Seniors Lift Hopkins Past Towson, 16-7
April 23, 2008
BALTIMORE, MD - On a night when the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team honored its seniors during pre-game festivities, the seniors returned the favor by combining to score the Blue Jays' first nine goals to pace a 16-7 victory over visiting Towson at Homewood Field Wednesday night. The win is the Blue Jays' third straight overall and 13th straight against the Tigers. Hopkins, which used runs of four, five and six goals to fuel the victory, improves to 6-5 while Towson slips to 4-9.
The Blue Jays led just 5-3 after Towson's Jonathan Engelke scored early in the second quarter, but responded with a 5-0 run that stretched the lead to 10-3 early in the second half. Seniors Stephen Peyser and Paul Rabil answered Engelke's goal with back-to-back unassisted tallies midway through the second quarter to give the Blue Jays a 7-3 lead at the half and senior Michael Doneger and sophomore Michael Kimmel sandwiched goals around another Peyser tally in the first 2:49 of the third quarter to build what appeared to be a safe 10-3 lead.
The Tigers had other thoughts and needed exactly three minutes to slice the seven-goal deficit to 10-6. Mitchell Rosensweig needed just five seconds to answer Kimmel's goal as he scored right off the ensuing faceoff to jump-start the Tigers' run. Bill McCutcheon added an extra man goal just over two minutes later and Tim Stratton scored 43 seconds after that. Rosensweig won all three faceoffs in that span as the Blue Jays never had possession during the run and called timeout after Stratton's goal.
Whatever head coach Dave Pietramala said during the timeout worked - on both ends of the field. Senior Kevin Huntley netted back-to-back goals late in the third quarter to ignite what would become a 6-0 run that put the game away. Sophomore Steven Boyle added a pair of goals and Mark Goodrich and Nathan Matthews also scored during the spree, which finally ended when Towson's Randall Cooper scored an extra-man goal with just 31 seconds remaining in the game. The Blue Jay defense held Towson scoreless for a span of 23:33 between Stratton's goal and Cooper's game-ending goal. The scoreless stretch represents the sixth time this season the Blue Jays have held an opponent scoreless for 22 minutes or longer.
The Tigers answered a game-opening goal by Rabil with back-to-back goals by Adam Hagelin and Engelke in a four-minute stretch before the game was six minutes old. Doneger ignited a 4-0 run over the last 8:04 of the first quarter with consecutive goals in a 72-second span midway through the quarter and Peyser and Rabil both added goals before the period was over to push the Blue Jays out to a 5-2 lead entering the second quarter.
Engelke's goal early in the second quarter was answered by the 5-0 run that eventually built the lead to 10-3. Towson was never closer than the four-goal margin at 10-6 and the Blue Jays methodically built the lead to 10 before ending with the nine-goal margin, the team's largest victory of the season.
Seniors accounted for 11 of the Blue Jays' 16 goals with co-captains Rabil, Doneger and Peyser each netting a hat trick. Rabil and Peyser added assists to pace the team with four points apiece. Huntley's two goals push his career total to 100, which ties with his father, Dave Huntley (1976-79) and Brian Wood (1984-87) for 13th place on JHU's career goal-scoring list. Boyle added the two goals and one assist and Kimmel added a goal and assist to help pace an offense that netted the 16 goals on 37 shots.
Sophomore Michael Gvozden posted nine saves for the Blue Jays, who also got a spectacular individual effort on defense from senior Matt Bocklet, who assisted on Doneger's second goal of the game and grabbed a game-high 10 ground balls, many of which came in traffic after he knocked the ball to the ground. He fueled a defense that also killed off 7-of-9 extra-man opportunities for the Tigers.
Engelke paced the Towson attack with two goals and two assists and Cooper added one goal and one assist. Rosensweig added the one goal and dominated on faceoffs as he won 14-of-23 and grabbed seven ground balls. Matt Antol and Rob Wheeler split time in goal for the Tigers and both posted four saves.
Towson (4-9) 2-1-3-1/7
Goals: T: Engelke-2, Cooper, McCutcheon, Stratton, Hagelin, Rosensweig. J: Rabil-3, Peyser-3, Doneger-3, Huntley-2, Boyle-2, Kimmel, Goodrich, Na. Matthews. Assists: T: Engelke-2, Andrew, Boyle, Cooper. J: Bocklet, Kimmel, Miller, Peyser, Rabil. Saves: T: Antol-4, Wheeler-4. J: Gvozden-9, No. Matthews-0. Shots: T-36. J-37. EMO: T: 2-for-9. J: 1-for-2. Attendance: 2,714.
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