Johns Hopkins vs. Albany
April 5, 2005
The Game Story:
BALTIMORE, MD -- Sophomore attackman Jake Byrne (Potomac, MD/Landon) scored a career-high five goals and added two assists and senior midfielder Joe Malo (Denver, CO/Denver) scored a career-high four goals to lead the top-ranked Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team to a 19-6 win over 14th-ranked Albany Tuesday afternoon. The win improves the Blue Jays' record to 7-0, while the Great Danes had a three-game winning streak snapped and slip to 5-3. The Blue Jays also tied a school record with their 31st consecutive home victory and set up a Friday night showdown with second-ranked Duke.

The Blue Jays wasted little time putting the game away as they sprinted to a 7-1 lead after the first quarter and carried a 12-2 lead into halftime. Malo and freshman Paul Rabil (Gaithersburg, MD/DeMatha) scored back-to-back goals just 42 seconds apart in the first four minutes of the game before Albany's Merrick Thomson (Stoney Creek, Ontario/Albany Academy) tied the game with the first of his three goals just 40 seconds after Rabil's tally.

Hopkins answered Thomson's goal with six consecutive goals to put the game away. Byrne scored three times and added an assist in the 6-0 run, which was capped by sophomore Jamison Koesterer's (Cazenovia, NY/Cazenovia) goal just 17 seconds into the second quarter. Albany's Luke Daquino (Farmingville, NY/Sachem) temporarily slowed the Blue Jays' momentum with a goal 39 seconds after Koesterer's, but freshman Kevin Huntley (Towson, MD/Calvert Hall) ignited a 10-0 run with a goal just 14 seconds later and the Blue Jays were on their way to their highest goal output since the 2003 NCAA Semifinals against Syracuse (19-8).

Sophomore Jake Byrne had career highs of five goals and seven points in the win over Albany.

Byrne, Malo and Rabil all scored in the final nine minutes of the second quarter to account for the 12-2 margin at the half and Huntley and Byrne scored in the first three minutes of the third quarter. Goals by Greg Peyser (Lloyd Harbor, NY/Cold Spring Harbor), Michael Doneger (Hewlett, NY/Lynbrook) and Malo pushed the lead to 17-2 at the end of the third quarter before the Danes closed with four of the final six goals of the game to account for the final scoring. Thomson and Frank Resetarits (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) both scored twice in the fourth quarter for Albany with Resetarits assisting on both of Thomson's goals to complete a six-point game.

Byrne's five goals easily surpassed his previous career high of three, which came in a 9-6 season-opening victory over Princeton. The seven points were also a career high. Malo entered the game with one career goal, but finished with the four to help lead a balanced attack that saw 10 different Blue Jays score goals and 11 different players register at least one point. Senior Kyle Harrison (Baltimore, MD/Friends) scored one goal and added a career-high five assists, while Rabil added two goals and two assists to tie his personal best of four points. In all 14 of the Blue Jays' 19 goals were assisted.

Sophomore goalie Jesse Schwartzman (Owings Mills, MD/Pikesville) made nine saves and allowed four goals before giving way to freshman Graydon Locey (Horseheads, NY/Corning East) with just over nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Schwartzman and the Johns Hopkins defense have now held six of seven opponents to seven goals or less on the year. The Blue Jays outshot the Danes, 43-29 and won 17-of-26 faceoffs, including 11-of-15 in the first half. In addition to his six points Harrison won 4-of-4 faceoffs, grabbed five ground balls and topped the 100 career point mark in the victory as he now has 66 goals and 38 assists for 104 points. The six-point effort ties his career high.

Resetarits had a hand in all six Albany goals as he scored twice and added four assists, while Thomson was the beneficiary of three of his assists and added a helper himself to finish with four points. Senior goalie Kevin Rae (Yorktown Heights, NY/Yorktown) played the entire game for Albany and had 13 saves to his credit, while the Danes held a 37-34 ground ball advantage after controlling 14-of-17 in the fourth quarter.

The 31-game home winning streak matches the school record originally set from April 24, 1982 through May 19, 1985. The streak is also tied for the second-longest home winning streak in Division I since 1971, when the NCAA began tracking such records.

The matchup Friday night against the second-ranked Blue Devils will be the Blue Jays' second in four games against a team ranked number two in the nation as Hopkins knocked off then second-ranked Virginia, 9-7 on March 26. It will also be the fourth time in the last 24 games dating back to the final game of the 2003 season that a top-ranked Hopkins team will play the number two team.