Hopkins stays unbeaten with win over Michigan

February 22, 2014 | WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The eighth-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 9-1 halftime lead and had 11 different players score as the Blue Jays eased past visiting Michigan, 14-5, at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jays improve to 3-0 on the year, while the Wolverines slip to 2-2.

The win was the 150th for Dave Pietramala as the head coach at Johns Hopkins and it came in his 200th game as the head coach at Homewood. He is now 150-50 as the head coach at Johns Hopkins and 173-67 overall.

Hopkins sprinted out to a 6-0 lead after the opening 15 minutes as five different players found the back of the net. Junior Michael Pellegrino’s transition goal opened the scoring less than two minutes into the game and JHU added five more goals on 13 first-quarter shots to push out to the early six-goal lead.

Junior Wells Stanwick assisted on Pellegrino’s goal, added a strike of his own four minutes later and got the helper on Brandon Benn’s second goal of the quarter in the final minute to fuel the early run, which also included unassisted goals from midfielders Bronson Kelly and John Crawley.

Doug Bryant broke a game-opening Wolverine scoring drought that reached more than 21 minutes when he fired home an unassisted goal at the 9:21 mark of the second quarter, but a three-goal Blue Jay run that took less than two minutes midway through the period effectively put the game away. A pair of Holden Cattoni goals, including one while the Blue Jays were on the extra-man, and a strike from senior midfielder Rob Guida accounted for JHU’s second-quarter scoring and gave JHU the eight-goal halftime lead.

Michigan eventually outshot the Blue Jays 41-36, but the Blue Jay defense did a great job of pushing the Wolverines to their off-hand and tough angles. Senior goalie Eric Schneider posted eight of his career-high 20 saves in the first half as the Blue Jays built their lead. Schneider’s 20 saves are the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Pierce Bassett had 20 in a win against then eighth-ranked Loyola on May 8, 2010.

The Blue Jays nearly matched their three-goal second-quarter run with a three-goal flurry in the third quarter that took just under three minutes and included Guida’s second and goals by sophomore Ryan Brown and freshman Cody Radziewicz. Guida’s goal with just over 10 minutes remaining gave the Blue Jays a 12-1 lead.

Michigan won the statistical battle over the final 20 minutes of the game and outscored the Blue Jays 4-2 over that span to account for the 14-5 final score. David McCormack, David Joseph and Kyle Jackson scored unassisted goals during that time for the Wolverines and Peter Kraus assisted on a Riley Kennedy goal for the Wolverines, who fired off 27 of their 41 shots in the second half.

Benn, Guida and Cattoni all scored twice for the Blue Jays, who also got the one goal and three assists from Stanwick.

The Blue Jay defense held Michigan’s starting attack and first midfield to a combined two goals and no assists on 18 shots. Sophomore Brad Lott had a great day on faceoffs for the Wolverines as he was 14-of-23 and added nine ground balls.

Notes: Johns Hopkins is 3-0 for the fifth straight year and the sixth time in the last seven years • JHU improved to 20-3 all-time in the month of February • Benn’s two goals extended his goal-scoring streak to 19 games.

Michigan (2-2) 0-1-2-2/5
Johns Hopkins (3-0) 6-3-4-1/14

GoalsM: McCormack, Jackson, Bryant, Joseph, Kenedy. J: Guida-2, Benn-2, Cattoni-2, Stanwick, Crawley, Pellegrino, Schuler, Brown, Madarsz, Radziewicz, Kelly, B. AssistsM: Kraus. J: Stanwick-3, Benn, Brown, Guida, Reed, Schneider.SavesM: Zonino-7. J: Schneider-20, Ryan-1. Shots: M-41, J-36. EMOM: 1-for-1. J: 1-for-1. Attendance: 1,603.