Johns Hopkins vs. Canisius
April 14, 2003
The Game Story:
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Junior midfielder Kevin Boland scored a career-high five goals and added one assist and the top-ranked Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team had 11 different players score goals as the Blue Jays raced past visiting Canisius, 21-5 at Homewood Field. The win is the fifth straight for Hopkins, which improves to 8-1 on the year, while Canisius slips to 3-7. The 21 goals are the most the Blue Jays have scored under third-year coach Dave Pietramala and the most since scoring a school-record 31 in a 31-7 win over St. Joe's on April 21, 1999.

Johns Hopkins wasted little time taking control as the Blue Jays led 5-0 after 10 minutes, 6-2 at the end of the first quarter and 14-3 at halftime. Greg Peyser, Peter LeSueur, Bobby Benson, Kyle Harrison and Boland all scored during the opening 5-0 run, with Benson's goal coming with the extra man. Canisius trimmed the deficit to 5-2 with back-to-back goals by Mark Miyashita and Chris Tocin late in the first quarter, but the Blue Jays responded with another 5-0 run to put the game away.

A Boland goal with 46 seconds remaining in the first quarter pushed the lead to 6-2 before Hopkins ripped off four goals in the first five minutes of the second quarter. Adam Doneger, Joe McDermott, Kyle Dowd and Benson all scored during the spree for the Blue Jays. An extra-man goal by Canisius' Rick Neward stopped the run, but two more goals by Boland late in the second-quarter and tallies by Scott Spratlen and Conor Ford made it 14-3 at halftime.

The second half saw the Blue Jays empty the bench early in the third quarter and six different Hopkins players scored goals after halftime. Dowd netted two of the seven goals for the Blue Jays after intermission to account for his career-high three goals in the game. A Canisius goal by Jon Dugan early in the third quarter opened the second half scoring and the Golden Griffins' R.J. Ramgopal closed the scoring with 24 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to account for the final score of 21-5.

In addition to Boland, Hopkins got three goals from Dowd, two goals and two assists from Benson and Peyser, two goals and one assist from Ford and Harrison, and one goal and one assist from LeSueur and McDermott. Harrison also won 7-of-9 faceoffs and Peyser won 6-of-8. Overall, Hopkins won 20-of-30 faceoffs, won the ground ball war, 44-29 and outshot the Griffins, 59-17.

Miyashita and Ramgopal led Canisius with one goal and one assist each and Tom Kucharczak registered 12 saves in goal for the Griffins, who were playing their first-ever game against a team ranked number one.

Johns Hopkins, which has now won 16 straight games at home and is 36-1 in the month of April since 1997, will next be in action on Saturday when the Blue Jays host Navy. Canisius returns to action on April 22 when the Griffins host Colgate.