BALTIMORE, MD – The 18th-ranked Princeton men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 7-0 lead, then fought back from a two-goal deficit in the final seven minutes before knocking off 12th-ranked Johns Hopkins, 16-15, on a Gavin McBride extra-man goal with 1:07 remaining in overtime at Homewood Field Saturday. The win improves the Tigers’ record to 3-0 on the year, while the Blue Jays slip to 2-3 with the loss.
The 31 combined goals are the most in a Johns Hopkins-Princeton game since 1994 and this is the first time in the 85-game series history that both teams have scored 15 or more goals.
Hopkins bailed itself out of the early seven-goal deficit and finally took its first lead of the game on a Ryan Brown goal with 9:16 remaining. When freshman Joel Tinney spun inside a defender and scored on a nifty dodge from the side, the Blue Jays had a 14-12 lead and had outscored Princeton 14-5 since digging themselves the early seven-goal hole.
But, in a game of runs and as quickly as the Blue Jays had turned a 12-10 deficit into the 14-12 lead with a four-goal spree that took less than five minutes, the Tigers struck twice to knot things at 14. An unassisted goal by Zach Currier just 65 seconds after Tinney’s strike made it 14-13 and McBride split a pair of defenders and got in tight to knot the game with just over five minutes remaining.
Still, the Blue Jays grgoalie abbed a 15-14 lead when Tinney completed his first career hat trick with a 12-yard bouncer that eluded Princeton Eric Sanschagrin with 2:13 remaining.
That set the stage for the late-game heroics that forced overtime and the extra-session game-winner from McBride.
Princeton had the final possession of regulation and called timeout with 32 seconds remaining. Two shots that missed the cage were followed by a quick feed to the crease from Mike MacDonald that Ryan Ambler shoveled home with seven seconds left in regulation.
A violation on the opening faceoff of overtime gave Princeton possession and the Blue Jays drew a pair of flags, including a two-minute non-releasable penalty for an illegal body check.
Hopkins got a big save from Eric Schneider on a Kip Orban shot while still playing two men short and the Blue Jays nearly cleared the ball before turning it over under pressure. A successful clear by the Tigers kept the pressure on with Hopkins still trying to kill the final 30 seconds of the longer penalty and Princeton finally capitalized with 67 seconds remaining in the first overtime when Riley Thompson slipped a pass across the crease to McBride, who flipped the game-winner into the open net on the backside.
A late-game rally didn’t seem like it would be necessary 10 minutes into the game as the Tigers had their 7-0 lead by then as MacDonald had a hat trick and Orban had a pair before Hopkins finally broke through. In all, Princeton scored on seven of eight first-quarter shots.
A Brown goal for Johns Hopkins finally halted the Tigers’ run with 3:46 to play in the first quarter; Brown’s goal ignited a six-goal run for the Blue Jays that took less than nine minutes and included five consecutive extra-man goals.
Holden Cattoni closed the first quarter with an extra-man strike and then added another less than a minute into the second quarter before Blue Jay freshman Patrick Fraser put on an impressive shooting display with three straight extra-man goals in a span of just 80 seconds. His third goal capped the six-goal run and made it 7-6.
In a game full of runs, it was the Tigers’ turn to answer as McBride, Ambler and Orban all scored in the final five minutes of the first half with only another goal by Cattoni answering for the Blue Jays during that time to account for a 10-7 Tiger lead at the half.
The seven-goal deficit was a memory less than seven minutes into the second half as Tinney scored the first of his three second-half goals, Wells Stanwick got his hands free and scored on a dodge from behind and Brown blew home a 12-yarder.
Ambler and Orban gave Princeton a 12-10 lead as they bridged the third and fourth quarters with consecutive Tiger goals. Hopkins answered with the four-goal run that gave them the 14-12 lead. That run was ultimately answered and capped by McBride’s game-winner that sealed the seventh straight win in the series by the visiting team.
Princeton got all 16 of its goals and 11 of its 13 assists on the day from its starting attack and first midfield unit. Orban punched up six points on four goals and two assists, while Ambler, MacDonald and McBride added three goals and two assists each.
Five different players had exactly four points for Johns Hopkins as Fraser’s career-best four goals led the way, while Tinney and Brown added three goals and one assist. Stanwick and Crawley both punched up one goal and three assists to round out JHU’s four-point performers. Cattoni was just behind with his three-goal effort.
Johns Hopkins will return to action next Saturday, March 7 when Navy visits Homewood Field. Princeton will play at Maryland the same day.
#18 Princeton (3-0) 7-3-1-4-1/16
#12 Johns Hopkins (2-3) 2-5-3-5-0/15
Goals: P: Orban-4, MacDonald-3, Ambler-3, McBride-3, Currier-2, Hardej. J: Fraser-4, Brown-3, Cattoni-3, Tinney-3, W. Stanwick, Crawley. Assists: P: Currier-3, Ambler-2, MacDonald-2, McBride-2, Orban-2, Thompson-2. J: Crawley-3, W. Stanwick-3, S. Stanwick-2, Brown, Tinney. Saves: P: Sanschagrin-12. J: Schneider-4. Shots: P-34. J-37. EMO: P: 4-for-5. J: 7-for-10. Attendance: 1,217.