Rabil Lifts the Blue Jays in Over­time

The Washington Post Sunday - - On The Air Sunday Morning - By Chris­tian Swezey

It is hard to tell if ju­nior mid­fielder Paul Rabil, a first-team all-Amer­i­can lacrosse player for Johns Hop­kins, is right-handed or left-handed. He is pre­dom­i­nately right-handed, but he scored the win­ning goal 43 sec­onds into sud­den-death over­time on a run­ning, 10-yard shot with his left hand as the Blue Jays de­feated Mary­land, 8-7, be­fore 5,121 last night at Byrd Sta­dium.

The Blue Jays (5-4) have won eight straight over­time games dat­ing from 2004. Rabil scored the win­ning goal in a 7-6, dou­ble-over­time vic­tory over Prince­ton on March 3; that goal came on a run­ning, 15-yard shot with his left hand. Last night, Rabil got a step on se­nior long­stick mid­fielder Ryan Clarke, and no other de­fender tried to stop him.

“Coach gave us the ball [in the time­out] and said, ‘Go play,’ ” Rabil said. “The play was sup­posed to start as a straight dodge by me, and then we were go­ing to go from there.”

Mary­land (8-3) had one pos­ses­sion in over­time. Clarke emerged from a scrum in front of the Hop­kins goal and took a spin­ning, be­hind-the-back shot that nar­rowly went wide; Johns Hop­kins gained pos­ses­sion and scored a few sec­onds later.

The Ter­rap­ins missed a chance to beat Johns Hop­kins in back-to-back years for the first time since 1995-96. The Blue Jays, mean­time, ended a three-game los­ing streak.

“In the locker room af­ter the game, we had a de­fense­man say­ing he should have [dou­ble-teamed Rabil], a goalie say­ing he should have made the save and an at­tack­man say­ing he should have buried a shot in reg­u­la­tion,” Mary­land Coach Dave Cot­tle said. “There was no fin­ger point­ing.”

An un­likely source scored the last goal in reg­u­la­tion. Mary­land se­nior Chris Feifs, who en­tered shoot­ing 18 per­cent, scored his third goal of the game to tie the score at 7 with 7 min­utes 7 sec­onds to play.

To that point, Blue Jays se­nior goal­keeper Jesse Schwartz­man had made five saves. His backup, fresh- man Michael Gvoz­den, had been warm­ing up on the side­line since the mid­dle of the third quar­ter.

Gvoz­den took the field dur­ing a time­out a few sec­onds af­ter Feifs’s goal and took a few warmup shots. As Gvoz­den did this, the Hop­kins coaches asked Schwartz­man if he thought he would be ef­fec­tive if he went back into the game. He per­suaded them to give him one more chance.

The next shot Schwartz­man faced was an open 10-yard shot by fresh­man Adam Sear; he made the save. Mary­land fresh­man goal­keeper Brian Phipps then made two saves to send the game into over­time, one on a 10yard bounce shot by Rabil and an­other on a 12-yard shot by ju­nior Stephen Peyser in the fi­nal sec­onds.

Schwartz­man fin­ished with six saves and ju­nior Kevin Hunt­ley, who en­tered shoot­ing 16 per­cent, added three goals for Johns Hop­kins.

In the los­ing streak, Hop­kins held a lead for a com­bined 34:35; yet in over­time last night, it felt per­fectly com­fort­able.

“This is a huge weight off our backs,” Schwartz­man said. “In over­time, we def­i­nitely thrive in that.”

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