BALTIMORE, MD – The 10th-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 9-1 halftime lead and never let visiting Albany get closer than five in the second half as the Blue Jays posted a 13-8 victory over the Great Danes at Homewood Field Friday night. The win snaps a three-game losing streak for Johns Hopkins, which improves to 6-3 on the year. Albany, which had won four of its last six, slips to 4-5.
The eight goals Albany scored are nearly eight less than it was averaging entering the game (15.75) and its fewest since March 2, 2013, when the ‘Danes fell to Yale, 15-8.
The Blue Jays wasted little time jumping in front as they scored seven unanswered goals to open the game to fuel the 9-1 advantage at the half.
Sophomore Ryan Brown scored all three of his goals in the opening 16 minutes and junior Wells Stanwick matched his career high with five assists before the game was 20 minutes old.
Capitalizing on 14 Albany turnovers in the first half, the Blue Jays crafted a 27-3 advantage in shots in the opening 30 minutes with only an extra-man strike by Bennett Drake midway through the second quarter getting the ‘Danes on the board.
A game-opening goal by junior Michael Pellegrino on a quick restart from midfield opened the scoring for the Blue Jays, who got two goals each from Brandon Benn and Holden Cattoni in the first half to go along with Brown’s hat trick.
An extra-man goal by Benn just 29 seconds into the second half pushed the lead to 10-1, but Albany made its inevitable run to slice that deficit to 10-5 at the end of three quarters.
Ryan Feuerstein opened the four-goal run for the Great Danes as Lyle Thompson found him from behind the goal and Feuerstein had time and room from 12 yards out less than a minute after Benn’s goal to ignite a four-goal run.
Eric Scala added an extra-man goal of his own 70 seconds later and a Miles Thompson goal just over two minutes after that made it 10-4 with more than 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Albany had a golden opportunity to cut into the deficit more midway through the period as the ‘Danes had a two-man advantage for a full minute, but the Blue Jay defense held and more than eight minutes passed after the Miles Thompson goal before Ty Thompson scored with exactly two minutes remaining in the third quarter to account for the 10-5 score entering the fourth quarter.
Any hopes for an Albany comeback were dashed when more than five scoreless minutes elapsed to open the final period. That was followed by consecutive Hopkins goals in a 59-second span to push the lead to 12-5.
Cattoni completed his second straight hat trick with an extra-man goal off an assist from Stanwick and senior Phil Castronova added a transition goal off a feed from Pellegrino to account for the two-goals that built the lead back to seven.
Albany tallied three of the final four goals of the game, with only Cattoni’s career-high fourth of the game in that time for the Blue Jays. Lyle and Miles Thompson both scored highlight-reel goals, while Feuerstein’s unassisted goal off a restart in the final two minutes closed out the scoring.
Cattoni, who never had a hat trick before last week, added his second straight with the four-goal effort, while Stanwick’s six assists are a career-high and the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Dan Denihan had six at Hofstra on March 11, 2000. Brown (3g, 1a) and Benn (3g) teamed with Stanwick to give the Blue Jays’ starting attack six goals and seven assists. The 13-point effort marks the fifth time in nine games the trio has combined for 12 points or more.
Albany’s dynamic attack unit of Lyle, Miles and Ty Thompson totaled four goals and five assists, but the early turnovers and halftime deficit were more than they could overcome. Sophomore Blaze Riorden posted 12 saves in goal and Connor Russell did a solid job on faceoffs by taking 14-of-24.
Johns Hopkins will return to action on Saturday, April 12 when the Blue Jays welcome Maryland to Homewood Field for the 111th renewal of the greatest rivalry in college lacrosse.
Notes: The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project for the game with Captain Ben Harrow addressing the team after practice on Thursday and then watching the game from the JHU sideline … Harrow played lacrosse at Army • 9-of-13 Johns Hopkins goals were assisted and for the year that’s 73-of-111 (.658) • JHU was 3-for-3 with the extra-man and is now 16-of-29 (.552) on the year • Wells Stanwick’s 29 assists this season are the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Kevin Boland had 32 in 2004 • Brandon Benn’s point-scoring streak is now at 25 games.
#16 Albany (4-5) 0-1-4-3/8
#10 Johns Hopkins (6-3) 5-4-1-3/13
Goals: A: Thompson, M-2, Feuerstein-2, Thompson, L., Thompson, T., Scala, Drake. J: Cattoni-4, Benn-3, Brown-3, Pellegrino, Reed, Castronova. Assists: A: Thompson, L.-3, Thompson, M.-2, Feuerstein. J: Stanwick-6, , Brown, Guida, Pellegrino. Saves: A: Riorden-12. J: Schneider-8. Shots: A-27. J-45. EMO: A: 2-for-3. J: 3-for-3. Attendance: 1,553.