April 10, 2010

Hopkins Halts Four-Game Skid in Big Way

from press release

BALTIMORE, Md. – The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team sprinted to a 7-1 halftime lead and had 13 different players score in a 19-7 victory over Albany before a Homecoming crowd of 4,508 at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon.  The win snaps a four-game losing streak for the Blue Jays, who improve to 5-5 on the year and 8-1 all-time against the Great Danes.  The 19 goals are the most for Johns Hopkins since April 3, 2006, when JHU defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 19-6.

After spotting Albany (2-8) an early 1-0 lead, the Blue Jays held the Great Danes scoreless for the final 21 minutes of the first half and netted seven goals themselves during that time.  Junior Kyle Wharton (Garnet Valley, PA/Haverford School) scored twice in the first half and Johns Hopkins eventually built the halftime lead to 9-1 with a pair of goals in the first 58 seconds of the third quarter. 

Four of JHU’s first nine goals were scored by freshmen, including a pair by newcomer John Ranagan (Yorktown, NY/Yorktown), and the Blue Jays scored in bunches during the first 31 minutes of the game.  Hopkins needed just over two minutes to net its first three goals late in the first quarter, scored four more goals in a span of 2:11 midway through the second quarter and needed exactly 58 seconds to score twice to open the second half.

Albany sliced into the 9-1 deficit with a 3-1 run midway through the third quarter that included an extra-man goal by Kyle Brunk (Gilbert, AZ/Gilbert) and a man-down goal by Dave Brock (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson), but freshman John Greeley (Lafayette, NY/Lafayette) scored his fourth goal of the season off a nice skip pass from Ranagan with 5:27 remaining in the third quarter to halt the Albany spree and the ‘Danes were never closer than seven over the final 20 minutes of the game.

After carrying a 12-4 lead into the fourth quarter, the Blue Jays outscored the Great Danes 7-2 over the final 15 minutes to account for the final scoring.  Included in those seven goals were the first career goals for seniors Conor Cassidy (Potomac, MD/Landon) and Zach Tedeschi (Denver, CO/Denver East) and freshman Chris Lightner (Timonium, MD/Calvert Hall).

On a day when the Blue Jays got nine goals and two assists from their freshman, it was Ranagan who led the way with three goals and one assist.  The hat trick is the first of his career.  Seniors Michael Kimmel (Towson, MD/Loyola) and Steven Boyle (Derry, NH/Pinkerton Academy) added two goals and three assists apiece and Wharton (2g, 1a) and freshman Zach Palmer (Oshawa, Ontario/The Hill Academy) (2g) also netted a pair of goals for the Blue Jays, who held advantages in shots (46-31), ground balls (42-39) and faceoffs (16-of-29).  Freshman Pierce Bassett (Scottsdale, AZ/Brophy Prep) made his second straight start in goal for the Blue Jays and posted eight saves while allowing six goals in just under 55 minutes of action.

Brock led the Great Danes with two goals and one assist and Daley Baker (Cleveland Heights, OH/Cleveland Heights) scored twice, but Albany went more than 24 minutes without scoring after taking the early 1-0 lead and finished the first half with nearly as many turnovers (10) as shots (11) in falling behind 7-1 at halftime.  John Carroll (Nesconset, NY/Smithtown East) posted 15 saves in goal for the Great Danes before leaving the game with just over nine minutes remaining.  He allowed 16 of JHU’s 19 goals in the game.

Johns Hopkins will return to action on Saturday, April 17 when the Blue Jays place Maryland in the second game of the Smartlink Day of Rivals at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium.  Army will play Navy at 4 pm that day with the JHU-Maryland game to follow at approximately 6:30 pm.

Albany (2-8) 1-0-4-2/7

#15 Johns Hopkins (5-5) 3-4-5-7/19

Goals:  A:  Brock-2, Baker-2, Kreuzer, Brunk, Fuller.  J:  Ranagan-3, Kimmel-2, Boyle-2, Wharton-2, Palmer-2, Greeley, Matthews, Donovan, Palasek, Cassidy, Lightner, Tedeschi, Coppersmith.  Assists:  A:  Caufield, Brock, Kelly, Stewart.  J: Boyle-3, Kimmel-3, Duerr, Greeley, Ranagan, Wharton.  Saves:  A:  Carroll-15, Behling-1.  J:  Bassett-8, Burke-0, Van Syckle-2.  Shots:  A-31.  J-46.  EMO:  A:  1-for-3.  J:  0-for-2.  Attendance:  4.508.


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