Johns Hopkins vs. Albany
February 25, 2006
The Game Story:
BALTIMORE, MD - Sophomore attackman Kevin Huntley (Towson, MD/Calvert Hall) scored three goals in a span of less than two minutes early in the first quarter to stake the top-ranked Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team to an early 4-1 lead and the Blue Jays held off a late Albany rally to secure a 10-8 victory at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. The win is the 37th straight at home for the Blue Jays, who tie the NCAA Division I record for most consecutive home victories with the win. Syracuse won 37 straight at home from 1982 through 1987.

A Paul Rabil (Gaithersburg, MD/DeMatha) goal just 29 seconds into the game gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead and Huntley followed with back-to-back goals in a span of just 13 seconds three minutes later to make it 3-0. A Merrick Thomson (Stony Creek, Ontario/Albany Academy) goal at the 10:56 mark got the Danes on the board, but Huntley answered 31 seconds later with his third goal and a Brian Christopher (Springfield, PA/Springfield) tally with just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter pushed the lead to 5-1. Neither team scored over the final 17 minutes of the first half or the first five minutes of the third quarter before a 12-goal barrage in the final 23 minutes accounted for the 10-8 final.

The Danes trimmed the deficit to 7-5 by early in the fourth quarter as Corey Small (St. Catherines, Ontario/Holy Cross) and Brett Queener (Penn Yan. NY/Penn Yan Academy) third quarter goals were matched by Jake Byrne (Potomac, MD/Landon) and Rabil before Thomson and Jordan Levine (Plainview, NY/Bethpage) scored in the first five minutes of the final period to make it a two-goal game. Senior Greg Peyser's (Lloyd Harbor, NY/Cold Spring Harbor) extra-man goal for the Blue Jays with 9:14 remaining made it 8-5 before Resetarits scored off a scramble in front to make it 8-6. Byrne and Rabil then scored in a span of 12 seconds shortly after the Resetarits goal to push the lead to 10-6. That lead held until the final minute, when Thomson punched up his third goal of the game and Derek Dale (Lake Ronkonkoma, NY/Sachem) scored with the extra man with 22 seconds left to account for the final scoring.

Hopkins, which posted its 17th straight overall victory dating back to the start of the 2005 season and won for the 19th straight time in the regular season dating back to the middle of the 2004 season, got the three goals and two assists from Huntley, who matched his career high with the five points. Rabil added three goals, Peyser added a goal and two assists and Byrne tallied twice for the Blue Jays, who held a 46-25 advantage in shots, won the ground ball war, 39-36, and grabbed 12-of-21 faceoffs. The Blue Jay defense, which held its ninth straight opponent to nine goals or less dating back to last season, was led by junior goalie Jesse Schwartzman (Owings Mills, MD/Pikesville), who posted 12 saves, including eight in the first half.

Thomson, who led the nation in goals per game last season, had the three goals and added one assist, while Resetarits scored the one goal and added three assists. Queener, who became the first goalie in Albany's Division I history to score a goal, settled down nicely after the first quarter and ended the game with 14 saves in his first career start.

Johns Hopkins will return to action next Saturday when the Blue Jays host Princeton. Albany will host Siena next Saturday.