BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team bookended a 13-11 victory against fifth-ranked Penn State with a pair of 37s on Saturday afternoon at Homewood Field.
It took just 37 seconds for senior Cody Radziewicz to open the scoring with an unassisted goal; and junior Joel Tinney’s clincher came with 37 second left in the fourth quarter.
Those weren’t the only 30s that stood out on the stat sheet in a victory that improved Hopkins’ record to 7-4 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten.
Hunter Moreland, who wears #31 for the Blue Jays, won 19-of-28 faceoffs and grabbed five ground balls to give Johns Hopkins a decided advantage in possession, especially in the first half, when the JHU built a 10-5 lead.
Moreland’s former high school teammate, junior Shack Stanwick, who wears #32, added three goals and two assists to lead the way offensively for the Blue Jays.
Need more 30s? The Blue Jays answered Penn State’s first goal in 35 seconds, its second strike in 33 seconds and scored twice in a span of 31 seconds late in the second quarter to turn an 8-5 lead into the 10-5 halftime lead.
It was a goal by freshman Forry Smith midway through the first quarter that broke a 2-2 tie and jump-started a 6-1 run that gave the Blue Jays an 8-3 lead with just under five minutes remaining in the first half. Five Blue Jays scored during the spree for Johns Hopkins, including Stanwick, who scored back-to-back goals bridging the first and second quarters.
Penn State hopped back in the game with back-to-back goals of its own, the 39th of the year for freshman Mac O’Keefe with 3:24 left in the first half and another by Ryan Keenan with 1:40 remaining.
Keenan’s goal came with a flag down and the Nittany Lions could have drawn closer if they had won the ensuing man-up faceoff, but Moreland created just enough of a scrum and senior Austin Spencer came up with a nifty ground ball to give the Blue Jays possession. An unassisted goal by Radziewicz on a sweeping dodge from behind the goal and Stanwick’s third of the first half 31 seconds later accounted for the final first-half scoring.
An even third quarter that saw both teams score once, led to a furious fourth-quarter rally by Penn State.
It took just nine seconds for the Nittany Lions to start what would become a three-goal run in the first 6:09 of the final period. Grant Ament scored off the opening faceoff off a nice skip pass from Nick Aponte and Mike Sutton added a step-down goal four minutes later to draw Penn State within 11-8. When Aponte found Matt Florence cutting down the middle for another with 8:51 on the clock, the Lions down just two for the first time since early in the second quarter.
Stanwick fed Smith for a timer-on goal 91 seconds after Florence’s goal to end a scoring drought that had pushed past 21 minutes for the Blue Jays, but Sutton dodged hard to the goal to make it 12-10 two minutes later.
Penn State (10-2, 1-2 B1G) had all the momentum with 80 seconds left on the clock when Ament found Dan Craig alone on the side of the goal after a quick restart, but Moreland, as he had all day, won the ensuing crucial faceoff and drew a flag for a hold; with the play-on still in progress, Tinney scored his clincher with the 37 ticks remaining to seal Hopkins’ ninth consecutive win in the series with Penn State.
Moreland’s 19 faceoff wins are a career high, while his 28 attempts were one shy of his personal best. Stanwick led six multi-point scorers for Johns Hopkins with his three-goal, two-assist effort. Sophomore Kyle Marr added one goal and a career-high three assists, while Smith (2g, 1a), Tinney (2g), Radziewicz (2g) and Patrick Fraser (2g) also had multi-point efforts.
Penn State produced seven multi-point scorers with Ament (2g, 3a) and Aponte (4a) leading the way. Freshman Colby Kneese was strong in goal for the Nittany Lions as he posted 15 saves, including nine in the first half, when the Blue Jays fired 28 of their 44 shots in the game.
Notes: Stanwick moved into 12th on Johns Hopkins’ career assist list (79) and into a tie for 22nd on JHU’s career points list (147) • Stanwick also extended his point-scoring streak to 44 games, the fourth-longest at Johns Hopkins in the last 25 years • The three Johns Hopkins-Penn State regular season games since the formation of the Big Ten in 2015 have been decided by a total of four goals • Long stick middies Robert Kuhn and Austin Spencer combined for 11 ground balls and two caused turnovers • The two goals for Radziewicz give him 50 career points (34g, 16a) • Seniors John Crawley and Joe Carlini played in their 60th career games today – the school-record for career games played is 64 (Paul Rabil & Michael Kimmel).