PRINCETON, NJ – Unranked Princeton scored 10 straight goals in a span covering the entire second quarter and the first five minutes of the third as the Tigers rolled to a 18-7 victory against third-ranked Johns Hopkins Friday afternoon at Sherrerd Field. The loss snaps a four-game season-opening winning streak for the Blue Jays (4-1), while Princeton bounces back from a 10-8 loss to Hofstra to improve to 3-1.
The Tigers led 3-2 at the end of the first quarter, but pushed the lead to 7-2 with four goals in a four-minute span midway through the second. Senior Gavin McBride capped the spree with back-to-back goals 26 seconds apart – the second of those was an extra-man strike.
The run was seven goals by halftime as Austin Sims, Riley Thompson and Charlie Durbin all struck in the final 4:51 of the half to make it 10-2 at intermission. The Tigers were 7-of-17 shooting in the second quarter, while the Blue Jays missed on all 10 of their attempts.
Any hopes for a Blue Jay comeback were dashed in the first 3:14 of the second half as Sims stuck his fifth of the game just 45 seconds into the third quarter and Adam Hardej and Durbin found the net 71 seconds apart before the second half was four minutes old to make it 13-2. Hopkins’ scoring drought finally ended with 10:28 left in the period when senior Wilkins Dismuke scored off a rebound; that was the first goal for Blue Jays since late in the first quarter.
Princeton led by 12 on three different occasions in the final 23 minutes of the game as it secured its largest margin of victory ever against Johns Hopkins.
The Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first seven minutes as Sims struck twice in a span of just under two minutes to make it 2-0 and freshman Michael Sowers picked the top shelf from the side of the goal to give Princeton the early three-goal lead.
Hopkins struck back with two straight in a 53-second span to slice the deficit to 3-2 at the end of the first quarter. After forcing a turnover, the Blue Jays got one in transition as senior long stick midfielder Austin Spencer got free in the slot and scored off an assist from senior Joe Carlini, while freshmen Forry Smith added his sixth goal of the season a short time later.
Smith’s goal would be the last one for the Blue Jays until Dismuke’s tally early in the third quarter. By then, the Tigers had reeled off the 10 straight goals that put the game away.
Sims led Princeton with a career-high six goals and added one assist for a personal-best seven points. McBride added three goals and Sowers totaled two goals and two assists.
The Tiger defense was led by junior goalie Tyler Blaisdell, who totaled 16 saves, including 10 in the first half when the Tigers pulled away.
Dismuke (1g, 1a), Shack Stanwick (1g, 1a) and Carlini (2a) were the only multi-point scorers for the Blue Jays.
Johns Hopkins will return to action on Saturday, March 11 when the Blue Jays travel to Towson to take on the Tigers.
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