Friday Night Lax: Hopkins, Maryland Get Big Wins Ahead of Rivalry Showdown

April 09, 2011 | WNST Staff

Here are the official recaps of Friday night’s games, courtesy of the schools’ Sports Information Departments…

Third-Ranked Hopkins Slips Past Albany, 11-6

BALTIMORE, MD – For the third straight game, the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 4-0 lead and for the third straight time the Blue Jays made that lead hold as third-ranked JHU used the quick start to fuel an 11-6 win over visiting Albany at Homewood Field Friday evening. The win is Hopkins’ ninth in 10 meetings with the Great Danes and improves the Blue Jays’ record to 8-2 on the year. Albany falls to 4-6 with the loss, its fifth in its last six games.

For the sixth time in 10 games this season the Blue Jays scored on their first shot of the game as sophomore John Greeley broke the ice just 58 seconds into the game with an unassisted goal – his eighth of the season. The 1-0 lead held for nearly six minutes before seniors Chris Boland and Mark Goodrich teamed for consecutive goals to push the lead to 3-0. Boland scored from in tight after taking a quick pass from Goodrich with 8:13 remaining in the first quarter before the pair reversed roles just over three minutes later with Goodrich finishing off a feed from Boland with 4:49 left in the opening period.

The Blue Jays secured their third straight 4-0 lead when sophomore John Ranagan blew home his 12th goal of the season with just over two minutes remaining in the quarter. The `Danes finally broke through with just five seconds left in the quarter when Rocky Bonitatibus connected after taking a skip pass from the opposite corner from senior Brian Caufield.

The Blue Jays pushed out to a six-goal lead at 7-1 with three goals in the first six minutes of the second quarter as senior Kyle Wharton wrapped a pair of unassisted goals around a strike from sophomore Lee Coppersmith, but Albany scored five of the next seven goals over the next 25 minutes to pull within 9-6 early in the fourth quarter.
The first of Joe Resetarits’ three goals came just under five minutes before halftime to account for a 7-2 halftime score, but that goal was answered by an unassisted tally by senior Tim Donovan just 30 seconds into the third quarter to make it 8-2. Another goal by Resetarits just over a minute later was followed by an unassisted goal by Scott Raffensperger midway through the period to slice the six-goal deficit to four.

An extra-man goal for Boland temporarily halted the UA run, but when Resetarits polished off his hat trick with 69 seconds on the third quarter clock and Miles Thompson fired home an extra-man goal just 13 seconds into the fourth quarter, Albany was within three.

Despite gaining the momentum with its flurry, Albany couldn’t cut the Blue Jay lead to two and the Blue Jays struck for late goals by freshman Phil Castronova and Ranagan to account for the final scoring. Castronova scored in transition and Ranagan beat a double team and scored from the slot.

Boland led the Blue Jays with two goals and one assist and record the 50th goal of his career in the victory. Ranagan and Wharton both added two goals and Goodrich (1g, 1a) and Zach Palmer (2a) were JHU’s other multi-point scorers. Sophomore Pierce Bassett posted five saves in goal for the Blue Jays, who also got another strong showing from senior Matt Dolente, who won 16-of-20 faceoffs and grabbed a career-high 12 ground balls. The 16 faceoffs won matches his career high, which he set just five days ago in a 10-9 win over fourth-ranked North Carolina.

The 14th hat trick of Resetarits’ career paced the Great Danes, who got one goal and two assists from Bonitatibus and one goal and one assist from Thompson. Edmund Cathers posted 11 saves in goal for Albany, which was outshot by the Blue Jays, 44-23 and lost the ground ball war, 38-25, as well.

Johns Hopkins will return to action on Saturday, April 16 when the Blue Jays travel to College Park to take on Maryland in the 107th all-time meeting between the Blue Jays and the Terrapins.

Albany (4-6) 1-1-3-1/6
#3 Johns Hopkins (8-2) 4-3-2-2/11

GoalsA: Resetarits-3, Bonitatibus, Thompson, Raffensperger. J: Boland-2, Wharton-2, Ranagan-2, Coppersmith, Castronova, Goodrich, Greeley, Donovan. AssistsA: Bonitatibus-2, Caufield, Thompson. J: Palmer-2, Boland, Goodrich. SavesA: Cathers-11, Carroll-0. J: Bassett-5. Shots: A-23. J-44. EMOA: 1-for-3.J: 1-for-1. Attendance: 525.

Balanced Terps Top Navy, 10-4

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The No. 5 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team got two goals apiece from senior Brian Farrell, junior Jake Bernhardt and sophomore Owen Blye in a 10-4 victory over Navy at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Friday night.

The Terps (8-2) opened the first quarter with a 6-1 scoring barrage and never looked back.

Senior Ryan Young got things going for Maryland with an unassisted goal at the 12:58 mark. Byle set a pick behind the cage that gave Young a step on his defender and he ran around the right side of the goal for the easy score.

Junior Joe Cummings made it a 2-0 Terrapin lead just over a minute later with a runner from the right alley that beat Navy goalie R.J. Wickham inside the far pipe.

Navy (4-7) got on the board and cut the Maryland lead back to one goal on a Jay Mann goal at the 11:27 mark, but that was as close as the Mids would get.

Junior Drew Snider started a 4-0 run with a left-handed bouncer from the right alley that skipped inside the far pipe. Farrell took out two Navy defenders with a solid pick to get Snider free for the shot.

The lead quickly grew to 4-1 for the Terps when Bernhardt scored from the left wing. Senior Grant Catalino picked up the assist by dodging past a defender, which drew a slide from the Mid covering Bernhardt, freeing Bernhardt up for the quick shot and goal.

Bernhardt scored again with 3:26 in the first on a wild, running right-handed shot as he dodged down the right alley.

Maryland extended its lead to 6-1 off of the ensuing face-off, but it wasn’t the typical face-off transition score. A violation on the face-off gave sophomore Curtis Holmes the win and started the Terps’ break. Good ball movement gave Catalino the ball on the left wing, but Navy did a nice job recognizing the situation and getting on Catalino’s hands. But instead of forcing the shot, Catalino cradled the ball and dodged past the defender and finished with a quick shot just outside the left side of the crease.

The Midshipmen stopped the run with their own transition goal at the 6:30 mark of the second, but another violation on the ensuing face-off gave Maryland the ball. Holmes pushed it into the offensive zone and found Farrell at the top of the box. Farrell used a quick ball-fake to create some space before launching a bouncer from 15 yards out to make it a 7-2 Maryland lead.

The rain continued the fall and the play was sloppy at the beginning of the third quarter, but Maryland extended its lead to six goals on Blye’s first of the game at the 10:03 mark. With a stall warning on, Blye carried the ball from behind the cage, around the left side and finally to the top of the box before unleashing a high bounce shot from 12 yards that beat Wickham.

Navy’s Harrison Chaires scored his lone goal of the game to cut the lead back to five with 3:14 to go in the third.

But the Terps got a shot of momentum thanks to another huge goal by Farrell to start the fourth. Senior Dan Burns caused a turnover just inside the Navy offensive box and hit Farrell with a seemingly routine outlet pass. But there’s no such thing as a routine outlet for Farrell. He raced 60 yards down the field and was pushed from behind just as he wound up to shoot, which propelled him into a dive, but his shot still found the back of the net to give Maryland a 9-3 lead.

Blye gave the Terps a seven-goal cushion with his second unassisted goal of the game to make it 10-3 Maryland with 12:15 to go in the fourth.

Sam Jones finished a nice feed from Andy Warner at the 7:21 mark to make it a 10-4 game.

Freshman goalie Dom Lamolinara made two saves in the final 30 seconds to preserve the six-goal victory for the Terps, which is their largest margin of victory over the Midshipmen since 1998.

The defense for the Terps was unyielding and held Navy to its lowest scoring output in the series since 1994. The last time the Midshipmen were held to as few as four goals against Maryland in Annapolis was 1957.

Leading the defense was senior Max Schmidt with three caused turnover andd two groundballs. Burns and Holmes also finished with three groundballs. Redshirt freshman goalie Niko Amato finished the game with four saves.

Aiding in the defensive effort was another solid face-off effort from Holmes, who won 10-of-18 draws.

Maryland returns to action on Saturday night, April 16, when its hosts Johns Hopkins in the 107th meeting of College Lacrosse’s Greatest Rivalry. The Terps and the Blue Jays are scheduled for an 8 p.m. face-off at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

Game Notes:
• With the 10-4 win Maryland is now 52-33-1 all-time vs. Navy.
• With two points on one goal and one assist, senior Grant Catalino now has 43 multi-point games for his career.
• Catalino’s goal was the 107th of his career, tying him with Dave Dempsey (1970-74) for ninth on the Terps’ all-time goals list.
• With two points on two goals, senior Brian Farrell now has nine multi-point, and six multi-goal games for his career.

• With two points on two goals, sophomore Owen Blye now has six multi-point, and four multi-goal games for his career.