Johns Hopkins vs. Providence
May 15, 2004
The Game Story:
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Senior Conor Ford (Timonium, MD/St. Paul's) and junior Kyle Barrie (Narberth, PA/The Haverford School) both scored three goals and added one assist and junior Peter LeSueur (Garden City, NY/Garden City) tied his career high with six points as the top-ranked, top-seeded Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team rolled to a 15-3 victory over visiting Providence in the first round of the 2004 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships Saturday afternoon. The win, Hopkins' 27th in a row at home, improves the Blue Jays' record to 12-1 and JHU will next play against North Carolina in the NCAA Quarterfinals at the University of Virginia next Saturday. The Friars end their season with a 9-8 record.

"We are excited to move on in the tournament and we were happy that we had the opportunity to play a lot of people," Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala noted at the post-game press conference. "Our hats off to (Providence coach) Chris Burdick and his staff. They were making their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament I thought the Providence players played hard throughout the game. They threw a lot of looks at us and made us work for everything we got."

Senior Kevin Boland (Jessup, MD/Gilman) and Barrie both scored before the game was 90 seconds old and LeSueur and Barrie answered Tom Kelly's (Henniker, NH/Darien) goal for the Friars to give the Blue Jays a 4-1 lead less than 10 minutes into the game. Kelly's second goal, which came on a strong move to the goal at the 4:25 mark of the first quarter, trimmed the deficit to 4-2, but that that would be the last goal the Friars would score until the 8:18 mark of the fourth quarter and the Blue Jays ripped off an 11-0 run in that time to put the game away.

Sophomore Kyle Dowd (Northport, NY/Northport) ripped a shot past Providence goalie Andrew McMinn (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) with 3:43 remaining in the first quarter to give JHU a 5-2 lead after one quarter. The lead held until Ford ignited a five-goal run that took less than four minutes. Ford's first goal of the game, which came off a Boland assist at the 8:26 mark, was followed by Barrie's third goal of the game 26 seconds later. Junior Kyle Harrison (Baltimore, MD/Friends) and senior Frank Potucek (Bellmore, NY/John F. Kennedy) added back-to-back goals in a span of 1:18 and Ford scored twice in the final five minutes of the period to give JHU an 11-2 lead at halftime.

The Blue Jays, who won 17-of-21 faceoffs in the game, showed no signs of a letdown early in the third quarter as they scored three times in the first five minutes and didn't allow the Friars to have an offensive possession until nearly six minutes elapsed in the second half. Boland, junior Matt Rewkowski (Bethpage, NY/Bethpage) and LeSueur all scored during the three-goal spree with Rewkowski and LeSueur's goals coming with the extra man. Harrison added his second goal of the game with three minutes remaining in the third quarter and Providence's Kevin Kornobis (Merrick, NY/Mepham) ended the Friars' drought when he scored off an assist from Frank Bosco (Cortlandt Manor, NY/Hendrick Hudson) at the 8:18 mark of the fourth quarter.

In addition to Ford and Barrie, LeSueur scored twice and added a personal-best four assists to account for his career-high-tying six points. Boland added two goals and two assists, while Harrison chipped in with the two goals and Rewkowski had one goal and one assist. Boland's two assists moved him into first place on Hopkins' career assist list among midfielders (77), while Barrie's three goals move him into a tie for seventh on JHU's career NCAA Tournament goal-scoring list with 19. Boland had been tied with four-time First Team All-American Del Dressel for first on the all-time assist list among midfielders.

"I didn't even know about the record until about two weeks ago," Boland noted after the game. "It's an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as Del Dressel, but really all the matters in winning. As long as we are winning games that is all the matters to our team." Boland ranks 11th overall at JHU with his 77 career assists.

Freshman Jesse Schwartzman (Owings Mills, MD/Pikesville) got the start in goal for the Blue Jays after regular starter Scott Smith (Wilton, CT/Wilton) was injured near the end of pregame warmups. Schwartzman registered a career-high nine saves for the Blue Jays in his first career playoff action. Smith returned to the sideline shortly after the beginning of the game and was available to play, but the Blue Jay coaching staff decided not to risk anything.

Kelly led the Friars with his two goals, while McMinn made seven saves in just over 30 minutes of action. Ron Westgate (Forestdale, MA/Sandwich) played virtually the entire second half and allowed two goals, while registering nine saves. The Friars were outshot, 47-19, lost the ground ball war, 27-16 and allowed three extra-man goals on four attempts by the Blue Jays.

"Playing in the NCAA Tournament was a great opportunity for our team," Providence coach Chris Burdick noted in the post-game press conference. "We threw every defense we had at Hopkins, but they move the ball as well as any team I have ever seen. They work until they get the one-on-one matchup they want. They are very well coached in every area of the game."

The meeting with North Carolina, which defeated Ohio State, 13-6 in a first round game in Chapel Hill earlier Saturday, will be the team's first in the NCAA Tournament since 1993, when the Tar Heels beat JHU, 16-10 in the NCAA Semifinals. The Blue Jays have won 6-of-10 NCAA Tournament games against the Tar Heels with seven of the 10 games coming between 1981 and 1989. The last three regular season games between Johns Hopkins and North Carolina have all be decided by one goal.