BALTIMORE, MD – In a game of runs, the third-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team outscored host UMBC 6-0 in the fourth quarter to break open a close game and pick up a 15-8 victory Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jays led big early, watched as the Retrievers got back into it with a strong second quarter and then pulled away to improve to 5-0 on the year. UMBC slips to 2-2 and had a two-game winning streak snapped.
The win is the 175th in the coaching career of Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala, who is now 152-50 at Johns Hopkins and 175-67 overall.
Nursing a 9-8 lead entering the fourth quarter, the Blue Jays needed just six minutes to extend the lead to four as Rob Guida, Brandon Benn and Wells Stanwick all scored in a span of just 2:26 to make it 12-8. Guida blew home a 14-yarder off an assist from Connor Reed before Benn took a nifty feed from Stanwick on the doorstep and scored from in close. When the Retrievers went offsides less than a minute later, Benn found Stanwick behind the defense on a quick restart and Stanwick beat a defenseless Connor Gordon to polish off the three-goal flurry.
The 12-8 lead held for nearly four minutes before another three-goal run for Johns Hopkins put the game away. Sophomore Holdden Cattoni dodged from behind the goal to ignite the spree, which also included goals from Stanwick and Benn and required just 39 seconds to complete. Cattoni got the assist on Benn’s goal, which came on the extra-man and closed the scoring with 5:01 to play.
A fourth-quarter surge didn’t look like it would be needed early on as the Blue Jays scored three goals before the game was six minutes old as sophomore Ryan Brown wrapped goals around a Benb strike before UMBC got one back on a goal from Ty Kashur midway through the quarter.
The 3-1 lead held for more than three minutes before Reed ignited a 4-0 Hopkins run that took less than three minutes and extended the lead to 7-1. Stanwick, Benn and Brown all added goals during the spree and Cattoni assisted on two of those to give the Blue Jays the six-goal lead.
The Retrievers got back in the game on the strength of Pat Young’s shooting and Gordon’s play in the goal. Young scored three straight UMBC goals between the end of the first quarter and the middle of the second to make it 7-4 before Matt Gregoire and Young added tallies in the final 3:32 of the period to make it 7-6 at the half.
While Young’s first-half heroics were the headline, Gordon’s play at the other end was just as spectacular. He made seven second-quarter saves as the Blue Jays went cold after Brown’s goal with 44 seconds left in the first quarter.
After going scoreless in the second quarter, the Blue Jays needed just nine seconds to open the scoring in the third quarter as Benn was on the backend of a fastbreak off the faceoff that junior Drew Kennedy jump-started with a clean win.
The lead was 9-6 just 72 seconds later when Guida fired one home off an assist from Cattoni, but back-to-back goals from UMBC’s Jack Gannon made it 9-8 at the end of the third quarter. Gannon’s goals came nearly nine minutes apart, but Gordon posted two saves after Guida’s goal to keep the Blue Jays off the board for the rest of the third quarter.
Senior goalie Eric Schneider made two big saves in the final minutes of the third quarter for the Blue Jays, who held the 9-8 lead until Guida’s goal just over three minutes into the fourth quarter ignited the game-ending six-goal run for Johns Hopkins. The run was fueled by Kennedy, who won 5-of-6 faceoffs in the fourth quarter and finished 18-of-26 with 12 ground balls on the day.
Benn matched his career high with five goals and added an assist for a personal-best six points, while Stanwick (3g, 3a) and Brown (3g, 1a) rounded out an effort that saw JHU’s starting attack combine for 11 goals and five assists.
Cattoni’s four assists and five points are both career highs; his four assists today are one more than he had in his career entering the game. He teamed with Guida and Reed to give the Blue Jays’ first midfield a combined four goals and five assists.
Young’s four goals tied his career high and came in a span of less than 15 minutes of game time. Gannon added two goals and two assists, but no other Retriever managed a multi-point game. Gordon finished with 16 saves, several of which were of the spectacular variety.
Johns Hopkins will return to action next Saturday when the Blue Jays welcome 11th-ranked Syracuse to Homewood Field.
Notes: Johns Hopkins is now 12-0 all-time against UMBC and 63-8 under head coach Dave Pietramala against teams from the state of Maryland • Benn’s five goals extend his goal-scoring streak to 21 games • The Blue Jay defense held UMBC scoreless for the final 18:45; this is the sixth time this season Johns Hopkins has held the opposition scoreless for 15 minutes or longer.
#3 Johns Hopkins (5-0) 7-0-2-6/15
UMBC (2-2) 2-4-2-0/8
Goals: J: Benn-5, Stanwick-3, Brown-3, Guida-2, Cattoni, Reed. U: Young-4, Gannon-2, Gregoire, Kashur. Assists: J: Cattoni-4, Stanwick-3, Benn, Brown, Malm, Reed. U: Gannon-2, Maxwell, Young. Saves: J: Schneider-8. U: Gordon-16.Shots: J-45, U-28. EMO: J: 2-for-3. U: 0-for-1. Attendance: 1,910.