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Johns Hopkins' Jonathan Peshko celebrates after scoring at Virginia

Hopkins Defeats Virginia, the Latest ACC Setback

March 2, 2024
Matt DaSilva
Marty Corcoran/Hopkins Athletics

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

The ACC apologists will need to take a timeout after Notre Dame, Syracuse, Duke, North Carolina and Virginia all suffered defeats this week — the latest setback courtesy of resurgent lacrosse blueblood Johns Hopkins.

The eighth-ranked Blue Jays scored three unanswered goals to start the fourth quarter and held on to beat the second-ranked Cavaliers 16-14 at Klöckner Stadium in Charlottesville.

Midfielders Matt Collison and Jonathan Peshko (pictured above) scored four goals apiece for Hopkins, which won its fifth straight game and first over Virginia since 2018.

The Blue Jays (5-1) trailed 10-8 at halftime and 12-10 late in the third quarter. Collison cashed in on an extra-man opportunity to pull Hopkins within one and then helped jumpstart the Blue Jays’ fourth-quarter surge with an assist to Peshko for a goal that tied the game at 12.

Garrett Degnon gave Hopkins its first lead since the first quarter, converting a feed from Jimmy Ayers. Collison made it 14-12 Blue Jays a minute later.

Neither team led by more than two goals at any point in the game. Virginia kept it close in the fourth quarter thanks to Tewaaraton candidate Connor Shellenberger. He scored on a free possession for Virginia with a flag down, absorbing a hit in the middle of the field as he shot the ball past Hopkins goalie Chayse Ierlan to pull the Cavaliers within one with non-releasable penalty on deck for the Blue Jays.

The most critical turn of events came thereafter. Logan Callahan won the man-down faceoff, and with Virginia pressing out to double team the ball, Peshko found Jacob Angelus cutting behind the defense for a shorthanded goal to put Hopkins ahead 15-13.

The insurance goal proved pivotal, as the Cavaliers came right back to score six seconds later. Thomas Colucci plunged forward with a faceoff win, drew a slide and hit Shellenberger at the point for a time-and-room shot over defenseman Jacob Stoebner’s shoulder and past Ierlan to make it 15-14 with 5:39 remaining.

Ierlan got the stop on Shellenberger on Virginia’s next possession. A couple of errant attempts by McCabe Millon and Ryan Colsey led to a shot clock violation, and Collison delivered the dagger on the other end with his fourth goal of the game.

Both goalies settled in after allowing a combined 10 goals during a 5-5 first quarter. Ierlan outdueled Matthew Nunes, making 15 saves in the final three quarters. It was also the rare game in which the Cavaliers were at a disadvantage in ground balls, with Hopkins scooping 44 to Virginia’s 35.

All five ACC teams have lost at home in the last six days, upending the narrative that Notre Dame, Duke and Virginia, in particular, were a cut above everyone else. Georgetown took down Notre Dame in overtime last Sunday, Army beat Syracuse in overtime Wednesday, Penn stunned Duke and Princeton dominated North Carolina last night and now Hopkins has defeated Virginia for the first time in five years.

There’s still Sunday, of course. Undefeated Maryland plays at Notre Dame with a win potentially securing the No. 1 national ranking. Duke and North Carolina also return to action, hosting Princeton and Penn, respectively.

Cornell's CJ Kirst goes up against Ohio State's Bobby Van Buren during Saturday's game at Schoellkopf Field.
Cornell's CJ Kirst goes up against Ohio State's Bobby Van Buren during Saturday's game at Schoellkopf Field.
Rich Barnes

No Answer for CJ

CJ Kirst continues to have Ohio State’s number. The Tewaaraton finalist scored seven goals Saturday to lead seventh-ranked Cornell to a 14-11 victory over the Buckeyes at Schoellkopf Field.

In four career games against Ohio State, Kirst has 22 goals and three assist — including a similar seven-goal outing in the 2022 NCAA tournament.

The Big Red (3-1) trailed the Buckeyes by two in the second quarter but scored twice in the final 1:01 to pull even at halftime. They pulled ahead on a pair of unassisted goals by Michael Long, who finished with three goals and four assists.

Ohio State (4-2) kept it close but hurt its own cause with 12 second-half turnovers (21 for the game).

Kirst’s goals were timely. He scored with 1:01 left in the second quarter, six seconds left in the third quarter and 59 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Panzermonium: Penn State Rallies to Beat Yale in OT

Trailing by seven at halftime and by four going into the fourth quarter, Penn State rallied to defeat Yale 15-14 in overtime. TJ Malone floated a pass from behind the goal to Jake Morin, who jumped and one-timed the ball into the goal for the game winner.

Malone finished with five goals and four assists, as the 11th-ranked Nittany Lions won their fourth straight game since opening the season with a loss to Colgate.

It looked bleak going into halftime, but Penn State put 21 of their 29 shots on goal in the second half and methodically crept back into the game. Yale had multiple chances to win it in overtime but missed the cage on four of their five shots. Nittany Lions’ goalie Jack Fracyon (17 saves) stuffed Matt Brandau on the other attempt.

David Anderson scored five goals in the loss for the 10th-ranked Bulldogs, who fell to 2-1.

Michael Boehm (5) celebrates a goal. Boehm became the second Michigan player to eclipse 200 career points.
Michael Boehm (5) celebrates a goal. Boehm became the second Michigan player to eclipse 200 career points.
Kevin P. Tucker

Michigan's Undefeated Spring Break

Another red-hot Big Ten team, Michigan scored four unanswered goals in the second quarter and used another four-goal run in the third quarter en route to a 13-8 win at Delaware.

The 13th-ranked Wolverines have won five straight games since opening with a lopsided loss to Virginia. The last three have come on an East Coast swing during which they previously defeated Jacksonville and Marquette in Florida.

Justin Tiernan scored a game-high four goals and Michael Boehm became the second player in Michigan history to eclipse 200 career points during a three-goal, two-assist performance.


  • Colgate is no one-hit wonder. The Raiders opened Patriot League play with an impressive 14-11 home win over Loyola. After trailing most of the way, they scored five unanswered goals to finish the game. Goalie Matt LaCombe made 20 saves.
  • Navy’s offense returned to its early-season form in a convincing 16-9 win at Boston University. Midfielder Dane Swanson led the Midshipmen with five goals on 5-for-8 shooting. Navy blanked BU in the third quarter and freshman Zach Hayashi went 19-for-27 on faceoffs.
  • A trio of nail-biters: Dartmouth came back from a 5-0 deficit to defeat Siena 12-11; UMass withstood a furious fourth-quarter rally to beat Albany 12-11; Utah edged Marquette 9-8.