BALTIMORE, MD – The first shot came quickly – less than 10 seconds into Friday night’s Big Ten men’s lacrosse game between 13th-ranked Johns Hopkins and seventh-ranked Rutgers. A Jules Heningburg shot from five yards out on the wing that Blue Jay goalie Brock Turnbaugh turned aside and sent the other way.
Just over two minutes later, the first of sophomore Kyle Marr’s five goals jump-started a 4-0 game-opening run for Johns Hopkins (6-3, 1-0 B1G) and the Blue Jays never let the visiting Scarlet Knights get closer than three over the final 47 minutes in a workmanlike 12-6 victory.
Turnbaugh, who was making his first start of the season, went on to post 12 saves playing behind a close defense that included two freshmen in the starting lineup. Heningburg, who entered the game with 16 goals and 14 assists, was held scoreless for the first 55 minutes of the game by Nick Fields, the lone senior starter on the Blue Jay defense.
When Marr completed his first-quarter hat trick with 2:30 remaining in the first quarter, the Blue Jays had their 4-0 lead. Rutgers (8-2, 0-1 B1G), which entered the game averaging 12.5 goals per game, finally broke through with two seconds remaining in the opening period when Kieran Mullins worked his way in from the side and slipped one inside the far post.
Mullins’ goal was answered in the first five minutes of the second quarter by the second of Shack Stanwick’s four goals and an extra-man tally by senior Cody Radziewicz that pushed the Blue Jay lead to 6-1.
Twice over the next 22 minutes the Scarlet Knights had the deficit down to three as a pair of second-quarter goals by Jeff George and Connor Murphy – both with the shot clock on – and a Josh Jordan laser and another by Murphy with just under three minutes remaining in the third quarter accounted for scores of 6-3 and 8-5.
However, each two-goal rally by Rutgers was answered by the Blue Jays. Stanwick gave Hopkins a 7-3 lead at the half when he dodged from behind the goal and beat a late-sliding zone and John Crawley opened the third quarter scoring with a bullet to the far post off an ally dodge to make it 8-3.
The back-to-back goals by Jordan and Murphy followed, but a three-goal spurt that bridged the third and fourth quarters and took less than three minutes pushed the margin to 11-5 before the teams traded goals in the final five minutes to account for the 12-6 final score. Stanwick, Radziewicz and Marr all scored during the three-goal run for Johns Hopkins.
Marr’s five goals were one shy of his career high of six, which he scored last week against Virginia, while Stanwick’s four goals matched his career high and his six points were one shy of his personal best.
Turnbaugh, who played the final 43 minutes in last week’s win against Virginia, notched eight of his 12 saves in the second half, including five in the third quarter. Junior Hunter Moreland continued his strong play at the X as he was 13-of-22 with seven ground balls in the victory.
Murphy scored three goals to account for half of Rutgers’ six in the game and Mullins added one goal and two assists, but the Scarlet Knights never really got going offensively as Fields kept Heningburg in check and Turnbaugh was up to the task on 12 of the 18 Rutgers shots on goal.
Johns Hopkins will return to action on Sunday, April 9 when the Blue Jays travel to Ohio State. Faceoff in Columbus is set for 7 pm with a live national television audience on the Big Ten Network.
Notes: Marr is the first Johns Hopkins player with five or more goals in back-to-back games since Ryan Brown did it against Ohio State (8) and Penn State (5) in 2015 • The Blue Jay defense held Rutgers scoreless for 14:58 to open the game and two other stretches of at least eight minutes • Stanwick’s two assists give him 76 in his career, which moves his past Del Dressel into 13th place on JHU’s career list – his six points give him 139 in his career, which ties him with Kevin Huntley (2005-08) and Kyle Barrie (2002-05) for 26th on JHU’s career point-scoring list.