ESPN's Dixon evaluates Johns Hopkins' first-round win

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ESPN analyst Mark Dixon provided play by play for No. 2 seed Johns Hopkins’ 19-9 rout of Stony Brook on Sunday. On Monday, he offered what he liked and what he didn’t like in the Blue Jays’ victory in the opening round.

Tuesday featured Dixon’s assessment of No. 1 seed Loyola’s 17-5 thrashing of Canisius, and Thursday will highlight Maryland’s 10-9 upset of No. 7 seed Lehigh. But here is what he thought of Johns Hopkins’ win.

What Dixon liked: “Their faceoffs were unbelievable. [Junior Mike] Poppleton just completely dominated the Stony Brook kids [winning 20-of-26 draws]. And the offensive execution for Hopkins was spectacular. Very impressed with [junior midfielder] John Ranagan and his unselfishness. He missed a shot early in the game by about two feet and then he made an adjustment where he took an extra step to his left to give him a bit more of an angle to put that shot far-post, and he hit two goals after making that adjustment.”

What he didn’t like: “What left me unimpressed was their defense, particularly their off-ball defense. Stony Brook got several off-ball goals because Hopkins was just simply ball-watching and didn’t account for guys underneath for Stony Brook. That’s something that they really need to tidy up heading into the quarterfinals against Maryland.”

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