Johns Hopkins vs. Towson
May 1, 2004
The Game Story:
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Senior attackman Conor Ford (Timonium, MD/St. Paul's) tied his career high with five goals for the second consecutive game and junior midfielder Matt Rewkowski (Bethpage, NY/Bethpage) scored three goals and added one assist as the top-ranked Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team knocked off visiting Towson, 13-8 at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. The win, the fifth straight for the Blue Jays, improves Hopkins' record to 10-1, while the Tigers had an eight-game winning streak snapped and slip to 9-4.

The Tigers led 4-3 at the half before Hopkins took the lead for good with a three-goal run over a six-minute span late in the third quarter. Junior Kyle Barrie's (Narberth, PA/The Haverford School) first goal of the game off an assist from Rewkowski tied the game at 4-4 with 8:16 remaining in the period. Ford then scored back-to-back goals, the first at the 5:36 mark and the second just under three minutes later, to give JHU a 6-4 lead. Barrie assisted on the first of the two goals by Ford, while senior Kevin Boland (Jessup, MD/Gilman) fed him for the second.

The teams then traded the next five goals with Alex Fountain (Manlius, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius) and Ben DeFelice (Towson, MD/Towson) sandwiching goals around a Rewkowski goal in the final 1:16 of the third before Barrie and Bobby Griebe (Bel Air, MD/Boy's Latin) traded goals in the first four minutes of the fourth to make it 8-7 with nearly 11 minutes remaining in the game. However, Ford scored twice in a span of 30 seconds to jump-start a game-clinching 5-0 run for the Blue Jays that also included goals by Rewkowski and sophomore Greg Peyser (Lloyd Harbor, NY/Cold Spring Harbor) and was capped by a goal from senior Frank Potucek (Bellmore, NY/John F. Kennedy) with 1:57 remaining. Towson's Steve Mull (Fallston, MD/Fallston) closed the scoring with his first goal of the game with 1:20 remaining off an assist from Griebe.

The low-scoring first half saw the Blue Jays jump to a 3-1 lead in the first 19:59, but then get held scoreless for a stretch of 16:44 before Barrie jumped started the 3-0 run that gave Hopkins the lead for good in the third quarter. Towson's Drew Pfarr (Severna Park, MD/St. Mary's), Matt Florio (Bethpage, NY/Bethpage) and Fountain all scored in the final 8:22 of the second quarter to give the Tigers the 4-3 halftime lead. That lead stood until Barrie's goal at the 8:16 mark, which sparked a 10-4 scoring surge for the Blue Jays after halftime.

Ford, who had scored five goals in a game just once in his first 51 career games, has now scored five goals in back-to-back games. He pushed his team-leading totals to 31 goals and 38 points on the season and moved into 19th on JHU's career goal-scoring charts with 88. Rewkowski's four points matched his career-high as a Blue Jay, while Barrie and Peyser added two goals and one assist and Boland chipped in with four assists. Sophomore Lou Braun (Upper Arlington, OH/Upper Arlington) enjoyed a second straight solid game at the faceoff "X" as he won 9-of-12.

Fountain was the only multi-goal scorer for the Tigers as he tallied twice, while Keith Obloj (Farmingdale, NY/Farmingdale) chipped in with two assists. DeFelice and Griebe each had one goal and one assist, while DeFelice won 11-of-24 faceoffs and had eight ground balls for Towson. Junior goalie Reed Sothoron (Lexington Park, MD/St. Mary's Ryken) had 10 saves in goal for the Tigers, who fell to the Blue Jays for the ninth straight time.

Ford and DeFelice were both honored as the Chris Gardner Players of the Game. Chris Gardner was a member of the Johns Hopkins lacrosse team in the mid-1990s before losing his battle with cancer. The Blue Jays host a game in his honor each year with a portion of the gate receipts being donated to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in his name. Gardner received his treatment at the Children's Center.

Johns Hopkins, which has now won 26 straight games at home and has held 23 consecutive opponents to 10 goals or less, will travel to Loyola next Saturday to close out the regular season against the Greyhounds, who defeated Yale, 12-8 on Saturday. Towson will host Hofstra on Wednesday night in the CAA Semifinals. The CAA Champion will receive an automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament.