March 8, 2005
BALTIMORE, MD -- Johns Hopkins junior midfielder Greg Peyser (Lloyd Harbor, NY/Cold Spring Harbor) scored a career-high four goals and senior midfielder Kyle Harrison (Baltimore, MD/Friends) added two goals and two assists to lead the top-ranked Blue Jays past UMBC, 9-6 at blustery Homewood Field Tuesday night. The win improves Hopkins' record to 2-0 and is the 28th consecutive home victory for the Blue Jays. The Retrievers, who were within one midway through the fourth quarter, fall to 0-3. UMBC's three losses this season have come by a total of six goals.
The Blue Jays appeared to have the game in hand at the end of three quarters as they carried a 7-3 lead into the final period. Peyser scored two of his three goals in the third quarter to extend a 5-3 lead early in the period to what appeared to be a comfortable four-goal lead. His second goal of the game at the 13:23 mark answered Brendan Mundorf's (Baltimore, MD/Mt. St. Joseph) tally just 44 seconds into the second half. He added his third goal of the game at the 9:37 mark to close the scoring in the third quarter.
UMBC was not finished, however as the Retrievers struck for three unanswered goals in a span of just over four minutes early in the period to cut the deficit to 7-6. Joe Cahill (Lewes, DE/Cape Henlopen) and Mundorf scored goals just 38 seconds apart before the fourth period was three minutes old and Terry Kiminer (Oakton, VA/Bridgton Academy) added his first goal of the season at the 8:40 mark to bring the Retrievers within one. After more than five scoreless minutes, the Blue Jays got some breathing room when Harrison scored off an assist from freshman Paul Rabil (Gaithersburg, MD/DeMatha). UMBC goalie Kevin Cepelak (Northport, NY/Northport) got a piece of the blast, but couldn't control it completely and it bounced into the goal. Peyser closed the scoring with his fourth goal of the game with 1:19 remaining as he scored into an empty net with UMBC looking to double-team him.
A back-and-forth first quarter saw the teams trade goals with the Blue Jays taking a 3-2 lead at the end of one period. Freshman Kevin Huntley (Towson, MD/Calvert Hall) opened the scoring with an extra-man goal for the Blue Jays just 2:03 into the game, before Mundorf answered with the first of his three goals less than three minutes later. Peyser and sophomore Jake Byrne (Potomac, MD/Landon) then sandwiched goals around an Andy Gallagher (Rockville, MD/DeMatha) tally midway through the period to account for the 3-2 score at the end of one.
Harrison pushed the lead to 4-2 with 3:29 remaining in the second quarter as he picked the far post with a left-handed blast, while senior Peter LeSueur (Garden City, NY/Garden City) tallied his first goal of the season just 1:19 later when he scored an unassisted extra-man goal. That set the set for Peyser's second-half heroics and UMBC's upset bid that fell just short.
Peyser led the Blue Jays with his career-best four-goal effort, while Harrison added the two goals and two assists. Byrne and LeSueur were the only other multi-point getters for the Blue Jays as both scored one goal and added one assist. Jesse Schwartzman (Owings Mills, MD/Pikesville) registered eight saves in goal for the Blue Jays, who are now just three wins shy of tying the school record for most consecutive home victories (31).
Mundorf scored the three goals and added one assist, while Cahill and Gallagher both scored a goal and chipped in two assists. The story of the game for UMBC was the play of Cepelak in the second half. He registered 12 of his 14 saves after intermission and kept the Retrievers in the game in the third quarter as he made eight saves, including several from point-blank range, in the third. Corey Warner (Corning, NY/Corning East) was strong on faceoffs for UMBC as he won 11-of-19.
Johns Hopkins will return to action on Saturday when the Blue Jays host Hofstra. UMBC will host Canisius on Saturday.
UMBC (0-3) 2-0-1-3/6
#1 Johns Hopkins (2-0) 3-2-2-2/9
Goals: U: Mundorf-3, Gallagher, Cahill, Kiminer. J: G.Peyser-4, Harrison-2, Byrne, LeSueur, Huntley. Assists: U: Cahill-2, Gallagher-2, Mundorf, Westervelt. J: Harrison-2, Byrne, LeSueur, Rabil. Saves: U: Cepelak-14. J: Schwarztman-8. Locey-1. EMO: U: 0-for-4. J: 2-for-7. Attendance: 674.
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