Hopkins Keeps Rolling, Tops Albany
from press release
BALTIMORE - For the third straight game, the
Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team jumped out to a 4-0 lead and for
the third straight time the Blue Jays made that lead hold as
third-ranked JHU used the quick start to fuel an 11-6 win over
visiting Albany at Homewood Field Friday evening. The win is
Hopkins' ninth in 10 meetings with the Great Danes and improves the
Blue Jays' record to 8-2 on the year. Albany falls to 4-6 with the
loss, its fifth in its last six games.
For the sixth time in 10 games this season the Blue Jays scored on their first shot of the game as sophomore John Greeley broke the ice just 58 seconds into the game with an unassisted goal - his eighth of the season. The 1-0 lead held for nearly six minutes before seniors Chris Boland and Mark Goodrich teamed for consecutive goals to push the lead to 3-0. Boland scored from in tight after taking a quick pass from Goodrich with 8:13 remaining in the first quarter before the pair reversed roles just over three minutes later with Goodrich finishing off a feed from Boland with 4:49 left in the opening period.
The Blue Jays secured their third straight 4-0 lead when sophomore John Ranagan blew home his 12th goal of the season with just over two minutes remaining in the quarter. The `Danes finally broke through with just five seconds left in the quarter when Rocky Bonitatibus connected after taking a skip pass from the opposite corner from senior Brian Caufield.
The Blue Jays pushed out to a six-goal lead at 7-1 with three goals in the first six minutes of the second quarter as senior Kyle Wharton wrapped a pair of unassisted goals around a strike from sophomore Lee Coppersmith, but Albany scored five of the next seven goals over the next 25 minutes to pull within 9-6 early in the fourth quarter.
The first of Joe Resetarits' three goals came just under five minutes before halftime to account for a 7-2 halftime score, but that goal was answered by an unassisted tally by senior Tim Donovan just 30 seconds into the third quarter to make it 8-2. Another goal by Resetarits just over a minute later was followed by an unassisted goal by Scott Raffensperger midway through the period to slice the six-goal deficit to four.
An extra-man goal for Boland temporarily halted the UA run, but when Resetarits polished off his hat trick with 69 seconds on the third quarter clock and Miles Thompson fired home an extra-man goal just 13 seconds into the fourth quarter, Albany was within three.
Despite gaining the momentum with its flurry, Albany couldn't cut the Blue Jay lead to two and the Blue Jays struck for late goals by freshman Phil Castronova and Ranagan to account for the final scoring. Castronova scored in transition and Ranagan beat a double team and scored from the slot.
Boland led the Blue Jays with two goals and one assist and record the 50th goal of his career in the victory. Ranagan and Wharton both added two goals and Goodrich (1g, 1a) and Zach Palmer (2a) were JHU's other multi-point scorers. Sophomore Pierce Bassett posted five saves in goal for the Blue Jays, who also got another strong showing from senior Matt Dolente, who won 16-of-20 faceoffs and grabbed a career-high 12 ground balls. The 16 faceoffs won matches his career high, which he set just five days ago in a 10-9 win over fourth-ranked North Carolina.
The 14th hat trick of Resetarits' career paced the Great Danes, who got one goal and two assists from Bonitatibus and one goal and one assist from Thompson. Edmund Cathers posted 11 saves in goal for Albany, which was outshot by the Blue Jays, 44-23 and lost the ground ball war, 38-25, as well.
Johns Hopkins will return to action on Saturday, April 16 when the Blue Jays travel to College Park to take on Maryland in the 107th all-time meeting between the Blue Jays and the Terrapins.