Johns Hopkins vs. Pennsylvania
February 28, 2004
The Game Story:
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Junior attackman Kyle Barrie (Narberth, PA/Haverford School) scored four goals and added one assist, senior attackman Conor Ford (Timonium, MD/St. Paul's) added three goals and added three assists and sophomore goalie Scott Smith (Wilton, CT/Wilton) stuffed aside a shot in the final five seconds as the second-ranked Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team held off upstart Penn, 10-9 at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. The win is the 20th straight at home for the Blue Jays (0-1), while the Quakers fell for the second consecutive season at Homewood Field.

The Blue Jays carried a 7-4 lead into halftime, only to have the Quakers outscore them, 4-1 in the third quarter to tie the game at 8-8. Will Phillips' (Annapolis, MD/Annapolis) first goal of the game at the 12:58 mark of the third quarter made it 7-5, but the Blue Jays answered right back as Barrie tallied his fourth and final goal of the game, off an assist from Ford, less than one minute later. Phillips then sandwiched a pair of goals around a tally by James Riordan (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin) to send the game into the fourth quarter tied.

Junior Matt Rewkowski (Bethpage, NY/Bethpage), playing in his first game at Johns Hopkins, gave the Blue Jays the lead for good at 9-8 with an extra-man goal at the 9:03 mark and he appeared to give the Blue Jays the insurance goal they would need when he assisted on Ford's goal with 2:35 remaining to push the lead to 10-8.

However, the Quakers had one final run left. Phillips' fourth goal of the game, an unassisted tally with 1:53 remaining, trimmed the deficit to 10-9. Penn's Ethan Haire (Timonium, MD/St. Paul's) won the ensuing faceoff and the Quakers' D.J. Andrzejwski (Parkton, MD/St. Paul's) got off a good 10-yard shot that Smith saved stick-side low with just under a minute remaining. The Blue Jays killed off 30 seconds before turning the ball over. The Quakers quickly worked the ball upfield, but Smith again came up big as he stopped Zandy Reich's (Philadelphia, PA/Penn Charter) low shot from 12-yards out with five seconds remaining and neither team controlled the ball as time expired.

The Blue Jays jumped to a quick 2-0 lead in the first six minutes of the game as sophomore Kyle Dowd (Northport, NY/Northport) and Barrie scored less than a minute apart. Riordan and Reich tied the game with back-to-back goals just 46 seconds apart midway through the first quarter, but the Blue Jays struck for three goals in the final seven minutes to carry a 5-2 lead into the second quarter. Ford sandwiched a pair of goals around a Barrie tally during the quick three-goal run.

The teams traded four goals in the second quarter with Penn's Pat Rogers (Malvern, PA/Malvern Prep) and Barrie trading goals to make it 6-3. Riordan's goal with just six seconds remaining made it 6-4, but the Blue Jays capitalized on an illegal procedure penalty on the ensuing faceoff as junior Kyle Harrison (Baltimore, MD/Friends) scored as time expired to make it 7-4 at the half. That set the stage for Penn's strong third-quarter showing, Rewkowski's first two points as a Blue Jay and Smith's late-game heroics.

Barrie ran his point-scoring streak to 27 games and Ford matched his career high for points in a game with the three goals and three assists. This is the fourth time he has had six points in a game. The Blue Jays had just one other player with a multi-point game as Rewkowski netted the one goal and one assist. Smith and freshman Jesse Schwatzman (Owings Mills, MD/Pikesville) each played one half with three of Smith's four saves coming in the fourth quarter. Schwartzman had a pair of saves as he became the first true freshman to start a season-opener in goal for the Blue Jays since Jonathan Marcus in 1993.

Phillips led the Quakers with his four goals, while Riordan added three. Reich had one goal and one assist and Andrzejwski had a pair of assists. Senior goalie Ryan Kelly (Deer Park, NY/Deer Park) had nine saves in goal for the Quakers, including four in the third quarter when Penn used the 4-1 run to tie the game.

Johns Hopkins will return to action next Saturday at Homewood Field when the Blue Jays host Princeton at 1:00 pm. Penn will host Villanova next Saturday at 3:00 pm.