March 1, 2008
BALTIMORE, MD - The top-ranked Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team jumped out to a 5-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, pushed the lead to 8-0 midway through the second and cruised to a 14-9 win over ninth-ranked Princeton in the second game of the 2008 Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium Saturday afternoon. The win, the 11th straight for Johns Hopkins dating back to last season, followed Virginia's 14-13 win over Syracuse in the first game of the day. A crowd of 19,165 was on hand for the doubleheader.
It took the Blue Jays just 10 seconds to take the lead for good as sophomore Michael Kimmel blistered a shot past Princeton goalie Alex Hewitt off a feed from senior Paul Rabil. Rabil grabbed the ground ball on the opening faceoff, found Kimmel unmarked coming in from the box and Kimmel wasted no time netting his first goal of the season.
The goals came in bunches for the Blue Jays in the first half as they methodically built a 10-1 lead at intermission. Senior Stephen Peyser and Rabil scored back-to-back goals less than a minute apart midway through the opening quarter and senior Kevin Huntley netted the natural hat trick with three goals in a six-minute span that bridged the first and second periods. A transition goal by junior Andrew Miller and another unassisted goal by Rabil pushed the lead to 8-0 with 8:34 remaining in the first half. An extra-man goal by Princeton's Bob Schneider finally ended the scoreless drought for the Tigers at the 6:56 mark, but Huntley and sophomore Steven Boyle both scored in the final 4:05 of the quarter to account for the nine-goal halftime lead.
To Princeton's credit the Tigers pushed the Blue Jays throughout the second half. Rabil and Boyle sandwiched goals around a Brendan Reilly goal in the first eight minutes of the third quarter to give the Blue Jays their largest lead of the game (12-2) before the Tigers scored seven of the final nine goals of the game.
A Tommy Davis goal with 2:57 remaining in the third quarter ignited a 3-0 run for Princeton that trimmed the deficit to 12-5 with Schneider and Mark Kovler also scoring during the spree. Senior Michael Doneger and Huntley then bookended another goal by Davis in a three-minute span early in the fourth quarter before Greg Seaman, Alex Haynie and Jack McBride all scored in the final 6:07 for the Tigers to make it a 14-9 final.
Hopkins scored its 10 first-half goals on just 21 shots and the 10 goals in the half match the most Princeton had given up in an entire game since the beginning of the 2007. As it turned out, the 14 the Blue Jays scored are the most allowed by Princeton since 2005.
Huntley scored a game and career-high-tying five goals and added an assist to match his personal-best of six points, while Rabil added three goals and four assists for a career-high seven points. Boyle added two goals and an assist and Miller chipped in with one goal and one assist for the Blue Jays, who improved to 4-0 at M&T Bank Stadium since the start of the 2007 season. JHU is 5-2 all-time at M&T.
Sophomore Michael Gvozden turned in a solid effort for the Blue Jays in goal as he posted 11 saves, including eight through three quarters as Hopkins built a 12-4 lead in the first 45 minutes. Peyser won 12-of-19 faceoffs and grabbed a game-high 11 ground balls to go along with his early goal.
Davis and Kovler both registered three points in the loss as Davis had two goals and one assist, while Kovler had the one goal and two assists. Schneider added the two goals and Hewitt made 12 saves for the Tigers, who also got a 13-for-22 performance from Alex Berg on faceoffs.
Johns Hopkins returns to action on Tuesday, March 4 as the Blue Jays host UMBC at 7:00 pm. Princeton will host Virginia at noon next Saturday (March 8).
#9 Princeton (1-1) 0-1-3-5/9
#1 Johns Hopkins (2-0) 5-5-2-2/14
Goals: P: Davis-2, Schneider-2, Kovler, McBride, Haynie, Seaman, Reilly. J: Huntley-5, Rabil-3, Boyle-2, Miller, Peyser, Kimmel, Doneger. Assists: P: Kovler-2, Davis, McBride, Sgalardi, Striebel. J: Rabil-4, Boyle, Huntley, Miller. Saves: P: Hewitt-12. J: Gvozden-11. Shots: P-38. J-39. EMO: P: 3-for-6. J: 1-for-2. Attendance: 19,165
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