BALTIMORE, MD – The third-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 7-1 halftime lead, pushed the lead to 10-1 before withstanding a brief Albany rally and went on to a 17-6 victory before a crowd of 1,660 at Homewood Field Thursday night. Four days after dropping their first game of the season, the Blue Jays got goals from 11 different players and 14 different players registered at least one point in JHU’s 12th consecutive home victory.
Save for a five-minute span midway through the third quarter when the Great Danes scored four of their six goals, the Blue Jays dominated possession and used three decisive scoring runs to fuel their 10th win in the 11-game series history.
The Blue Jays led 3-1 early in the second quarter before junior John Ranagan jump-started a 7-0 run with the second of his career-high four goals. Three of those goals – tallies by Mark Goodrich, Zach Palmer and Chris Boland - came before halftime as the Blue Jays built the 7-1 lead at intermission.
Like they had in the first two quarters, the Blue Jays struck for a goal less than a minute into the third period as Palmer skipped a pass over the defense to junior Lee Coppersmith, who wasted little time blowing one just inside the crossbar past a defenseless Max Huber. An extra-man goal by Rob Guida and the second of Boland’s three goals pushed the lead to 10-1 before the Danes made their run.
A Ty Thompson goal for Albany with 7:07 remaining in the third quarter snapped a scoreless stretch that had reached more than 24 minutes. Boland answered with his third goal of the game 41 seconds later, but Miles Thompson scored five seconds later to ignite a three-goal run for the Great Danes that included another strike by Miles Thompson and a Joe Resetarits goal that trimmed what was once a nine-goal deficit to six at 11-5 late in the third quarter.
Any hopes for a comeback were dashed in a two-minute span that bridged the third and fourth quarters as Ranagan’s third goal of the game with 1:43 remaining in the third was followed by a Wells Stanwick goal 28 seconds into the fourth to push the lead to 13-5. Goals by Ranagan, Palmer, Chase Winter and Trevor Brown closed out the scoring for the Blue Jays, who punched up their highest goal total since an 18-goal outburst against Delaware early in the 2011 season.
Ranagan’s four goal-effort led the way for the Blue Jays, who also got three goals and two assists from Boland, two goals and two assists from Palmer and one goal and two assists from Stanwick. Junior Mike Poppleton won 15-of-21 faceoffs and grabbed a career-high 14 ground balls to fuel a decided advantage in possession for Johns Hopkins, which also got 11 saves in goal from junior Pierce Bassett before he departed with just under five minutes remaining.
Miles Thompson was the only multi-point producer for Albany as he finished with two goals and one assist, while Huber posted 13 saves in just over 51 minutes of action.
Johns Hopkins held decided advantages in shots (42-27) and ground balls (42-30), won 18-of-27 faceoffs and converted on 2-of-3 extra-man opportunities.
The Blue Jays will return to action on Saturday, April 14 when they host Maryland in the 108th renewal of the greatest rivalry in college lacrosse.
Albany (1-8) 1-0-4-1/6
#3 Johns Hopkins (9-1) 3-4-5-6/17
Goals: A: M. Thompson-2, Resetarits, T. Thompson, L. Thompson, Bertrams. J: Ranagan-4, Boland-3, Palmer-2, Stanwick, Benn, Goodrich, Guida, Coppersmith, Brown, Greeley, Winter. Assists: A: Bonitatibus, Harris, Lyons, M. Thompson. J: Boland-2, Palmer-2, Stanwick-2, Benn, Durkin, Goodrich, Interlicchio, B. Kelly. Saves: A: Huber-13, Carroll-1. J: Bassett-11, Burke-1, Van Syckle-0. Shots: A-27. J-42. EMO: A: 0-for-2. J: 2-for-3.Attendance: 1,660.