Princeton 12, Johns Hopkins 11 (OT)
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) _ Scott Conklin’s overtime goal gave third-seeded Princeton a 12-11 victory over sixth-seeded Johns Hopkins in an NCAA tournament quarterfinal game Saturday.
Conklin forced the overtime by scoring the tying goal with 37 seconds left in regulation.
The victory moved Princeton (12-1) into its third straight Final Four, where the Tigers will meet Brown in next Saturday’s semifinals at College Park, Md. Brown (13-4) defeated Loyola (11-2) 14-13 in overtime in Saturday’s other quarterfinal at Baltimore.
Johns Hopkins (9-5), winner of a record seven NCAA championships and making its 23rd consecutive appearance in the tournament’s 24 years, won the overtime faceoff but failed to mount an attack.
Princeton’s Rob Neff brought the ball upfield and had it checked out of his stick. Johns Hopkins’ Todd Cavallaro picked up the ball, but had it knocked from his stick, and Conklin picked it up and went on a breakaway.
When goalie Jon Marcus came out to cut down the angle, Conklin went to the right of Marcus and hooked it around him 1:20 into OT.
Conklin had tied it 11-11 by converting a pass from Brian Tomeo in the final minute of regulation.
Princeton took a 3-1 lead before the Blue Jays scored five straight goals for a 6-3 halftime advantage. The Tigers regained the lead by scoring the first four goals of the third quarter. Johns Hopkins then took leads of 8-7, 9-8 and 11-10 before Conklin tied it.
Taylor Simmers had four goals and three assists for Princeton, while Conklin had three goals and Scott Reinhardt two. Cavallaro had three goals for Hopkins, while Dave Marr and Brian Piccola had two each.