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Hassanien

BALTIMORE -- St. John Fisher used five interceptions to stop one of the most potent offenses in Division III, defeating Johns Hopkins 23-12 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Fisher snapped Hopkins 15-game winning streak, the previously second longest streak in any division of collegiate football.

Junior Ahmed Hassanien replaced starting quarterback Ryan Kramer, who left the game with an injury in the second quarter, and on his first play from scrimmage found Ryan Francis in the back of the end zone for a seven-yard touchdown to give Fisher the 13-6 lead 3:11 left in the first half.

The Cardinals took a 6-0 lead in the first half with two field goals from Chad Monheim, who cashed in points for Fisher whose offense stalled in the red zone on both drives.

With 9:22 left in the fourth quarter, Johns Hopkins went for it on fourth-and-two from its own 34-yard line trailing 20-12. Blue Jays' quarterback Hewitt Tomlin threw a pass to a slanting Daniel Wodicka but the attempt came up incomplete.

That directly setup Fisher's final score of the game, taking over at the Hopkins 34-yard line, driving the ball 28 yards before using Monheim once again, this time for 23 yards out, put the Cardinals up two scores 23-12 with 5:06 remaining in the game.

The Cardinals only touchdown in the second half came with 3:34 remaining in the third quarter, with Cody Miller capping an eight-play, 75-yard drive spanning 2:58 with a two-yard touchdown run.

Fisher's first drive went 16 plays for 60 yards and ate up 8:18 off the clock before Monheim knocked in a 26-yard field goal to put the Cardinals up 3-0 with 6:42 left in the first quarter. The Fisher defense then forced the Blue Jays to a three-and-out to get the ball back.

The Cardinals then put together a shorter drive with that went 61-yards and ended with another Monheim field goal, this attempt from 28-yards to make it 6-0 with 14:52 left in the second quarter.

Johns Hopkins tied the game with 9:21 left in the half, scoring a touchdown on a pass from Tomlin to Wodicka for 6-yards. Mason Judd came up with a block on the extra point, keeping the score knotted at 6-6.

Hassanien finished the game 8-for-13 for 162 yards and a touchdown as the junior had one more completion and attempt than he had the entire season. The Binghamton native set career-highs for completions, attempts and yards in a game. Miller carried the rushing load with a career-high 29 carries that went for 89 yards and a score. Ryan Schmidt led the Cardinals' receiving core with 11 receptions for 124 yards.

Travis Tones, Dave Vosburgh and Tyler Schier led the Cardinals defense with 11 tackles each, while Vosburgh intercepted two passes and Tones had one pick. Adam Burdick and Wade Kline each had an interception in the game.

As a team the Cardinals won the time of possession battle 32:49-27:11 finished 9-of-17 on third downs and came away with points 5-of-6 times in the red zone.