Nov. 12, 2010

Courtesy of Johns Hopkins Athletics

NEWPORT NEWS, VA - Senior Scott Bukoski scored in the 97th minute to give Johns Hopkins its first and only lead of the game as the Blue Jays twice rallied from one-goal deficits to defeat Richard Stockton, 3-2, in overtime in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday night at Christopher Newport. The Blue Jays improve to 14-3-4 and advance to Saturday's second round game. The Ospreys see their season end at 14-6-2.

Stockton struck first in the 23rd minute as the Ospreys top two point-scorers combined on the goal to take the early 1-0 lead. Kyle Evans crossed the ball from the right side and Rafael Duarte headed it in the middle of the six-yard box. Hopkins finally pulled even in the 42nd minute with the first of Bukoski's two on the night. Bukoski stepped up to a 50-50 ball at the top of the box and drilled a shot past 6'7" Stockton goalie Tim Brett for the equalizer.

The Blue Jays nearly got the go-ahead goal in the 46th minute on a shot by junior Sean Coleman that had Brett beat, but it was cleared off the line by an Osprey defender. Stockton came right back, scoring just 90 seconds later in what turned into a two-goal swing. A Hopkins foul set up a Stockton free kick a few yards out from the top left corner of the box. Evans took the kick for the Ospreys and lofted a ball inside the right post to put Stockton on top 2-1.

Hopkins once again came back to tie the game, this time in the 73rd minute. Freshman Thomas Mourmouras dribbled up the right side and crossed the ball into the box from the right end line. Coleman ran in and one-timed the cross to the right side to pull the Blue Jays even at 2-2. Senior Evan Kleinberg nearly had the go-ahead goal in the 80th minute when he picked the upper right corner on a hard shot from the top of the box. But Brett just got his hands on to deflect it wide. With time winding down in regulation, Stockton had one more chance to put Hopkins away. Sal Pistone had a header that seemed destined for the left post, but Kleinberg slid in and cleared the ball out of danger. And with that, the teams were headed to overtime.

Bukoski had the final say in the 97th minute, scoring his third career game-winner in an NCAA game to send the Blue Jays to the second round. Junior Sean Duggan played a long ball over the Stockton defense to Bukoski near the right side. Bukoski cut inside, went around a defender, and buried a shot inside the right post to end the game. The goal was his second of the night and ninth in the last six games. He now has a program-best nine career points in the NCAA Tournament and his four career goals in the NCAA Tournament tie a program record.

Senior Ravi Gill finished with three saves, while Brett had six for the Ospreys. Hopkins outshot Stockton, 26-15, and had a 5-3 advantage in corners. Seven of the Blue Jays' last nine NCAA Tournament games have gone to overtime and the Blue Jays are 3-1-3 in those games. Hopkins is 5-4-5 all-time in overtime games in the NCAA Tournament.

Hopkins will now face the winner of the Christopher Newport-Neumann game on Saturday, November 13 at 7:00 pm.