10-Goal Run Leads 10th-Ranked Blue Jays Past UMBC, 13-6
By Ernie Larossa
Associate AD/Director of Athletic Communications
The 10th-ranked Blue Jays led just 3-2 as the clock ticked under the three-minute mark in the third quarter, but a freshman Connor DeSimone's second goal of the game - off an assist from senior Joel Tinney - ignited a five-goal, four-minute surge that gave the Blue Jays some breathing room.
Senior Brinton Valis added an unassisted goal on a nifty split dodge 70 seconds after DeSimone scored and sophomore Cole Williams beat the third-quarter clock with a dunk from in close off a slick feed from senior Shack Stanwick.
When Stanwick and DeSimone went back-to-back in a 44-second span in the first minute of the fourth quarter, the Blue Jays had an 8-2 lead and UMBC's scoring drought had dripped past 31 minutes.
Stanwick and junior Kyle Marr added back-to-back goals in a 21-second span midway through the quarter to extend the lead to 10-2 before UMBC's Zach Kalas dodged from behind the goal and wrapped a shot around a defender and just inside the far post to end the Retrievers' drought at 38:05.
The first of Steven Zichelli's two goals - also on a dodge from behind the goal - came 52 seconds after the Kalas goal, but the Blue Jays got strikes from Tinney, Stanwick and freshman Brett Baskin in a 56-second span a short time later to push the lead out to 13-4 before Zichelli and Ryan Frawley tacked on late goals for UMBC to account for the 13-6 final score.
The Retrievers had taken an early 2-0 lead as Frawley capped a long possession with an unassisted goal at the 8:58 mark of the first quarter and Ryan Baker scored as the shot clock expired with 20 seconds left in the opening period to make it 2-0. Baker's goal would be the last for UMBC until Kalas scored 38+ minutes later.
Senior Hunter Moreland won the ensuing faceoff to give the Blue Jays one final possession in the opening period and Baskin beat the buzzer after a restart off the end line.
Marr and Williams scored second-quarter goals just over 10 minutes apart to give the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead at the half. That one-goal lead held for nearly 15 scoreless minutes before the DeSimone-from-Tinney goal that jump-started the three-goal run that ended the third quarter.
Moreland and senior goalie Brock Turnbaugh were two of the non-offensive leaders for the Blue Jays. Moreland won 12-of-15 faceoffs and had eight ground balls, while Turnbaugh played 54:52 and posted nine saves while allowing four goals. The Blue Jays caused seven of the 10 Retriever turnovers in the game with junior Patrick Foley forcing three of those seven.
Stanwick led the way offensively with a career-high-tying seven points on three goals and four assists. Williams (2g, 1a), Tinney (1g, 2a), Marr (2g), DeSimone (2g) and Baskin (2g) were JHU's other multi-point scorers.
UMBC got two goals from Zichelli and Frawley, six saves from freshman Tommy Lingner and John Tornabene had three of UMBC's six caused turnovers.
Johns Hopkins held advantages in shots (30-20) and ground balls (32-11) and won 16-of-21 faceoffs with freshman Kyle Prouty winning 4-of-5 after replacing Moreland in the fourth quarter.
The Blue Jays will return to action on Saturday, March 17 when they welcome Delaware to Homewood Field. Faceoff is set for 3 pm and the Hopkins-Delaware men's game will be preceded by the Johns Hopkins-Maryland women's game at noon.
Notes: Stanwick extended his point-scoring streak to 54 games with his seven-point effort - the streak is the third longest active streak in the nation and just two games shy of Terry Riordan's Johns Hopkins record of 56 straight games with a point Stanwick moved past Del Dressel (1983-86) and Bill Morrill (1957-59) into 15th place on Johns Hopkins' career scoring list as he now has 177 points Moreland is 81-of-113 (.717) with 44 ground balls in his last five games The 38:05 the Blue Jays held UMBC scoreless in the middle of the game is the longest JHU has held an opponent scoreless since holding Mount St. Mary's off the board for 44:56 on April 14, 2014.
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