Marr, Hopkins Race Past Michigan, 19-9, on Senior Day
BALTIMORE, MD – The ninth-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team got three goals and a career-high six assists from sophomore attackman Kyle Marr and 12 different Blue Jays found the back of the net in a 19-9 Homecoming victory against Michigan at rain-soaked Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. The win, the second straight and fourth in the last five games for Johns Hopkins, secures a spot in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament for the Blue Jays, who improve to 8-4 overall and 3-1 in league play with the victory.
Hopkins led just 3-2 at the end of the first quarter after the Wolverines answered a three-goal game-opening run for the Blue Jays with back-to-back goals of their own late in the period.
Marr, who had a hand in two of Hopkins’ three first-quarter goals, then ignited a 9-1 Blue Jay run that stretched from the start of the second quarter through the first five minutes of the third and turned the 3-2 lead into a 12-3 advantage.
The Blue Jays scored four extra-man goals during the 9-1 spree, including man-up strikes by Marr and senior Cody Radziewicz to bookend the run. Marr scored three times, freshman Cole Williams added a pair and six different players scored for the Blue Jays in the game-deciding run.
Michigan scored four of its nine goals in the third quarter and drew within eight on three different occasions. Sophomore Decker Curran scored both of his goals and senior Ian King added one goal and one assist in the period for the Wolverines, but Hopkins, which had scored the first three goals of the period, matched Michigan’s four goals over the final 9:24 of the period to carry a 16-7 lead into the fourth quarter.
After firing 38 shots in the first three periods, the Blue Jays slowed the pace and subbed liberally during a fourth quarter that saw them outscore Michigan 3-2. Seniors Kieran Eissler, who had opened the game’s scoring just over four minutes in, and Wilkins Dismuke fired home goals in the first four minutes of the final period before Michigan’s PJ Bogle sandwiched tallies around the first career goal for Hopkins’ Jake Fox to close out the scoring.
Marr’s six assists are the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Connor Reed had six against Virginia in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, while his nine points are the most since Ryan Brown had a nine-point showing at Ohio State in 2015.
The balanced scoring for Johns Hopkins saw four players – Dismuke, Williams, Radziewicz and freshman Forry Smith – total two goals and one assist and 14 different players had at least one point in the victory.
Bogle led Michigan with three goals, while King and Curran both added two goals and one assist. Junior Tommy Heidt and senior Robbie Zonino combined for 13 saves in goal for Michigan.
A key to the victory for Johns Hopkins was possession as four Blue Jay faceoff specialists combined to go 21-for-31 at the X. Junior Hunter Moreland did most of the damage as he was 13-for-20 with seven ground balls and one assist, while senior Craig Madarasz was 7-for-9 with five ground balls.
The victory moves Johns Hopkins into a three-way tie for first place in the Big Ten as the Blue Jays’ win, coupled with Ohio State’s 11-10 overtime victory against Maryland earlier today, sets up two games next week that will determine the number one through three seeds in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament. Johns Hopkins, Maryland and Ohio State are all 3-1 in league play entering the final week of the season.
An Ohio State win at Rutgers would give the Buckeyes the top seed in the tournament, while a Rutgers win would give the top seed to the winner of the next week’s Hopkins-Maryland game.
Notes: Marr and Curran were each presented the Chris Gardner Player of the Game awards. The awards are given at a game each season in honor of former Blue Jay Chris Gardner, who would have been a senior on the 1999 Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team; Gardner lost his battle with cancer in 1997 • Johns Hopkins is 13-0 in games played on April 22 since 1955 • Johns Hopkins honored the national championship teams of 1957, 1967, 1987 and 2007 in a special halftime ceremony • Shack Stanwick extended his point-scoring streak to 45 games with one goal • JHU was 5-for-5 on extra-man – this is the first time JHU has scored five extra-man goals since going 5-for-6 against Princeton on March 5, 2016.
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