BALTIMORE, MD – Current, past and future members of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team have been very busy this summer. With the Fourth of July holiday now in the rear-view mirror, here’s a quick look at the some of the highlights surrounding the Blue Jay lacrosse program as the 2012 summer unfolds.
Enright Heading to Finland with U-19 Men’s Team
Current Blue Jay Rob Enright, who recently completed his freshman year at JHU, is one of 23 players who will represent the United States at the FIL Under-19 Championships in Turku, Finland later this week. Enright and his Team USA teammates will open play at the U-19 Championships on Friday, July 13 when the red, white and blue take on Australia. Other games for the US in the round robin portion of the tournament include games against Canada (July 14), England (July 15) and the Iroquois Nationals (July 17). The playoff round will follow with the tournament scheduled to conclude with the championship game on July 21.
Enright played in 10 games with two starts on defense for Johns Hopkins during the 2012 season. He was one of just five freshmen to play in 10 or more games for the Blue Jays in 2012 and grabbed three ground balls on the year.
A 2011 graduate of Massapequa High School, Enright is the latest in a long line of Johns Hopkins players who have played for the United States’ U-19 Team. Since the inaugural U-19 Championships in 1988, 17 active or future Blue Jays, including Enright, have participated in the event, which the United States has won all six times the championship has been contested.
The Future Looks Bright
Johns Hopkins fans were provided with a glimpse of the future as five incoming Blue Jays participated in the Under Armour All-America Game on Saturday, June 30. The five future members of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program included attackmen Ryan Brown (Calvert Hall) and Mikey Morris (Salisbury School), midfielders Kelton Black (Calvert Hall) and Connor Reed(Gonzaga) and goalie William Ryan (Avon Old Farms). All five will arrive at Johns Hopkins in September.
Brown, Black and Reed all played for the victorious South All-America Team, which pulled out a 12-11 victory largely on the efforts of the trio of future Blue Jays. Brown and Black both scored a pair of goals, while Reed added one assist and three ground balls.
The North trailed 10-5 early in the second half, but rallied to make it a one-goal game with Morris and Ryan playing key roles in the comeback. Morris scored twice in the fourth quarter and Ryan took over in goal in the third quarter and allowed just three goals after the South had crafted a 9-5 halftime lead. Ryan finished with three saves.
Four Shine in MLL All-Star Game
The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team was well represented at this year’s MLL All-Star Game, which took place at Florida Atlantic University on Saturday, June 30. The MLL All-Star Game ran simultaneously with the Under Armour All-America Game, allowing Johns Hopkins fans to flip from ESPN2 to ESPNU to catch the past and the future in action at the same time.
Playing for “Old School” (players who entered the MLL prior to 2009), Paul Rabil and Jesse Schwartzman helped their team to an 18-17 victory in a game that saw at least seven combined goals scored in every quarter.
Rabil, who currently leads the MLL in scoring with 18 goals (including four, two-point goals) and 29 assists for 51 points, scored twice with one two-point goal to his credit, while Schwartzman started in goal and registered a game-high 10 saves before turning the net over to Brett Queener in the second half.
The “Young Guns” team included defenseman Michael Evans and faceoff specialist Matt Dolente. As with most All-Star games, defense takes a back seat to offense so Dolente was a busy man. He won 17-of-35 faceoffs and grabbed seven ground balls, while Evans had a pair of ground balls to his credit.