PRINCETON, NJ – Visiting Johns Hopkins used a 5-0 run to turn a 9-7 third-quarter deficit into a 12-9 lead and the 18th-ranked Blue Jays never let host Princeton get closer than two over the final nine minutes of the game as Hopkins topped the Tigers, 14-12, at Class of 1952 Stadium Saturday afternoon.
In a game that featured five ties in the first 37 minutes, it was the Tigers who grabbed the late third-quarter two-goal lead on back-to-back strikes by Emmet Cordrey and Michael Sowers; Sowers goal came with 2:41 left in the third and the Tigers a man up.
By the time the Tigers scored again with 5:34 left in the fourth, the Blue Jays had pieced together their five-goal run that was jump-started just 16 seconds after Sowers’ extra-man tally on the first career goal by sophomore Kyle Prouty.
Princeton carried the 9-8 lead into the fourth quarter, but that was gone just 17 seconds into the period when freshman Joey Epstein picked the near post on a feed from junior Matt Hubler off the opening faceoff of the final quarter. Goals just 12 seconds apart by Brett Baskin and Robert Kuhn followed less than 90 seconds later to give JHU an 11-9 lead and Baskin capped the five-goal run with his third goal of the game with exactly nine minutes to play.
The 12-9 Blue Jay lead held for more than three minutes until Connor McCarthy scored on an ally dodge for Princeton, but Epstein beat the shot clock exactly 80 seconds later and Alex Concannon bounced one home 80 seconds after that to give Hopkins a 14-10 lead with 2:54 remaining.
Princeton closed out the scoring with back-to-back goals by Beau Pederson and Alexander Vardaro in the final two minutes to account for the final scoring.
The first 30 minutes saw four ties and ended with Princeton scoring at the second-quarter buzzer to grab a 6-5 halftime lead. The Blue Jays trailed 3-1, but battled back to force ties at 3-3, 4-4 and 5-5 before a Jamie Atkinson strike off a feed from Sowers off a late restart beat the halftime clock.
Senior Kyle Marr bookended Princeton’s early three-goal run as he opened the scoring just 56 seconds into the game and then halted the Tigers’ spree with an extra-man goal that sliced the deficit to 3-2 midway through the opening period.
Marr’s second goal ignited a three-goal Blue Jay run that included the first of Baskin and Cole Williams’ three goals on the day. A 4-1 Tiger spree, which included consecutive strikes by Charlie Durbin, the late second-quarter goal by Atkinson and Durbin’s third of the day, gave Princeton a 7-5 lead early in the third.
After Williams scored twice to knot things at 7-7, Princeton answered with the Cordrey and Sowers goals that give the Tigers the 9-7 lead midway through the third. That lead held until Prouty’s fast-break goal sprung the five-goal run that gave Hopkins a lead it would never relinquish.
Williams and Baskin both had three goals for the Blue Jays while Epstein and Marr both scored twice. Sophomore Ryan Darby posted a career-high 13 saves for Johns Hopkins, which held advantages in shots (44-42) and ground balls (42-38). Johns Hopkins also got a career-high and school-record-tying six caused turnovers and three ground balls from senior short stick defensive midfielder Danny Jones.
Princeton got two goals and three assists from Sowers, the three goals from Durbin and two goals one assist from Chris Brown. Jon Levine posted 14 saves in goal for the Tigers.
A deciding factor in the game was the Blue Jays’ effort on faceoffs. Prouty won 9-of-13 and freshman Matt Narewski won 10-of-15 (and added nine ground balls) as Hopkins won 19-of-28 on the day.
Johns Hopkins will close out its three-game road swing on Saturday, March 9 when the Blue Jays travel to Syracuse to take on the Orange. Faceoff from the Carrier Dome is scheduled for 1 pm.
Notes: Marr extended his goal-scoring streak to 18 games • The win is the 199th for head coach Dave Pietramala at Johns Hopkins • JHU has won eight straight games in the month of March and is now 174-44-2 all-time against Ivy League teams.