PRINCETON, NJ – The visiting Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team used an 8-1 run that bridged the second and third quarters to turn a 4-4 tie into a 12-5 advantage and the fifth-ranked Blue Jays never let 10th-ranked Princeton get closer than four in the final 20 minutes of the game in a 15-9 victory at Class of 1952 Stadium Saturday afternoon. The win, Johns Hopkins’ fourth straight at Princeton, improves the Blue Jays record to 4-0 on the year, while the Tigers slip to 2-1 with the loss.
A spirited first quarter that included 19 shots, eight goals and four Princeton extra-man chances ended the same way it began; tied (4-4). From there, the Blue Jays took control with the 8-1 run that included goals from five different players and gave them what proved to be the insurmountable seven-goal lead.
It took less than three minutes of the second quarter for the Blue Jays to turn the 4-4 tie into a 6-4 lead as sophomoreHolden Cattoni and junior Wells Stanwick netted unassisted goals to give the Blue Jays the two-goal lead. A Mike MacDonald goal three minutes after Stanwick’s goal trimmed the deficit to 6-5, but a three-goal Hopkins run over the final 7:47 of the half gave the Blue Jays a 9-5 lead at intermission.
Stanwick completed his first-half hat trick to jump-start the three-goal spree as Ryan Brown found him on the backside after a quick restart and Rob Guida got his hands free just over a minute later to make it 8-5. When Connor Reed dodged from the top of the box and scored with four seconds left in the first half the Blue Jays had their 9-5 lead.
Any hopes for a quick Princeton spurt to close the deficit in the third quarter were gone less than three minutes into the second half as Guida and Brown both scored early to push the lead to 11-5 and Brandon Benn extended his goal-scoring streak to 20 games four minutes after Brown’s goal to make it 12-5.
Princeton finally made its inevitable run late in the third quarter when senior midfielder Tom Schreiber sandwiched goals around a Ryan Ambler strike to make it 12-8 at the end of period. The Tigers got their three goals in a span of just under four minutes.
As they had in each of the first three quarters, the Blue Jays scored in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter and actually got a pair less than a minute apart as Brown’s fourth of the game and an unassisted goal by freshman Cody Radziewicz extended the lead to 14-8 with just under 13 minutes on the clock. A Justin Murphy goal seven seconds after the Radziewicz strike and Brown’s career-high fifth of the game closed out the scoring before seven minutes elapsed in the final period.
Princeton outshot the Blue Jays 37-35, but Johns Hopkins senior goalie Eric Schneider posted 13 saves, including several point-blank stops at key points during the Blue Jays’ 8-1 run that kept momentum on JHU’s side.
Brown added three assists to his career-high five goals for a personal best eight points in the victory. Stanwick added three goals and two assists and Guida (2g, 2a) and Reed (2g, 1a) also registered multi-point games. Junior Drew Kennedy was 16-of-28 on faceoffs and grabbed 10 ground balls.
Schreiber paced the Tigers with three goals and Ambler added two goals and three assists, but the Tigers scored on just five of 25 shots over the final three quarters and scored consecutive goals just once over the final 54 minutes of the game in falling for the first time this season.
Notes: Johns Hopkins’ starting attack combined for nine goals and five assists; Princeton’s starting attack combined for two goals and three assists • Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala is now one win shy of career victory number 174 • The visiting team has now won six consecutive games in the Johns Hopkins-Princeton series (in games played on campus).
#5 Johns Hopkins (4-0) 4-5-3-3/15
#10 Princeton (2-1) 4-1-3-1/9
Goals: J: Brown-5, Stanwick-3, Guida-2, Reed-2, Benn, Cattoni, Radziewicz. P: Schreiber-3, Ambler-2, MacDonald, Orban, Froccaro, Murhphy. Assists: J: Brown-3, Guida-2, Stanwic-2, Reed. P: Ambler-3, Fernandez, MacDonald. Saves:J: Schneider-13. P: Kavanagh-4, O’Connor-2. Shots: J-35, P-37. EMO: J: 0-for-2. P: 2-for-4. Attendance: 2,540.