Hopkins attackman Kyle Wharton's status unclear for Sunday's game
Kyle Wharton injured his right ankle while attempting to chase down and trail-check Brown sophomore defenseman Peter Fallon late in the fourth quarter of the Blue Jays’ 12-11 overtime win against the Bears in the first round of the NCAA tournament last Saturday.
Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala said the sophomore attackman’s injury is not considered serious and that he could start in the No. 8 seed Blue Jays’ NCAA tournament quarterfinal against top-seeded Virginia Sunday at noon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.
"We’ll see what happens," Pietramala said. "We’re going to obviously be smart, but I haven’t been told that he’s not going to play. Usually when someone can’t play, I know, and I haven’t been told that by the trainers."
Wharton leads the team in goals (33) and man-up tallies (6), and he ranks second in points (44) behind junior attackman Chris Boland’s 46 points. If Wharton can’t play, senior Josh Peck could start in his place.