BALTIMORE, MD — The 12th-ranked North Carolina men’s lacrosse team scored five of the final seven goals of the game to rally past host Johns Hopkins, 13-11, at Homewood Field Friday evening. The Tar Heels improve to 4-0 with the win, while the Blue Jays slip to 1-2.
Johns Hopkins grabbed a 9-8 lead early in the fourth quarter when senior Patrick Fraser blew home an extra-man goal at the 12:39 mark. That lead held for just under three minutes when junior Andy Matthews dodged from behind the goal and scored from in close to draw UNC even.
That’s when Tar Heel junior Timmy Kelly took over as he scored three consecutive goals over a span of 3:02 to turn the 9-9 tie into a 12-9 North Carolina lead. Kelly opened this personal three-goal spree with an extra-man goal at the 8:11 mark, tallied another 15 seconds later and completed the run with 5:09 remaining in the fourth quarter when he dodged from behind the goal and fired one into the top far corner.
The Blue Jays had the three-goal deficit down to one at 12-11 just over two minutes later as seniors Shack Stanwick and Joel Tinney scored in a 67-second span to give the Blue Jays all the momentum. Stanwick worked from behind the goal and got his hands free on the wing, while Tinney took a pass from Stanwick in traffic and scored from five yards out.
After another faceoff win by senior Hunter Moreland (6-of-9 in the fourth quarter), the Blue Jays pressured, but were called for being in the crease away from the ball and Carolina quickly cleared. Not long after, Justin Anderson split a double team on the wing and scored into an open net with 1:02 remaining and the Blue Jays weren’t able to slice the deficit to one as time elapsed.
Johns Hopkins had gotten off to a quick start as the Blue Jays built first quarter leads of 2-0, 3-1 and 5-3. Sophomore Cole Williams scored two of his three goals in the opening quarter for Johns Hopkins, which also got strikes from Chris Hubler, Brinton Valis and Thomas Guida in the opening 15 minutes.
The Tar Heels were even at 6-6 at halftime as Tanner Cook scored this third and fourth goals of the first half in the second period to tie things up at 5-5 and Williams and Kelly traded goals in a 30-second span late in the period to account for the deadlock at intermission.
Johns Hopkins took its fourth and final two-goal lead of the game in the first four minutes of the second half as Stanwick tallied an unassisted go at the 13:17 mark and freshman Connor DeSimone added his first career goal just over two minutes later to make it 8-6.
That lead held for more than five minutes before North Carolina got one back from senior Chris Cloutier and then got an extra-man strike from sophomore William Perry late in the period to make it 8-8 entering the final quarter.
Fraser’s extra-man goal opened the scoring in the fourth quarter for Johns Hopkins, but the Tar Heels answered with four straight, including the three in a row from Kelly, and the Blue Jays never drew even down the stretch.
Cook and Kelly both scored four goals for North Carolina, which also got 13 saves from sophomore Jack Pezzulla.
Johns Hopkins got a career-high three goals from Williams and two goals and one assist from Stanwick. Moreland won 18-of-27 faceoffs and had 10 ground balls on the night for Johns Hopkins. The 18 faceoff wins are one shy of his career high and the 10 ground balls are a personal best.
Johns Hopkins will return to action on Saturday, March 3 when the Blue Jays welcome Princeton to Homewood Field. Faceoff is set for 6 pm.
Notes: Stanwick extended his point-scoring streak to 51 games — that is the third-longest active streak in the nation • Fraser’s extra-man goal was the 28th of his career — he has more EMO goals than any other active player in the nation • Tinney’s fourth-quarter goal is the 50th of his career.