 lead that Carolina never relinquished.  Carolina had its biggest lead of the game with 4:50 left in the fourth quarter at 13-8 after Shane Simpson scored an empty net goal.

Sankey led the Tar Heels with five goals and two assists while Steve Pontrello had a pair of goals for UNC.  Shane Simpson had a goal and an assist for UNC while Pat Foster had two assists.  Carolina’s other goals came from Jimmy Bitter, Ryan Creighton, Chad Tutton, R.G. Keenan and Jake Matthai.

The Blue Jays were led by Holden Cattoni who had a hat trick.  Brandon Benn had two goals for the Blue Jays while Wells Stanwick added a goal and two assists.

The statistics were extremely lopsided in the first half for Johns Hopkins but the Tar Heels were still very much in the game at the half, trailing just 7-5.  For the game, the Blue Jays outshot the Tar Heels 40-29 and had a 27-22 edge in ground balls.  But UNC had a 14-8 edge in ground balls in the second half when it mounted its comeback.  Hopkins won 20 of 26 face-offs led by the work of Drew Kennedy who came into the match averaging 67.7 percent on draws.

Kieran Burke made 10 saves for UNC, including five in each half.  Eric Schneider had seven saves for the Blue Jays but had only two saves in the second half when the Tar Heels put 10 shots on goal.

Sankey’s previous career high for goals in a game was four.  He accomplished that three times in his sophomore season in 2013.  This is the third time he has had seven points in a game.  He also did it against Dartmouth in games both last year and this season.

The Blue Jays outscored the Tar Heels 4-3 in the first quarter and 3-2 in the second quarter to take a 7-5 lead at the half.  In was an opening 30 minutes in which Johns Hopkins dominated the game statistically.  The Blue Jays outshot the Tar Heels 22-13 in the first half and had a 19-8 edge in ground balls.  The Blue Jays won 13 of the 14 face-offs taken in the first half.  The only flaw in the first half on the stat sheet for Hopkins was 10 turnovers, a total which included four failed clears.

Carolina opened the scoring 2:26 into the game as Joey Sankey scored unassisted on a bounce shot from a tough angle from the right side.  Hopkins quickly answered with a pair of goals.  John Crawley scored on a bounce shot at 11:10 and then eight seconds later Phil Castranova scored off the face-off to put the Blue Jays up 2-1.

UNC’s Jake Matthai tied the game off an assist by Pat Foster at 10:26 after the Tar Heel ride caused a Blue Jay turnover.  Neither team scored for nearly nine minutes before there were three combined goals in the final two minutes of the half.  Wells Stanwick scored an extra-man goal for the Blue Jays at 1:37 but Sankey tied the game 46 seconds later.  Hopkins then retook the lead on an unassisted goal by Holden Cattoni with 22 seconds left in the first quarter.

Less than two minutes into the second quarter, the Tar Heels tied the game on a goal by Steve Pontrello on an outside bounce shot, assisted by Joey Sankey.  Shortly thereafter, UNC had an extra-man chance but Eric Schneider made two saves for the Blue Jays and within moments Hopkins claimed a two-goal lead on the other end of the field.  Holden Cattoni gave the Blue Jays the lead at 10:15 of the quarter before back-to-back goals by Brandon Benn, both assisted by Wells Stanick, gave Hopkins a 7-4 lead with 5:27 left in the half.  Carolina’s Chad Tutton scored on a bounce shot with 1:30 left in the first half to pull the Heels within two goals at intermission.

After the Tar Heels killed off an extra-man chance for the Blue Jays in the first minute of the third quarter, Carolina began chipping away at the Johns Hopkins lead.  Ryan Creighton and Shane Simpson worked a brilliant two-man game leading to a goal with 11:17 to play in the third quarter.  Creighton scored the goal, assisted by Simpson.  UNC then got the equalizing goal with 6:53 to play in the third quarter as Jimmy Bitter ran his consecutive game streak with a point to 35 off an assist by Sankey.  The Tar Heels took the lead for good on Sankey’s unassisted goal with 3:02 to play in the third quarter.  Just 1:02 later, Steve Pontrello stung the net from 10 yards out to give the Tar Heels a 9-7 lead.  Carolina’s R.G. Keenan won the ensuing face-off and raced down the middle of the field to score past Schneider just five seconds after Pontrello’s goal.

Leading 10-7 heading into the fourth quarter, UNC outscored the Blue Jays 3-2 in the final period.  Hopkins scored the opening goal of the period as Ryan Brown tallied to make it 10-8 with 13:07 to play.  The next eight minutes of the game was all Carolina.  The Tar Heels scored back-to-back timer-on goals by Sankey, both on near Herculean efforts.  The first came at 9:14 as the Tar Heels chased down a loose ball from going out of bounds before Pat Foster made a cross crease pass to the right side from Sankey finished off his diving attempt.  Sankey scored again on a wrap around the crease with 6:57 to play, again while the timer was on.  Just over two minutes later, the Tar Heels’ Shane Simpson scored into an empty net.  The Tar Heels committed two late penalties and Holden Cattoni got an extra-man goal with 3:07 left to finish off the scoring.

For the game, UNC forced 16 turnovers by the Blue Jays while UNC committed just 11.  Johns Hopkins had six extra-man opportunities in the game and scored twice while UNC was 0-for-1 on the EMO.

#5 North Carolina vs #9 Johns Hopkins (Mar 29, 2014 at Baltimore, MD)



North Carolina (8-2) vs. Johns Hopkins (5-3)
Date: Mar 29, 2014  Attendance: 1857
Weather: 52 and raining


North Carolina  13 
Johns Hopkins 



North Carolina SCORING: GOALS: Joey Sankey 5; Steve Pontrello 2; Shane Simpson 1; Jimmy Bitter 1; Ryan Creighton 1; Chad Tutton 1; R.G. Keenan 1; Jake Matthai 1. ASSISTS: Pat Foster 2; Joey Sankey 2; Shane Simpson 1.

Johns Hopkins SCORING: GOALS: Holden Cattoni 3; Brandon Benn 2; Wells Stanwick 1; Ryan Brown 1; John Crawley 1; Phil Castronova 1. ASSISTS: Wells Stanwick 2; Ryan Brown 1; Rob Guida 1; Cody Radziewicz 1; Connor Reed 1.

Penalties - North Carolina 6/4:00; Johns Hopkins 1/1:00.

30-second Goals/Warnings (Violations) - North Carolina 2/2 (0); Johns Hopkins 1/2 (0).

Officials: Michael Hyland; Brendan Lehane; Steve Ruppel. Scorer: JHU Athletic Comm..



 Johns Hopkins  


Pos ## Player G A Sh GB TO CT Faceoff Penalties
A   42  Wells Stanwick   0-0 
A   92  Brandon Benn   0-0 
A   4   Ryan Brown   0-0 
M   27  Rob Guida   0-0 
M   16  Connor Reed   0-0 
M   99  Holden Cattoni   0-0 
D   43  Jack Reilly   0-0 
D   38  Robert Enright   0-0 
D   91  Nick Fields   0-0 
G   6   Eric Schneider   0-0 
  1   Joe Carlini   0-0 
  10  Cody Radziewicz   0-0  1-1:00  
  11  Kieran Eissler   0-0 
  22  Phil Castronova   0-0 
  26  James Malm   0-0 
  34  Michael Pellegrino   0-0 
  35  John Kelly   0-0 
  36  Nikhon Schuler   0-0 
  44  John Crawley   0-0 
  76  Drew Kennedy   13  20-26 
  87  Bronson Kelly   0-0 
    Totals.........  40  27  16  20-26  1-1:00  


## Goalie Minutes GA Dec Saves
6   Eric Schneider   60:00  13 


 North Carolina  


Pos ## Player G A Sh GB TO CT Faceoff Penalties
A   41  Pat Foster   0-0 
A   4   Jimmy Bitter   0-0 
A   11  Joey Sankey   10  0-0 
M   22  Shane Simpson   0-0  1-0:30  
M   29  Steve Pontrello   0-0 
M   12  Chad Tutton   0-0 
D   40  Jake Bailey   0-0 
D   17  Austin Pifani   0-0 
D   31  Jordan Smith   0-0  1-0:30  
G   26  Kieran Burke   0-0 
  1   Luke Goldstock   0-0 
  2   Patrick Kelly   0-0 
  6   Jake Matthai   0-0 
  14  Frankie Kelly   0-1 
  15  Ryan Kilpatrick   0-3  1-0:30  
  18  Walker Chafee   0-0 
  19  Spencer Parks   0-0 
  25  R.G. Keenan   6-19 
  32  Duncan Hutchins   0-0 
  33  Ryan Creighton   0-0 
  43  Mark McNeill   0-0  3-2:30  
  44  Drew Hays   0-0 
  47  Brent Armstrong   0-3 
  50  Connor Hunt   0-0 
  77  Zach Powers   0-0 
  99  Evan Connell   0-0 
  TM  TEAM   0-0 
    Totals.........  13  29  22  11  6-26  6-4:00  


## Goalie Minutes GA Dec Saves
26  Kieran Burke   60:00  10 


 Stats by period 


North Carolina  29 
Johns Hopkins  10  12  12  40 


North Carolina  10 
Johns Hopkins 


North Carolina  22 
Johns Hopkins  11  27 


North Carolina  11 
Johns Hopkins  16 


North Carolina 
Johns Hopkins 


North Carolina  1-8  0-6  4-6  1-6  6-26 
Johns Hopkins  7-8  6-6  2-6  5-6  20-26 


North Carolina  3-3  5-6  2-3  4-4  14-16 
Johns Hopkins  2-5  7-8  3-3  2-2  14-18 


North Carolina  0-0  0-1  0-0  0-0  0-1 
Johns Hopkins  1-2  0-0  0-2  1-2  2-6 



 Scoring Summary 


Prd  Time  Team  Type  Goal Scorer  Assists  H-V 
1.  1st  12:32  NC   EVEN  Joey Sankey (20)  Unassisted  0-1 
2.    11:10  JHU   EVEN  John Crawley (8)  Cody Radziewicz (1)  1-1 
3.    11:02  JHU   EVEN  Phil Castronova (1)  Unassisted  2-1 
4.    10:26  NC   EVEN  Jake Matthai (3)  Pat Foster (9)  2-2 
5.    1:37  JHU   UP   Wells Stanwick (11)  Ryan Brown (10)  3-2 
6.    0:51  NC   EVEN  Joey Sankey (21)  Unassisted  3-3 
7.    0:22  JHU   EVEN  Holden Cattoni (10)  Unassisted  4-3 
8.  2nd  13:04  NC   EVEN  Steve Pontrello (8)  Joey Sankey (17)  4-4 
9.    10:15  JHU   EVEN  Holden Cattoni (11)  Unassisted  5-4 
10.    9:37  JHU   EVEN  Brandon Benn (18)  Wells Stanwick (22)  6-4 
11.    5:27  JHU   30sec  Brandon Benn (19)  Wells Stanwick (23)  7-4 
12.    1:30  NC   EVEN  Chad Tutton (15)  Unassisted  7-5 
13.  3rd  11:17  NC   EVEN  Ryan Creighton (3)  Shane Simpson (3)  7-6 
14.    6:53  NC   EVEN  Jimmy Bitter (17)  Joey Sankey (18)  7-7 
15.    3:02  NC   EVEN  Joey Sankey (22)  Unassisted  7-8 
16.    2:00  NC   EVEN  Steve Pontrello (9)  Unassisted  7-9 
17.    1:55  NC   EVEN  R.G. Keenan (1)  Unassisted  7-10 
18.  4th  13:07  JHU   EVEN  Ryan Brown (27)  Connor Reed (7)  8-10 
19.    9:14  NC   30sec  Joey Sankey (23)  Pat Foster (10)  8-11 
20.    6:57  NC   30sec  Joey Sankey (24)  Unassisted  8-12 
21.    4:50  NC   EVEN  Shane Simpson (9)  Unassisted  8-13 
22.    3:07  JHU   UP   Holden Cattoni (12)  Rob Guida (9)  9-13 


 Penalty Summary 


Prd  Time  Team  ##  Player  Min  PP  Offense 
1st  09:56  NC   15  Ryan Kilpatrick   0:30  PUSHING 
  02:21  NC   43  Mark McNeill   1:00  TRIPPING 
2nd  11:30  JHU   10  Cody Radziewicz   1:00  TRIPPING 
3rd  14:11  NC   43  Mark McNeill   0:30  PUSHING 
  09:25  NC   43  Mark McNeill   1:00  SLASHING 
4th  03:25  NC   22  Shane Simpson   0:30  DELAY OF GAME 
  02:11  NC   31  Jordan Smith   0:30  PUSHING