Johns Hopkins vs. North Carolina
April 3, 2004
The Game Story:
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Junior attackman Peter LeSueur (Garden City, NY/Garden City) scored his sixth goal of the season with just under one minute remaining in the fourth quarter to polish off a rally by second-ranked Johns Hopkins as the Blue Jays knocked off fifth-ranked North Carolina, 10-9 in men's lacrosse action at Homewood Field. The win, the 24th straight for Johns Hopkins at home and 10th straight over the Tar Heels, improves the Blue Jays' record to 6-1. The Tar Heels dropped their second straight and slip to 5-3.

The Tar Heels led 8-6 midway through the third quarter after Jed Prossner (Easton, MD/McDonogh) and Stephen McElduff (Yorktown, NY/Yorktown) netted back-to-back unassisted goals. However, the Blue Jays tied the score by the end of the third quarter as junior midfielder Kyle Harrison (Baltimore, MD/Friends) and senior attackman Conor Ford (Timonium, MD/St. Paul's) scored within a span of 61 seconds to make it 8-8 entering the fourth quarter. That set the stage for the third consecutive one-goal game between the two teams, all of which have been won by Johns Hopkins.

Ford's third goal of the game with 9:53 remaining off an assist from junior midfielder Matt Rewkowski (Bethpage, NY/Bethpage) gave the Blue Jays a 9-8 lead. That lead would hold for just over five minutes until Prossner netted his third goal of the game to the score at 9-9. Both teams had possessions and opportunities to score in the ensuing minutes. Johns Hopkins goalie Scott Smith (Wilton, CT/Wilton) made two good saves in a span of less than 15 seconds as he stopped Lance Zimmerman (Cockeysville, MD/Gilman) with 2:53 remaining and Prossner with 2:40 left to set up LeSueur's game-winner.

After Smith's final save on Prossner the Blue Jays successfully cleared the ball and fired five shots at North Carolina goalie Paul Spellman (Cockeysville, MD/Gilman) over the next 90 seconds before LeSueur finally beat him from 10 yards out off an assist from senior Kevin Boland (Jessup, MD/Gilman). The Blue Jays won the ensuing possession and killed off the remaining 50 seconds to secure the victory.

The Blue Jays had jumped to an early 2-0 lead as freshman Jake Byrne (Potomac, MD/Landon) opened the scoring with an extra-man goal just four minutes into the game and junior Kyle Barrie (Narberth, PA/The Haverford School) netted his 14th goal of the season two minutes later. Prossner jump-started a three-goal run by the Tar Heels with an extra-man goal at the 7:18 mark and McCall added his 13th goal of the season with 10 seconds remaining in the first quarter to make it 2-2 entering the second quarter.

Dave Duffy (Garden City, NY/Garden City) ended a seven-minute scoring drought when he scored midway through the second quarter, but Rewkowski's 12th goal of the season less than a minute later tied the game at 3-3. North Carolina's Ryan Blair (Auburn, NY/Auburn) and Zimmerman sandwiched goals around Harrison's first goal of the game to give the Tar Heels a 5-4 lead at the half.

McCall's second goal of the game just over a minute into the third quarter made it 6-4, but the Blue Jays answered with back-to-back extra-man goals by Ford and Byrne in a span of 85 seconds to tie the game at 6-6. That set the stage for Prossner and McElduff's back-to-back goals, which were answered by Hopkins' game-ending 4-1 run.

Smith registered a career-high 15 saves for the Blue Jays, including six in the pivotal fourth quarter when he allowed just one goal. Ford's three goals led the way for the Blue Jays, who got a goal and three assists from Rewkowski, a goal and two assists from LeSueur and two goals from Harrison and Byrne.

Prossner led the way for the Tar Heels with his three-goal, one-assist effort, while McCall added two goals. Zimmerman chipped in with a goal and two assists and Spellman made 10 saves in goal for North Carolina, which out-shot the Blue Jays, 45-37 and won 13-23 faceoffs. However, the Blue Jays cashed in on all three of their extra-man opportunities against a UNC man-down unit that had allowed just two EMO goals in seven games.

Johns Hopkins will play at Duke, which lost to Ohio State, 15-9 earlier today, next Saturday. The Tar Heels will host Virginia, which lost to Maryland, 11-2 earlier today, next Saturday.