Johns Hopkins vs. Albany
March 9, 2004
The Game Story:
BALTIMORE, Md. -- The top-ranked Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team had nine different players score and used a 15-1 run that bridged the second and third quarters to fuel a 17-6 victory over visiting Albany at Homewood Field Tuesday afternoon. The win is the 22nd straight at home for the Blue Jays, who improve to 3-0. Albany, which led 3-1 after the first quarter, falls to 1-1.

The Great Danes jumped to first-quarter leads of 2-0 and 3-1 as Brendan Russell (Jamesville, NY/Jamesville-DeWitt), Mike Solazzo (Yorktown Heights, NY/Yorktown) and Matt Green (Canandaigua, NY/Canandaigua Academy) all scored in the opening 15 minutes, while the Blue Jays managed just an extra-man goal by senior Kevin Boland (Jessup, MD/Gilman). In took less than five minutes of the second quarter for the Blue Jays to tie the game as juniors Peter LeSueur (Garden City, NY/Garden City) and Kyle Barrie (Narberth, PA/The Haverford School) scored just over one-minute apart and an unassisted goal by Kyle Harrison (Baltimore, MD/Friends) at the 9:02 mark gave the Blue Jays the lead for good.

The 4-3 lead held until the final 5:54 of the first half, when senior attackman Conor Ford (Timonium, MD/St. Paul's) continued the 9-0 run with the first of his three goals. The half-ending run included extra-man goals by Barrie and junior midfielder Matt Rewkowski (Bethpage, NY/Bethpage) and was completed by a Ford goal with seven seconds remaining in the quarter and a goal by LeSueur as time expired.

Albany's Frank Resetarits (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) halted the 9-0 run when he scored off an assist from Chris Martocchia (Wantagh, NY/Wantagh) at the 11:40 mark of the third quarter, but Ford's second goal of the game touched off a 6-0 run that included two more goals by Rewkowski and another goal by Boland. Both of Rewkowski's goals and Boland's tally came with the man-advantage as Hopkins capitalized on 6-of-11 extra-man opportunities in the game. Luke Daquino (Farmingville, NY/Sachem) and Solazzo sandwiched fourth-quarter goals around the first career goal for Hopkins' Jamison Koesterer (Cazenovia, NY/Cazenovia) to account for the final scoring.

Barrie's two goals and four assists paced a balanced Blue Jay scoring attack, while Ford and LeSueur both added three goals and two assists. Rewkowski was the third Blue Jays with three goals and Boland added two goals and three assists. The Blue Jays controlled every facet of the stat sheet as they held a 61-25 advantage in shots, won the ground ball war, 47-26 and controlled 15-of-26 faceoffs. Sophomore Scott Smith (Wilton, CT/Wilton) made his second consecutive start in goal for the Blue Jays and allowed just four goals while registering six saves before giving way to freshman Jesse Schwartzman (Owings Mills, MD/Pikesville), who allowed one goal and made three saves in the fourth quarter.

Solazzo led the way for Albany with two goals, while Russell added one goal and one assist and Martocchia had two assists. Junior goalie Kevin Rae (Yorktown Heights, NY/Yorktown) played the entire game and registered 18 saves while allowing all 17 goals.