BALTIMORE, MD – The sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 5-0 lead and later used a 5-1 run to put the game away as the Blue Jays powered their way past visiting UMBC, 13-7, at blustery Homewood Field Friday night. Eight different players scored for the Blue Jays, who improved to 5-1 on the year and 11-0 all-time against the Retrievers. UMBC slips to 1-4 on the year with the loss.
The Blue Jays wasted little time taking control as they scored twice before the game was four minutes old and built a five-goal lead in the opening quarter. John Greeley and Ryan Brown sandwiched extra-man goals around the first of Zach Palmer’s three goals to stake JHU to a 3-0 lead and junior Greg Edmonds and Palmer both scored in the final 90 seconds of the first period to account for the five-goal game-opening run for the Blue Jays. Palmer’s second strike of the opening period was a behind-the-back highlight reel goal with just 40 seconds left on the clock.
The quick start is nothing new for Johns Hopkins, which has now outscored its six opponents 27-7 in the first quarter this season.
The Retrievers halted the run and hopped back in the game with back-to-back goals in just under a two-minute span late in the second quarter. A David Campbell strike off a nice feed to the slot from Joe Lustgarten finally got the Retrievers on the board with 5:55 remaining in the first half and Pat Young split a double team and blew home his sixth goal of the season at the 4:03 mark to make it a three-goal game.
Any hopes for a UMBC comeback were dashed in a five-minute span bridging the second and third quarters as JHU scored three goals in that span to push the 5-2 lead to 8-2.
Senior John Kaestner handled a tight pass in traffic on the crease and threaded home his third goal of the season and Palmer completed his first-half hat trick with 63 seconds left before intermission to make it 7-2 at the half. When senior John Ranagan swept across the top of the box and blew a left-handed laser past Wes DeRito early in the second half, the Blue Jays had their largest lead of the game at that point.
The Retrievers scored three of the next five goals, including back-to-back extra-man goals by senior Scott Jones, to make it a 10-5 game early in the fourth quarter, but Hopkins answered by scoring three of the next four as Ranagan, Brown and Wells Stanwick all scored their second goal of the game during the spree to make it 13-6. An unassisted goal by Young with 1:17 to play accounted for the final scoring.
Stanwick led the Blue Jays with two goals and a career-high-tying four assists, while Palmer added two assists to his eighth career hat trick. Ranagan (2g, 1a), Brown (2g) and Kaestner (1g, 1a) also added multi-point efforts for the Blue Jays, who got a 12-of-19 showing on faceoffs from senior Mike Poppleton and 10 saves from senior Pierce Bassett.
Jones was the only multi-goal scorer for the Retrievers, who won the ground ball battle (34-28) and outshot the Blue Jays (35-33), but couldn’t overcome the early five-goal deficit. DeRtio made nine saves in his first career start in goal and Phil Poe won 10-of-22 faceoffs and grabbed six ground balls for the Retrievers.
Johns Hopkins will return to action on Saturday, March 16 when the Blue Jays renew one of the great rivalries in college lacrosse with a trip to Syracuse.
UMBC (1-4) 0-2-2-3/7
#6 Johns Hopkins (5-1) 5-2-3-3/13
Goals: U: Jones-2, Young-2, Lewnes-Nate, Gregoire, Campbell. J: Palmer-3, Stanwick-2, Ranagan-2, Brown-2, Kaestner, Edmonds, Pellegrino, Greeley. Assists: U: Linkous-2, Doub, Lustgarten. J: Stanwick-4, Palmer-2, Coppermsith, Kaestner, Ranagan. Saves: U: DeRito-9. J: Bassett-10, Schneider-1. Shots: U-35. J-33. EMO: U: 2-for-3. J: 4-for-6. Attendance: 1,045.