VILLANOVA, PA – The fifth-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team outscored host Villanova 4-1 in the first 11 minutes of the fourth quarter to turn a 9-8 lead into a 13-9 advantage and the Blue Jays went on to a 13-10 victory at snowy Villanova Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jays move to 2-1 on the year with the victory, while Villanova drops its season opener to start 0-1.
The tenuous one-goal lead entering the fourth quarter was up to three in less than 65 seconds as Wilkins Dismuke scored off a slick-field-enduced scramble from the slot. Dismuke came up with a ground ball and shoveled the ball past Villanova goalie Dan Willis from in tight. Senior Wells Stanwick made it 11-8 just 17 seconds later as he was on the back end of a scramble situation and went in alone and beat Wills from seven yards out.
An extra-man goal by Christian Cuccinello with 9:35 to play sliced the deficit to 11-9, but sophomore John Crawley got his hands free on a dodge from behind the goal and fired one to the top shelf and junior Ryan Brown capped his four-goal day with an underhanded laser from 10 yards out with just over four minutes left on the clock. A unassisted goalie by Danny Seibel with 20 seconds remaining closed the scoring to account for the 13-10 final score.
The first 30 minutes solved nothing as the teams went to halftime knotted at 5-5 with Villanova bookending the half with two-goal spurts around a 5-1 Johns Hopkins run.
The Blue Jays trailed 2-0 less the three minutes into the game before Shack Stanwick and Brown sandwiched goals around a Jack Curran goal for Villanova in the final nine minutes of the opening period to make it 3-2 Villanova at the end of the first period.