SYRACUSE, NY – Fans at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse had seen this script before. A quick start, a mild rally and then a game-turning run that sends everyone home happy.
The difference on Saturday? It was the visiting Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team playing the role of aggressor from the opening faceoff and the blue-clad Hopkins faithful who departed the Dome with smiles as the Blue Jays raced past Syracuse, 18-7, Saturday afternoon before an announced crowd of 5,542.
The Blue Jays jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first 13 minutes, but that lead was down to 3-2 and the Jays had gone scoreless for just over 15 minutes when senior Brinton Valis scored from the slot with 2:16 left in the first half. By the time intermission hit, the Blue Jays had scored three more times with attackman Cole Williams bookending a strike from junior Kyle Marr in the final 1:40 to stake Hopkins to a 7-2 lead.
The inevitable Syracuse run that always seems seconds away from starting, never came after halftime. After the teams traded the first two goals of the third quarter, the Blue Jays scored five goals in a five-minute span to turn an 8-3 lead into a 13-3 advantage with just over 16 minutes remaining. The Orange never got closer than nine the rest of the way and the Blue Jays scored three of the final four to account for the 11-goal margin.
Williams was the centerpiece of the decisive five-goal run in the third quarter as he scored twice, while senior Shack Stanwick went back-to-back in a two-minute span and assisted on a Kyle Marr goal that capped the run and gave the Blue Jays the 13-3 lead.
A Stephen Rehfuss goal with just under a minute remaining in the third quarter halted the run, but the Blue Jay defense never allowed the Orange to score consecutive goals in the final period – or over the final 40 minutes of the game after the two-goal swing that had cut the 3-0 Blue Jay lead to 3-2 early in the game.
Williams (4g, 1a), Stanwick (2g, 3a) and junior Alex Concannon (3g, 2a) led a Blue Jay offense that saw 10 players dent the scoresheet. Senior Joel Tinney tied his career high with four assists and Marr and freshman Connor DeSimone added hat tricks.
The Blue Jay defense was led by senior goalie Brock Turnbaugh, who posted 10 saves. Johns Hopkins caused 11 of the 12 Syracuse turnovers in the game and limited SU to just 25 shots. The 11 caused turnovers are one shy of the Johns Hopkins single-game record.
Johns Hopkins also got another strong performance from senior faceoff specialist Hunter Moreland, who won 17-of-26 faceoffs and grabbed six ground balls. He won 9-of-15 in the second half when the Blue Jays put the game away. Moreland’s dominance at the X helped Hopkins to a 38-22 advantage on ground balls.
Jamie Trimboli scored a team-high three goals for the Orange, who got two from David Lipka and one goal and one assist from Brendan Curry. Dom Madonna matched Turnbaugh’s 10 saves in goal for Syracuse.
Johns Hopkins will return to action on Tuesday, March 13 when the Blue Jays welcome UMBC to Homewood Field (7 pm). That game will be broadcast on HopTV on HopkinsSports.com.
Notes: The 18 goals are the most Johns Hopkins has scored against Syracuse since the Jays topped SU 19-8 in the 2003 NCAA Semifinals o The 18 goals are also tied for the most JHU has ever scored at the Carrier Dome (1991) o The 34 goals the Blue Jays have scored in the last two games are the most in a two-game span for JHU since the first two rounds of the 2015 NCAA Tournament (35 vs. Virginia (19) and Syracuse (16)) o Stanwick pushed his point-scoring streak to 53 games with his five-point showing … he also became the eighth player in school history to amass 80 goals and 80 assists; he now has 81 goals and 89 assists.