Top-Ranked Blue Jays Move to 11-1 With 8-4 Win over Loyola

 
Sophomore <b>Conor Ford</b> scored three goals in Hopkins' 8-4 win over Loyola.
 
Sophomore Conor Ford scored three goals in Hopkins' 8-4 win over Loyola.

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May 4, 2002

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Sophomore midfielder Conor Ford (Timonium, MD/St. Paul's) scored three goals, senior goalie Nick Murtha (Manhasset, NY/Manhasset) posted 15 saves and freshman midfielder Kyle Harrison (Baltimore, MD/Friends) scored one goal and won 13-of-15 faceoffs as top-ranked Johns Hopkins knocked off 11th-ranked Loyola, 8-4 in front of 4,116 fans at Loyola's Curley Field Saturday afternoon. The win is the eighth straight for the Blue Jays, who improve to 11-1 with the win and finish the regular season with 11 wins for the first time since 1995, when Hopkins was 12-0. The Greyhounds fall to 9-4 with their fourth loss in the last six games.

In a game the Blue Jays never trailed, the Greyhounds stayed close with a deliberate attack and solid play from goalie Mark Bloomquist (Linthicum, MD/North County), who registered 12 saves. The Blue Jays led 4-2 with less than 10 minutes to play in the third quarter before Loyola's Ryan Fisher (Finksburg, MD/Westminster) scored an unassisted goal with 9:05 remaining in the period to make it 4-3. That would closest Loyola would get as the 'Hounds wouldn't score again until the middle of the fourth quarter.

Freshman Kyle Barrie's (Narberth, PA/The Haverford School) second goal of the game, an unassisted tally with 6:45 remaining in the third quarter, pushed the lead to 5-3 and jump-started a 4-1 game-ending run for the Blue Jays. Back-to-back goals by senior Matt Hanna (Geneva, NY/Geneva) and Ford in the first six minutes of the final period pushed the lead to 7-3, while Loyola's Kevin Roy (Sykesville, MD/Liberty) countered with an extra-man goal just over two minutes after Ford's goal to trim the deficit to 7-4. Ford closed out the scoring with his third goal of the game with 4:57 remaining in the fourth quarter to account for the final scoring.


 

 

The Blue Jay defense held the Greyhounds scoreless for the first 16:31 of the game, while Ford and Barrie both scored during that time to stake the Blue Jays to a 2-0 lead. Loyola's Jim Fink (Webster, NY/Webster) and Stephen Brundage (Camillus, NY/W. Genesee) sandwiched second-quarter goals around a Bobby Benson (Baltimore, MD/McDonogh) goal in the second quarter to account for a 3-2 Johns Hopkins lead at halftime. The score stood until Harrison's goal at the 10:48 mark of the third quarter made it 4-2. That set the stage for Fisher's goal, after which the Blue Jay defense held the 'Hounds scoreless for 16:29.

The four goals the Blue Jays allowed tied for the fewest scored by a JHU opponent this season and are the fewest Loyola has scored in a game since 1987. The Blue Jays improve to 9-0 on the year and 13-2 in the last two years when holding the opposition to less than 10 goals. Close defensemen P.J. DiConza (Manhasset, NY/Manhasset), Michael Peyser (Cold Spring Harbor, NY/Cold Spring Harbor), and Chris Watson (Yorktown, NY/Yorktown) limited Loyola's starting attack to one goal and no assists on 11 shots.

With the win, Johns Hopkins is in line to receive one of the four byes in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. The Blue Jays will learn their fate at 6:30 pm on Sunday evening when the bracket for the 2002 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championships are announced. This will be the 31st consecutive year the Blue Jays have qualified for the tournament, the longest active streak of qualifying for an NCAA Division I Championship in any sport.

#1 Johns Hopkins (11-1) 2 1 2 3- 8

#11 Loyola (9-4) 0 2 1 1- 4

Goals: JH: Ford-3, Barrie-2, Harrison, Hanna, Benson. LC: Fink, Brundage, Roy, Fisher. Assists: JH: Boland, Erwin. LC: Fink. Saves: JH: Murtha-15. LC: Bloomquist-12. Shots: JH-31. LC-30. EMO: JH: 0-for-2. LC: 1-for-2. Attendance: 4,116.

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